Office Holiday Gift Etiquette

For many of you this may be your first holiday working in a big girl job. The social environment of  work places can vary, as every office has a unique culture in and of itself. However, in general there are certain protocol and procedures that are in place from the most mundane of days to special occasions like holidays and holiday gifting.

From partaking in your office holiday gift exchange to wanting to send a little holiday cheer to your coworkers, here are the Do’s and Don’ts of holiday gifting in the work place:

Holiday Gift Etiquette Do’s

  • Leave a Holiday card in each of your team members mail box
  • Chip in as a team on a Starbucks gift card for your boss
  • Leave a surprise holiday treat on your work confidants desk (you wouldn’t have made it through the year without them)
  • Abide by the holiday gift limit for the office Secret Santa exchange
  • Treat your intern to a coffee or cupcake break

Holiday Gift Etiquette Don’ts

  • Send a Christmas card to your jewish colleague (and vice versa)
  • Give unexpected lavish gifts to co-workers (you brown noser, you)
  • Forget to buy your assigned work Secret Santa a gift
  • Disburse your holiday cards the day before the holiday. Aim to deliver them a week prior, keeping in mind many people take off for an extended holiday vacation
  • Send your intern out to do your holiday shopping


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