When I was in residency, there was one resident who used to always buy Christmas gifts for all the attendings. Of course, we all thought he was a kiss up scumbag for doing it. I mean, who buys Christmas presents for all the attendings besides a kiss up scumbag?
I'd like to believe that the attendings all saw through his behavior, but I'm not so sure. Everybody likes getting presents, right?
As a full-fledged physician, I somehow find myself in a similar dilemma. I have a boss that I really like, but I don't get him a Christmas present because none of his other employees do. I mean, there are a lot of other people at work that I really like and I don't get them Christmas presents. Frankly, I feel like if I got a present for one person, it would go down some horrible road of "well, if I get a present for this person, then I must get a present for this other person" and so forth. And as much as some people enjoy getting presents, it's a much worse feeling to get left out of present giving. So I don't buy presents for anyone at work because I would inevitably manage to leave somebody out and hurt their feelings.
So essentially, if I got a present for my boss, I would only be getting a present for him because he's my boss.
And that would make me a kiss up scumbag, right?