Manner Monday: Business Gifts

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With the Holiday season in full swing, many Business Gifts will be exchanged between clients, customers and colleagues.   Throughout the year, business gifts can be the perfect way to share an important milestone with a colleague or a great way to show a client they matter.  These Gifts can also create an uncomfortable situation where boundaries are crossed and client or colleague relations are left hanging in an awkward, uncomfortable state.  Take some time to think through whether a gift is appropriate and necessary.  By choosing a gift that is too expensive or extravagant, this sends the wrong signal and can easily create ethical issues.  Sometimes a simple card is gift enough.

Gifts for the Boss?  Refrain from giving a personal gift to the boss; unfortunately this may be frowned upon by your colleagues leaving them thinking you’re trying to “one up” them.  Instead, if a gift is necessary, look to your fellow employees and consider giving a “group” gift.  By giving a group gift, everyone is included and the opportunities for favoritism are left at bay.

It’s all in the Presentation.  Thinking through the presentation can make a small gift seem so much more special.  Nice packaging says, “you’re important”; “you’re special”.  You can easily spiff up a gift card by placing it in a gift box and adding a nice bow; by taking a few extra minutes to make it more than just an envelope, the recipient knows you took a bit of time and the gift was not an afterthought.

Do you have little ones in your life who need gifts during the Holidays?  We have personalized stationery that makes great Teacher gifts, stocking stuffers for nieces, nephews and grandchildren.  We also have darling place mats that help the little ones in your life get a jump start on their table manners and make dining more fun.  To view our products, hop over to the Products Page to take a peek.  Don’t forget, we giving away a placemat to a lucky recipient who leaves a comment on last weeks blog post “Comfortable Conversation at the Dinner Table”.

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