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Christmas Shopping For Employee Gifts

Aug 17, 2007
You are the boss of a company who has just had a financially successful year. You want to extend your thanks and share to your employees the company's achievement by giving them Christmas presents as a token of your appreciation for helping in the company's success. Shopping for your employees' Christmas presents can be difficult as you have to consider several factors.

One thing to definitely consider would be the total number of employees you have. Having a large number of employees who share different likes, tastes and interests will definitely make choosing a gift for each and everyone very difficult. If you try to give different gifts to different employees, talks of favoritism may arise as some employees might think that others received far more expensive gifts as compared to theirs.

It is natural to assume that your employees will definitely be discussing and comparing their gifts should you decide to give dissimilar gifts. You can basically purchase the same gifts for everybody to avoid talks and other potential problems. This may seem totally impersonal but office politics can sometimes be very dirty. An acceptable practice is opting to give far more expensive gifts to top management officers or managers as compared to the rank and file employees. This is fine as long as you give similar gifts to people in the same work level or tier in the company.

Your finances are another very important consideration especially if you have quite a large number of employees. With a huge number, employees cannot expect extravagant gifts. Token gifts no matter how simple will still be appreciated for after all it is always the thought of gift giving that matters.

Selecting the universal gift to be given to the employees that can truly be appreciated by all can be very puzzling on the part of the giver. Gifts like mugs, pens, sweatshirts or other office items and accessories with the company's logo can generally be appreciated by all employees. They not only promote a sense of pride among the company's employees but are very practical as well as very useful gift items.

Employees would also truly appreciate receiving gift certificates. Gift certificates also give them the choice to purchase what they want from the corresponding retailer or online shopping site for which the gift certificate could be used. Restaurant gift certificates are also a good choice.

Giving your employees Christmas presents not only shows your appreciation for the work that they have been contributing to bringing the company to where it is standing currently but it can also help boost their morale.
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