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Company Gift Time Again?

Cliff posted more than 11 years ago | from the that-time-of-the-year dept.

Christmas Cheer 116

realratso asks: "So it's that time of year again... the holidays. Time to choose the 'company gift' for everyone in our small programming company. We've done all the stuff with the company logo- sweatshirts, t-shirts, travel bags, glasses, mugs, etc. It all seems so boring. Is there any gift which you have received at your workplace that was super-cool, not gender specific, and relatively inexpensive? Something that was really usable and worthwhile that you appreciated, but might not buy for yourself? Maybe a new techno-gadget? (and no, 'just money' is not a valid answer)"

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Gender important? (1, Interesting)

wesleyrey (250204) | more than 11 years ago | (#4767501)

Could you give females one thing and males another or does everyone need to get the same thing?

Re:Gender important? (2, Funny)

ivan256 (17499) | more than 11 years ago | (#4767578)

Could you give females one thing and males another or does everyone need to get the same thing?

You like pain, don't you?

Got it. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4767522)

at was super-cool, not gender specific, and relatively inexpensive?

Anal beads. Seriously.

Re:Got it. (0)

wesleyrey (250204) | more than 11 years ago | (#4767541)

Yeah, I was asking if that really needed to happen, or if it would be easier if you could get more specific w/ the gifts..

Yuck (2, Funny)

SmallFurryCreature (593017) | more than 11 years ago | (#4767589)

Most geeks already have problems just washing their clothes. No thanks.

Re:Yuck (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4767732)

Heh, with a name like small furry creature, you better stay away from the anal bead people, or you'll be washing more than just your clothes. . .

Re:Got it. (2)

Per Wigren (5315) | more than 11 years ago | (#4767887)

LOL! If I got anal beads from my company I would start to love my job!! Not that I'd use them, not on myself anyway, butt (pun intended) a company giving anal beads to its programmers is just the one thing that you'd expect the very least.. ;) And I'd love them forever for it! ;)

Hookers? (1, Troll)

benwb (96829) | more than 11 years ago | (#4767547)

Really usable and worthwhile, but I wouldn't buy one for myself.

Condoms? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4768836)

Condoms? With the corporate logo?

Everybody needs 'em; no better way to show that the company cares.

Re:Hookers? (1)

JDWTopGuy (209256) | more than 11 years ago | (#4771683)

They said not to be gender specific. :-)

How expensive is expensive? (3, Insightful)

Craig Maloney (1104) | more than 11 years ago | (#4767549)

Are we talking under $50? Under $20? Under $10? There's a lot of cool gifts in the $50 range, but I'm sure you're thinking along the lines of around $15, right?

If not, I recommend a jaunt to Thinkgeek and get a boat-load of those Digi-Q remote controlled racing cars. :)

Re:How expensive is expensive? (3, Interesting)

BusterB (10791) | more than 11 years ago | (#4767576)

I saw a similar boat-load of remode-controlled mini-racing cars at Home Depot for $12 each. I don't remember the brand, but they looked like fun.

Re:How expensive is expensive? (1)

Beltza (117984) | more than 11 years ago | (#4768051)

Only $15????? These are bad times for the IT industry indeed! Until now I always thought that $50 was the minimum.

Hamster! (4, Funny)

L. VeGas (580015) | more than 11 years ago | (#4767556)

Cute, cheap, teaches responsibility.
And It has the side benefit that next year the workers will hope you don't get them anything.

Klein Bottle (5, Interesting)

dmorin (25609) | more than 11 years ago | (#4767588) is pretty cool, but I'm sure it's too expensive for what you want to do.

More affordable... (1)

rylos (472268) | more than 11 years ago | (#4767646)

Nothing beats putty:

Re:Klein Bottle (2)

Tackhead (54550) | more than 11 years ago | (#4771479)

> is pretty cool, but I'm sure it's too expensive for what you want to do.

I dunno. $30 for the "baby" Klein bottle is pretty reasonable. Add maybe $0.50 for having Kinko's print the company logo on a sheet of transparent sticker stuff, and a little bit of time to stick 'em on.

Besides, they're from Cliff Stoll, of Cuckoo's Egg fame. It just doesn't get much geekier than that.

Super-cool, not gender specific? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4767611)

Well yes [] , but apparently it was counterfeit [] .

(For those of you who don't feel like visiting Bob Goatse, here's a quote from the site:
"IMPORTANT NOTE: There are many merchandising attempts for around the web-- none of them are real, none of them are official. Do not buy this gimmick merchandise. The official merchandise is coming soon!")

The opposite. (3, Funny)

Trusty Penfold (615679) | more than 11 years ago | (#4767619)

Our company just gave us layoffs :-(

Re:The opposite. (1)

/dev/trash (182850) | more than 11 years ago | (#4771693)

Our company just gave us layoffs :-(

How can this be?!?!?! The economy, I am told, is turning around and is great!

How about (4, Interesting)

succotash (230711) | more than 11 years ago | (#4767638)

Tickets to the Lord of the Rings movie?

Re:How about (5, Interesting)

foistboinder (99286) | more than 11 years ago | (#4767682)

... and an afternoon off to watch it.

Re:How about (1)

LordNimon (85072) | more than 11 years ago | (#4767845)

That doesn't help employees who have small children.

Re:How about (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4768952)

Yes, that would be much better, especially if you didn't have to go to the movie.

Re:How about (2)

Etyenne (4915) | more than 11 years ago | (#4769051)

Exactly what we had last year and what we will get this year too !

Re:How about (2)

hitzroth (60178) | more than 11 years ago | (#4769671)

Yeah, but next year you're getting coal. ;-)

I'll bet you haven't tried (2, Funny)

Mordant (138460) | more than 11 years ago | (#4767651)

condoms with your company logo on the tip!

Re:I'll bet you haven't tried (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4771482)

come on now, we are talking about something usable and worthwhile.

Foosball Table! (4, Insightful)

Bouncings (55215) | more than 11 years ago | (#4767686)

One for the office. It's actually pretty cheap compared to big bonuses, it'll always be rememberd, and it's a great recruiting tool.

Re:Foosball Table! (2)

Raskolnk (26414) | more than 11 years ago | (#4768690)

You don't need foosball tables anymore. An open desk is a good enough recruiting tool.

Everglide Mousing Surface (3, Interesting)

jpsst34 (582349) | more than 11 years ago | (#4767691)

How about an Everglide [] mousing surface? I have one at home and one at work. Anyone who's used them loves them. And their prices have dropped to about 12 bucks for the standard elliptical one.

Re:Everglide Mousing Surface (1)

CableModemSniper (556285) | more than 11 years ago | (#4768242)

So in other words, a mousepad with the company logo on it? :)

Re:Everglide Mousing Surface (1)

jpsst34 (582349) | more than 11 years ago | (#4769194)

Sort of... except you don't need the company logo because in this case it's the mousepad itself that's important, not the fact that it's dotcom propaganda. If you've used an everglide, you'd understand.

Go out for lunch (1)

blogan (84463) | more than 11 years ago | (#4767703)

Take the whole team out for a nice lunch. Find a place that everyone enjoys and just take a long lunch hour shooting the breeze about non-work stuff. When it's done. Tell them they're free to go home if they want.

Re:Go out for lunch (1)

crazymennonite (40480) | more than 11 years ago | (#4770503)

In addition to a monetary bonus, my team of 5 people got dinner at Morton's steak house. Tons of food and drinks. I'm going to guess the bill was over $500. The salary is below average, but they sure know how to say thank you when we complete a big project!

Hashish and Tequilla (3, Informative)

jpsst34 (582349) | more than 11 years ago | (#4767708)

These are things that I would love to have, but don't want to buy for myself. Plus, if you're feeling down, there's nothing like two mental depressants to get your spirits up. "A surefire healer: Hashish and Tequilla"

Re:Hashish and Tequilla (1)

CableModemSniper (556285) | more than 11 years ago | (#4768266)

Hey! Hashish is *not* a depressant! Not that I would know or anything...its not like I've ever done it...*cough* *cough*

condoms (1, Offtopic)

Bastian (66383) | more than 11 years ago | (#4767718)

Everyone needs condoms.

Even if you think you don't need condoms, you do.

You can fit a gallon of water in one - great if you're planning on going on a desert trip.

They don't break too easily if you don't put too much water in 'em, so they make nice re-usable water balloons.

You can cut 'em down the side and use them as lallies.

If smuggling's your thing, youc an always pack them with coke and swallow them!

blow a french tickler up a little bit and it looks like a mouse. Give it to your cat as a toy.

I tell ya, condoms are nature's duct tape!

Re:condoms (2)

jovlinger (55075) | more than 11 years ago | (#4769218)

lallie, c'est quoi ca?

Re:condoms (2)

Bastian (66383) | more than 11 years ago | (#4771010)

a lallie is another word for a 'dental dam'. It's a little latex square you use to avoid exchange of body fluids during cunnilinguis.

Security Blanket (3, Interesting)

spuke4000 (587845) | more than 11 years ago | (#4767729)

I work for a small network security company. Last year they gave us a fleece blanket with the company logo on it (the joke was that its a security blanket). Really, though, it was the best piece of swag I ever got. I don't think it's too expensive, gender neutral, one size fits all... and everyone liked them.

Re:Security Blanket (2)

JAZ (13084) | more than 11 years ago | (#4768087)

They gave some of those out to some managers here last year. The implication for us was, "Plan on working some long hours... in fact plan on sleeping at you desk."

They were given at a time when we knew some rough changes were on the horizon, so that my have swayed our view. In fact, I think everyone I know of that got one got laid off 5 months later.

I thought they were cool, but not being a manager I didn't rate getting anything. (except to keep but job, but the jury's still out on that =])

Thinkgeek (2)

ceejayoz (567949) | more than 11 years ago | (#4767743)

Find something cool on Thinkgeek [] ...

Swingline (5, Funny)

TheSHAD0W (258774) | more than 11 years ago | (#4767745)

I'd recommend a red Swingline stapler for everyone. Not only will it keep your employees happy, but it'll cut down on your fire insurance rates!

Re:Swingline (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4767982)

This should have rated at least a 3 for hummor. ThinkGeek should stock tehm as well.

Re:Swingline (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4768781)

I don't get it.

Re:Swingline (1)

RockyMountain (12635) | more than 11 years ago | (#4770575)

I don't get it.

See the movie "office space".

Re:Swingline (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4768067)

Lets go for a five! I did after all come close to spurting Avion out my nose. This post was seriously funny. Perhaps the ThinkGeek hook would be to offer {personalized} staplers. Ever work for a billion dollar corporation where you have to buy your own office supplies because the admin assistants wont help you. That missing stapler relay can drive a person to insanity.

Re:Swingline (1)

KILNA (536949) | more than 11 years ago | (#4768610)

This has to be funny. The AC hadn't drank Avion in weeks.

Stuff from thinkgeek (2)

LWolenczak (10527) | more than 11 years ago | (#4767767)

Get stuff from think geek.... or buy them little stuffed tux penguins.... Or even better... find and buy the large tux penguins (you know... the ones that are like two feet tall), so they can put them in the passenger seat in their cars. If anybody knows who sells the large tuxs... please post a link.

Nerf guns (2, Informative)

cjhuitt (466651) | more than 11 years ago | (#4767851)

Lots of people have replied talking about ThinkGeek, but pay particular attention to the Nerf guns that they have. If your company atmosphere is the same as mine (small, everyone knows everyone, and good-natured) there's nothing like having a Nerf gun handy to express your disagreements with.

Be sure to load up with extra darts, however. Those things can get themselves lost in the time it takes you to blink.

Re:Nerf guns (1)

JDWTopGuy (209256) | more than 11 years ago | (#4771807)

Or if you're planning layoffs, you can speed things up by giving real guns. You don't need anything expensive, and guns are indeed handy to express disagreements with. Plus, you can get back your "investment" by selling them off on the black market. (The guns, not the employees. Although that is another idea...)

You don't even need extra rounds if your employees are geeks, because all that quake-playing and matrix-watching has made them sharp shooters!

Cool, inexpensive, usable, worthwhile (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4767871)

Pick two.

Not a valid answer so don't bother reading this... (3, Insightful)

xagon7 (530399) | more than 11 years ago | (#4767890)

Yes, money. I am married with 2 children. I would rather my workplace give money than some newfangled toy that will collect dust and only be used as a novelty. Making my family happy makes me happy. Money, food, clothes, and toys from Santa makes my family happy. Don't think you are being uncaring or cheap by giving money, as it is probably the MOST welcome.

Re:Not a valid answer so don't bother reading this (2)

hitzroth (60178) | more than 11 years ago | (#4769752)

You know, this might be in addition to the regualr holiday cash bonus. Maybe something a manager wants to give his underlings to show his appreciation -- it is a small company. Honestly, a thoughtfully chosen, and inscribed card might fit the bill.

If you're already getting the bonus, what else would you like from your boss?

Money can be OK... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4767899)

Last year my company gave out Euro's for the Christmas gift.

This was way cool, since we were amongst the first people to have them, as the official launch of the Euro was not till 1 Jan.

The company actually broke the law to give them to us, that's why I am posting anonymously... :-)

Have you already given away Umbrellas? (3, Interesting)

crath (80215) | more than 11 years ago | (#4767942)

We gave umbrella's to beta testers a couple of years ago; the tall ones that one usually associates with golfing. It was considered odd at the time, but since then we've had lots of positive comments on how much everyone appreciated them. BTW, we had the product logo silk screened onto them.

Re:Have you already given away Umbrellas? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4768132)

You have tall beta testers who usually are associated with golfing? How odd.

2 best gifts (4, Insightful)

moc.tfosorcimgllib (602636) | more than 11 years ago | (#4767950)

One was an unexpected paid day off:
Everyone was working on Monday already, Christmas was on Tuesday. The friday before, boss walks in, says everyone has monday off, fully paid, and took us out to lunch.

The other best gift was gift certificates to the restraunt of our choice, Boos just went around, asked everyone individually where they liked to eat out, and bought $30 gift certificates to that place with a card, and put them in a holiday mug.

Re:2 best gifts (2)

hitzroth (60178) | more than 11 years ago | (#4769792)

This is a pretty neat idea. It also seems to show that the boss is thinking about each employee individually. The idea could be expanded to include music/video/book stores or magazine subscriptions.

I wouldn't mind a gift certificate to the local used book store. The one with lots of math books -- better selection than everywhere but the university's science library.

Leatherman micra... (1)

alwayslurking (555708) | more than 11 years ago | (#4768072)

under $20, you can get them engraved, they're really handy little tools for your keyring/belt loop/purse

I once received... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4768082)

...a blow job from my intern. Of course, that led to lots of difficult problems, what with sex and marriage and all. Maybe that's not such a good idea.

But then again, my boss...she's pretty freakin' hot.

Let your people choose (1)

Beltza (117984) | more than 11 years ago | (#4768098)

No matter what you choose, there will always be some people who dont like it.
A few years ago I worked for a company who had the perfect solution. They created a gift list with about 15 equally valued items on it. I remember the traditional food-and-drink box, a darts board, a clock and the option to donate the money to charity. Everybody filled in a form and this way everybody got exactly what they wanted!

Re:Let your people choose (2)

JAZ (13084) | more than 11 years ago | (#4769022)

My wife sells that sort of this. They have gift catalogs is a varity of price ranges. I anyone is interested I'd be glad to connect you.

How about something useful: (2)

steve.m (80410) | more than 11 years ago | (#4768121)

Get everyone a Leatherman Micra [] . It's fantastically useful and is very portable (2.5" long, 1.75oz).

It's got Scissors, Clip-Point Knife, Tweezers, Nail File / Cleaner, Flat Phillips Screwdriver,
Extra Small Screwdriver, Medium Screwdriver, Bottle Opener & Ruler (Inch / Metric)

Best of all thinkgeek are doing them for $20

(Yes, I've got one. I've also got a Leatherman Wave. They're a bit more expensive...)

Re:How about something useful: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4768795)

Seriously, this is a great gift, I have one and use it all the time, and I carry my Original Leatherman (r) TOOL with me all the time (Leather Belt Pouch). (Unless I am flying :)). If you can afford it get your employee's the set, the Leatherman and Micra, but one or the other would be cool too. (MOD THE PARENT UP!)

Re:How about something useful: (1)

Pentagram (40862) | more than 11 years ago | (#4769845)

The Leatherman Squirt is even smaller and more useful (IMHO). Looks better too, but costs a bit extra.

Re:How about something useful: (2)

Monkelectric (546685) | more than 11 years ago | (#4771276)

Someone gave me one of those a couple years ago, seriously the best xmas present ive ever gotten. I use it several times a day

Gift certificates to B & N, etc.. (1)

PolicyWonk (614415) | more than 11 years ago | (#4768284)

We have had various types of cheesy gifts, but the one that everyone appreciated the most was a gift certificate to Barnes & Noble. Not only does it cater to everyone's various tastes, but it offers choices of books, music, journals, etc. Everyone went home very happy that christmas. I think they might even offer corporate discounts??

Cannabis?? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4768288)

OK...say you've got a 300 employee company -- all of whom enjoy recreational cannabis use and your per-employee budget is around $50.

This gives you a gift budget of around $15,000. When dealing with cannabis, the economies of scale apply quite nicely, and you can get a pound of (very) heady nugs for between $1500 and $2500. At these prices, you would have between 6 and 10 pounds of stinky, heady cannabis. This would give you between 1/4 and 1/2 ounce of very high quality cannabis per employee -- depending on the cost of weed, pinching, hashmaking on the side, etc.

Lastly, if the nugs were available at $1500/lb, and you set your employees each up with 1/2oz, you'd have 10oz left over to pocket...another huge win (worth ~$4000 on the street).

Assuming you can manage to stay out of jail and convince your auditors that this cannabis fits into your capital expenditure budget, I believe that this is the perfect gift.

--A dumbass stoner ;)

Everyone like 100 bucks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4768372)

One company I worked for would give everyone a bank wrapped bundle of 100 fresh new dollar bills. The bills would come wrapped in a company branded package. It gave us each a little bit of extra cash to do with what we pleased, and made us each feel a little more important than we were. It also lead to the inevitable jab at a coworkers, "yours was only dollar bills?"

Lottery tickets (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4768381)

$1 each, potential for big winnings, and people love scratching the things.

Lame cliches (0)

wesleyrey (250204) | more than 11 years ago | (#4768394)

You can thank them for being "team players" and that your action item is to give them no more than $15, because your gift to them isn't even worth an hour of their time.

how about a fat wad of cash (2)

Cheeze (12756) | more than 11 years ago | (#4768413)

Nothing beats cash.

You can't pay bills with a company shirt, a coffee mug, or a company party. I would rather have something that is of actual value.

They might already get holiday bonuses. (2)

hitzroth (60178) | more than 11 years ago | (#4769833)

Say you're getting a $1000 Christmas bonus, would an extra $20 make that much of a difference? But say that $20 was used to show that your boss was considerate enough to think about you. It's entirely possible that this kind of a gesture might make someone feel appreciated. This is probably the goal here.

Re:how about a fat wad of cash (2)

sql*kitten (1359) | more than 11 years ago | (#4769890)

Nothing beats cash.

Absolutely. I have never met anyone who has received any sort of employer-branded merchandise that wouldn't have rather had the cash. It has a knock on effect to: every time a manager says there isn't budget for upgrades, training etc, someone will mutter "huh, they had the money for those stupid t-shirts."

One company I worked for we got t-shirts, hooded sweaters, mousemats, rubber bouncy balls, magic 8-balls, juggling balls, yoyos, record bags, you name it.

Needless to say, since it's peak in 2000 about 90% of their staff have been laid off...

Isn't it obvious? (1)

stevenbdjr (539653) | more than 11 years ago | (#4768435)

Booze. Hello?
Pick their poison and buy a pint of the high quality brand.

A couple of things I would like (1)

h3 (27424) | more than 11 years ago | (#4768436)

* LED flashlight (get different colors, let people trade amongst themselves)
* USB key drive

Keychain LEDs (3, Interesting)

cartographer (12282) | more than 11 years ago | (#4768459)

I got one of those keychain LED flashlights at work a year ago and loved it to death. I recently had to buy myself a replacement.

That was a perfect office gift; cheap, slightly geeky and useful.

Re:Keychain LEDs (2)

molo (94384) | more than 11 years ago | (#4770494)

Me too! Did you work with me or something? Ha!

Never underestimate the power of food (2)

krinsh (94283) | more than 11 years ago | (#4768590)

Case in point: I have never received anything from my employers except a couple hours off early [paid] before Christmas Eve - of course, that will not happen this year (at least for tomorrow and Friday) because of my contractor status - except:

When I worked as a government employee, the four in our little unit were friends and I got gifts from everyone far more fortunate than my broke GS-4 self.

And last year the company I was working for sent me smoked fish in one of those freezer shipment packs - which was very nice because the person doing all the client and employee gift-giving noted that I liked smoked fish on my bagels.

Which does illustrate my point: I remember that gift better than any other probably because it was food (except for the extra-expensive sweater my ex-boss/good friend Jim Banks gave me that was a SMALL - but for big and tall men so it swallowed my tiny 19yo frame and fits very well and comfortably now *chuckle* He won't read this but he knows that thing has kept me alive in the freezing cold a few dozen times).

Something no one except a bulemic could complain about is gathering everyone up and feeding them at whatever the local favorite is - it doesn't have to be expensive but it could be more memorable than Applebee's or the like. You've avoided any cliches and not given someone something they will discard in the future. Add a Christmas card or Thank You note for good measure.

Forget a gift in the traditional sense (1)

dman123 (115218) | more than 11 years ago | (#4768677)

This is redundant, but it needs to be in order to not be overshadowed by all the attempts at humor.

Give everyone a nice lunch or gift certs to his or her favorite restaurant (suggested by moc.tfosorcimgllib) or a day off.

These may not be "super-cool" but they are gender non-specific and relatively inexpensive considering that employees will just be goofing off anyway. Seriously, do I really need something with the company logo?

My company: We get US$20 in grocery store gift certs, a potluck lunch (yes, I live in the Midwest), and a nice lunch (on a different day, of course) at the local country club. It's not a lot, but it at the end of the day I don't have a gift just sitting around the house.

And, by the way, I prefer cash. It is a very valid gift! You cannot go wrong with cash!

Money (1)

DamienMcKenna (181101) | more than 11 years ago | (#4768733)

Forget the rest, just give 'em money.

I work for a company that doesn't do Christmas bonuses, so I'd much prefer to get money.

Or take them all out to see LoTR:TTT. :)

Company Gift = Time (2)

hether (101201) | more than 11 years ago | (#4768807)

From my company what I'd enjoy the best is a paid day, or half day off - without any major strings attached.

Other than that, I'd recommend gift certificates. I realize that isn't a cool techy thing to give, but at least then everyone gets what they want - not what you guessed they'd want.

skip the logo-merch crap (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4768987)

And if you insist on not giving cash [which becomes gifts/food for the wife & kids] then make it a small Swiss Army Knife [Victorinox] or a Leatherman Micra as others have suggested.

The gift of time-off or tickets&time to see TTT would be a nice surprise.

The Human Fund! (1)

PxT (26449) | more than 11 years ago | (#4769072)

How about a donation in their name to The Human Fund [] ?

Some ideas (2)

sclatter (65697) | more than 11 years ago | (#4769125)

Probably the *best* company gift I've ever received was a personalized latte mug. Everyone got one with their name on it. It's the only mug that doesn't walk away!

I'm a big fan of yo-yos. Letter openers (the plastic kind with a little razor safely hidden) are really useful. If you're going more high-end I'd recommend one of the nice messenger style bags. They seem to be appreciated.

I've received a couple of watches and never used any of them. Also, I am so sick of getting men's shirts I could scream. Luckily one of the founders here is a woman. She went out of her way to have some women's shirts embroidered with our logo for the females here. Finally, logo gear I can really use!


paper Palm PDA from Computer Gear (2)

AdamBa (64128) | more than 11 years ago | (#4769201)

It looks like a Palm Pilot, but it's actually a notepad [] . Even comes with fake stylus.

- adam

P.S. WARNING: This company is in Redmond, thus any money you spend there might wind up getting funnelled through a business tax and eventually pay for a roadway lane painting that might be used to get an employee to Microsoft -- so use your best judgement.

Best gift I ever got from a company... (2)

curunir (98273) | more than 11 years ago | (#4769361)

...was a GameBoy.

Granted this was back during the boom period, but it wasn't that expensive. I think, in the quantity that they ordered, they were on the order of $50/ea.

Re:Best gift I ever got from a company... (2)

hitzroth (60178) | more than 11 years ago | (#4769909)

You do know that "on the order of $50/ea" means they cost between $5 and $500, right?

Yes, I do hypenate analretentive. ;-)

But seriously, if the employees are on the younger side, or have a kid, a gamboy and a game could be a great idea.

But the best idea would be to ask the employees what they want. Narrow it down first, though. I mean, questions like "what author do you want to read but never have?" or "do you have a favorite bar you go to after a hard day at work?" would give an idea what the employees want (books, gift certificate to a particular resturant, etc). But, and this is a big but, if it's a small company, the boss or middle management should already know these things, asking the questions too close to Christmas may seem tacky to some. Particularly if managment is usually aloof.

Re:Best gift I ever got from a company... (2)

curunir (98273) | more than 11 years ago | (#4770259)

You do know that "on the order of $50/ea" means they cost between $5 and $500, right?

I didn't realize that. Aparently [] didn't either:

(quoting from link)

on the order of

1. Of a kind or fashion similar to; like: a house on the order of a mountain lodge.
2. Approximately; about: equipment costing on the order of a million dollars.

(end quote)

Yes, I do hypenate analretentive. ;-)

It would appear that you forgot in this case ;-) (maybe it was stolen along with the second 'h' in hyphenate)

Re:Best gift I ever got from a company... (1)

JDWTopGuy (209256) | more than 11 years ago | (#4771852)

What about a cybiko? Sure, Cybiko has abandoned their user base and you can't get support anymore but they sure are cheap and there's plenty of apps & games available.

Need I remind you... (1)

jpsst34 (582349) | more than 11 years ago | (#4769448)

...that tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day in America? As such, you shouldn't be worried about showing appreciation for your employees. Rather, they should be thankful to you that they have jobs. There are plenty of programmers out there that don't have jobs, or at least ones they can be proud of. For instance, I had to settle for jizmopper at the local nudie booth. With that, I say you give them all a wish list so that they know what gifts to buy for you.

how about giving the planet a break? (2)

Parsec (1702) | more than 11 years ago | (#4769582)

And not consuming useless crap? AdBusters []

You want a great gift: add a vacation day, or a half day if that's too much.

Re:how about giving the planet a break? (2)

hitzroth (60178) | more than 11 years ago | (#4769941)

Hey, if I were a boss, and if it only takes a small gesture with some material good to let my employees know that I am able to think of them as individuals, and that I appreciate them, then I see no harm. In fact, I see the antithesis of harm.

A generic gift like an extra vacation day could send the exact opposite idea: you're not as welcome here as you could be.

keychain usb drives (4, Interesting)

acomj (20611) | more than 11 years ago | (#4770427)

Those keychain usb drives. They sell them with company logos on them too..

Great for taking home work, files you download in the office etc..

OK, well in addition to £100 cash(!!!) i got... (1)

The_Guv'na (180187) | more than 11 years ago | (#4770991)

A nice night out on the town. All four of us from our branch [in my last job, timber yard foreman] went on the piss for the night. Drinking, live band who were damn good, some pool, bowling, a kebab, and a few fat spliffs.

Yes, that's right, our manager got us a bag of some nice smelly weed and we all had a smoke session! With company money! That said, we could smoke up the yard so long as we didn't get paralytic. Ah the good old days...

If it wasn't for my fscked up back, I'd still be there. :( My current job is shite.


Family Friendly Gifts (2)

Embedded Geek (532893) | more than 11 years ago | (#4771579)

Some [] have noted that nothing beats face time with the family and any toy is going to collect dust. Well, I had an manager (alas, now departed from my employer) who used to send thank you notes and give dinner gift certificates (Olive Garden, Red Lobster, etc.) to a worker's spouse after a schedule crunch. Sort of a "Thank you for putting up with all the long hours." For singles, I think he just gave it straight to the worker, but a very nice touch for those with a brood at home.

Anyone else have suggestions for gifts in this mode?

A card with a little poem (2)

macdaddy357 (582412) | more than 11 years ago | (#4772412)

Make some little cards with some holiday themed pictures, and this poem.

Roses are red, violets are blue.
The economy is dead, so
There's nothing for you.(except this card.)

Happy Holidaze anyway.
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