Giving Gifts to Boss?

posted 6 months ago in Career
Post # 2
4128 posts
Honey bee

Generally speaking gifts flow down, not up. So in other words it is perfectly acceptable that your boss got you gifts for a holiday, but in certain areas of business it would be considered inappropriate for a boss to even accept gifts from a subordinate for fear of looking like someone is seeking favor.

This may certainly depend on your specific business environment and relationship, but generally speaking I think in most environments at most of the boss gets a group gift for things like bosses day and maybe their birthday or a seasonal holiday. Now I personally give my boss a gift for some occasions, not every occasion. But she is also a friend outside of work. And I generally Reserve that for non-work times and only give things that maybe more work appropriate during business hours. For example a group gift or if I bake for the holidays I might make a tin of cookies for her just like I do for many other people in the office and my neighbors 

So basically, I wouldn’t sweat it if you weren’t planning to get them something on your own.  You may want to suggest group gifts instead or go in on one, but generally speaking gifts are not something most bosses would be expecting in the first place.

And I probably wouldn’t get her flowers unless your work team went in on flowers.  I’d probably just buy a small thing of her favorite candy if you know it or a pastry.  

Post # 4
249 posts
Helper bee

rak32098 :  

everyone loves a thoughtful card, but truthfully, nothing is required.

Post # 5
3090 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2021

I think it is inappropriate that exchanging gifts is so common in your workplace. It puts people in an awkward position (as is clear by your post). I would say that unless you want to get sucked into the constant back and forth of giving gifts to everyone all the time, don’t start. If you just don’t participate right from the beginning it won’t be expected of you. 

Post # 6
2406 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I’d do a nice card

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