Holiday gift giving can be a challenge! And it’s even tougher when you’re a business and want to give to clients or employees. What do people expect from you? What is the proper gift etiquette? Here are a few tips that we think can help you navigate through this holiday season:
Maybe this one is intuitive, but we just want to reiterate how important it is that everyone is included in the gift-giving. If you’re giving gifts to your employees or clients this year, make sure that everyone in the company, or all of your clients, are receiving a gift. The gifts don’t have to be big or expensive, but make sure that everybody in the company is involved.
Set a budget.
Look over your expenses, and set a budget that is feasible for the holidays. Don’t go overboard by buying expensive gifts if that’s not an option for you. If you don’t feel you have enough of a budget to buy gifts for all your employees and clients, write personalized holiday cards instead. Giving a personal touch to each of your holiday cards will make your employees or clients feel just as valued, if not more so, than with a generic purchased gift. Just make sure you’re being respectful of other people’s beliefs: a “Happy Holidays” greeting card would be the best option, unless you know for sure that someone celebrates Christmas.
Put some thought in your gifts.
People are far more likely to appreciate a gift that they feel has been personally chosen for them, even if it’s small, over a larger, more expensive but completely meaningless gift. Try to consider your employees’ or clients’ tastes when purchasing gifts. If you’re struggling for ideas, monogrammed stationery or seasonal plants are always good fallback options. Add a personalized card for that extra thoughtful touch. But keep it professional: would you feel comfortable receiving this gift from a boss? Contractor?
If you have a small budget…
If you don’t think that purchasing gifts for everyone in your company or client list is a realistic option this year, why not stick to holiday cards and donate a small sum of money to a worthy charity in someone’s name instead? Everyone will appreciate this good deed! Another option is to create a special holiday treat, like a luncheon, to celebrate the season in a casual way.
We hope these tips help you with your holiday gift-giving this year. Just remember: it’s the thought that counts, so try to make your employees or clients feel valued this holiday season.
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