WORKPLACE GIFT-GIVING TIPS:
-Give everyone the same level of gift within your budget.
-Write a handwritten thank-you note if you receive a gift from the boss.
-Consider a group gift from the team for the boss.
-Choose a gift related to someone’s hobby (gift cards are acceptable).
-Exchange gifts with a specific co-worker/friend outside the office.
-Stay away from giving alcohol (some policies forbid it).
-Feel like you’re expected to reciprocate gift-giving.
-Give a gift to a co-worker on a tight budget.
-Give a gift too personal (nose-hair trimmer, flowers, lingerie).
-Give a gift that involves self-improvement (weight loss, makeovers, etc.).
-Re-gift an item from anyone in your office to another co-worker.
SOURCE: Elena Brouwer, director of the International Etiquette Centre in Hollywood, Fla.
Cindy Krischer Goodman is CEO of BalanceGal LLC, a provider of news and advice on how to balance work and life. She can be reached at balancegalgmail.com. Read her columns and blog at http://worklifebalancingact.com/.