Around this time of year, employees around the world struggle with the question of what to buy for office holiday gift giving. Or more seriously what do you get the boss? Nobody wants to be the one known for gift giving that falls short. While gift cards and homemade treats are nice, some of us want to buy something more personal and some of us don’t have the skill in the kitchen to make great homemade treats (myself included, though Chris is pretty talented here!)
Wine Entertaining Gifts
Knowing a little bit about the recipient can make the gift giving easier. We have always been a fan of the themed gift or an assortment of little gifts pulled together. Finding a theme or hobby or interest is always helpful when selecting a gift for a co-worker. For a wine lover, you may not know what their favorite type of wine is but a wine bottle coaster would be a great gift. As beautiful as it is useful, the coaster protects tabletops and counters from drips and spills from the bottle. If your budget is a little higher or if you want to upgrade to something suitable for an executive gift, include a nice bottle of wine with the coaster or a wine bottle cooler.
Travel Related Gifts
If you work for a company that requires a lot of travel for employees, then nice travel accessories can be a great option. Who wants to arrive at their destination and find out that all of their ties are a wrinkled mess? The last thing you want to do is try and steam your tie straight in a shower! The perfect option is a Tie and Collar Tab Travel Case. A good case includes a pocket for collar tabs that always seem to be missing right when you need one and a means to hang the case in a closet while securing your ties to minimize movement. Other ideas for the traveler are document holders for passports and tickets, travel shoe shine kits or manicure kits.
Finally, I don’t know about you, but in just about every office I have ever worked in there is that one person who as the “magic” bowl of candy for everyone to snack on. Why not give the diet buster something really nice to store the goodies in? A nice glass pedestal jar with a lid will keep the candy or other goodies secure and clean; pick something with a lid and it might help keep you on-track with your diet. You can even deliver an added bonus by filling the jar with their (or maybe your) favorite candy.
Office gifts don’t have to be boring, they don’t have to break the bank and they can show someone that you really appreciate their extra effort in this tough economy.