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Saturday, 18 October 2014

Buying Presents for Colleagues

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It's been a while since I worked in a real life office full of real life, grown up human beings and, as much as I love the freedom I get from freelancing and working from home, I miss the office banter quite a lot. 

I always remember finding a gift for a work colleague being super tricky, but it really doesn’t have to be. It can actually be a lot of fun and a way to get to know your colleagues a bit better!

I’ve come up with a few simple ‘dos and don’ts’ for finding the perfect gift; one that will give you something good to talk about by the water cooler!

Do
  • Put thought into it. Just because it’s someone at the office, it doesn’t mean you have to necessarily opt for something simple or dull. Be creative and get thinking!
  • Keep things equal. Giving a gift to one employee/colleague but not the rest is sure to cause problems, so make a deal with the rest of the team to either go for the whole present-buying thing, or avoid it altogether.
  • Opt for something for the office, when in doubt. If you don’t know them that well, something simple they can actually use at work like a nice new mug and coaster is a good idea. You can get really nice ones here – www.zippi.co.uk
  • Get everyone involved. Making it a group effort will ensure no one is left out and that no one feels awkward, and will mean your budget will be a bit bigger too!
  • Try to find out what sort of things they like. This will help make the gift more personal, even if it’s just something like a gift voucher to their favourite store. Take a look at their desk for clues if you are finding it tough. 
Don’t
  • Go overboard with how much you spend. It may be viewed as bribery by some, even if you didn’t intend it too at all, and may make some people feel a little uncomfortable.
  • Be afraid to keep things simple. Especially if they’re a new employee, for example, things like a big cake or some drinks after work can do the job just as well and if not better than a gift, particularly if you don’t know them very well.
  • Go for something risqué. People can be easily offended and in an office you’re all likely to have very different senses of humour. It’s best to avoid this sort of gift altogether, unless you know the recipient really well, but even then it can be a little tricky in an office environment! 
  • Get them something company-related. I.e. nothing with the logo on and maybe avoid anything you actually sell. This can look lazy and a little cheap. 
  • Rule out the classics, such as alcohol, chocolates or flowers delivered to their desk. These are nice, fail-safe options that work every time and can suit a range of personalities and even budgets. 
  • Forget the card, and try to make sure everyone signs it. Other simple add-ons like balloons and banners look nice and show you’ve put the effort in, too. 

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