What is the etiquette for end of year gifting?

What is the etiquette for end of year gifting?

Gift giving is an integral part of our year-end celebrations. Friends and family, co-workers and acquaintances, at Christmas and during the New Year celebrations, the idea of giving these important people something to show that you are thinking of them will most certainly come up.

But what to give? There is so much choice, and yet many gifts are just the same old things, given every year, with only the slightest of variations. And before you can even get to the present choosing stage, the list of who to give something to needs to be created. That, too, is a minefield of difficulties and possibilities.

To Whom?

Individuals often have it easier than businesses when it comes to end of year gift giving. Family members go on the list, so do close friends. And for a while that’s it. But once you have children, there is a lot more to it. Teachers need to be considered, other children at school, other children’s parents if you talk to them in the parking lot or chat to them during sporting fixtures.

Corporate gifts can also cause some confusion. Big clients certainly require some kind of a thank you – but what about smaller ones? Newer ones? What is the etiquette when it comes to this sector? You don’t want to look desperate or pushy, but neither do you want to commit a faux pas and miss someone out when you ought to have given them something…

What To Do?

It can be difficult to judge this element of gifting, and it is often better to buy too much than too little. For the parents at school, you can keep small gifts in the boot of your car, ready to give if you are handed something unexpectedly. The same goes for corporate gifts. In business, however, you may wish to err on the side of caution and buy every client something special. That way you won’t upset anyone going into the new year!

For The Gourmets

Once you have your list of who you want to give an end of year gift to, once you have decided who deserves something special, who should be rewarded for their hard work, which of your friends and family members you want to see smile, the next step is to choose the gift.

The solution is simple. A hamper is the ideal gift because there is one that suits anyone and everyone, and every occasion. And to find the ideal hamper for someone, you simply need to think about what it is they love. Chocolate is a great example. Everyone knows someone who loves their chocolate, in all forms. Whoever that is, our Moet & Chandon Champagne & Box of Chocolates Hamper could be exactly what they need. Full of rich chocolate treats as well as a bottle of Moet & Chandon, your loved ones and friends can truly indulge their passion for all things sweet.


Do you know someone who prefers the savoury side of gourmet food? Again, not a problem. The Gourmet Essentials Gift Hamper filled with a selection of Random Harvests gourmet condiments and treats is a stunning gift for any occasion.


For The Corporates

Gift giving in business is as much about politics as it is about genuinely liking the person you are offering something to, and with that in mind, it’s good to choose wisely. Giving a luxury hamper always goes down well, and will ensure that you and your business are remembered well into the new year. Plus, picking a gorgeous gift hamper filled with high-end treats means you don’t even have to know the person you are giving it to all that well – everyone loves good food and good wine, don’t they? So for those important clients, why not try our 23rd Street Gin Luxury Celebration Hamper, the Glenfiddich Scotch Whisky & Waterford Crystal Luxury Hamper, or even the Dom Perignon & Box of Chocolates Hamper?


For The Fashionistas

Trying to buy a gorgeous gift for someone who is really into their fashion is a thankless task. If you don’t know clothes like they do, you might get them entirely the wrong thing, and no one wants to do that. So you can either study fashion for hours and hours (days and days, months and months…) in an effort to make sure you don’t get it horribly wrong, and then purchase something that will be out of fashion again in an instant, or you can find the perfect fashion orientated hamper such as the immaculate Chanel Fashionista Gift Hamper or the Little Book of Dior & Robe Pamper Hamper.


Christmas Time

And finally, the biggest gift-giving event at the end of every year has to be Christmas. Christmas hampers are always a treat and can turn a standard Christmas into a festive season full of the best of the best. The great news is, our Christmas hampers can be ordered at any time throughout the year, and we’ll deliver them nearer to the big day itself. Or you can choose exactly what you want to include by customising your own bespoke hamper – it’s the thought, and the gift, that counts.