Post # 1
Do you bees give gifts to co-workers? If so, how many people do you buy for, and what do you typically spend?
My boss wants to try and do like a thrifted/white elephant gift between the full time employees (there are 4 of us). It’s REALLY hard to find something.
I have a student employee (like 18 year old female) who I think lacks professionalism and I’ve been supervising for only a few months. Once a week they call in because they are out of town, or call in because they can’t find a ride, they would rather sit and stare at a wall when they finish a project than tell me they finished and ask what I have for them next. Overall, I’m not impressed with their performance. Do I still buy them a gift? Since I’m the direct supervisor. I was thinking of buying some candy and putting it all together with a card. Acceptable? Appropriate? Dumb?
Post # 3
If you buy one person on your team a gift, you must give EVERYONE a gift. You will look like the unprofessional one if you try and not give an unprofessional person a gift…and perhaps make their level of engagement WORSE.
I usually just do a card with a candycane. It’s simple and cost effective.
I have seen some neat DIY candy/hot chocolate gifts on pinterest I’ve considered doing thsi year.
ETA we also usually do a white elephant exchange. Usually Target has these cheap desk games, like mini pool, mini golf, a zen garden…things like this are usually a big hit but I have a desk job.
I also did a gag gift two years ago..which was a candle a Justin Beiber Toothbrush, oh my goodness, everyone LOVED it. But then again, I work with a bunch of jokesters.
Post # 4
@veryberry13: Nice idea, I saw walgreens had full size candy bars on sale for 59 cents so I might just get 2 of those and tie them together with a card on top for the student. Easy enough.
Post # 5
@veryberry13: Those are fun ideas, too! The gag gifts and stuff. I have a desk job, too. I’ve been really struggling here to find some happiness at work, so I’m also feeling extra torn about how much to spend, how much time to put into it, and just giving any extra effort at all. Blah, I’m a big grinch this year I guess.
For the thrifted gift I found two really cute figures that I think my person would like in their office and a crazy mug. I have a photo frame at home with different openings that I was going to include too. They said “thrifted” gifts, but honestly I have this brand new frame sitting in my house that has been sitting in a box for years and I could add some scenic photos from where we live to it, making it another possible office decoration.
Post # 6
@MrsD41503: I think that’s a cute idea.
And you are really creative when it comes to gift giving!! I tend to be more generic, but I’ve been surprised at some of the affordable cute ideas out there lately. Happy Holidays!
Post # 7
I work in a very small office (me and two others) and we do a small gift exchange every year but our boss set a $25 limit on gifts, so that really helps. I struggle every year with trying to figure out something for them though as well, but then again I tend to try and be very creative/personal with gift giving.
A few years back I worked for a major corporation and we only bought gifts for people if we wanted to. It led to a few hurt feelings here and there, but for the most part it worked out a little better because gifts weren’t forced.
Sorry, not much advice I can give but I can definitely empathize! I would hate to give someone something and have them feel it’s thoughtless or not useful to them in any way!