What to get your boss for Christ­mas

Finweek English Edition - - INSIDE -

‘Tis the Sea­son, friends. What­ever your views on the fes­tive sea­son, there’s noth­ing you can do to avoid it. We know by now that Christ­mas is a time of im­pos­si­ble ex­pec­ta­tions. Kids want the most ex­pen­sive gad­gets and you have six fam­ily mem­bers who all want you to spend Christ­mas at their house. To make mat­ters worse, you have no idea what to get your boss (or if you should get him any­thing at all).

Aki Kal­li­atakis is the founder of Lead­er­ship LaunchPad. Ac­cord­ing to him, whether or not to spoil your boss this Christ­mas de­pends on both the cul­ture of your com­pany and your re­la­tion­ship with your boss. He ad­vises po­ten­tial gift givers to avoid look­ing like a brown noser by ask­ing your col­leagues to con­trib­ute fi­nan­cially to a com­mon gift. As to how much you should spend, Kal­li­atakis says: “The value of your gift is prob­a­bly not as im­por­tant as the thought­ful­ness and per­son­alised na­ture of the gift based on your boss’s in­ter­ests. For ex­am­ple, what would he never buy for him­self be­cause it’s too in­dul­gent?”

Kal­li­atakis warns against any­thing even mildly naughty or of­fen­sive “or the con­se­quences may be ter­ri­ble”. A book on how to be a bet­ter boss or sexy toys might seem like fun and play­ful gifts, but should be avoided at all costs.

“Don’t for­get t hat your boss will prob­a­bly take some­thing home to a part­ner or spouse. Keep in mind how the gift might seem to your boss’s bet­ter half.”

To score ma­jor points with Mrs Boss, Kal­li­atakis rec­om­mends buy­ing some­thing for both your boss and his or her part­ner or some­thing the whole fam­ily can en­joy. Above all: “Use your good judge­ment.”

With this sound ad­vice in mind, we’ve com­piled a use­ful list of ap­pro­pri­ate gifts to get your boss this Christ­mas. Happy hol­i­days!

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BE KIND: CAR­L­ITO ESPRESSO CUPS: If your boss has a quirky style and a wicked sense of hu­mour, you can’t go wrong with two of th­ese espresso cups. Get a set for your­self while you’re at it. Price: R342


CUSH­ION : If your boss takes great pride in his off ice, th­ese wood­pile cush­ions are avail­able in a va­ri­ety of colours.

Price: R260

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