Cash strapped businesses opting for smaller employee gifts

Courtesy of Dragonfly Creations on Facebook by Kaitlin Lee Posted Nov 25, 2015 7:43 am MDT Cash strapped businesses opting for smaller employee gifts The oil slump may mean Corporate Calgary is shelving or downsizing the company holiday party this year, but it looks like companies are still trying to show appreciation for the employees.Claire Gordon, Owner of Dragonfly Creations, is in the holiday gift basket business, and with a month to Christmas they are busy putting together small tokens of appreciation.“Chocolates, fresh fruit, cheese, crackers, nuts. We use a bunch of local suppliers,” she explains. “Something that’s sort of festive or generic as well, because they are often giving to a big group or to somebody they don’t know, personally.”She says they’ve seen their biggest hit ever this year because of economic woes, but their business is also appealing to those wanting to pinch pennies.“We’ve noticed a couple (clients) already that haven’t come back this year due to the economy. They’ve just outright said that’s why it was. A couple have downsized slightly,” Gordon said. “Some people choose to do just a couple of big (baskets) and share them amongst a group. So, that’s a way if you’re budget conscious, to kind of hit a bunch of people with one gift.”She says a small gift may be the way to go for hard hit companies, looking to give back just a little.“It’s mostly the thought and the token that people are remembering. It’s not necessarily everything in there,” she said. “You know you still have to thank the people that made your year possible, even if it wasn’t a banner year for you.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more