When buying the gift, employees should always have at the forefront of their mind the following question: is this appropriate?
One person may find the gift funny, whilst another may find it offensive. It is important that all employees are aware of how their gift may affect the feelings of others.
Give them some ideas of things which would be considered appropriate and things which would not be. Employees should refrain from risqué, vulgar or tongue-in-cheek gifts, such as sexy lingerie, phallic-shaped items and nude calendars.
Equally, do not poke fun at people’s vulnerabilities, for example, giving someone hair dye, diet pills or deodorant. All employees should be respectful of the individual’s religion or beliefs, sex, age, race, disability, etc. Giving someone something offensive could lead to grievances about bullying or harassment and lead to breakdown of workplace relationships.