Keep gifts for coworkers personal – but not too personal, experts warn
Christmas is only three weeks away, and with the season comes the stress of choosing the perfect gift for the people in your life.
It’s hard knowing what to get for everyone, especially the different coworkers in your office. We asked some local experts for suggestions on gifts to give the people with whom you spend much of your day.
Keep the gift “personal but not too personal” when choosing for a coworker, says Terri Herren, HR business partner/owner at The Herren Dimension. When buying for a boss, she said a good option is to go in as a group and get something such as a massage or golf package.
Here are some other options to consider when you’re stuck for ideas:
1. For the White Elephant gift
Something handmade like a painting, a sewn item, or woodworking can be a different option than a regular white elephant gift, Herren said. “The whole idea of the white elephant is it’s kind of fun.”
2. For the green thumb
Amaryllis and Christmas cactus plants bloom around the holidays and offer enjoyment yearly, said Barbara Drummond, former senior analyst of facilities and real estate with Verizon Wireless. Giving amaryllis bulbs around Christmas is a growing tradition, and Drummond said not many people are familiar with the Christmas cactus.
3. For the outdoorsman
Yeti tumblers are a great option for many people and are selling out this season, said Tim Dorsey, general manager at Mast General store. David Vinson, manager in the outdoors department at Mast, said headlamps by Black Diamond and Petzl are good options, or a subscription to the mobile GPS app Earthmate.
4. For the Energizer Bunny
Sparkle Bark – a peppermint bark made with popping candy – paired with a Glitter Edition Brut Sparkling Wine by OneHope, is a fun gift for the “loud, off-the-wall, bouncy person in the office,” said Taryn Scher, the sparkle boss at TK PR.
5. For the fitness guru
A popular item this year in the fitness world is the BKR water bottle. The glass bottle is dishwasher safe and better than using plastic, said Emily Yepes, an instructor at Barre Evolution and RevUp Indoor Cycling, and a marketing representative at Community Journals. A silicone covering protects the bottle from drops and comes in a variety of colors for guys and girls, she said.