Showing appreciation is particularly valued to all of those people who we are connected to in some meaningful way during the year. The gift doesn’t need to be expensive. Remember…it is the thought that counts.
Gift giving for your boss and co-workers is a nice gesture of kindness.
1. A rule of thumb is to avoid anything too personal that touches the skin, for example perfume, jewelry, or clothing.
2. Don’t be too cheap or extravagant…sticking to a budget amount of $10-$20. is about right.
3. What about vendors? Check with your company’s policy about receiving gifts from vendors.
4. Consumable gifts like cookies, chocolates or homemade baking are always welcome. Find out if there are any food allergies or food restrictions according to religious beliefs before baking these special treats.
If you are a small business owner, your clients will appreciate a gesture of gratitude. To keep your business in the client’s mind during the year, your logo and business information can be professionally printed on a pen, screen cleaner for a smartphone or a magnetic calendar. These are useful items and they will keep you connected to the client during the up-coming year.
Teachers appreciate receiving gifts at this time. Personally, I think teachers who instruct teenagers should receive a medal!!
1. A class gift may be more welcomed than 28 little items that are often the same thing anyway. My mother-in-law is a retired teacher. When she was actively teaching, students learned early on about her LOVE for coffee. Well, it was no surprise what she received for Christmas!! She would receive so much coffee that I would be given the excess.
2. Instead of the usual fare, your child’s teacher may actually prefer a gift of a book or two for the classroom library.
3. Another option could be making a donation on behalf of the teacher to worthwhile organizations working in developing countries. Giving gifts like a goat to a family or even a micro loan to a mother trying to set up a home-based business are simple yet effective ways to get out of the cycle of poverty. The teacher can have up-dates from the family about how the gift is helping them. This can be shared with the class during the school year developing the social conscience of the students.
These men and women who work so hard to keep you looking your best deserve a gift. The amount would depend on whether you tip at every service or not. So if you normally tip throughout the year, then the gift doesn’t need to be very expensive. However, if you don’t tip, then the gift should be a higher amount. Through the many conversations you’ve had with them, remember where they like to eat, clothing stores they frequent, etc. Gift cards to restaurants or clothing stores are a great option.
Should you or shouldn’t you? Some etiquette experts are opposed to regifting. However, it can be permissible under certain circumstances. Never regift stuff that you’re trying to get rid of. The recipient will realize it quickly and this could hurt your relationship.
1. Is the item still in the wrapping and looks like it was recently bought? Are you absolutely positively sure that the person receiving the gift will never cross paths with the original “gift giver”? Then go ahead and regift.
2. The item must be brand new and NEVER have been used.
3. An original, handmade gift made for you CANNOT be given to someone else. If the person knows you’re a terrible knitter and they receive a gorgeous handmade knit sweater from you that obviously wasn’t bought in a store…they’ll be suspicious!!
Gift giving during the Holidays is a wonderful way to forge professional business relationships with co-workers, clients and those who work with us in other specific ways. I wish all of you a most Blessed Holiday Season with family and friends.
The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated. ~William James
*Article originally published on Leadership Matters and reprinted with permission from the author.