Finding the perfect Christmas gift for everyone on your list is an annual source of stress. Taking part in the office secret Santa adds even more. You need to determine the right price point and find a gift that your co-worker will really appreciate.
But, don’t fret, we’ve compiled a list of office gift giving dos and don’ts to help you get through this festive puzzle.
Do Take Part:
Even if you’re feeling more like Scrooge and less like Father Christmas, you should still participate in the office Secret Santa. Know the company’s gift giving rules and stick to them.
Do Your Homework:
If you’re new to a company, learn as much as you can about the company’s festive season. Ask for ideas and find out a few examples of gifts given in previous years. This way you’ll be able to determine the price range and the type of gifts deemed appropriate.
Take the time to wrap the gift nicely and don’t forget to include a Christmas card. If you’re feeling extra generous, slip a gift receipt inside so your colleague can exchange it.
Do Be Thoughtful:
Most people spend more time with their co-workers than they do with their own family. This year, attention is the greatest gift you can give.
If your co-worker is always talking about their favourite band or sports team, gift them something that reflects their interests. If you know they always eat a certain sweet treat on a Friday afternoon, wrap up some of that.
Don’t Get Personal:
Avoid gags, personal or fragrant items.
A gift that is too personal or intimate can make someone uncomfortable.
Most of us see Christmas as an opportunity to splash the cash but don’t let the festive spirit (or the office competition) put a massive hole in your bank account! Stay within the agreed price range without skimping or going overboard.