Corporate gift policies are an important consideration

If your company is planning on giving a corporate gift during the holiday season, it is important to be aware that some organisations have rules about the types of presents their employees can receive.

One corporate etiquette expert told the Globe and Mail that at some firms, employees are instructed not to accept gifts if they exceed a certain value - $50, for example.

Diane Craig says any corporate gift should be given with this in mind - and if in doubt, it might be a good idea to contact your recipient's company to find out about their policies.

Of course, you'll also want to ensure your corporate gift is suitable for the occasion.

For example, you may want to give custom cufflinks in your company colours for a subtle way of promoting your brand, while unique ties or ladies' scarves could be a great option if you are looking to give a quality item that is also a conversation-starter.

Likewise, if you are throwing a holiday party for your clients and partners, you may want to ensure you have branded merchandise - such as mugs filled with holiday candy or money clips - onhand to give as favours for your guests.