Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

December 15 2015

These Are The Strangest Gifts People Have Given Their Coworkers

David McMillin

It’s that time of year again when you’re faced with the task of figuring out what to give your colleagues in the meetings industry to celebrate the holidays. Buying for colleagues is never easy. If you only know them in the workplace, it can be tough to figure out what kind of small gift will be right. While many employees follow the traditional route with items such as candy, ornaments or gift cards, a new survey from CareerBuilder shows that some have a more awkward approach to the holiday season. Here are five strange but true holiday office gifts.

1) A squirrel toilet seat decal.

Nothing says “Happy Holidays” like a sticker of a small tree-climbing animal designed for a bathroom.

2) A roll of duct tape.

To be fair, duct tape can fix everything.

3) A giant heart-shaped box of candy from Valentine’s Day.

Candy only gets better as it ages. Oh, wait. That’s wine.

4) A picture of a bear.

Here, this will be perfect to hang above your desk. Roar.

5) A ceramic sheep you can dress up seasonally.

Just wait until you get to bust out the Fourth of July outfit.

Budgeting For The Office Celebration

So you’re not going with the ceramic sheep or the old candy this year? If you’re planning to purchase gifts for your co-workers, you don’t have to spend much to spread the cheer. In fact, only 21 percent of workers say they will buy presents for their co-workers with an additional 20 percent buying for their bosses. Of those who will be exchanging fits, 80 percent plan to spend $25 or less.

Not sure what to buy for your colleagues in the convention industry? Check out “5 Creative Holiday Gifts For Your Coworkers And Clients Under $30.”

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