Twenty-two per cent of U.S. employees plan to buy holiday presents for their coworkers and 21 per cent will do so for their bosses, according to a survey by CareerBuilder.

The survey, which polled more than 3,300 employees and 2,379 human resources professionals, found 73 per cent of respondents said they’d cap their spending at $25 per gift, while a third said they’d spend less than $10 and 11 per cent will spend less than $5.

Read: Have your say: Is your organization holding a holiday party this year?

While ornaments, baked goods, scarves and gift cards may be staples in office gift giving, it appears many employees skip straight to more . . .  unique and distinctive presents, including:

  • Two left-handed gloves;
  • A coconut bra;
  • A jar of gravy;
  • A fake lottery ticket;
  • A real stuffed duck;
  • Toilet paper that looked like money;
  • Post-it notes;
  • Dish detergent;
  • A pen holder that looks like a crime scene victim;
  • A comic book of an obscure movie;
  • A handmade ornament for a sports team the recipient had never heard of;
  • A singing chicken; and
  • A whip.

As for employer respondents, 46 per cent said they plan to give presents to staff this year. Most (69 per cent) are also planning to throw a holiday party for employees. More than half (54 per cent) are planning to give out bonuses and 48 per cent are planning to donate to charities.

Read: When secret Santa meets Canada’s largest pension funds

Copyright © 2020 Transcontinental Media G.P. Originally published on

Join us on Twitter

Add a comment

Have your say on this topic! Comments that are thought to be disrespectful or offensive may be removed by our Benefits Canada admins. Thanks!

* These fields are required.
Field required
Field required
Field required