HR Strange But True!
December 06, 2011

A new survey by The Creative Group confirms that colleagues can buy, regift—or unburden themselves of—some unusual items for those “white elephant” workplace gift swaps.

The Creative Group cites these items “that both amuse and amaze,” along with its own commentary on the selections:

  • A used ashtray—You might be the butt of that joke.
  • A jar of pickles—Because you never know when a craving will strike.
  • Used candle—A thrifty approach.
  • A broken umbrella—Hail, no!
  • Dirty oven mitts—No need to break them in.
  • A framed picture of the giver— It'll look great sitting on the fireplace mantel.
  • The same fruitcake that went around the office 2 years in a row—We're betting it makes a third appearance!
  • A World War II gas mask—Better safe than sorry.
  • A white elephant——Finally, someone who follows directions!

“White elephant parties can be a fun way for employees to take a break from work and celebrate the holidays," said Donna Farrugia, executive director of The Creative Group. “This type of gift exchange is little or no cost and can take the pressure off workers to buy expensive presents for their colleagues while showing their creativity.”


The Creative Group

We’ve heard about some quirky colleague gifts from our readers—can you say hamster? Now we are asking again, what’s the weirdest workplace present you’ve ever given/received?

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