Ah, the office holiday gift swap. Finding the perfect gift that will please everyone without going over the allotted monetary amount is a yearly ritual for many of us.
Whether you call it a White Elephant, a Secret Santa, a Yankee Swap or something else, we can all recall the best, worst and weirdest gifts we’ve received – and maybe a time or two when we’ve been guilty of giving a not-so-great gift ourselves.
So today, as we celebrate our very own gift swap here in the office, we release our very special Holiday Video, “Twas the Morn’ of the Gift Swap” along with our list of the Top 20 Weirdest Office Holiday Gifts.
Here are the winning responses from a very non-scientific poll of nearly 100 U.S. respondents:
Top 20 Weirdest Office Holiday Gifts
- Book about using playing cards to predict the future
- Broken ornament
- Expired canned food
- Farting Santa
- Handmade quilted chicken
- Lampshade made out of egg cartons
- Live fish
- Live lizard
- Lump of coal
- Meat injector
- Miniature bottle of 99 cent vanilla body spray
- Music CD of a coworker
- Old backpack full of old shoes
- Oversized pencil (1 1/2 inches in diameter, 12 inches in length)
- Pet picture frame (for someone who has no pets)
- Piece of cake that was already being eaten at the party
- Pocket knife from a boss
- Rain stick
- Shoe box with a ping pong ball inside
- White elephant, literally
What about the best gifts? Well a tablet, television and $300 all came out on top.
Be sure to check out CooperKatz’s annual holiday video on YouTube!
CooperKatz & Company, Inc. used SurveyMonkey to poll 98 Americans ages 18 and up who have participated in an office holiday gift swap before.
SurveyMonkey Audience represents a diverse group of respondents and their Contribute panel is not representative of the general population. As with most online sampling, respondents have Internet access and voluntarily joined a program to take surveys, so they're representative of an online population. They automatically balance results according to census data of age and gender, while location tends to balance out naturally. Balancing precision and granularity improves as the number of responses increases.
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