A major source of stress during the holidays is gift shopping for family and friends. Adding co-workers to your list may seem like an extra chore, but remember that this is probably the only time you can show them your gratitude for their support or assistance. It might be worth giving those you work with closely a small gift or card. Before you hit the stores, though, check the office culture and guidelines on gift giving. Some prefer to do a gift exchange or Kris Kringle to help manage costs, allowing you to keep your gift purchases to a minimum. Others specifically announce a budget for presents.

Once you’ve finally decided on purchasing a gift for your boss and other co-workers, some guidelines may help; we've listed five of them in the slide show below.


For more shopping and gift-giving tips, try these:

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Need Christmas gift ideas? Check out FN's gift guides:


(First published in Good Housekeeping Magazine, Good Money section as "Gift-giving Guidelines" in December 2010; adapted for use in Female Network)

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