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Report: Top 10 most unusual workplace gifts

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With Christmas right around the corner, your workplace is likely gearing up for holiday parties and gift exchanges.

While some people stick with more traditional holiday gifts like ornaments or candy, others might get a little creative, to find that unusual gift.

CareerBuilder surveyed workers across the nation to find a list of the most unusual gifts received from a co-worker.

  • 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 Valentine’s Day.
  • A picture of a bear.
  • A bowling ball.
  • Homemade sausages.
  • A ceramic sheep you can dress up seasonally.

CareerBuilder surveyed 3,602 full-time employees, and 2,326 hiring managers and human resource professionals.

Of those surveyed, 21 percent of workers say they plan to buy holiday gifts for co-workers and about 20 percent plan to buy a gift for the boss. 

According to CareerBuilder, of those who plan to buy gifts for their co-workers or bosses, 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.

It also appears that more employers are getting into the holiday spirit in the form of parties, holiday bonuses and gifts than in years past.

This year, 66 percent of employers plan to throw company parties, up from 63 percent in 2014.

However, an overwhelming majority of people, 93 percent, say they would prefer a holiday bonus or time off instead of a party.

Good news, more than half of employers surveyed said they plan to give employees a holiday bonus this time of year, up from 47 percent in 2014.

According to CareerBuilder, seasonal goodwill doesn't stop there.

CareerBuilder reports 45 percent of employers will give employees gifts this year, up from 40 percent in 2014.

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