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I have a situation here. The company where I work had made some verbal promises at the beginning of this year to its employees of a year end Christmas surprise. As the situation is not a favorable one in terms of cash flows, is there anything that can be gifted which is in the $100 USD range against our initial $200 budget and still meet expectation of the employee?

From India , Bangalore
you can try for a bulk purchase of microover from stg. they are providing fabolous discount, talk with the corporate manager u can avail microwave worth Rs9000 at Rs4500. Regards Raju
From India , Calcutta
Hema,
This suggesition is unconventional...but very apt for the times of slow down...save for future ...
I suggest you put all the monies together and buy a excellent life insurance or education(for child) policy with lowest FMC either from ICICI or Max newyork....facillate a good excemption clause with the avilable fund (negotiate a free health check up too)...i am sure you will be left with some money after this...buy some christmal plump cake and candies and distribute to the employes thru their MD /immediate superior/HRHead/HOD...
You need to be convinced to make this change...then convince others...or jus go to any shop and get corporate deals for those micowave,mixies,etc...blow up the monie...
gud luck
Malvina Ashok

From India , Calcutta
Buying gifts in bulk sounds to be a good idea.....but what can you buy with $100 is the main question!!!! You need to make sure that the gift you buy will be worthy and should make everyone happy....
From India , Bangalore
Hi Malvina,
I understand that monies are hard to come by during these trying times, but trying to push a Christmas gift as a supposed saving??
Am not sure this is the right way to go.. this is one time when you are supposed to let go to an extent. So let the gift be a gift to enjoy and enjoy it ine the Christmas spirit!!!

From India , Bangalore
Why not think of giving them iPods that will keep them singing thru Christmas.
This post reminded me of a link I was send on iPod corporate gifting:
iPod your life
The range includes shuffles to the Touch.. am pretty sure you can find something in your budget here.

From India , Bangalore
The difference between US and iNDIA is ...Americans have a spending mindset(live on loans/mortgage) while Indians have a saving mindset...The current recession is because of the crises in US ....india is still safe....the reason is 'save attitude'...we have started copying the US culture...be cautious n smart in choosing the right ,while njoying the spirt of x'mas:confused:.
Malvina Ahsok

From India , Calcutta
Totally agree with you. But considering that you keep trying to accumulate your salary for a rainy day the whole year round, letting go a bit would not matter. And yes, this ratio is definitely the reverse abroad.
From India , Bangalore
Dear every oneWould speaking of the spirit of Christmas reminds us with the poor people around us? A $100 is a lot of money for many of the poor families in all countries, why not involve our own staff members in a charitable work where they would be allowed to nominate a poor family that they would like to give a gift to on Christmas? How would they feel? How would the number of families equivalent to our staff number feel? How would that improve the image of our company? Just
From Jordan , Amman
Well fully agree to the joy of receiving a gift during festive season and the happiness that it brings to us. At the same time i would like to 100% agree with Ayramsis suggestion mentioned above. If you plan out something on a social ground involving the staff they would definitely stand up for it and feel blessed doing that little bit extra towards the less fortunate ones. We ideally donot get such an opportunity these days to do something out of our routine selflessly. And this act could be included into the company magazines to mark the Special Christmas Celebrations.
Have a wonderful & safe festive season

From United Arab Emirates , Abu Dhabi

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