If you are organised, then you will have done all your Christmas shopping months ago. When it comes to family and friends, we are often quick off the mark to buy them their dream gift or experience, but our work colleagues soon get left behind. Yes, you might spend eight hours a day with them, but how well do you really know the people that you work with? The answer is most likely: not very well. That said, there’s no reason why you can’t treat your work colleagues this Christmas, no matter your relationship with them. Whether you only see Alan in accounts at the Christmas party, or work from home and have minimum contact with your place of work, now’s the time to get into the giving spirit. These ideas are sure to put a smile on even the surliest of faces.
A Christmas T-shirt
Even if you work remotely, or perhaps you are a Scrooge when it comes to Christmas gifts, there’s no reason why you can’t embrace the best of the festive season and get a present that is both fun and personal. Sites such as Zazzle have a wide range of Christmas shirts on offer, making your choice easier, even if you don’t know your colleagues that well. Plus, you don’t have to let the spirit of Christmas giving completely cloud your judgement when it comes to giving either. Choose slogans that are both friendly and warm – for both sexes – and make sure that your recipient will appreciate the thought.
A Novelty Gift
Everyone loves a good office secret Santa –as you never really know what you are going to get! However, if your draw this year is a true Harry Potter or Stranger Things aficionado, then you have full blessing to buy them a relevant novelty gift. True fans will relish the quirkier and slightly off the wall ideas – especially if you work in a smaller team. First and foremost, decide if you want to buy something that your colleague can use in the office. Mouse mats and mugs, although slightly more mundane, are the ideal present if you work in a busy office space Whereas socks are a great idea, but can be slightly personal – and are not ideal if it is within your first few months of your position. You need to consider the culture of your office, and that of the recipient; you do not want to misjudge the situation and cause offence.
Something Useful and Unique
Just because you work in an office, it doesn’t mean that you can’t give your colleagues a gift that is truly unique and useful for them. From a Starbucks voucher for their morning coffee, to a gift card for their favourite lunch spot, why not make sure that your choice of gift resonates true with its recipient. If your colleague is a real foodie, then they may even appreciate home-made Christmas treats– such as homemade biscuits or Christmas cake if you are on a budget. Just be sure to check any dietary requirements first. Try not to give alcohol as a gift in the workplace as this could be frowned on, depending on your company’s norms and regulations. Most of all, have fun choosing that special something for your colleagues. No matter how much you spend, they will appreciate the time and effort that you spent choosing their gift.
It can be incredibly difficult and stressful choosing gifts for work colleagues, even if you think that you know them well. While some colleagues might not appreciate your home-made efforts, others will rejoice in the fact that you have taken time and effort to create or choose their present. A great fun and festive idea is a Christmas t-shirt, as the gift that keeps on giving during the festive season. If you are looking to give a slightly more novelty gift, then socks or a mug are useful and will be appreciated by the average office worker. If you are looking for a more unique gift idea, then consider a voucher for a low cash amount or a gift card for a meal. There’s no reason why you can’t inject some of your own charm and influence into your colleagues’ gifts – just make sure that you adhere to workplace protocol or norms to avoid any embarrassment. Make sure you have fun, and enjoy choosing your presents too – it is Christmas after all, and you don’t want to be known as the office Scrooge.