/ Asked by Chris
I'm wondering with Christmas coming up if I should get gifts for my coworkers/bosses... what's the proper etiquette for gift giving in the holiday season?
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, December 9, 2015
First, and most importantly, check your companies policy on gift giving. If your company does not have a policy against gift giving, then you're in the clear. Keep in mind that not everyone celebrates Christmas so be mindful of this when selecting your gifts. For your co-workers, keep the gift small. I would personally recommend nothing over $10, depending on the relationship you have with your team, but use your best judgement. For your boss, you should also keep it small. It may be a good idea to connect with your co-workers and pitch in on a gift together for your boss. A gift card is always easy and an appreciated gift!
Answered by Charlene, Hiring Expert at Gap Inc., on Wednesday, December 9, 2015
What a terrific question, and one that will vary from company to company. Some companies institute a secret Santa gift exchange, where everyone draws a co-worker and brings one present, other companies choose to use this time of year to pull all employee resources and donate to support a local charity or adopt a family in need.  If you are in a situation where these options are not in place and no one has mentioned swapping gifts, you should ask a peer who has been at the company for the last holiday season if they had a holiday party and was it customary to exchange gifts.  If you are still not sure what to do, my recommendation is present your coworkers/boss with a card with a personal message to each individual as to how they have inspired/supported you over the  course of the year.  If you are attending a company holiday party at an individual's house it is customary to bring a host/hostess gift for that person, and it can be something homemade (baked goods), a token of appreciation for them hosting the get together.  Happy Holidays
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, December 18, 2015
This is a good question as it can be awkward if someone gives you a gift, but you don't have one for them.  I would first see if your company has a policy about exchanging gifts.  Typically, there are two scenarios for holiday gift giving at companies.  One is the manager gives small gifts to each of their employees and the employees of that manager all pitch in to give them something.  The other scenario is the holiday party white elephant gift giving where you buy one gift and someone else amongst your peers picks it.  In general, it is unusual for co-workers to exchange gifts unless they are close friends outside of work.  The best thing to do for your company is to ask someone you trust who has been there a while and knows their traditions.
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