The holidays are right around the corner which means it’s time to start thinking about holiday gift giving. While it might be easy to find the perfect gift for your family and friends, it’s often a foggy area when it comes to buying gifts for co-workers. Between determining what’s appropriate and inappropriate and how much money you should be spending on them, it gets to a point where you question whether gift giving in your office is even worth it. Here are some ideas for giving your co-workers the best holiday gifts without breaking the bank.
Especially during the holidays, baked goods are a go-to gift idea. This is because people are naturally more inclined to eat unhealthy during the holidays, which means they’d not only thoroughly enjoy a gift like this, but they’d most likely devour it. Baked goods as a gift can save you a great deal of money and can be one of the easiest, pain free gifts you can give someone. Whether you prefer to bake brownies, cookies or even go the extra mile and dip strawberries in chocolate, your co-workers will without a doubt be happy to receive this gift.
When you’re out wandering the malls trying to figure out what to get your co-workers, it’s sometimes difficult to find something that will be relevant to both the male and female workers. This is why we suggest that you separate the two genders with two types of gifts. For the males, look for something simple like ties or cuff links. For the females, consider buying them scarfs or little jewelry items. This way, you don’t have to find something that works for everyone and can make it a little easier on yourself.
Is your office full of tech gurus? For some people, this could create a slight difficulty when purchasing gifts for them. Rather than trying to think in depth about what they might like, keep it simple and stick to what you know. For those tech savvy co-workers, how about going the inexpensive route with an iPhone stylus or a magazine subscription to your industry’s best publication. Both gifts are appropriate for co-workers and less than $10, which you simply can’t beat.
Drinking at work is a given; coffee that is. Coffee is one of the most well-known drinks of choice in office environments, which is exactly why buying mugs for your co-workers is a gift that will continue to keep on giving. If there are any workers who you know don’t drink coffee, look for re-useable water bottles so they don’t feel left out. These act as great gifts because they’re inexpensive and can be used over and over again. There’s nothing better than seeing a gift you bought for someone used every single day and with this gift, it’s almost guaranteed.
Whichever gift item you choose for your co-workers, be thoughtful and think it through. Whatever you do, don’t go overboard! Be smart about your budget and keep the expenses as low as possible. When it comes down to it, just showing your co-workers that you appreciate your job and went out of your way to show your appreciation will make a huge impact and is likely to brighten their moods, just in time for the holidays!
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Maya Richards is a writer who focuses on finding the right gifts for the right people. When it comes to employee gifts, she understands how challenging it can be to find the perfect item for each co-worker. She hopes that her tips above can help everyone who’s struggling find the perfect gifts this holiday season!