The boss’s ultimate gift-giving guide
Any career-driven woman knows that being a good boss requires more than just telling your employees what to do. When you’ve got a group of people working for you, it’s important to recognise the hard work that they’re accomplishing. After all, a good leader should inspire – and what better way to inspire than to show them how much you appreciate what they do?
However, it’s no secret that professionals are busy, and you’re unlikely to have the time to curate the perfect gift for each and every single occasion. Luckily for us, another powerful businesswoman has developed the perfect solution to our gift-giving woes.
Chelsea Moore, Jenni Olivero and Sabena Suri founded Los Angeles based BOXFOX as a way to help thoughtful but time poor people give the perfect gift box. Gratitude, Chelsea agrees, is essential. ‘In a world where interactions are becoming more digital – and more impersonal – It’s important to take time to appreciate real relationships with considerate gestures’.
Indeed, it’s important that your gratitude extends past the typical holidays. Everyone expects to get something on their birthday and at Christmas (and for that BOXFOX offers pre-curated boxes on their site), but it’s the random Tuesday in March that can make your gift have even more of an impact. Rather than make a big deal about your present, just leave it on your employee’s desk. ‘The subtlety of leaving it on someone’s desk or doorstep with a genuine note can do all the explaining you need!’
When looking for something to give your employees, we will always recommend their gift boxes: the goodies inside are simple but effective. They show you care without being too over-the top. Gifting queens Chelsea, Jenni and Sabena believe that a good gift box should contain a mix of both fun and functional items. Of course, each box should be customised for the recipient…
For Your Assistant
Your personal assistants help you with everything – keeping track of your meetings, helping with huge projects, and (potentially most importantly) maintaining your sanity levels when life gets too overwhelming. To show your thanks for all their hard work, consider a box with desk essentials that’ll make their job easier. BOXFOX’s HUSTLE box has everything from Kate Spade paper clips to a Rifle Paper Co. weekly pad to Crease Release for when they’re in a pinch.
Welcoming a New Employee
Instead of welcoming a new employee to the team with an already sizeable to-do list, welcome them with a small gift instead! ‘A welcome gift’, our Cali-girl advises, ‘should always include some desk accessories to warm a new space. We love a potted succulent, a luxe pashmina (to brave the office AC), a coffee mug (that can double as a pen holder), a pack of Well Kept tech wipes, and some rock candy for that stressful first week on the job’.
Value Your Workers
As for your current employees, they deserve to be rewarded as well. Your employee who relentlessly puts in extra hours without complaint deserves the gift of relaxation! ‘We’d put together a box with Herbivore Botanicals CALM bath salts, a Formulary 55 Foot Scrub, a Voluspa Jasmine candle, and a delicious Compartes Milk and Cereal chocolate bar…because why not?’
Make Friends at Work
Your colleague who’s recently been promoted deserves something just for the occasion – drinks! BOXFOX’s Mason jar shot glasses, Surgarfina Champagne Bears and striped straws for an extra finishing touch will help prepare your colleague for celebration. However, you might want to hold off on presenting the beverages until after the workday is over…!
Create Great Client Relationships
These gifts don’t even need to be exclusively for your employees and colleagues. If you’re coming to the end of a working relationship with a client, it’s not out of line to present them with a gift. While you don’t want to cross the line into dangerous territory, something small but classy can work well. Client gifts, Chelsea believes, should feel elegant, so recommends luxurious hand cream like Tocca Hand Crème combined with a Voluspa Gardenia Candle and a Bottega Louie Chocolate Bar.
First and foremost, you should make the recipients of your gift feel appreciated. Inspiration comes from many places; as the boss, you should inspire your employees to be the best they can be. Even something as simple as a gift box can make the difference with your employees. An appreciated employee will perform better than an ignored one – so do what you can to show them that their work doesn’t go unnoticed!
Stay tuned! On June 23rd BOXFOX will be launching the ability to build your own boxes! In the meantime, you can get a little gift-giving inspiration by following them on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.