Tis the season for holiday gifts, and that means you may be contemplating what to get your coworkers.

It’s a tricky situation; you don’t want to skimp on your gift, but at the same time, you don’t want to give something inappropriate.

Here are some do's and don'ts when it comes to giving gifts to colleagues.

Do: Give Thoughtful Gifts

The best kind of gift is one that is thoughtful and personal.

Spending a little extra time getting to know your coworkers can help you pick out something they’ll love, even if it costs less than $10 or $20.

For example, if you know someone who loves animals, maybe a cute pet-themed mug or an animal-shaped stress ball would make a great gift.

Or perhaps they have an interesting hobby? Look around for something related to that hobby - it doesn’t have to be expensive, but just something unique that reflects their interests.

Don't: Be Too Intimate

No matter how close you are to your coworkers, some things are best left outside the office walls, like sexual innuendos.

So, if you were thinking about getting them an adult toy, think again! Even if it’s meant as a joke, such gifts could make other people in the office uncomfortable (and possibly get you in trouble).

In general, it’s best not to give anything too intimate or risqué as a gift - even if it seems harmless from your perspective.

Do: Show Appreciation

Everyone likes feeling appreciated and acknowledged for their hard work throughout the year.

So why not show them some appreciation with a nice card or handwritten note?

You can also pick up small items like chocolate bars or coffee mugs with funny sayings printed on them - things like “I survived another all-nighter” or “World's Greatest Co-worker!”

Not only will these items be useful in the office, but they will also serve as reminders of how much they are valued by their colleagues.

Don't: Forget Your Boss

It would be unprofessional if you gave gifts to everyone else but not your boss!

Think of something appropriate based on your relationship with your boss - this could range from something as small as chocolates or as big as tickets to a sports event (just make sure it isn’t too expensive!).

The key is making sure it comes from the heart; even if it isn’t much, your boss will still appreciate the gesture.

Now that you know what works and what doesn't when gift-giving to coworkers during the holiday season, hopefully, this article has given you some ideas on how best to show appreciation without overstepping any boundaries.

Holidays should be fun times spent together with friends and family - including our colleagues at work who we spend nearly every day with!

So go ahead and spread some cheer by giving thoughtful yet appropriate gifts they'll remember all season long.

Happy Holidays!


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