"I was looking for an office holiday gift idea and loved yours for giving a group gift rather than individual coworker gifts. The espresso machine I bought was extremely popular!" - Estelle in AZ
Do you have to buy a gift for the co-workers you don't like?
Are you supposed to get something for your boss?
What if everyone else wants to do an office gift exchange, but you hate the gifts they give every year?
What if you would like to get everyone something, but don't have much to spend?
With each year, I hear the same questions. If you need the secrets to finding great gifts for coworkers, these office holiday gift ideas and guidelines will help you decide what to give at work this year.
Group Office Gift Ideas:
Instead of exchanging individual gifts, wrap a small box with a slot cut in the top and take up a collection for a group office gift. You can either decide on a gift for the whole office, or a gift to be given by the whole office to a local or global charitable organization. Post a picture on the outside of the box to represent the item chosen.
If you are giving individual office holiday gift ideas, give something small.
Buying in bulk can save money on gifts and take care of everyone on your list at once. Order a sampler set of teas or coffee beans, and split it up, giving everyone in the office a different variety. Pair the coffee beans with a new mug, or the teas with an infuser or mug to complete the gift.
If you want to give a special gift to a person you are closer to, do it privately.
Don't risk hurting other co-workers feelings. Give a gift to this friend at lunch one day or invite them to your home for a party. Keep the gift small unless you have a friendship that extends outside the workplace.
If you are hosting or going to an office gift exchange, be clear on expectations!
Once you are clear on the expected gifts, decide whether you will go for something funny, outrageous or popular. Gift exchanges at work can be really fun if you think ahead to what your coworkers will fight over.
Just a simple card with a handwritten message can show your recognition and gratitude.
Be sincere and write something like `It's been a pleasure working with you. I look forward to next year.' or 'You have helped me through many challenging projects in the last few months. I'm glad to be on the same team.' Make it personal by mentioning a specific incident or personal characteristic of theirs that you especially value.