With the holidays fast approaching, there’s a good chance a lot of people will soon be exchanging gifts with their co-workers, and that could lead to some awkward exchanges.
According to a new CareerBuilder poll, 22% of workers say they’ll buy holiday gifts for their co-workers, and 22% will buy a gift for their boss. As for how much they’ll spend, the most common range is between $11 and $50, with 59% of workers willing to spend that amount, while 34% will spend $10 or less, and 6% will go big and spend more than $51
And while some people will go simple with a gift card or maybe a box of chocolates, there are always going to be people who are a bit out there with gifts. The poll asked folks about the most unusual gifts they’ve ever gotten from a co-worker and the responses are certainly strange and amusing.
Among the most unusual holiday gifts received:
- A coaster with their face on it
- A nightgown
- Chicken earrings
- Coupons from a grocery store
- Roasted grasshoppers
- Saran Wrap
- Jar of glitter
- Party dip recipe
- An ornament shaped like an engagement ring
- Wooden cat statues
- Used candles
As for the gift most workers want - money - it seems a lot of folks may be getting what they wish for. The poll finds that 61% of employers plan to hand out holiday bonuses this year, which is up from 54% last year.