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The most unusual holiday gifts exchanged at the workplace

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Turns out the season for workplace holiday parties isn’t as merry as one might think.

In fact, these parties can make for some pretty awkward moments between co-workers – especially when it involves giving gifts.

For CareerBuilder’s annual holiday survey, 3,602 workers and 2,326 hiring managers across the United States shared the most unusual gifts they’ve received from a co-worker during the holiday season.

While many gift-bearing workers stuck to more traditional holiday offerings, such as ornaments, candy and gift baskets, others got a little more creative with their definition of the word “gift:”

  • A squirrel toilet seat decal.
  • A pair of Christmas socks that look like elf feet.
  • A roll of duct tape.
  • A bell on a string.
  • A mystery bag with a coat in it.
  • A giant heart shaped box of candy … from Valentine’s Day.
  • A picture of a bear.
  • A bowling ball.
  • Homemade sausages.
  • A ceramic sheep you can dress up seasonally.

The survey also delved into how many workers actually planned to buy such gifts for their colleagues.

ALSO READ: Your guide to being Secret Santa

More than two out of 10 (21%) of workers said they wanted to buy holiday gifts for co-workers and 20% planned to buy a gift for the boss.

Of those who plan to buy gifts for their co-workers or bosses, the majority (80%) expected to spend no more than $25 on each gift, 36% planned to spend no more than $10, and 9% said will cap themselves off at $5.

But if staff don’t want to receive such unusual gifts, what exactly do they want?

A new survey by font talent, surveyed industry professionals across Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore to check out the most desirable Christmas gifts this year.

It stated talent could be perked up over the Christmas period with company gifts such as cash (36%), a nice Christmas meal on the company (27%) or an extra day off (22%).

Thankfully, 56% of respondents said their company will be swapping presents or partaking in a Secret Santa activity.


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