I was recently promoted to a manager position and I have a Direct that is infamous for giving extravagent gifts to her boss. I have been added as a middle level of management between her and my new boss (who she used to report directly too). This direct is already making hints about giving me gifts (she actually gave me a list of dates I can expect them and not just Christmas).
Not only do I feel uncomfortable with receiving gifts from my direct (especially if she buys me gifts at the same value as she has purchased in the past) but her gift giving to the her boss (now my boss) is an office joke. These are not small discreet gifts but large fancy wrapped packages that everyone sees her give. I feel this is a perceptual nightmare from a management position. I don't want to be in a position of being accused of favortism and many people are watching to see how I handle this.
What is the best approach in this situation? Do I make her quit cold turkey and say no gifts whatsoever? Or give her a guideline "like nothing more than $5.00"?