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Gifts for Party Starters & Politicos

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Gifts for Party Starters & Politicos

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The holidays are here, which means everyone’s trimming the tree, hanging their stockings, and planning their gifts for all the important people in their lives.

Does that list include your boss, co-workers, client, or co-founder this year?  Should it?

The workplace presents many challenges when it comes to gift-giving. For one, no workplace is the same, so what could be casual in one setting could be off-limits or inappropriate in another. Then there’s the budget—while the thought ultimately should count, you also don’t want to appear cheap. Here are a few things to consider when shopping for the ones you see from 9-5:

Gifts Are Not Obligatory

Despite the popular narrative of harried employees rushing to find their boss the perfect gift, employees (or anyone for that matter) are not obligated to buy their bosses (or anyone for that matter) gifts. In fact, many industries, such as non-profits and government jobs, discourage gift-giving.

However, if your office allows gift-giving, try to keep the gift reasonable and small.

Letter Press Holiday Card from Sea Heart City Press , $5

'Watch Your Nuts' Christmas card from DC based lettering shop, SeaHeartCityPress

‘Watch Your Nuts’ Christmas card from DC-based lettering shop, SeaHeartCityPress

For co-workers, the rules can be a little more lax. If it’s a large office, it’s perfectly fine to give your friends gifts, though if it’s a personal gift it’s better to give it outside the office.

For smaller offices, you want to be careful about not leaving people out. Bringing a communal cookie platter or candy canes is a safe bet—everyone is included and it’s a nice touch to celebrate the holiday spirit.

Here are some office-friendly options that are both unique to the city and reflect their personality:

For the Green Thumb

Dinosaur Terrarium, Sill Life, $40

Add some green to any office with these hand-crafted terrariums shaped like dinosaurs.

For the Self-Professed Chocoholic

Chocolate Tasting at The Chocolate House Boutique, $45 for a class

 

Located in Northern Dupont, The Chocolate House visitors learn the rich history of chocolate-making while putting their taste buds to the test with chocolates from around the world. Their collection includes 300 different chocolate bars to keep the chocoholic from ever getting tired again.

For the Office Listener

Clear Mind Soy Meditation Candle in Sweet Spearmint, Handmade Habitat, $28

Hand-poured, made in the District, and lasts up to 70 hours. Grab this soothing candle made with a blend of peppermint, eucalyptus and tea tree oils.

For the Executive

7th Street Blend, Compass Coffee, 12oz, $17.95

Compass Coffee is taking the DC coffee scene by storm. With quality beans and well-executed shops, this DC staple is growing is steadily growing in popularity. Give the gift of Compass Coffee this holiday season. right in their office. With beans ranging from light to dark, each has flavors inspired by Africa, the Americas and East-Asia.

For the Deal-Maker

Body Butter:Winter Healing, Leafyhead, 1oz, $20

Winters in Washington can be brutal, so a jar of Leafyhead’s Winter Healing Body Butter will be greatly appreciated. The cocoa butter formula keeps hands moisturized while castor oil helps keep skin healthy.

For the Party-Starter

Ivy City Gin, One Eight Distilling, 750ml, $37

 

Gift this Ivy City Gin made from locally sourced grains for the spirit connoisseur in your life. One Eight Distilling— the local company producing the gin– offers tours and tastings at their distillery on 1135 Okie Street NE.

For the Trend Setter 

Matine Studios Prima Mini Wallet, $42

 

Matine Studios Prima Minin Wallet

Matine Studios Prima Mini Wallet

For the trend setter in your office, snag this Prima Mini Wallet from DC-based Matine Studios. Use it as a coin purse or to hold your binders full of business cards. Every wallet is made to order with natural cow leather hides, making each and every piece completely unique.

For the Office Foodie

Union Market Gift Basket, 1309 5th St. NE, price may vary

Customize a unique gift basket. Throw in some beans from Peregrine Espresso, a loaf of brioche from Lyon Bakery, or a knife set from Righteous Cheese. A hand-picked gift goes miles, especially if it’s packed with quality goodies they’ll enjoy. Remember that brie they couldn’t stop raving about? They’ll be flattered you included it.

Featured image via Matine Studio

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