Gift Giving in the Office of Student Affairs

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!

Beautiful holiday gift boxes from Homegoods (inexpensive and easy packaging!)

Beautiful holiday gift boxes from Homegoods (inexpensive and easy packaging!)

Cake Batter Cookies and Chocolate Covered Oreos (Festive sprinkles courtesy of Homegoods)

Cake Batter Cookies and Chocolate Covered Oreos
(Festive sprinkles courtesy of Homegoods)

Here are some other really cost effective ideas:

Tea or Coffee from a cutesy speciality store that you coworker might not regularly treat themselves too, a nice a way to spice up the morning routine.  You could also give a one big office gift and add some speciality teas or coffee to your office common space or kitchen. (Too Tea)

Tea or Coffee from a cutesy speciality store that your coworker might not regularly treat themselves too, a nice a way to spice up the morning routine. You could also give a one big office gift and add some speciality teas or coffee to your office common space or kitchen –  One time wrap, many receivers.
(Tea Too)

A small decoration such as an ornament or tiny nick-nack for a seasonal decoration.  These ornaments come in a set of two and can be given individually (H&M)

A small decoration such as an ornament or tiny nick-nack for a shiny seasonal decoration. These ornaments come in a set of two and can be given individually.
(H&M)

Plants! Plants like succulents or cacti that don't die (minimal plant owner responsibility) are fabulous desk additions and can spruce up a messy desk (Grounds of Alexandria)

Plants! Plants like succulents or cacti that don’t die (minimal plant owner responsibility) are fabulous desk additions and can spruce up a messy desk
(Grounds of Alexandria)

Wishing you the happiest of holiday work parties!

Joy

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