If you work with a lot of people, virtually every week is a special occasion for someone between birthdays, going-away parties, weddings, etc. When your co-workers pool their money to buy someone a cake or a gift, do you feel obligated to chip in? Is there an appropriate amount to give? That's the subject of a recent letter I answered. https://www.thepennyhoarder.co...worker-wedding-gift/
The letter writer has a new colleague who's getting married. The office was taking a collection to buy her a wedding gift, but the letter writer barely knows her new co-worker. So she was wondering how much she should contribute.
Though office gifts are well-meaning, I'm really not a fan. People feel a lot of pressure to contribute, even though it's obviously voluntary. If you're having financial difficulty, you may not want to discuss it at work, so a lot of people will contribute just to avoid drawing attention to themselves, even if they can't afford it.
Do you feel pressure to chip in on gifts for co-workers? If you do contribute, how much do you normally contribute? If you don't, do you have any tips on gracefully declining?