NEW YORK Dec 14 Candy dishes, winter scarves,
unmemorable vacation souvenirs - if your office exchanges
holiday gifts, unwanted presents from birthdays and holidays
past, or even something unwrapped at last year's office party,
may find its way under the tree for you.
When it comes to holiday cheer in the workplace, nearly four
in 10 workers have passed a gift from a family member off to a
colleague or friend, according to an Accounting Principals
Less common, but far from unheard of, is regifting within
the same office. About one in six workers admit to having
accepted a gift from a colleague, only to then pass it off to
And, if you do get something brand new, your officemate is
likely to have spent less than $50. Three-quarters of workers
spend that amount on an office gift-exchange, the survey found.
A gift to a manager is likely to be more expensive.
However, most gifts are exchanged among colleagues at the
same level, or are gifts of appreciation given to support staff,
the survey found.
Three-quarters of respondents hope to receive money or gift
cards, while one in four say they would be happy with baked
While regifting might be common at the office, if the
recipients know their colleagues have been naughty instead of
nice, they are not telling. Just 3 percent of those responding
to the survey say they have been caught in the act.
Employees are probably expecting some crisp, green cash -
and not likely to be regifted - from their employers. Close to
80 percent said they expected a gift from the company, the
The telephone survey was conducted by Braun Research for
Accounting Principals between Nov. 9 and Nov. 13, using a sample
of 503 employed Americans who exchanged gifts during the
holidays within the last year.
The survey had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4
percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level.
(Reporting by Edith Honan; Editing by Jackie Frank)