According to Entrepreneur.com, here’s the skinny on picking the best, no perfect, business gifts…just in time for your Christmas party!
by Ross McCammon | Engtrepreneur.com | Nov 16, 2013
The best business-related gift I ever received was the most surprising gift I ever received. An associate called ahead to a nice restaurant he knew I’d be eating at with friends and told the maitre d’ he wanted to buy us a round–anything we wanted–at the end of the night. When the waiter informed us, we asked him to order for us; he brought us three very interesting scotches. No drink has ever tasted better.
That gift defined the evening–it made it memorable. It was a kind gift. And it was a risky gift, considering he left the ordering to us. But most important, it was a selfless, thoughtful and surprising gift. Which is what every gift should be. If it’s not all three of those things, it’s not necessarily a bad gift, but it’s lacking. And if you’re going to go to all this trouble, why should it be lacking?
Before you look for a gift for someone, it helps to ask yourself why you are getting this person a gift. Is it to reward good behavior? Is it to elicit future behavior? Is the gift-giving really just an act of bribery? Is it an attempt to secure goodwill that you might not otherwise receive?
Or a job? Or funding? Or some sort of favor? Or the promise to not file charges? The question is: Is your gift ulterior–consciously ulterior–in some way?
If the answer to any of these questions is yes, it’s not necessarily a problem. (Business demands that we test the limits of our moral codes from time to time.) But the point that needs to be made is: That’s not a true gift, but something else entirely. It’s bribery, or metaphorical back-scratching. And you might as well just go with expensive if you’re back-scratching, because the gift has already been corrupted.
What this is going to be about is: gifts. True gifts. The kind that are selfless, thoughtful, modest and surprising. And not necessarily expensive. (Which is nice.)