I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again (and likely many more times) — holidays and gift giving this year look a lot different. When it comes to business gifting, it seems as if the gray area has gotten even grayer with a lot of businesses and employees working remotely since March. Colleagues haven’t seen each other in person in months, and the majority of client interaction has been virtual. So what does holiday business gifting this year?
Who should I buy gifts for?
The good news is that the same rules largely apply. It’s a good idea to give loyal clients and customers, employees, office staff (particularly smaller staffs or the team members that report directly to you) as a way to say thank you for their loyalty, business, and hard work. If you are giving year end bonuses, a gift is not necessary but is still a kind gesture. We’ve linked lots of gifts that ship cross country and arrive beautifully packaged below!
What about co-worker gifts?
It’s not necessary to give your co-workers gifts. But it often depends on the company culture. So if you are new, ask around! Many offices will do a Secret Santa exchange or, even better, this year many offices are adopting angels from an Angel Tree.
Of course if there is a colleague with whom you’re particularly close, a small gift would be a nice (see ideas below!). Don’t feel pressured to spend a certain amount of money, either. It’s the gesture that counts!
Should I give my boss a gift?
It’s not necessary (or expected) and it some cases it might appear as though you are trying to curry favor. Sending a Christmas card is a nice gesture and a group gift from the entire staff is appropriate but, again, not necessary.
There are caveats, particularly if you’ve know him/her for many years and have a close relationship. If you choose to give a gift, any of the gifts for clients and customers below would also be appropriate. Just be discreet.
I’ve rounded up some of my favorite business gifts this year below based on recipient. The great news is that most of these items can be shipped! So if you are working remotely, these can easily be sent to the recipient (just be sure to add a personalized gift message!).
Gifts for Clients and Customers:
Gifts for Employees:
Gifts for Coworker Friends:
Group Office Staff Gifts:
You can find even more gifts on our Business Gift Guide and Gourmet Gift Guide for everyone on your list! And I’d love to know what business gifting looks like this year for you. Are you planning to give office gifts?