BOSTON (TheStreet) -- 'Tis the season for fruit baskets, cheese trays and logo-emblazoned tchotchkes.A bellwether of the economy comes each holiday season when companies decide how much they allocate to gifts for clients, vendors prospects and employees. Holiday parties, bonuses and other seasonal boosts to worker morale are also part of the end-of-year spending plan. Is Scrooge back on the sidelines? Not just yet, perhaps.
|Corporate gifts are becoming more creative and expensive than the usual fruit basket, experts say, but haven't returned to numbers seen before the recession.|