It’s that time of year when employees are seeking holiday gifts for their coworkers and clients.
While the process should be fun, making the right choice at the right time can be surprisingly tricky. No one wants to come across as impersonal or lacking in good taste, but it’s all too easy to pick something that’s too expensive or impractical to make the statement you’re intending to make.
With that thought in mind, consider these guidelines for buying or making gifts for your coworker.
• Consider practicality. If the present is unlikely to be used or consumed, it’s a mismatch and waste of money. For example, even the rarest or priciest bottle of wine will be unimpressive to a client who doesn’t drink. Before buying, attempt to learn something about the recipient’s preferences.
• Incorporate names. Whenever possible, personalize your selection by adding your boss’s or colleague’s name to the gift. Research shows people across many demographics get excited when hearing or seeing their own monikers.
• Don’t scrimp on presentation. Nothing ruins a gift faster than uninspired or slipshod packaging that seems like an afterthought. Make sure all of your gifts are presented in attractive, sturdy boxes, baskets or bags that add to their overall effect.
“It is important to gift both colleagues and clients during the holiday season, as it is a great relationship building opportunity to establish rapport while showing respect and gratitude,” said Myka Meier, founder of Beaumont Etiquette and an expert on business etiquette, on holiday gift giving at the workplace. “For colleagues or junior team members, it’s typical to spend around $25. For clients or senior team members, such as a boss, often the entire team will chip in for one larger gift, so it shows unity and appreciation from the entire team.”
–Courtesy of Brandpoint