You start off thinking you’ve got it all covered.
One small gift for each of the women in the office. So that’s it right? Three gifts. Go to The Body Shop in the mall and buy three small, $10 body butters in nice holiday packaging. No need to wrap, slap a card on them and good to go right?
Oh, not so fast! A dilemma: Another friend whom I did not get a gift gave me a present of a tiny water feature that will sit on my desk to give me tranquility. To the card she taped a marble, in case I lost my last one (she has no idea just how close she got it). I was seriously touched. I think she is great, but I wanted to keep a reign on my gift giving for money purposes and I had a good plan. How could I not reciprocate at this point when the woman gave me a marble and a fountain of all things? Now if I give her a gift, will she think I did because she gave me one? She, of course, would be correct.
I just received a text from my friend in the office. Do I want to put in twenty dollars for a gift card from us in the office for our administration? Wait a minute I think …where does this stop?
I just want to honor the true meaning of Christmas, gift etiquette.