My boss bought me a bday present for my first bday at my job, then hers was a month later so I bought her a gift. I've now been there for almost 4 years and we have exchanged gifts for every bday and Christmas since. I hate having to go buy her a present, even though I get along really well with her, for some reason I just wish we weren't in that habit now. She usually gets me a voucher for $50 and I usually spend $30-40 on body lotion, hand cream, candles, etc. I think it's really lovely that she spends her personal money on me but it's just not necessary. At my next job, I want to try to avoid this situation again, any pointers?! Also just curious to see how many do and don't buy their Manager gifts?
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25-09-2013 20:02 #1
Do you buy your boss birthday and Christmas presents?
26-09-2013 05:41 #2Senior Member
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We don't buy presents for our boss except for Christmas when we do secret santa so one person buys for him.
Can you just say to the manager when it is your birthday next thank you so much for the previous gifts however I need to rein in my budget and have had to remove gifts from my spending throughout the year.
We have done this with dh family for birthdays. It was costing us a fortune and honestly half the time we were just passing money back and forth.
We still do christmas presents but have a strict budget and nobody gets money if I can help it.
26-09-2013 06:18 #3
As your birthday comes first I think you could mention to her that as much as you appreciate her getting you a gift, you are finding it difficult to think of something every year so instead of buying gifts for each other maybe just go out for lunch instead?
I don't buy gifts for my boss. For Xmas she bought gifts for all the staff she manages. I didn't buy anything and did feel bad but the way I see it, I think she have the gift out of good will and wasn't expecting anything in return. I didn't want to get into the gift giving back and forth bc it's just too hard to think of something every year.
26-09-2013 06:32 #4
My boss usually leaves an easter egg on my desk at easter time and a small box of roses or similar for christmas. I get him a bottle of nice wine or a box of chocolates too. But my boss is very supportive and has done a lot for me career progression wise, so I dont really mind spending a bit on him once a year.. Birthdays are generally kept secret but if anyone hears a whisper of a birthday coming up the whole office will put $2 in each and buy a cake for morning tea
26-09-2013 07:07 #5
We all put into the hat and buy our boss a decent birthday gift each year.
We do $20 secret Santa for Christmas.
26-09-2013 07:24 #6
No presents here! I worked at my last job for 6 years and never bought him a present! He bought me a present for my 21st though!
26-09-2013 10:13 #7Senior Member
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We have a list of all the birthdays through the year and each take a turn bringing in a cake. This was a decision we all agreed on. No one ever has to bring in cake more than once a year.
Christmas we do Secret Santa and budget is $20.00
If someone is leaving the service or going on maternity leave or having an operation or family member dies we all put in some money- whatever we are comfortable with and buy flowers or a present. The last girls to go on mat leave we bought a box and everyone just bought whatever gift they wanted and added it to the box and then they got a lovey collection of small bits and pieces.
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