(Closed) How do you handle Christmas gifts for your boss?

posted 9 years ago in Holidays
Post # 3
2701 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

wow! $50 is a lot! We all go in one big gift. This year the gift was a golf bag and we all had to pitch in $6. It’s mandotory for us too. I would be POed too!

Post # 4
9478 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

@UpstateCait: This is my first time working at my place around Christmas time (was hired 1.5 months after).  I probably wouldn’t give money though I appreciate all the hard work she does for us.  I know there’s people who would make me feel guilty for this, but I have bills to pay and she’s making way more than I am.  I think she’d understand.

Post # 5
5295 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

I hardly spend $50 on my DH. yikes. I didn’t give mine gifts last year because I didn’t really know how they handled it and  – they ended up giving gifts to each other, but not me. awkward turtle! Especially since they did it right in front of me.

This year I think I’m going to make a plate of cookies for both.

Post # 6
5493 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

wow $50 is a lot for a work gift.  I would be so irritated if I was made to feel like I had to buy my boss a gift.  I like my boss just fine but I don’t feel compeled to get her something that she probably does not need and can buy a million times over.

To avoid this we do a white elephant gift exachange with everyone with a $25 limit.

Post # 7
47433 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I have long abided by the rule that you don’t mix your personal life with your work life. My boss is not my friend, we do not socialize outside of work. My boss does not buy me a present. I do not buy her a present.

I am a firm believer however, in thanking my boss when she does something I appreciate at the time she does it, just as I request timely acknowledgement  from her.

We stopped doing a gift exchange at work years ago. None of us needs more gifts. Instead we put all that money to good use sponsoring  several families for Christmas.

Post # 8
14492 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

The bosses that I have liked and respected I will usually make a goodie basket for them, but at the same time, those same bosses have always been generous at the Holidays.  My last “office” job, the boss took the whole section out to lunch (that had to cost a ton, there was alot of us) and he gifted each of us $100 gift card, all out of his own pocket.  He also loved my goodie baskets ( I use those for alot of things) and would dig around in it to make sure his favorite peanut butter cookies were there.  He was always tickled to death to go through his “stash” and don’t dare ask for anything out of it or you would get the death stare.

Post # 9
1425 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rosehill Community Center

Wow, I would feel SO WEIRD getting gifts from my employees (if I had any), especially if they contributed that much (even moreso if it were mandatory!).  That is super weird.

I’ve always given my bosses small gifts, no more than $20 worth, but they have also always given me gifts (usually quite a bit nicer, but I’m poor!).  My boss this year gave me an unexpected Thanksgiving gift (a bottle of vodka, sweet!!!), so I’m guessing we’ll do little Christmas gifts too.  

Post # 10
5988 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

he kicked in $50-wow!  i dont give my boss a gift, he gives me a card with a hand written note (i still have last years as at the time his support and acknowledgment meant a lot to me) and thats it.

considering how much my bosses make (i do the payroll) i would be offended if i was sent an email asking for money for a gift for them and as the office lead i sure wouldnt put my employees in that position

Post # 11
5667 posts
Bee Keeper

$50 is a lot. I also find the group gift strange as well. I do buy my direct boss, my fellow manager and my employees small gifts as we’re a small company and and work and personal life is very blended. I buy them gifts becuase I WANT to and I want to give them something personal that they’ll enjoy. I can see a card that they all sign and maybe HR providing the bosses a gift basket, but yeah, I’m still reeling over a (pretty much) mandatory $50 donation. Wow.

Post # 12
685 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

When our department was small, me and another girl bought separate gifts for our manager. As the department got bigger, I told people that I plan to get the gift for the boss and if they a interested to pitch in. We usually get her something for Xmas, BOss’s day and Birthday.

In turn, whenever we have BD, she would get the person a card + balloons. We would all go to lunch and she pays for the Birthday person. She also brings us cake, cookies and ice-cream sometimes as well.

Post # 13
3620 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

wow! Yea, I don’t get gifts. A couple of the ladies here will exchange with the other ladies, but the men really don’t get involved. I make a plate of cookies or rice crispie squares and put them in the kitchen for everyone to enjoy!

$50? Too much!

Post # 15
7581 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I’ve never not received a group gift from my employees. However, based on the gifts I would assume they each kicked in $5-10 a piece. However, I’ve always had a lot of staff members.

With that said, I have always given a New Years gift every year to each of them.

Post # 16
579 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We all pitch in $5.00 from my department and buy her a gift card to The Keg!

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