Christmas is right around the corner and now is the time when workers everywhere have to start thinking about their company’s gift grab bag or Secret Santa pools.
These traditional gift-exchanging programs are meant to be fun and build some team unity, but for some people they can only lead to trouble. It’s not easy buying gifts for someone that you don’t really know all that well and everyone has stories of odd, inappropriate, or downright insulting gifts exchanged during a company grab bag.
This story from 9 News lists seven of the worst gifts you could give a coworker…the title of their article says eight, but count for yourself there’s only seven! I’ve listed each of them below with some thoughts of my own.
Lingerie or Intimate Coupons
So you’ve got a little crush on the well-endowed intern down the hall and figure Christmas would be a good time to let her know how you feel? Bad move.
The last thing you want is to have her open your gift and pull out some sexy lingerie or a gift card for a sensual massage. That’s just creepy.
Giving someone a self-help book is a not so subtle way of telling them they’re not good enough and need to change. Not exactly a warm message for the holidays.
Don’t be like Tim Watley. No one likes getting hand me down gifts. You’re basically saying “This piece of crap isn’t good enough for me, but it’s plenty good enough for you.”
Toiletries and Beauty Products
Maybe you just love the smell of your favorite perfume and you want everyone to enjoy it as much as you do, but giving a coworker receiving your gift might not see it that way. She’ll just assume you think she smells weird.
Bibles and Religious Gifts
Religion is a touchy subject under the best of circumstances and you can easily offend someone even if your intentions are good. Coworkers may not belong to the same religion as you, or they may not believe in religion at all. Your best bet is to just keep your faith out of the office.
Anything Marijuana Related
Hard to believe this even has to be spelled out, but ok. Just because marijuana is now legal in some states doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to give some to your boss.
A 10% Off Coupon
I don’t care how you try to justify it to yourself, a coupon is not a gift. Any gift that requires me to spend my own money is just a bill in disguise. No thanks.