How to Buy Occupational Gifts
Finding the right gift for a co-worker can be a tough task. Indeed,
buying gifts for the workplace is one of the most complicated tasks
that a person can embark on when it comes to social related tasks.
You have to be very careful that any gift you elect to purchase
well respects the boundaries of the workplace. With this in mind,
we have prepared this little article for you. Here we share with
you some of our own thoughts relating to buying occupational gifts.
A Gift with an Appropriate Career Theme -- Dos and Don'ts
Buying and giving a gift with a career theme can be a fun experience,
even if you know nothing about the occupation. The choices can range
from office decorations and toys to gag gifts and cartoons. Much
will depend on the type of occupation and level the person is within
the company, and you should find that out before you shop.
Shopping for Someone in the Service Occupations
For people who are in service occupations, cartoons, funny poems,
and gag gifts are often popular. Due to the nature of serving grouchy,
hungry, or dissatisfied people, the field is ripe for humor. Consider
a personalized cartoon. There are cartoon career themes available
from hairdresser to police officer, and you can buy them framed
Finding a Serious Occupational Gift
If you want something more serious, go to an occupational supply
store. For instance, if youíre shopping for a nurse, you could find
a cheap stethoscope or another occupational tool and have it framed
in a shadow box. Some of these shops have items like this already
displayed. T-shirts are also popular, as are commemorative wall
plaques for certain occupations.
Finding a Gift for Someone in an Office Setting
For people in offices, you have a wide choice of office toys (such
as the executive sandbox), framed poems and cartoons, or more serious
gifts like pen and pencil sets and highly designed desk accessories.
Often the plaques center around people retiring from the field.
Buying a Gift for a Manager or Supervisor
Sometimes you will be called upon to buy a gift for someone in
your own office who is higher up on the ladder or has been promoted.
In this case itís best to stick to more serious gifts. If you know
the person well, you may want to purchase a desk accessory or office
decoration yourself. If not, itís often acceptable to pool money
with others and buy one very nice, expensive gift.
Giving Gifts to People Who Work for You
If you are giving a gift to people who work for you, remember that
the best gift is often money. It shows you appreciate their efforts.