Shopping for the Ideal Gift for a Co-Worker
Shopping for a gift for a co-worker can be difficult, especially
if it's a grab-bag type of holiday party where you draw names from
a pool. Sometimes you won't even know the person whose name you
drew, and even if you do you probably don't know them well enough
to buy a meaningful gift. This goes for peers, bosses, and those
you supervise or manage.
In this brief article, we share with you some of the insights that
we have garnered through our own experiences in shopping for a co-worker
or a professional colleague. We have been where you are -- we have
struggled with the process of finding, buying and giving just the
right gift for a co-worker or a professional colleague. We hope
that by sharing some of our thoughts in regard to buying a gift
for a co-worker, we will make your own task of finding just the
right gift all the easier for you.
A Unique Gift that Works ... Finding a Gift that is Practical
and Yet Special
But there are some items that will serve the purpose no matter
who you draw. Pen and pencil sets are almost always a welcomed gift-people
patting themselves down for a writing implement is almost a cliché
these days, and a reliable set that clips into briefcase pockets,
folders, and notepads are good bets. Engraved name plates for desks
are also nice gifts for coworkers, as are elegant desktop pencil
Executive Toys ... Lighten Up the Workplace
If you work in an office with a sense of humor, you might try executive
toys. There are dozens of choices, from survival kits with analgesics
to miniature tabletop golf games and tiny office foam basketball
sets. Movie tickets or gift certificates to coffee shops are always
good ideas, as are tastefully-designed water bottles and coffee
mugs. Gift baskets are also quite popular.
Hobbies and Pastimes
If you know something about the person, like what his or her hobbies
or interests are, try something that recognizes the person's pastime.
For instance, if the coworker is an athlete, buy a display-type
book about the sport that she might like to put on her coffee table
at home. Musicians might enjoy a tote bag shaped like their instruments
or have a print of the instrument on the bag. Gift certificates
to book stores are also good choices.
And Remember ... Tell Them "Job Well Done!"
However, if you're the boss, remember that one of the best things
you can do is appreciate your people. A pat on the back helps keep
spirits up day to day, but if you really want to give them something
special, a bonus check is sometimes all you need to give.
Once again, we do hope that we have been able to help you in your
own search for just the right gift for a co-worker, professional
colleague or anyone else in a work related setting.