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December 23rd, 2004

Intra-office Gifts

Yesterday Paul discussed corporate giving, when companies and their clients give each other gifts (usually food-related) over the holidays. Today, I want to discuss intra-office giving, exchanging between co-workers.

Fortunately, over the last seven holiday seasons, there’s been very little intra-office gift giving that I’ve been involved in. I think my boss and I may have exchanged gifts once or twice a few years ago and there are a couple of people I exchange cards with, but in general, work is work and I’m happy to not have another set of people to buy for.

But I know some offices that go nuts with Secret Santa, polyanna, etc. gift exchanges. They can be kind of fun, I think, but at the same time, it seems to me that the holidays are already stressful for most people. Trying to shop for one’s family is tough enough, let alone one’s co-workers.

What’s your take?

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