When it comes to shopping for holiday gifts for coworkers or your boss, it can be a daunting task, especially in tight economic times. You want to recognize your coworkers and boss, but coming up with gifts that are suitable for everyone, affordable and sure to be appreciated by everyone takes some thought and creativity. Gift baskets are nice, and homemade goodies are usually appreciated, but sometimes these sorts of gifts are overdone, leaving the recipients up to their ears in fruitcakes and fudge. So, what are some unique and affordable gifts for the people at your office? Here are a few ideas that might spark more ideas of your own.
Chair Massages– Check out your local school of massage and hire a student or two, to come to your office to give your coworkers chair massages. Most massage students need to get a certain number of practice hours in, and will work for a very reasonable rate. Since there is no more stressful time in the year than during the holidays, a chair massage is a gift that fits everyone, and it sure to be a huge hit with all of your coworkers. Talk to your boss to determine the proper time and place, such as the lunch hour, and make certain that he or she, is to be present for a massage, too.
Lunchtime Pizza Party-– They say there is no such thing as a free lunch, and for you, the giver, that will be true, but consider treating your coworkers to a free pizza party for lunch. Pick up a number of “take and go” pizzas at your local pizzeria, and provide beverages. There are many pizza places out there that offer “take and go” one topping pizzas for $5 for a large pizza. Since few people are apt to eat an entire large pizza, you will have provided a gift that most will love for less than $5 per person. You can’t beat that for a price these days.
Make a Donation–Since you and your coworkers are blessed enough to have jobs, make a donation to a local food bank in the amount that you had planned to spend on your coworkers. Provide your coworkers and boss with nice cards telling them that their gift is knowing that they are providing holiday meals for hungry families. With the economy in such rough shape, more and more people are needing the assistance of food banks, and fewer people can afford to donate. Making a gift, in the name of your company, to a local food bank or homeless shelter is something that everyone can feel good about, especially at a time when the more fortunate among us are likely to be doing a lot of overeating.
I hope that these office gift ideas help you in your search for the perfect gift for your coworkers. Maybe I have helped you come up with some unique ideas of your own. Whatever the case, know that you can stay within your budget when buying gifts for coworkers and still put a smile on everyone’s face.