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Tips: Should I give my boss a gift this Christmas?

By Louisa Kambile

Business etiquette “rules” do not require you, or any worker, to give a gift to your boss for any occasion. In fact, giving an inappropriate gift to your boss could make your boss feel uncomfortable or even appear as if you are trying to “buy” your way into your boss’s good graces.


Consider a Group Gift First

For holidays, you may want to consider giving a group gift instead of a gift only from you. That takes pressure off of you as an individual but also allows co-workers the chance to participate.

Aim to Please – Not Impress

Keep the gift simple and sincere, and relatively inexpensive, and stay away from giving personal items.

Give Honestly and Without Expectation

Always give a gift without expecting anything in return, this includes a gift, promotion, or raise!

Gifts That Will Wow Your Boss:

  • Office and desk storage tray
  • “Thank You” Cards (Personalised)
  • Gift basket
  • Desk organiser
  • Inspirational card set
  • Dark chocolate
  • Desktop golf

Closing Thoughts

The bottom line to remember is that giving gifts should always be focused on the recipient and not on the giver. A gift given with the right intention will always better received than one given under duress or for the sake of gaining something in return.

“A good manager is a man who isn’t worried about his own career but rather the careers of those who work for him” H. S. M. Burns

Reference: Google – The Balance (giving gifts in the workplace)

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