With the holiday work-party season upon us, many of us are heading out to gift shop for fellow office employees, and the boss.

Before hitting the malls or e-commerce highway, here’s some advice for this season’s workplace gifts. Jacqueline Whitmore, author of Business Class: Etiquette Essentials for Success at Work, said whether you are an office employee or the head honcho, you should tailor to taste, and put some thought into your gift-giving practices.

The best gift is a functional one as opposed to one that just looks attractive and collects dust and a few compliments,” Whitmore said.

This season, FOXBusiness.com is running a special series on holiday giving in the office. Stay tuned. For starters, we take a look at what to get for the one who signs your paychecks.