You may be hoping for some truly memorable gifts this holiday season, but that probably doesn’t include items like duct tape. Yet, if you’re doing a gift exchange with your colleagues, there’s a chance you might be getting something they grabbed from their junk drawer on the way to work.
- A squirrel toilet seat decal
- A pair of Christmas socks that look like elf feet
- A bell on a string
- A mystery bag with a coat in it
- A giant heart shaped box of candy … from Valentine’s Day
- A picture of a bear
- A bowling ball
- Homemade sausages
- A ceramic sheep you can dress up seasonally
Twenty-one percent of workers say they plan to buy holiday gifts for co-workers this season, and 20 percent plan to purchase a present for the boss. Of those who plan to buy gifts for their co-workers or bosses, the majority (80 percent) expect to spend no more than $25 on each gift, while 9 percent will cap themselves off at $5.
Employers also spreading the love
If you’re not looking forward to your office gift exchange, don’t worry – there are other ways the holidays are being celebrated in workplaces this year.
Sixty-six percent of employers say they plan to throw company holiday parties, up from 63 percent in 2014. Forty-five percent of employers will give employees gifts, and 47 percent will give charitable donations.
If you’re hoping for some extra cash instead of a present or holiday bash, the good news is that more employers are planning to give the gift of extra money this year.
Fifty-four percent plan to give employees a holiday bonus, up from 47 percent in 2014. More than 1 in 10 employers say they will give a larger bonus than last year (14 percent).
Office holiday etiquette
Whether or not you’re in the holiday spirit at work, don’t let your co-workers – or your boss – know it. If your company is hosting a holiday party, make an effort to attend; chances are you’ll end up building some solid workplace relationships and maybe even have a little fun, too. And if you get a strange gift from a colleague, smile and thank him or her politely…you don’t want to offend anyone and create an uncomfortable work environment. Remember: There’s always the option of re-gifting.