Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Holiday Gifts for Coworkers

The Holidays can be a tricky time of year at work; you never know who is going to get you a present, and you're always afraid that you're going to buy your coworker the wrong thing.  Here are some gift ideas that are sure to be a hit:

Holiday treats.  Almost everybody loves sweets and they're especially appreciated during the holidays.  Do some baking and your coworkers will happily gobble up whatever you make.  It's a great way to bring a gift to everyone so that nobody is left out.  Just be sure to provide an ingredient list in case anyone has allergies. 

Gift card to restaurant or coffee shop.  Who says that gift cards are impersonal?  They can be a great gift if you put a little thought into them.  Pay attention to which coffee shop or restaurant your coworker frequents and pick them up a gift card.  They'll be flattered that you took the time and you know that they'll appreciate the gift. 

Mugs or water bottles.  Everyone wants to be more environmentally friendly, so make it easy for your coworker by giving them a reusable container to carry their drinks.  Find one that has a little character and whenever they drink from it, they'll think of you. 

Coffee, tea or hot chocolate.  What does your coworker enjoy drinking in their mug at work?  Why not buy them a package of it?  Choose a high quality brand which they may not have tried.  You could be introducing them to their new favourite drink.

Fun office supplies.  We all need office supplies, so why not get them something fun.  Something as simple as a pen with their favourite sports team on it, or a stapler in the shape of a shark can be enough to brighten your coworker's day.

You may feel a lot of pressure to find the perfect gift for your coworker, but try not to let it get to you.  Buy them a gift that is thoughtful and appropriate, and if you have any doubts, just follow the lead of the people around you.

(Written by: Karen Bivand, Photo by: Ambro/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

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