The Etiquette of Corporate Holiday Gift-Giving
Whether you’re participating in the annual gift exchange in your office, or you’re just thinking of giving a gift to your favourite colleague, you’re probably facing the question of: “What should I get this person for Christmas?” While gift-giving is just normal during the holiday season, doing it at work can be quite tricky. You surely don’t want to go over the top with your gift, but you don’t also want to come across as someone stingy. Luckily, you no longer need to feel stressed out in choosing your gifts with these office gift-giving tips in mind.
- Set a Price Limit. Define the parameters of what’s to be expected in your gift-giving activity by setting a spending cap for your gifts. This will give everyone a guideline on what gifts they can give, and make the gift selection process a little bit easier. Setting a price range for your exchange gifts will also eliminate the inequality in gift giving, which could possibly cause bad feelings or jealousy among the workmates.
- Perform Some Sleuthing. Surprise your co-worker with a gift that you know he or she’ll like, by performing some investigative work first. Learn about their hobbies, interests, likes and dislikes. You can start your investigation by looking through their desk areas, since you’ll likely know one’s personality through thedecorations they put in their desks. If you want, you can also ask that person to have a lunch with you andthen learn more about them. With this, you’ll be able to accomplish your goal and make a new ally in your office.
- Avoid Giving Intimate Items as Gifts. As you start tailoring your gift options with the person’s likes, avoid picking items that are too personal. Steer clear from cosmetics, roses, lingerie or any intimate apparel and stick with career- or office-related gifts and cards instead.
- Pool Your Spending Power. If there’s one person, such as a coach or boss, whom everyone in the office wants to purchase a gift for, then consider chipping in for a budget and giving a group gift. Not only will your spending power go farther, you won’t also look like you’re trying to win favour with that particular person.
- Always Say ‘Thank You’. Regardless of who gives you a gift or what gift you receive, make sure that you thank that person. If possible, do take some time and send a holiday card or a handwritten note to that person as a sign of your gratitude for the gift.
Doing an office gift exchange can be a great way to get into the holiday spirit. By following the aforementioned tips, you’ll surely be able to foster new relationships, while keeping your workplace merry and bright.