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Watch more Office Survival Guide videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/418763-How-to-Deal-with-a-Difficult-Cubicle-Mate National Boss's Day, every October 16th, is a reminder that to get respect, it helps to give it. Make your boss's day memorable and build office comradery -- all while getting a few moments of fun. Step 1: Throw a party Throw a potluck party with your coworkers and have someone bring the boss's favorite dessert, or homemade cookies. Step 2: Give The Office Give a bobble head, t-shirt, or DVDs from the TV hit The Office, ideal for the occasion. Tip Check with HR about the company's gift policy to make sure your plans conform. Step 3: Surprise with accessories Surprise the boss with desktop accessories, like a puzzle cube, a paperweight, a novelty pen, an electronic diary, a leather desktop catchall, or colorful stress balls. Look into a customized coffee mug with goofy sayings. Tip Remember to honor the boss out of genuine regard rather than hoping to gain points, or you may be disappointed. Step 4: Drop off jokes Drop a load of boss jokes on your boss's desk anonymously to start the day with a laugh. Make sure to choose at least a few that feature a boss who comes out as a funny part of the joke, rather than the butt of it. Step 5: Chip in on tickets Chip in with your coworkers and buy tickets to your boss's favorite team's game, a musical, or a theater event, or go in on a book, CD or DVD based on what you've picked up over the year about their personal tastes. Step 6: Send flowers Send a bouquet with a card with sincere appreciations expressed individually from everyone in the office. Did You Know? Patricia Bays Haroski registered National Boss Day with the Chamber of Commerce in 1958 to honor her boss -- her father.
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Watch more Office Survival Guide videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/436894-How-to-Give-Bosss-Day-Gifts Commemorate the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. by convincing your boss to close the office for the holiday. Step 1: Tell your boss it is a day on Tell your boss that Martin Luther King is not a day off, but a day on. It is a day to celebrate the equality and freedoms we all have today because of the efforts of the civil rights movement. Tip Look for volunteer work on mlkday.gov and donate your time on your day off to provide services to those in need. Step 2: Remind your boss that it is a federal holiday Remind your boss that Congress deemed Martin Luther King day a federal holiday, and federal employees have the day off. Step 3: Compare to other federal holidays Compare Martin Luther King day to other federal holidays for which the office is closed, such as President's Day and Memorial Day. Step 4: Point out that holidays are benefits Point out that holidays are basic benefits that businesses award their employees. Many businesses provide at least seven paid holidays a year. Step 5: State that productivity will increase Inform your boss that after spending time off with your family on Martin Luther King day, you will come back more rejuvenated and productivity will increase. Stress that making Martin Luther King day a holiday at your place of employment is good for overall business. Did You Know? Martin Luther King Jr. was convinced to continue protesting racial segregation through nonviolent civil disobedience after he visited India in 1959, where he met with the Prime Minister and members of Mahatma Gandhi's family.
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Watch more Christmas Gift Guide videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/39947-How-to-Snag-the-Best-Bargains-on-Black-Friday Take your holiday gift-exchange skills to the next level with these tips. Step 1: Up your odds with a basket Create a gift basket centered on one of their interests. Having more items increases the odds they'll like at least one of the presents. Step 2: Go gift card Stumped by someone you don't know well? Go with a gift card from a store or web site that offers a wide selection. Tip Try an iTunes gift card for someone tied to their mp3 player. Step 3: Give food and wine Create a festive food and drink package. Your recipient may enjoy it at home – or bring it to someone else's party. Either way, rest assured that salami will get eaten. Tip Drinking accoutrements like wine charms, whiskey tumblers, or a martini set are a fun – and often cheaper – alternative to actual booze. Step 4: Shop for relatives For family members get gifts geared toward spending time together, like board games or movie tickets. Step 5: Be professional In the office, stick to tasteful and professional choices, and only attempt a humorous gift if you know the recipient well. 'Tis the season to be jolly, not inappropriate. Tip Treat a coworker who brown bags it every day to a gift certificate for a local restaurant. Step 6: Look for bells and whistles If your recipient is a child, look for age-appropriate, hands-on gifts like toys, puzzles, games, novelties, and oddities. For preteens and teens, get gift cards to the stores they like. No matter what the situation is, your Secret Santa gifts are sure to be a hit. Did You Know? In Pennsylvania, a Secret Santa gift exchange is sometimes called a Pollyanna gift exchange.
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Watch more How to Have Good Manners videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/513551-How-to-Give-and-Receive-a-Compliment-Good-Manners Learn how to give and receive gifts from manners expert Faye de Muyshondt in this Howcast video. Hi, I'm Faye de Muyshondt from Socialskilz, here to talk with you about how to give and receive gifts. So, in terms of giving gifts, first of all, it's one of the most fun things you can do. It takes time, yes of course, but it's probably one of the best feelings you can get is giving a gift to someone, particularly if you're giving a gift that's meaningful. So, if you're giving a gift to someone who is important in your life try and be thoughtful and try to make it really count. So if someone that you know loves the color red, for example, get them something red. Or if they're a teacher, get something that would be helpful in their everyday professional life. And giving a gift isn't necessarily about the money. It can be a token gift. It can be something that's just to say I adore you or something that's thoughtful. And it adds so much to a friendship or a relationship. Even if it's a small gift, you can make it really special. A small gift is really meaningful if it has some sort of meaning to someone. Also, you can take a small gift and present it in a beautiful way. So for example, rather than just giving the gift itself, you can wrap it up. You can present it in a really special way for someone. So, if you can be thoughtful the gift and you know the person, that's probably the most fun. There's also the situation where you might not know the person very well and you're going to, for example, a party or to a dinner party. In that case, you want to get something that's a little bit more generic and the whole idea is that a gift is something that you're giving to someone. It doesn't necessarily have to do with how much you spent on it. And you can make it more meaningful by the way you present it, by the way you wrap it, by the way you tie it up, by the way you put it in an envelope, by the card that you give someone. So much of a gift is just the thoughtfulness behind it. In terms of receiving gifts, of course you want to express your thanks to someone no matter how big or small the gift is, you want to be sure that you say thank you. As you say thank you, make your eye contact. Be sure that you thank them for the gift specifically. So rather than thanks, it's thank you so much for this beautiful bottle of wine. I'll really enjoy it. So giving it a little bit more meaning as you express your thanks upon receiving a gift. In some cases when you receive a gift, you'll want to send a thank you note as well. You might send your thank you via email. You might send your thank you via a card. But most importantly, don't forget to send the thank you note. Now, you might not necessarily send a thank you note or send a thank you email for something a little bit casual or something on the smaller side, but if someone goes out of their way to give you a gift for your birthday or to give you a gift for your graduation, I'd suggest sending a thank you either by email or snail mail. The bottom line is that someone went out of their way to give you a gift and you want to express thanks. So whether it's in person, a genuine thank you, whether it's via email or whether it's via snail mail, make sure that you acknowledge the thoughtfulness and the gift and say thank you. You might also find yourself in the situation where you get a gift that you either have or really can't stand. In that case, I would suggest just saying thank you for the gift in a meaningful way, as meaningful as you possibly can make it, but you don't want to get into any details of not liking the gift or that you already have it or anything else along those lines because the bottom line is someone has done something really thoughtful, taken the time out of their day to give you a gift and you just want to express thanks. There's no need to bring up the fact that you don't like it or the fact that you already have it. Those are a few tips on how to give and receive gifts.
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Watch more How to Give a Great Gift videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/499601-Quick-Tips-How-to-Give-a-Great-LastMinute-Host-Gift If people grimace when you hand them a present, it’s time to improve your gift-giving skills. Step 1: Make it returnable Always include a gift receipt. Even the nicest present is inconsiderate if you don’t allow the recipient the option to exchange it. Step 2: Make smart choices Bigger isn’t necessarily better. Give one small item of good quality rather than something huge but cheap. Step 3: Be wary of size issues When buying clothes, proceed cautiously. Don’t give someone a 'large' unless you know that they know they’re a large—if you know what we mean. Step 4: Never give pets Never, ever give someone an animal unless you are 100 percent sure they want one and are capable of caring for it. Remember, you’re not just giving them a pet; you’re giving them the time, expense, and responsibility that come with it. Tip Keep a running list of gift ideas for the people who matter most to you. By jotting down ideas as they come to you throughout the year, you'll be ready when the gift-giving occasion arises. Step 5: Put some thought into it You know those gifts you only seem to see around holiday time—nose hair clippers, coin separators, motorized tie racks, cheese-and-sausage samplers? They scream 'last-minute' and lack of imagination. Steer clear. Did You Know? According to a bad-gift survey, clown art tops the list, followed by homemade sweaters, puzzles, tube socks, and ties.
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Watch more Christmas Gift Guide videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/494428-How-to-Handle-Awkward-Christmas-Gift-Moments Here's how to give those on your naughty list the Christmas gifts they really deserve. Step 1: Picture this Find the worst photo of them that you can, have it enlarged, and give it to them framed. You won't be lying when you say, "This is my favorite picture of you!" Step 2: Rub in their weight Give them a diet-related Christmas gift along with a really "heartfelt" note. Step 3: Shop the dollar store Find something weird and clearly worthless at the dollar store. Tip Dollar stores often have hardcover books that didn't sell for obvious reasons. Step 4: Make something Present them with a homemade Christmas gift -- something that one would be hard-pressed to love even if it came from their own child. Step 5: Give them freebies Gather all the free crap you can and dump it into a used holiday bag -- you know you have one. Step 6: Wrap up a fruitcake Give them a fruitcake -- unless, of course, they're among the 1 percent of the population who actually enjoys a good fruitcake. In that case, give them a stale one. Happy Holidays! Did You Know? The most difficult employees to please when it comes to gifts are women ages 35 to 44, according to a survey.
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There's no need to squirm at having to deliver bad news to your boss. Communication expert Alexa Fischer believes that with clarity, concision, and armed with a solution, you can turn a negative experience into an opportunity to shine!