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parrotonmyshoulder Thu 14-Dec-17 06:42:27

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

Rainybohoho Thu 14-Dec-17 07:01:22

Notebook each?

Work related and hard to get offended by.

parrotonmyshoulder Thu 14-Dec-17 07:02:59

Thanks.
They could probably still be offended - maybe I’m insinuating that they don’t do enough work!

blueskyinmarch Thu 14-Dec-17 08:12:07

Nice hand team for the women? I was always applying hand cream when I was working in an office. No idea about the bloke. Could he get a food gift? Nice socks - boring but practical?

blueskyinmarch Thu 14-Dec-17 08:12:22

Hand cream obviously!

crochetmonkey74 Thu 14-Dec-17 08:15:16

What about a coffee shop card? Cafe Nero do a Christmas card with a coffee 'inside'?

They should be grateful and not annoyed- that's very cheeky! Do you have to buy them anything?

molifly Thu 14-Dec-17 08:16:10

A nice tin of shortbread? who cares if they are always on diets - it's Christmas and it's thoughtful.

A new Christmas tree decoration?

a £5 costa voucher each?

Undercoverbanana Thu 14-Dec-17 08:20:04

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.

SpartonDregs Thu 14-Dec-17 08:21:50

what do they get you usually?

haba Thu 14-Dec-17 08:25:33

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.

FarAwayFromLand Thu 14-Dec-17 08:29:15

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!

molifly Thu 14-Dec-17 08:29:48

Haba - i didn't mean the shortbread was thoughtful i meant getting a gift was thoughtful so who cares what it was for crappy colleagues.

magpiemischief Thu 14-Dec-17 08:31:05

A book
Hand cream
Nice soap
Candle
Scarf
Mug

haba Thu 14-Dec-17 08:33:13

Ah, I see! Faraway- I shall send you any shortbread I get, I hate it! Diabetes in a tin.... It's so sweet it makes my teeth hurt looking at it!

user1474128210 Thu 14-Dec-17 08:37:16

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.😳

Sarahjconnor Thu 14-Dec-17 08:39:12

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.

FarAwayFromLand Thu 14-Dec-17 18:05:26

Haba please do grin I am pregnant and would eat any form of sweet snack right now.

Also if you think shortbread is sweet (really?? It's practically savoury!) Don't ever try tablet. Seriously.

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