Here are a few thoughtful tips when doing office gift giving.
Holiday Gift Policies
Make sure that you understand your office’s gifting policy. Many companies have very strict gift giving and receiving policies to avoid HR related issues.
For example, it’s very common to not allow gifts from vendors over a certain amount, as doing so could look like a bribe. Another common one is not accepting gifts from subordinates, as it could appear to be favoritism later on (should an individual who gave a great gift get a day off or something similar).
Gifting Dos and Don’ts
If you are going to give a gift, here are some things to remember. Most of these should fall within most company’s gifting policies, so you should be compliant.
Here are some great things that usually can’t go wrong:
- Food – Everyone loves a box of chocolate, or cookies, or something similar. Chances are you can’t go wrong.
- Books/Movies – A DVD or book can be a great gift to give.
- Entertainment Cards – Movie passes or something similar are great treats to give.
Make sure you avoid these pitfalls:
- Spending too much
- Getting anything adult: lingerie, alcohol, cultural taboos, etc.
When doing a set gift exchange, make sure that you set rules that are fair and reasonable to all. Set a price limit: $20 to $25 is usually a good amount. Make sure that you stick within the limits, and don’t look like a hero, or else you could make the entire experience awkward.
It is important to make sure that all gifts are equitable and as general as possible to ensure a fun and fair experience.
Finally, when it doubt, think about what you would normally do for recognition. This is essentially what offices are advocating – not celebrating the holidays, but rather recognizing for a year well done. Keep that in mind and your office gifting should be a success.