I’m expected to buy presents for colleagues (team) at work. I never know what to get and they always look annoyed! I’m not usually bad at this sort of thing and don’t usually take it personally, but more fragile this year for various reasons and don’t need work present giving to be stressful. Can’t give wine. 2 are on constant diets so chocolate seems unkind. 6 women and 1 man. Preferably around £5. Thanks
Presents for people you work with? Dear God! This Christmas thing is insane. You can't buy people hand cream - people have different types of skin and some hand creams reek depending on your sense of smell. Can't you all donate to the local Foodbank or Homeless Shelter instead?
Sorry for derailing. I am recovering from a period of bad anxiety and am feeling shocked to find Christmas is happening and I hate it.
I guess it depends on the culture in your workplace.
Molifly- how is shortbread "thoughtful", particularly when colleagues are always on diets? It just says, 'oh, I was in the supermarket and grabbed the first thing off the christmas display'! Shortbread is a rubbish present.
I've had to buy for support staff this year (we take turns) and bought baubles filled with hot chocolate, salted caramel truffles and mulled wine tea from John Lewis. They are £6 and I think they are rather pretty. Hopefully they like them.
I bloody live shortbread and would love that as a gift!
I am afraid I was a grinch and said I wasn’t buying this year for the office and didn’t want any presents either but I have baked and decorated a big gingerbread house to go in the office to decorate (and eat) and it didn’t go down badly at all! Last year it cost me £40 and I just bought people rubbish and received (well meaning) rubbish back.😳
That's ridiculous. You have to spend hard earned money on people you don't like, buying things they wont need, or in all likelihood like. WTF is the point. I'd get 7 £5 vouchers for costa an be done with it.
What I'd actually do is give one a warm pair of gloves, one a warm pair of socks, another a wooly hat, then a large tin of biscuits, a thermos flask filled with coffee or tea and finally a waterproof but cheap rucksack and a fleece blanket then I'd grin and say 'don't you want those things, no problem' - bundle them into the rucksack and give to a homeless person. Because Christmas isn't about buying people you don't like shit they don't need.