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Holiday gift-giving at work takes a turn for the weird

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Gift exchange events in the office can get really inappropriate, really fast. All it takes is one co-worker who pushes the idea of a gag gift one step too far.

CareerBuilder’s annual holiday survey, conducted online by Harris Poll, asked more than 3,000 workers across the U.S. to share the most unusual gift they have received from a fellow employee during the holiday season.

Respondents did not disappoint, although some of the co-workers who gave the following surely did:

  • Two left-handed gloves
  • Coconut bra
  • Jar of gravy
  • Fake lottery tickets
  • Toilet paper that looks like money
  • Post-it Notes
  • Dish detergent
  • Crime-scene themed pen holder
  • Handmade ornament for a sports team the recipient had never heard of
  • Singing toy chicken
  • Actual stuffed duck
  • Whip.

Twenty-two percent of workers said they planned to buy holiday gifts for co-workers this year, and 21% said their bosses would receive something, too. Forty-six percent of supervisors said they would give gifts to their subordinates.

Of those who plan to buy gifts for their co-workers or bosses, 73% reported they would spend no more than $25 on each gift, 33% planned to cap spending at $10 and 11% said they wouldn’t go over $5.

In that case, may we suggest real lottery tickets?

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