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    Appropriate Christmas Gifts for Employees

    I work for a company that has about 800 employees. I have a team of 24 people including 2 managers, 5 supervisors, several clerks, and two personal assistants.

    A few questions

    Are gift cards, appropriate gifts to give out?

    What dollar value should the gift cards be ?

    Should I give everyone the same gift or should it be position based or performance based?

    Or should I just say Bah Humbug and hand out only the greeting card this year?

    My boss is a Scrooge and leaves me a bottle of cheap wine that he leaves outside my office door. I would appreciate ideas. Thanks.

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    Do the “24” affect your income (do you earn off their performance)?
    If no then organize a secret Santa type exchange and max it at $50-$100
    If yes then come up with a number that works ($30 gift card to $250+ for a valuable employee)
    If you are the owner than that’s a different ball game...

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    No not the owner and I don't earn anything from their work performance. Gift would be personal and comes from my own earnings. My lowest paid employees earn about $35 per hour and my two managers earn about $60 per hour.

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    I would go the Secret Santa route, kinda fun for everyone that wants to participate...

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    The Secret Santa is best because you can ask who wants to participate and those people draw a name. So instead of 24 presents you only have one to get.
    I would keep it to 20- 30 dollars. Not everybody in the office can afford it.

    Alot of time it ends up as a coffee card. But the idea is to get them something they want or will use. The coffee card for me, is the bottom basement idea, as the secret santa did not put any thought into the gift.... Of course there are the coffee holic exceptions.....And you have to get the right brand (starbucks, tims, second cup etc)

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    I don't want to go the Secret Santa route but I am thinking gift cards for all. But good point about coffee gift cards and not everyone liking the same brands.

    I saw some multi restaurant cards and am thinking about those. But again wondering if I should purchase everyone the same dollar amount or rewarding my harder working staff something higher. Am I at risk of looking like I am favoring some? Some I would like to give them a lump of coal because they are absolute union assholes - always minimal effort, disrespecting their team mates and knowing the union protects them. One individual bullied and intimidated his crew and then disrespected his manager. After two investigations that found him guilty, he got away with it both times, and continues to act like he can do what the F he wants. Union protects him over his crew's accusations and HR are wimps to do anything because they like to kiss Union ass.

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    Kinda wondering how the lump of coal got put in socking in the first place....Coal was used for heat. Did it stand for that you need to use the coal to help heat up the place for everybody, thus your gift is to help everybody else out, because you been bad....

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    Mine is a small staff who have been with me for years so I know what they like.
    A friend of mine who owns a larger company with ~ 20 employees has done this...
    In October he sends out an email asking each employee to respond to a few simple questions about their preferences such as What do you do for entertainment? What's your favorite food? Do you have any hobbies? What's your favorite colour? I think he got the idea from a business planner he hired at one time. Any way it is about 10 - 12 questions of various types.
    Then from the answers he and his executive assistant (we can't call them secretaries any more LOL!) can plan the perfect gift foe each employee.

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    Christmas dinner and a handshake this year.
    For me, it depends on what kind of year the company had and how they contributed to it. Usually it will be a gift card to something I know they like or a bonus cheque if it was a good year. The amount would be determined by their performance during that year.
    I always also do a small personal token gift.

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    This your first Christmas or something? What did you did for the previous multitude of them?

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    For the ladies....

    But they have to use it at work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by masterblaster View Post
    This your first Christmas or something? What did you did for the previous multitude of them?
    My team has grown significantly since last year and I do take them out for lunch on the company dime. When I had ten, I would give them a $15 coffee card and a tin of Quality Street. But now that I have more than double I am thinking I should be less generous to the under performers and more generous with the individuals who are contributors rather than pariah. Thinking it should range from $50 gift cards down to $15, so was hoping to find out what others consider appropriate.

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    It's really up to you if you want to give some employees a more generous giftcard than others. I think a good option would be a prepaid Visa or Mastercard giftcard. It gives the person more buying power and if you run a corporation some of these banks can hook you up with a good deal. My employer has given them out as prizes in the past, and I know for a fact that they get up 20% off deals when they buy said giftcards in bulk. So a $50 giftcard I received really cost the company $40. Depending on the size of your business and your relationship with the bank you do business with you should be able to get some type of special deal on prepaid Visas too.

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    I say Gift Cards.

    I found Secret Santa works the best with small close group only.

    In the past I had gotten CF SHOP! Gift Cards as Christmas gifts. worked find for me (it was $300 ~ $1000)

    Last year we did Nordstrom gift cards and I wouldn't mind the same this year.

    Value can be anything depending on your company size and budget.

    If you are going for less than $100 value, then maybe look into Starbucks or Tim Hortons gift cards. ($50 Starbucks ain't too bad for a Christmas gift)

    Any gift cards at well known retail/restaurants should work. (I also received KEG EARLS etc)

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