Coworkers Make the Strangest… Gift-Givers?

According to a survey by CareerBuilder, about two in ten workers said they would give a co-worker a holiday gift in 2014, and about the same number said they would give their boss a gift.

Workers surveyed shared some of the most unusual gifts they’ve gotten from coworkers:

  • A box of Hot Pockets;
  • A chess piece (just one piece, not a set);
  • A fire extinguisher;
  • A voucher for a free lawn game of the co-worker’s own invention;
  • A turquoise leather vest;
  • Zombie action figures;
  • A Ziploc bag with coffee (enough to make one pot);
  • A ‘gun of the day’ calendar;
  • A bag of chips; and
  • A Christmas ornament with the co-worker’s and spouse’s photos on it.


The national survey, conducted online by Harris Poll from August 11 to September 5, 2014, included a representative sample of 3,103 workers and 2,203 hiring managers and human resource professionals across industries and company sizes.