Put a little thought into office gifts

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“It’s for that one person to know you think about them,” she said. “A good gift says, `I know you.”‘ For the boss, Mendelsohn suggested a digital photo frame or a Bluetooth headset, a gift where a team or group can pitch in $5 to $10 and give something he or she can use. “It’s a really thoughtful, useful gift without anyone having to spend more than $10,” she said. Peter V. Handal, the New York City-based chairman and president of Dale Carnegie & Associates and a workplace expert, said that it was important to keep all office gift-giving simple and private. “It’s a great idea to show your appreciation and say thank you to your friends and staff, but it’s very dangerous to spend a lot of money,” he said. “It can make people uncomfortable.” Unlike Mendelsohn, Handal sees nothing wrong with candies or cookies but draws the line at fruitcake. Another appropriate, yet inexpensive gift is a festive poinsettia. But Handal doesn’t think a bottle of wine or liquor is a good idea, not only because of the office environment but for personal reasons. Most co-workers don’t want candles, potpourri or the dreaded holiday fruitcake. Instead, buy a gift card or some gadget they may actually use, gift experts advise. “There’s a great rule of thumb (for work gifts),” said Hillary Mendelsohn, Office Depot’s gift-giving expert. “Be sure that you buy a gift that can be used in the course of a business day so it can’t be misinterpreted.” Mendelsohn said that office gifts should be thoughtful rather than too personal. That means no personal items like pajamas or perfume. Instead, think of something they can use like a USB flash drive or gift cards to Starbucks Coffee. Personalize the gift cards with an ornament or a colorful pen. “People may have religious, ethical or medical reasons against it,” he said160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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