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Avoid these gifts for co-workers and bosses

Man disapointed with his Christmas gift

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’Tis the season for giving, and most workplaces will get into the spirit of the season this year, according to CareerBuilder’s annual holiday survey.

Nearly half of employers (47 percent) plan to give employees a holiday bonus in 2014, while 40 percent will give employees gifts this year (up from 35 percent last year).

Twenty-one percent of workers say they plan to buy holiday gifts for co-workers, and nearly the same number (20 percent) plan to buy a gift for the boss.

Of those workers who plan to buy gifts for their co-workers or bosses, the majority (76 percent) expect to spend $25 or less on each gift, 33 percent will spend $10 or less, and 10 percent will spend $5 or less.

The survey also asked workers to share the most unusual gifts they’ve received from a co-worker during the holiday season.

While many gift-bearing workers stick to more traditional holiday offerings, such as ornaments, candy and gift baskets, others get a little more creative with their definition of the word “gift”:

  • 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 plastic bag with coffee (enough to make one pot)
  • A ‘gun of the day’ calendar
  • A bag of chips
  • A Christmas ornament with the gift-giving co-worker and spouses’ photos on it

Tag Goulet is co-founder of and Academic Director of the International Association of Professions Career College which offers certificates for dream careers online at


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