This holiday season will be more present in the workplace, according to a recent survey. A quarter of workers are planning to buy holiday gifts for co-workers this year, which will undoubtedly lead to some unusual, and sometimes inappropriate, gifts.
According to the CareerBuilder survey, more employees are planning on giving colleagues gifts (25%) than giving bosses gifts (22%). Most of those who partake in exchanging gifts plan to spend $25 or less for each present they buy for the office.
While there may seem to be plenty of suitable options that fall within the $25 range, here are some strange—and some inappropriate—presents workers have received in past years:
- A bag of ice
- A bra
- A CD and employee recorded of himself singing (badly)
- A coupon to a strip club
- A pack of toilet paper (20 rolls)
To help you with your last minute holiday shopping, here are a few gifting tips from Nancy Soriano, a lifestyle expert and a spokeswoman for Office Depot:
Office gifts to avoid:
- Perfume or cologne
- Gag gifts
- Anything overtly religious
In general, avoid gifts that may be too sensitive in nature, too personal, too expensive, or offensive.
Some appropriate gift ideas:
- Desk organizers
- Personalized items (mugs, USB drives, e.g.)
- Group gifts, such as a coffeemaker
In general, try to find functional, practical presents.
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