Gift-Giving Etiquette in the Office

When the office gets ready to close up shop for Christmas, it's time to start thinking of gift-giving. This isn't always an easy task. What works for one person could be taboo for another, so how do you choose a gift that is appropriate for all your employees and clients?

Meetings Net said it's all about knowing your audience. When giving gifts to clients, make sure they have a policy in place that allows them to keep the gift. Having to return it can be awkward for both parties.

Tips for buying for employees

Know your people: Not everyone celebrates Christmas in the same way you do, so stick to general sayings such as "Happy Holidays".

Don't play favourites: Ensure the entire department receives something rather than just a select few.

Keep it versatile: Gifts should suit both men and women. Gift cards are handy for this.

Don't get over personal: There are certain things a boss should never buy and that includes lingerie and perfume.

Be considerate: For someone who has worked in your office for ten years, they will appreciate something more than just a Christmas party.

Tips for buying for clients

Choose wisely: It's hard to buy gifts for every client, so consider giving gifts only to your best clients and suppliers.

Don't make it look too much like advertising: If giving a gift with your logo on it, keep it subtle.

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Mireille Kilgour

Mireille Kilgour

Mireille Kilgour has been an entrepreneur for 35 years in the hospitality sector. French born, she has been an accomplished business owner and operator for a number of Sydney venues. Leading the industry with high profile institutions such as Lamrock Café Bondi, she has endless passion for the industry, and now has the pleasure of supporting restaurants to fill their tables with the new Good Food Gift Card program.