The 10 Most Unusual Co-Worker Holiday Gifts, 2013 Edition

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Dec 10, 2013

By Eric B. Meyer

Leave it to CareerBuilder to run a survey seeking the most unusual co-worker holiday gifts. Camouflage toilet paper made the list.

(Well, at least it wasn’t used, am I right?)

According to this survey from, about one-quarter of your co-workers will exchange gifts this holiday season, while 1 in 5 will buy holiday gifts for their bosses.

Most will spend lest than $25 on the gift. One in 10 cheapskates will spend $5 or less.

Gifts you don’t want to get

If you are on a limited budget and are looking for the unusual holiday gift for a co-worker, well, you’ll have to do better than these doozies:

  • 50 pounds of fresh Louisiana shrimp;
  • A toothpaste squeezer;
  • A hand-painted porcelain clown with silk clothes on it;
  • A unicorn calendar;
  • A painted concrete chicken;
  • A plaster cast of a co-worker’s hand;
  • Camouflage toilet paper;
  • Homemade laundry detergent;
  • Stamps;
  • A talking fly swatter.

What the most unusual workplace holiday gift your ever gave/received? Let me know in the comments below.

This was originally published on Eric B. Meyer’s blog, The Employer Handbook.