Business Gifting Etiquette & Ideas

When it comes to business gifting, DoSayGive has you covered. Who to buy for, what to get — we have all the answers! 

Who should I buy gifts for?

It’s a good idea to give to loyal clients and customers, employees, and office staff (particularly smaller staffs or the team members that report directly to you) as a way to say thank you for their loyalty, business, and hard work. If you are giving year-end bonuses, a gift is not necessary but is still a kind gesture. We’ve linked lots of gifts that ship cross country and arrive beautifully packaged below!

What about co-worker gifts? 

It’s not always necessary to give your co-workers gifts, but it often depends on the company culture. So if you are new, ask around! Many offices host a Secret Santa exchange or, even better, adopt angels from an Angel Tree. 

Of course if there is a colleague with whom you’re particularly close, a small gift would be nice (see ideas below!). Don’t feel pressured to spend a certain amount of money, though. It’s the gesture that counts!

Should I give my boss a gift? 

It’s not necessary (or expected), and in some cases it might appear as though you are trying to earn favor. Sending a Christmas card is a nice gesture and a group gift from the entire staff is appropriate but, again, not necessary. 

There are caveats, particularly if you’ve known him or her for many years and have a close relationship. If you do choose to give a gift, any of the gifts for clients and customers below would also be appropriate. Just be discreet. 

We’ve rounded up some of my favorite business gifts this year below based on recipient. The great news is that most of these items can be shipped! So if you work remotely, these can easily be sent to the recipient (just be sure to add a personalized gift message!). 

Gifts for Clients and Customers:

Gifts for Employees/Staff:

Gifts for Coworker Friends:

Group Office Staff Gifts:


You can find more gifts on our Business Gift Guide and Gourmet Gift Guide for everyone on your list! And I’d love to know what business gifting looks like for you now. Are you planning to give office gifts? Share in the comments below!


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