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How To Choose The Perfect Gift For Your Colleague

Posted on June 28 2017

Are you looking for the perfect gift to give to a colleague as a thank you for their hard work or extra effort?

Perhaps you want to offer a gift for the holidays, a birthday or another special occasion to a business partner?

Unfortunately, it can be challenging to find a thoughtful gift that is ideal for a professional relationship. The challenge becomes more significant when you think about shopping within the constraints of a limited budget.

While it may seem impossible to find the perfect gift right now, rest assured that there are some great options available to you. These tips will help you make a decision that will leave a lasting impression (in a good way).

1. Brainstorm Their Likes and Interests

To uncover someone’s likes and interests you can get to know them fairly well in a professional setting, with inter-office chatter, at business lunches, on business trips and more.

Or if you don’t know someone that well, you can also ask their receptionist or assistant for more information about the person’s likes and dislikes before you start shopping for a gift.

While brainstorming a list of interests and likes may not help you find the perfect gift idea immediately, this simple step can help you more easily identify a gift when you stumble across it in your shopping efforts.

Remember that you can run your list by the person's assistant or a colleague who knows them well if you want to confirm your own thoughts before shopping around.

2. Set Your Budget

Your next step is to set a reasonable shopping budget.

The budget should be in line with the importance of the gift. For example, if you are simply sending a thank you for a small gesture, an inexpensive yet thoughtful gift is appropriate. On the other hand, if the person went out of his or her way to help you close a major deal, a more significant gift might be in order.

A gift that is too elaborate and costly could make the person feel uncomfortable. But a gift that is too cheap for the occasion could reflect poorly on you.

The budget should be realistic for the occasion as well as for the significance of the business relationship you have with this person.

3. Think Outside the Box

There are some basic or standard gifts that are common in a professional setting. For example, a fruit gift basket or a gift card to a nice restaurant are common.

However, common gift ideas may lack meaning, and this can give off a bad impression despite the good intentions of the gift. After all, the last thing you want is to give a gift that lacks meaning for someone that went out of their way to help you.

Think creatively about different ways you can brighten this person’s day. When choosing a gift basket or hamper, select something that matches their personality and genuine interests.

4. Avoid Getting Too Personal

When giving a thoughtful gift, it is important to make sure it hits the brief from a personal perspective. You want to select a gift that this person will love, and this means you need to think just like the person you are buying the gift for.

However, you should maintain the professional boundaries that are appropriate for a workplace relationship. The last thing you want to do is take things too far onto the personal side of the equation and end up in hot water in the office.

Hobbies and interests, food preferences, a coffee mug, a bottle of fine wine or something else are ideas to consider. These can be personalised in some way without crossing the professional line, and they are great ways to customise your gift and ensure that the person loves what you choose.

5. Shop Online

When you are preparing to shop for a professional gift, a smart idea is to shop online for a better selection.

Some websites specifically cater to professionals and work colleagues. These can give you many great ideas in a fast and convenient way. With your list of brainstormed items in mind and your budget established, you can immediately identify a wonderful gift idea as soon as you spot one.

Most online stores will automatically have the gift wrapped and delivered without hassle as well.

Hint… Gifted Australia has some unique corporate hampers that might be a great fit for your colleague!


Finding a great gift for your colleague and trying to stay on budget at the same time can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be.

While you may still need to spend a few minutes thinking about gift ideas and searching online for something special and thoughtful to give, these steps will streamline and simplify the process.

Happy gifting!


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