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Nifty and Not-So-Nifty Gifties: Proper and Improper Office Gifts:

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By Mia Bolaris-Forget

You’ve probably prepped for the company party, and even for the at-home holiday festivities…and many may even be finished with their holiday shopping and wrapping, except perhaps when it comes to the often dreaded “office exchange”

From re-gifted items to those that are merely a means of “kissing up”, making a gracious offering can lend itself to becoming a complete holiday fiasco, and probably NOT such a good way to kick off the impending new year.

While according to experts the answer is NOT foregoing gifts altogether, after all gifts are a great way to show our thanks and appreciation and to acknowledge a gracious boss or supportive co-worker.

But when it comes to giving personal yet “impersonal” professional gifts, you may find yourself even more evasive than excited. But, professionals point out that picking the perfect gift may be easier than you thought. It’s simply a matter of understanding people (primarily those you work with) and paying attention to their likes, wants and needs. In fact, experts suggest, that since holiday time comes at the same time each and every year and is no surprise, (career) professionals should prepare well in advance. Take mental note of things bosses and co-workers say, especially with regard to things they’d like or would enjoy.

Furthermore, experts suggest staying within the limits of IRS provisions (for holiday gifts which are usually about a $25 deduction per gift). If however you WANT to exceed the limit, especially with regards to someone you like, you may also want to remain cautious about not seeming too personal or like your are trying to win favor.

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