Nicole Setzen of www.niksnaksonlione.com, a Web site offering personal gift ideas and customized items, said when buying gifts for co-workers remember to follow company policy. And use what you know about them.
“Be creative. People are becoming bored with the standard gift -- books, pens or a gift card. Give a gift that is useful and personal,” Setzen said. “Think about the recipient's likes and taste when choosing their gift.”
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Especially during these hard economic times, avoid overspending, because you don't want to make others uncomfortable.
Give your co-worker something he or she can enjoy and get use out of at work, like personalized Notepads or Post-its.
“Spice up your co-workers desks with these fun notepads and post-its,” Setzen said. “There are so many designs and colors to choose from that there is sure to be something here for all styles and tastes.”
Author and etiquette-expert Jacqueline Whitmore also recommends “tailoring to taste” when shopping for fellow employees.
“If you know your co-worker loves or collects a particular thing, use that information,” Whitmore said. “For example, a cookbook is a useful and inexpensive gift for someone whom you know likes to cook. The best gift is a functional one as opposed to one that just looks attractive and collects dust and a few compliments.”
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Give something that your co-worker can enjoy with family or even everyone at the office, such as a personalized bin filled with yummy treats.
Giving money is a definite no-no in the office. But Whitmore said a more-specific gift card can be perfect. Pick up one from any of his or her favorite places to shop.