Choosing and buying a Christmas gift for your employees can be a very difficult and there are many factors which you will need to consider. The most important thing to remember is that the gifts must be equal, if your employees become aware that you value their contribution less than others than they will without a doubt become demotivated. A Christmas bonus is a different matter altogether, and can be relative to salary size, e.g. a specific percentage. Unless you run a very small operation, say 10 employees or less, it is therefore inappropriate to purchase individual gifts in order to prevent jealousy or a perception that one persons gift is of much greater value than another. Thankfully, the solution is really rather easy.
What To Buy Your Employees For Christmas
Wondering what to buy your employees for Christmas? Well thankfully the solution is both easy and cost effective, here it is...
And that is to purchase everybody precisely the same gift, and that means buying gift vouchers to a set value. Choosing which gift vouchers to purchase is, in itself, a difficult decision. Some retailers appeal more to females than males, and some more to males than females, and some more to the young than to the more mature. The solution is to buy gift vouchers which can either be used across a wide variety of retail outlets, or which can be used to purchase goods on sites which cater for any market - such as Amazon.com. You can't buy wine, as some in your office may not approve of or drink alcohol, you can't buy a turkey as not everybody will be meat eaters and not all will be hosting a Christmas dinner (not to mention the possibility of religious differences), and buying chocolate may not be to everyone's taste; in fact many people, believe it or not, do not or cannot include chocolate within their diet. The best solution for everybody is if gift vouchers are presented, for equal amounts and for the same retailer, here are my suggestions:
Amazon Gift Cards - Box of 50 Cards ($10, $25 or $50)
Amazon.com is perhaps the best bet, solely due to the extensive range of goods that it stocks. Whether your employees choose chocolates, the latest Xbox game, some new perfume or aftershave, a new shirt or even gourmet food, Amazon.com will stock it. A surefire way of ensuring that all employees are happy with their Christmas gift. Amazon.com is preferable to eBay.com due to its ease of use, an employee with no experience of eBay will find the process of registration and bidding a daunting and inconvenient one. Amazon.com is now, also, the largest online retailer in not only the United States but also the world!
The Cheesecake Factory Gift Card ($25 or $50)
Another fantastic gesture is to buy each of your employees a meal out, and there is no better way to do so then to gift them a voucher for a popular national chain of restaurants such as The Cheescake Factory. No need to worry about offending vegetarians, The Cheescake Factory has an excellent vegetarian menu! These vouchers are available in either $25 or $50 denominations, with the former perhaps paying for the meal of the employee only and the latter enabling them to also pay for their spouse.
Marriott Gift Card ($50 or $100)
Or for those businesses with less employees or those who remain highly successful despite the current financial climate, perhaps go one step further than a meal and purchase them the plethora of leisure possibilities that a Marriott TravelCard Gift Card will provide. Available in $50 or $100 denominations, these gift cards can be used against any purchase at any Marriott resort (over 2900 worldwide!). They can use the cash towards a hotel stay, a spa day, a golf day, or perhaps a meal if they prefer. No business is too far away from a Marriott. When purchasing from Amazon you may mail the gift in a personalized 5" x 7" greeting card chosen from a wide range of designs, or alternatively you can simply buy the gift cards alone and present them however you please.