Even if you're constrained by the budget, you can make a splash. Your gift will be kicked up a huge notch if you just do this: "Wrap it in pretty paper," says Riceberg. "That counts a lot. It's no fun to open a bag." Throw in ribbon and a bow, and a modestly priced gift seems classy.
Sounding like lots of work? Well, that's good. Often, "a gift recipient will care as much about the effort that went into selecting the right gift as they will the item itself," says Riceberg. Amid the arrival of the usual, lame corporate gifts - yet another pointless desk calendar, for instance - a gift that reflects the recipient's interests and respects all applicable policies is an immediate all-star.
A Final Note