2. The vice squad. Also verboten as business gifts are items associated with “sins,” from cigarettes to whiskey.
3. The jokers. Sidestep gag gifts, too, urges expert Joli Andre — frankly, nobody will laugh at a dribbling tumbler.
4. The one-size-fits-all gift. Don’t give everybody on your list the same item. In years past, sure, buying 25 copies of a gem of a book might have done it, but this year personalization and customization are in. Recipients are expecting gifts that scream their names, and savvy givers know it. —