Thanksgiving week is here, and Christmas is around the corner. It will be 2012 before you know it, and likely before you’re ready for it! It is also the time of year when businesses turn to giving thanks– thanks to employees, thanks to customers, thanks to vendors, thanks to partners, and even thanks in general that you made it through another year in this tough economy.
While a heartfelt “Thank you” phone call, note or email is often all someone wants or needs to know that you appreciate them, gifts are nice too. Whether you’re looking for that perfect present for your right-hand man, or you just want to know how much to tip the cleaning service, the following resources can help:
What to Give and How Much to Spend
- How Much To Spend on Business Gifts
This SmallBizTrends post provides tips on how much to spend on employee and client gifts.
- Small Business Owners Guide to Holiday Tipping
The page layout on this article is annoying with advertisements getting in the way of a smooth read, but cut through the visual clutter to find great suggestions for tipping your business service providers.
- CNBC Guide to Holiday Tipping in a Weak Economy
Help with tipping when times are tough, and tips for how to cut-back gracefully.
- CNN Money Slideshow, ‘Who should I tip and how much should I give?’
Though more oriented towards personal service providers than business providers, it provides great insights. It includes comments from 6 service providers about the tips they get and what they think about them.
- INC Magazine 2011 Holiday Gift Guide: Editor’s Picks
From gadget freaks to literary types, 10 great gift suggestions.
How Do You Compare?
- American Express OPEN Small Business Holiday Monitor 2011
Read this Wall Street Journal summary of the American Express survey of small business owners and see how your plans compare.
- A Tip Sheet on Holiday Tipping
Consumer reports polled their readers for this Dec. 2010 article on tipping.
- Holiday Gifts to Employees – Watch Out for Taxes
Helpful tips on when gifts are taxable, and how to deduct the cost of employee gifts. Also, see the link at the end of the article to a post on corporate gift buying tips.