Thanks, but no thanks

04 Jan 2013

A harpoon, homemade pickles and a jar of sand – These are some holiday gifts some employees have received over the years. While nearly a quarter of workers will have received holiday gifts from colleagues over the past month, they probably shouldn’t be surprised to find rather odd items inside the wrapping paper.

A study by CareerBuilder shows that among the other memorable gifts are:

  • CD of the co-worker's recorded songs
  • Dolphin oven mitt
  • Four rolls of toilet paper
  • Can of wasp spray
  • Jar of sand
  • Conch shell
  • Lava lamp filled with fake fish
  • Expired body lotion
  • Book about kittens

Overall, the survey found that more than 80% of workers planning to give gifts were prepared to spend US$25 on each holiday present they bought for the office, while 38% expected to spend $10 or less. Ten per cent of employees went the cheap route, spending less than $5 on each present.



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