(Closed) Office xmas etiquette – boss gifts? Help!

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 32
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

I work for a small company (~15 people) and our office manager organizes a group gift from all of we employees to our two bosses.  We also do a Secret Santa between coworkers.

I agree with PP, I would ask your coworkers – this kind of thing is highly dependent on the company atmosphere and traditions.

Post # 33
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

That’s really interesting that you’re not supposed to give your boss a gift. I come from a small company/non profit, and I give my immediate boss and coworkers all gifts, and they return the favor. We’re all really tight knit bunch and all do things together outside of work as well. But this is good information for if/when I move to a larger, more corporate company!

Post # 34
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Last year I gave my boss a nice Ralph Lauren scarf and this year I’m getting him a giftcard to a sushi place I know he and his wife like. I, personally, don’t think wine (or any alcohol) is an appropriate gift.

 

Post # 35
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

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@MmeVT:  I totally agree! My mom is a schoolteacher, and they always go in to buy their principal a big fancy giftcard! I think it’s so weird–she makes a zillion dollars more than them!

Post # 36
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Why don’t you gift all around by baking and giving everyone some cookies?

It’s just a nice gesture for the holidays

definitely don’t single out higher ups and give them a better gift than everyone else around you.

Post # 37
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

i think a nice card showing how much you appreciate them is better than any gift that is if you have to recognize them at all.

Post # 38
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

We did a secret santa, so boss got gifted.

 

I also made candles for everyone at my work. Costed me less than $1 each, and seemed informal enough to be appropriate but still recognize the gift-giving season.

 

I won’t purchase anything expense for a boss OR co-worker, but I do have to say it depends on the environment of your workplace. 

 

FWIW, I would NEVER EVER buy a client, co-worker, superior, or ANYONE I didn’t know personally alcohol for a gift. That screams inappropriate to me.

Post # 39
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

I work in a small department of my company.  There are only 3 of us.  My direct boss, my secretary, and myself.  We all gift each other but everything is less than $25 due to agency rules regarding gifts.

I definitely agree that it depends on the office culture and relationship between the employee and boss.  My first year at the company I held off on gifts until I discussed it with my secretary who told me that they exchange things like gift cards at Christmas.  However, I would never gift my big boss whom works at headquarters in another city; I find that to be inappropriate.

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