|Barked: Thu Dec 13, '12 8:22am PST |
|Monetary tips are great for obvious reasons, but my other favorite thing was holiday cards of the dogs. I have a box of photos of my clients wearing wreaths and Santa hats and other goofy nonsense - many of whom have since passed away - going back at least 8 years.
Food is awesome too, but a consideration: We are absolutely inundated with junk food over the two weeks before Christmas. There is no physical way we can eat all of it before it goes bad, no matter how delicious it is. The thought behind it all is wonderful, but I always feel so guilty because inevitably something will have to be thrown out.
With this in mind, bringing candy/brownies/cookies/etc totally off-season is an awesome surprise. If you want to physically give something during the season, look for a healthier alternative (Edible Arrangements are very popular, for example) or go with the previous suggestion of ordering lunch. A few clients would contact the business owner and set a date (so there was no overlap and everyone would know) to bring in a deli or pizza dinner for the staff.
And then there's always gift certificates to local cafes or bakeries, which seriously are awesome. We can use them on our own time, when we need them, and nothing will spoil.
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