Tis the season for gift exchange. Selecting gifts for colleagues and clients can be challenging. Choosing the right gift while being mindful of corporate policy and business etiquette may add to the distress.
There are three factors that should be considered when giving gifts.
Research: Be sure you know something about the recipient.
Shop: Give yourself time to shop. Last minute gifts usually appear last minute to the recipient. Last but just as important is the
Below are some tips for making gift giving painless.
Know the rules.
Before you exchange gifts, be aware of the company policy. If in doubt, ask. Consider the policy of clients as well. Some corporations impose monetary limits.
Do your research
You should have a relationship with the recipient. Having an idea of their interests or hobbies makes gift giving easier. Gifts should enhance relationships, not damage them.
Establish a limit. Spending more is not necessarily better. Too lavish a gift may cause embarrassment. Purchasing cheap gifts is not to be considered. If your budget is limited you need to be creative. Homemade gifts may be very appealing.
A gift with your company logo should be given much consideration. The gift may be seen as a marketing tool. If you do include your logo make sure it is on a substantial gift.
When selecting gifts certain elements are never appropriate. Religious items, political items, jewelry, clothing, personal improvement gifts or anything sexual should never be given to a colleague or client. Cash and alcohol should also be reserved for close colleagues.
Business etiquette dictates that gift giving goes down and not up. Bosses should not expect gifts from their employees. However, knowing the culture of your company will be the best indicator. Group gifts are a way to give to the boss without appearing to seek favoritism.
When giving a gift it should always be attractively wrapped and presented with a card. The card should contain a hand written greeting.
Tips to Consider:
- Group gift to colleagues or boss
- It is not necessary to give everyone a gift. Just gift privately.
- Forget gag or humorous gifts.
- Cash is gauche. Give gift cards or gift certificates instead.
- Edible treats are always popular. Consider allergens.
Be mindful of your holiday greetings. Everyone is not a Christian. In some instances "Happy Holidays" may suffice.