What modern corporations have done with office gift exchanges and Christmas parties has totally altered the gift giving aspect within and around offices all over. Scandal and innuendo have seeped into the corporate sector just like the pop culture and have made even the simplest of things like giving someone a gift of appreciation a potential legal landmine if corporate executives and other representatives like board members do not tread lightly and obey the new rules.
No longer is appropriate for corporate executives to give certain employees gifts and not others. Secretaries and executive assistants expect equal treatment across the board, even if they do not service certain executives directly. The rules have been entirely rewritten, even for relationships with clients or vendors.