Co-Workers Give Some Odd Holiday Gifts – How About a Squirrel Toilet Seat Decal?

By Eric B. Meyer

It’s that time of year at CareerBuilder.

Yep, yep. We’ve got ourselves the list of the most unusual holiday gifts exchanged at work.

Now, I’m a gift giver at work. According to the CareerBuilder survey, I’m just the one in five who do buy holiday gifts for co-workers.

It also says that of the people who do exchange gifts at work, the majority (80 percent) expect to spend no more than $25 on each gift, 36 percent will spend no more than $10, and 9 percent will cap themselves off at $5.

So, if you’re one of those folks who try to get the most bang for your workplace-gift-giving buck, check out the list of the most unusual holiday gifts below. And avoid them all. Like the Philadelphia 76ers avoid wins. Like the Olsen Twins avoid a Full House reunion.

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Best of the worst gifts

Here are the “best” —

  • A squirrel toilet seat decal;
  • A pair of Christmas socks that look like elf feet;
  • A roll of duct tape;
  • A bell on a string;
  • A mystery bag with a coat in it;
  • A giant heart-shaped box of candy … from last Valentine’s Day;
  • A picture of a bear;
  • A bowling ball;
  • Homemade sausages;
  • A ceramic sheep you can dress up seasonally;

Have you received an unusual holiday gift at work? Maybe something more unusual than the items on the list above — and, preferably something that didn’t lead to a workplace lawsuit. Hit me up and let me know in the comments below.

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

You know that scientist in the action movie who has all the right answers if only the government would just pay attention? Eric B. Meyer, Esq. gets companies HR-compliant before the action sequence. Serving clients nationwide, Eric is a Partner at FisherBroyles, LLP, which is the largest full-service, cloud-based law firm in the world, with approximately 210 attorneys in 21 offices nationwide. Eric is also a volunteer EEOC mediator, a paid private mediator, and publisher of The Employer Handbook (, which is pretty much the best employment law blog ever. That, and he's been quoted in the British tabloids. #Bucketlist.