Gift Giving at Work…

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
2052 posts
Buzzing bee

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 # 6
2052 posts
Buzzing bee

@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
279 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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!

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