We’re going to keep this short and sweet: here are the high points you need to remember on office gift giving during the holiday season.
1. Don’t give a gift to your supervisor. It could be seen by others as trying to “get in with the boss” or garnering favor. If you want to give something, a card is enough. Or a gift from the entire department or group is appropriate.
2. You can give gifts to your closest work colleagues, but please give the gifts discreetly – perhaps even outside of the office. The last thing you should want to do is hurt anyone’s feelings.
3. A bottle of wine is a great and affordable hostess gift outside of the office, but when it comes to corporate gifting, consider food rather than alcoholic beverages.
4. Speaking of food – everyone jumps up and down over a basket of muffins, a gift certificate to a coffee shop or a box of locally-made chocolates –here at Emily Post, we love Lake Champlain Chocolates. Yummm.
5. If your office decides to host a Yankee swap or secret Santa-type exchange and there is a monetary limit (generally $20 or less), keep within that budget. People feel awkward when they receive a gift of greater value.
If you need more advice on celebrating the holidays in the office, go to our Workplace and the Holidays FAQ.