Business Gifting Etiquette in 2020 (and Beyond!) | Do Say Give

Business Gifting Etiquette in 2020 (and Beyond!)


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:

Under $25

Microchip cookies are a unique gift and so yummy!
A fun cocktail mix! Use code DOSAYGIVE for 10% off!
Mini personalized cutting board! Tie with a festive bow and you're set!
Free shipping on these petit fours!

Under $50

Jammit Jam has great gift baskets at every price point.
This is available at several different price points!
If you want to send a Texas themed gift!
Famous truffles in a lovely keepsake tin!

Under $200

Popular gift on Amazon Prime!
This Christmas Morning basket would be such a treat!
Steaks from this company is definitely a fabulous gift!
Pair this lovely box with a bottle of wine!
Yeti coolers are a no fail gift!
How beautiful are these knives? Several colors but I love the bright ones!
Games make lovely gifts for anyone on your list. Free shipping.
Wow them with fresh lobster from Maine!

Gifts for Employees:

Barefoot Dreams blankets are so popular! Free shipping!
A great gift for the guys on your team.
Everyone could use a Tile!
Wow everyone with new AirPods!

A special gift for an employee with young children.
They will definitely enjoy this over the holidays!
A Coravin is a great gift for anyone who enjoys wine!
A fun family gift!

Gifts for Coworker Friends:

25% off our favorite holiday candle! Free shipping, too.
A fun little holiday wine gift!
A great gift for male coworkers.
For the lady who deserves a little self care! Free shipping.

Group Office Staff Gifts:

These come individually wrapped and are so yummy!
Everyone gets their own cube of candy!
Miniture cupcakes are sure to be a crowd pleaser!
This popcorn comes individually wrapped, too.


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?

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