The malls are packed, alerts are set for online sales. You have your lists color coded and organized by store for all your gift giving needs – for friends and family at least. Holiday gifts for co-workers can get tricky. How much should you spend? How much do you want to spend? How much can you spend? Where do you draw the line?
We have a lot of co-workers in student affairs. I stick to my immediate departmental colleagues and our student staff. I am one of a nine person team so this is a manageable number. If your immediate department creeps into the double digits it’s okay to minimize the number of people you get a gift for. If you are not giving something to everyone, keep in mind your immediate supervisor, anyone who directly reports to (student staff counts) and administrative support.
Food is also a really cost effect way to cover a lot of colleagues. This year I went with chocolate covered oreos and cake batter cookies with Christmas sprinkles!
Here are some other really cost effective ideas:
Wishing you the happiest of holiday work parties!