When the holiday season is right around the corner, everyone just gets overcome by the spirit of gift giving. This same spirit of generosity also finds its way into the workplace, so if you're working in a tight knit department or unit, you may want to explore the different kinds of holiday gifts that you can give to your co-workers. Picking out the right gift for a certain person is always a tough task. Chances are, you don't really know your co-workers well enough to judge what they would want as gifts on the most special of occasions. Times like these, you might have to resort to giving universally acceptable gifts that would be appreciated by just about anyone.
Here are some of the gift ideas that you may consider giving your co-workers.
Despite the heavily digitized world in which we all live now, people still love to curl up in the lounge and read a good book. Sure, there are e-books up for downloading at just about every download and e-book site, but there's something special about the smell of newly pressed paper and the texture of a smooth book spine that soothes those who dare to experience the joy of reading.
Best sellers and novels are always a good choice. Most people would probably enjoy thrilling and exciting reads. Make sure that you've read the book yourself, or at least know the basic premise of the story, before you give the same title to co-workers, so you can make sure it will be appropriate.
Bookstores and internet bookshops are also teeming with self-help books. These books that seek to improve the mindset and psyche of the reader could definitely send some positive vibes your way. Giving gifts with the well-being of the receiver in mind is always a great thing.
Now that almost everyone has a portable music player, giving away vouchers for music downloads as well as music albums seems to be a very good idea. The voucher is a double edged sword. While it is great that the receiver will get a free hand in picking which songs he or she may want to download with the coupon that you will give him or her, it might come across that you failed to think about what you truly want to give in the first place.
If you have extra money to spare, a nice ticket to a musical, the opera or a rock concert could also be a great idea. This is especially good for those with co-wokers who have a strong interest in music.
A DVD of one's favorite movie is also a very good gift idea. If one of your co-workers can't stop talking about a movie that he or she caught at the theater, you can be sure that the same co-worker would appreciate a copy of that same movie.
Something you made yourself
Yes, this is still an option. And perhaps due to the recession, this might be the best idea of the bunch. If you're the artistic type, you can always create works of art or small trinkets to show your appreciation for your co-workers. You can also sketch them. Or if you're a photographer, offer to take their portrait, and print out the photo and place it in a nice frame.
In the end, just remember that whether your gift is big or small, it really is the thought that counts.