Oh, You’re So Generous!
Just like Santa travels round the world in his globe on Christmas Eve, I have traveled the World Wide Web in search of some great gift-giving ideas you can integrate into your corporate culture this year.
From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: NOAA advocates giving gifts with the potential to save lives. How about an all-hazards radio?
The State of Indiana Parks and Recreation system hopes you will give everyone on your list a pass to get into one of its parks in the upcoming year—and if you have someone on your list who doesn’t want a gift, then donate money to the Parks Department in their name, by all means!
The American Red Cross wants you to give blood—just kidding! Seriously, it suggests that you make donations in someone’s name to provide meals, military comfort kits, vaccinations, or just aid where needed.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency wants you to think green when you choose gifts—like reusable lunch bags, diaper service for a month, refillable pens—and wrap them in something that won’t go into a landfill, like a scarf, hanky, maps or even fabric scraps.
Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts and the federal Department of Defense both have guidelines stating that while supervisors may not normally accept gifts from subordinates, they may do so during the holidays if gifts are valued under $10 and are not cash gifts. Supervisors may accept food and refreshments shared and may participate in planning festive gatherings. If a subordinate goes to a supervisor’s home for an event, it is permitted to take a customary hospitality gift. I really like this idea of limiting gifts for supervisors.