Got something odd or even cringworthy as a holiday gift from your employer this year? Don’t worry, you’re in good company. While corporate gifting is big business, it's true that money doesn't always buy taste.
Global workspace provider Regus surveyed more than 26,000 respondents from over 90 countries. Here are some of the strangest gifts bosses gave their staff in companies around the world:
• A shrunken head
• A dead cat
• Food-shaped ear-plugs
• Antacid medicine
• A set of nail clippers
• A coffin
• A dried and stuffed piranha fish
• A ship's propeller
• Antler horns
• Tire jack
• Bronze handshake sculpture
And according to a survey by High Street Vouchers (a UK firm), here are some of the winners of bad Christmas gifts in general. In their own words:
· “A pair of scissors, because I’d asked for something shiny. I was thinking earrings?”
· “A book on how to survive diabetes. Which I don’t have.”
· “Pajamas with a top size 22 and the bottoms a size 14. I am a size 10.”
· “A turkey recipe book. I’ve been a vegetarian all my life.”
· “Stretch mark cream.”
· “A pair of earrings that had been previously worn—they were wrapped in toilet paper.”
· “A Leo horoscope book. I’m a Virgo.”
And one more from the HR Employee Benefits discussion board on LinkedIn:
· “A sealed money holder envelope and upon opening a $5.00 Dunkin Donuts gift card...strange!”
Luckily, the strange gifts are not all that common, with umbrellas, pocketknives, wine, spirits and chocolates being the most popular presents.
Regus CEO Australia and New Zealand Paul Migliorini said while it's great to think outside the box, some things aren't appropriate in a professional environment.
"Giving an unusual gift can be walking a tightrope in any circumstances, and even with cultural differences in mind there are clearly some gifts that many would not find appropriate in a professional environment."
All that said....you have to admire the creativity!