Should You Get Your Boss A Christmas Gift?

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If you are thinking to yourself, should I get my boss a Christmas gift?  The answer is no, no and, I repeat, a big fat no! Except that sometimes the answer is a maybe and sometimes it can even be a yes.

Ok, let me ‘splain Lucy.  Let’s face it; no one really wants to buy their boss a Christmas gift.  You don’t really like your boss all that much because, well, he’s the one that just keeps piling the work on you.  And then you’re supposed to spend your hard-earned cash on a gift for him?  I don’t think so.  In my opinion, if anyone is going to buy gifts, it should be the bosses buying for the employees.  I really think gift-giving in general is way over the top in most organizations and mostly unnecessary.  However, it can be a nice way for a boss to show appreciation for his employees.  Preferable the gift is a nice, big cash bonus but smaller gifts are certainly nice too.

There are times though when you do have a great relationship with your boss and you do want to show some extra appreciation to him with a Christmas gift.  Heck, you may even love your boss!  In these cases, you may want to spring for a Christmas gift as a gesture.  If you are part of team that works under the same boss, it’s usually best to stick to group gifts from all of you.  You don’t want to appear to be trying to score brownie points or be a brown-nose.  Even if it is a group gift, keep it on the small side and preferably something that the boss can use at the office.

In the end, I guess what I am saying is anything goes but you should bear in mind both the culture of the organization and the relationship you have with your boss before you decide Christmas gift or no Christmas gift?

Happy shopping, or not!

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

chris November 25, 2015 at 4:16 pm

I agree your boss should not be getting a gift. You know nothing about him or her and they may not like it.

JANE A. November 25, 2015 at 4:40 pm

I agree that it doesn’t make sense to spend your hard earned cash on your boss. He or she might not even like what you get. It is definitely safe to go with a group gift that your boss may use in the office where it’s a constant reminder of how much he/she is appreciated. Brownie points will lose you the respect of your co-workers without a doubt. We spend way too much money on gifts this time of year anyway.

Matthew Horton December 2, 2015 at 10:08 am

I think it really depends on each specific situation. If you have a great relationship with your boss, it would be a nice gesture to get them a little something for the holiday season. I’m sure they would appreciate it. However, if you don’t have a great relationship with your boss, and may not know what they like/don’t like, it might be a safe bet not to get them any kind of gift so you don’t risk offending anyone. Perhaps a nice holiday card to show appreciation for the job would be nice, though. Might be best to figure out what your coworkers are doing first.

Lorelei December 3, 2015 at 6:19 pm

My department chips in to get a little something for our boss. He gets each of us a gift as well so we like to give back!

Avril December 4, 2015 at 3:27 pm

This is always a touchy subject. I think it depends on your relationship with your boss. I don’t feel obligated to give a gift but at the same time we have a great relationship so I would.

Rami December 7, 2015 at 11:14 am

I don’t see an issue with sending your boss a gift at all. I think you should keep it small and sweet but still a very nice gesture.

Jasmine December 8, 2015 at 1:39 pm

I agree with Rami actually. I don’t see the harm if you know your boss. Some bosses are like friends honestly.

Jess December 9, 2015 at 8:51 am

I think like Jasmine said it really depends on your relationship with your boss. I’d probably opt to avoid it all together though if you are even the slightest bit unsure

Sarah December 9, 2015 at 3:29 pm

I usually just bake for everyone in the office.

amanda December 10, 2015 at 4:07 pm

I tend to bake too Sarah, its now become a tradition.

Joni December 11, 2015 at 9:36 am

Do what you feel is right is my motto. Sarah I agree with you – I like to bake or bring something everyone in the team can enjoy – including boss!

Lucille December 15, 2015 at 10:40 am

We usually chip in for a gift card. I don’t see why not. Doesn’t have to be a huge gift.

Josey December 16, 2015 at 9:16 am

You can never go wrong with Food for your team if you have one. If it’s just your boss, bake cookies? Or something like that. Don’t overthink this.

Carly December 17, 2015 at 10:53 am

NO! yikes, they have bosses day-what more do they want? I, for one ,am keeping my hard earned money for my family

Katrina January 6, 2016 at 10:25 am

It’s probably not a good idea. Get your boss a baked good or something small like food related. Can’t go wrong 🙂

SHELLY September 22, 2016 at 3:58 pm

I think the boss is the one that should be buying the gifts.

Karen L September 27, 2016 at 11:16 am

Of course! I remember giving my boss a long time ago a card and a box of those amazing chocolates (Ferrero Rocher) for Christmas and he was pleasantly surprised to see someone thought of him during Christmas. Gifts shouldn’t be exclusive just to some co workers. Spread the joy!

Leslie M September 29, 2016 at 11:34 pm

It’s according on your relationship with your boss. If you work close together then it’s ok to purchase a card and small gift but nothing big but if you don’t really have a close relationship with your boss it doesn’t make sense to purchase a gift, besides the boss makes way more money than you and don’t need your gift.

Samantha P November 28, 2016 at 4:20 pm

This article (and the comments) was very helpful. I have been trying to decide if I should buy a Christmas gift for my boss or not. As many people wrote, I think it really depends on your relationship, so I’ll need to decide for myself. If I’m questioning it this much, it probably means that I should not buy a gift.

Melly September 20, 2018 at 12:14 pm

I like the group gift idea.

Aaron September 27, 2019 at 8:27 pm

I always give gifts. A group gift shows solidarity and could save some money.

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