When holiday time is near and the last thing you want is for your employees to think of you as Ebenezer Scrooge, think about getting them gifts to let them know you appreciate them and all the hard work they do for you on a daily basis. If your company has done pretty well for the year and financially speaking there’s a bit a surplus, why not invest a bit back into the people who help make the company what it is.
No matter how well intentioned you are, finding gifts for multiple employees can prove to be a challenge. Choosing a personalized gift for everyone on payroll may not be the best idea. This could require quite a bit of research on your part in order to get a firm grasp on say, Mike in the mailroom’s preferred tie color. It could end up taking up a lot of very valuable time and result in a loss of business if you’re not careful. It’s also a great way to get your employees to begin questioning who your favorite persona at the company might be. Not to mention, a personal gift may not be entirely appropriate in every circumstance. Instead, think about purchasing the same thing for everyone.
There are a few different ways to go about selecting corporate gifts for employees. Before you do any shopping, set a budget. It’s a good idea to have an idea of how much you really want to spend before you put the company card down. Also, select a theme. This will help streamline the process. For instance, if you want to give a humorous gift as a way to lighten up the mood and get everyone laughing at the company party, you know can likely eliminate a shopping trip to the office supply store. Or, if you want to use food as a theme, save time by not stopping in at Sharper Image, no matter how awesome the massage chair looks in the mall window. Instead, head straight on down to the local coffee shop and buy them out of gift certificates or stop off at a confections store for some nicely wrapped chocolate or other sweet treats. After you’ve decided upon your gift idea, if you’ve got the time, go out and personally select the item or items yourself. This is one way to ensure that what you purchase is exactly what you have in mind. Grab a gingerbread latte while you’re at it and in no time you’ll find yourself into the holiday spirit and in a giving mood.
If you’re a bit more strapped for time, ecommerce is always there for you. No matter the time of day or night, the Internet will always be open and will always accept payment. Browse the web for some interesting ideas within your designated price range and see what you can come up with. If you’re having trouble selecting just one gift you can select an array of smaller items and while your shopping, order some bulk gift bags. Once everything arrives at your home or office, enlist the help of your office assistant (or a family member if you’re trying to keep your surprise totally secret) and get to work assembling your gifts with tissue paper and some pretty ribbon.
No matter the method, if you put in a little effort, your employees will know you care about them. And in turn, their appreciation of you will likely extend far past the holiday season.