What to get Bob from accounting? Office gift exchange ideas

Camille Doty

By by camille m. doty/cdoty@vicad.com
Dec. 21, 2011 at 6:21 a.m.
Updated Dec. 22, 2011 at 6:22 a.m.

Pop singer Andy Williams sang the holidays are the most wonderful time of the year. Many would agree.

This time of year means celebrating with loved ones, indulging in delectable delights, and giving and receiving gifts.

There are some on your list who have everything. And, at the last minute, you'll find out the item he or she just has to have this year.

If you participate in office gift exchanges, you may have more of a challenge.

But what happens if you get Bob from another department? You may not be privy to insider information.

It's a safe bet to say you probably shouldn't buy co-workers products for weight loss or hygiene.

On a positive note, shopping for colleagues can be fun.

"It's all about the element of surprise," said Liz Keehn, owner of About the Gift.

Her store offers decorated crosses, candles and insulated mugs, which are gender neutral.

Kim Maraggia, creative director of A Paw's World, said there is an increasing trend for people to buy pet products for Christmas.

Some notable items of interest are nametags, bath products, collars and recycled pet toys.

She also said that the economy could be a reason pet owners have become more attached to their pets.

"We've become more sentimental about our family and that includes our pets," she said.

The Market of Victoria has products from 22 artisans, including stores like A Paw's World. Market owner Connie Wood said her store offers many gender-neutral gifts, including bath products for men and women, gourmet food items and jewelry for less than $20.

"It's just like a market, there's so much variety," she said. Wood said her store also offers gift-wrap.



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