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

123RF Stock Photo

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.

Article Continues Below

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.

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.


Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *