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|Written by Miss Smartypants|
|Monday, 20 December 2010 00:00|
Dear Miss Smartypants,
Turns out my co-workers give each other gifts for Christmas. So far all I've received is a few candles and cards, so it's nothing too expensive, but I don't know what to get them. I was thinking about baking something nice and giving each person a few of whatever it is in little tin. Do you have any other ideas?
Socially Obligating Giving is Confusing
First, let's get this out of the way: just because someone gives you a gift doesn't mean you are obligated to give one back. By all means do so because you want to, but don't let this idea of "social obligation" hang over you for the rest of your working days. The only thing you are obligated to do is say thank you or send a thank you note if you don't receive the gift in person. On to the gift: keeping it small and simple is exactly the right tack. Something homemade (sucre à la crème?) is sure to be appreciated, but, if you want to buy, stay along the same things. Wine charms, candles, small boxes of chocolate, gift cards to whatever coffeehouse or eatery your co-workers frequent will be appreciated. You can always keep a small stash of these in your desk drawer so that the next time someone drops by with another candle, you can say, "Oh, I have something for you, too!" and mean it.