What to buy your practice team for Christmas!

It is all about showing appreciation

Showing appreciation for your staff is very important and there is no better time to do this than at Christmas time. Here is a guide on what to buy your doctors, practice nurses and medical receptionists for Christmas!

Try to give the same or similar gift to everyone in the team (if possible!)

There are a couple of ways to tackle this conundrum, you can opt to give presents based on staff seniority and perceived ‘value’. Or you can give the same gift to everyone to recognise that they are all equal.  Personally I think the latter approach is best but sometimes budget and tradition dictate otherwise.

Tax

Whilst it is tempting to be super generous at Christmas time, don’t forget to consider the  ATO taxation rules on gift giving.  Basically, if you spend less than $300 on a gift for an employee there seems to be no FBT payable. You can also categorise this as a ‘non-entertainment gift’, including gift cards!

Budget

The average budget for a staff Christmas present is $100-$160.  Obviously each practice has different budgets but this is the price range most staff gifts fall into.

Gift ideas

Without further ado here is my top 3 Christmas gift ideas for your General Practice Team:

1. Visa Gift Card (or some sort of gift card)

Visa gift cards are thoughtful gifts anyone can enjoy. They can be used to make multiple purchases everywhere Visa is accepted, unlike other gift cards that are used only at specific stores. The best part is you can make it for $100 or $150- it is completely flexible!  

They make an excellent last minute gift too!

Alternative Gift Cards you could buy is a David Jones Gift Card, Wine Subscription Gift Card, Red Balloon or Movie Ticket voucher.  

2. Bottle of Wine/Champagne

Who doesn’t love a bottle of champagne?  Quick and easy, buying each member of your team a bottle of wine or French champagne in most cases is an excellent fail safe present!  Just make sure any non drinkers you buy something else!  Also an excellent last minute gift! 

3. Hamper

A Christmas Hamper is another team gift that will always be popular (and a good option for the non-drinkers too!). Check out Hampers with Bite! The offer excellent value hampers and are a family owned company!

Hampers require a little more forward planning but are definitely well received by staff as they discover new delicious foods or revisit old acquaintances!

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