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Lesson 78: Exchanging Christmas Gifts At The Office

Buying the perfect Christmas gift for someone at the office can be a difficult task. There are so many ways that you could go wrong when trying to buy a gift, especially if it is a gift for someone you work with or work for. The last thing you want to do is offend someone when you are trying to please him or her. This can be avoided by following some general gift giving rules and by using some common sense.

Buying a Christmas gift for the office Christmas party is one the most difficult gift giving situations to deal with, especially if you have to buy a gift for someone you do not know very well. Here are a few tips that may help:

- Never give food items as a gift to someone you do not know very well. You never know when someone might be allergic to that particular food item.

- Never give distasteful gifts, such as lingerie or gag gifts of a sexual nature, at the office Christmas party. Even though these types of gifts are meant to be fun, they will often embarrass not only the recipient but also those who are watching him/her open the gift. If the person is a good friend, you can still give them this type of gift, just save it for outside the work place.

- If you have to buy a gift for someone who is from a different cultural background, do some research before you choose a gift. Be very careful that you do not choose a gift that cannot be perceived as cheap or offensive. Some items have a completely different meaning and value in other cultures.

- When giving a gift to your boss it is probably a better idea to give a joint gift with all of your coworkers. Giving a gift to your boss on your own can create tension in the workplace. It may make your coworkers feel that you are trying to manipulate your boss in some way or that you are the bosses pet.

- Keep the cost of the gift to a minimum. Do not spend more than $15 or $20 on a gift for a coworker. Anything more than that may send the wrong message or it may even offend other coworkers.

- Finally, NEVER, EVER reuse a gift that was originally given to you as a gift. This is called re-gifting and it is a gift giving no-no. Re-gifting shows that you are cheap and that you did not put any thought into choosing a gift. It is also very disrespectful to both the person who originally bought you the gift and the person to whom you are giving the gift. If you do not like a gift that someone gave you, either return it or just give it to someone else. Do not use it as a Christmas gift for someone else.

Buying a Christmas gift for someone at the office can be a bit tricky. Buying an inappropriate or offensive gift could easily create an awkward working environment. Follow the guidelines above and use some common sense when purchasing a Christmas gift for a coworker. You do not want to be the one that creates waves at the office Christmas party.

Adapted from: http://ezinearticles.com


GLOSSARY

common sense - the basic level of practical knowledge and judgment that we all need to help us live in a reasonable and safe way

distasteful - something unpleasant or unacceptable

lingerie - women's underwear

gag –a trick played on someone or an action performed to entertain other people

recipient - a person who receives something

offensive – causing offence, insulting

disrespectful – impolite, rude

tricky - difficult to deal with and needs careful attention or skill

inappropriate – out of place, improper

awkward - causing problems, worry or embarrassment

 

EXERCISE I

Read the text and answer the questions true or false:

1. You can easily avoid buying an awkward Christmas gift if you buy only for coworkers you know really well.

2. If the person is your boss, you can wait with the gift until later besides workplace.

3. If you buy a present for someone from a different country make sure that you spend more than 15$ or 20$

4. Re-gifting is forwarding received presents to other recipient.

5. Buying underwear is always a gift giving no-no.


EXERCISE II

Read the text again and fill the gaps with the missing words from the glossary

1. I always feel ………………………….when I'm with Chris - he's so difficult to talk to.

2. I think it would be …………………… to invite her to a party so soon after her husband's death.

3. He found the subject of their conversation very ……………………………….. .

4. Windsurfing is perfectly safe as long as you use some …………………………….

5. This program contains language that some viewers might find ……………………….

6. I'm in a bit of a ……………………… situation really - whatever I do I'll offend someone.

 

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poniedziałek, 04 stycznia 2010, kurs_praca

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