Office Workers Reveal the Worst Secret Santa Gifts They Have Ever Received

Over 300 office workers were surveyed by The Body Shop to find what was the key to a successful Secret Santa gift for a colleague, and what presents to avoid gifting this year. This is what the survey revealed:

  • Being given a novelty present was named as the worst present to be gifted, with 68% of those surveyed preferring a thoughtful gift instead
  • When it comes to shopping for a gift, 35% of the respondents felt anxious and stressed when faced with the prospect of buying for a colleague
  • 29% of the respondents admitted to regifting a present they had received by a colleague in the past
  • 27% of office workers are hoping to get food and/or drink when receiving a gift from a colleague this year. However, “chocolate” was ranked number eight in the worst presents to receive by respondents, and “food” ranked at number four
  • When it came to spending, the majority of respondents (49%) stuck to spending between £6-10, while 34% say they spend between £11-15

Top 15 Worst Secret Santa Gifts

  1. Novelty
  2. Beauty
  3. Toys & Games
  4. Food
  5. Home Accessories
  6. Stationary
  7. Books
  8. Chocolate
  9. Nothing (☹)
  10. A Mug
  11. Accessories
  12. Alcohol
  13. Socks
  14. Toiletries
  15. Adult Themed

Amongst the colleague confessionals, the respondents shared some of the single-worst gifts they had ever received from a co-worker. One respondent recalled a “Thomas the Tank Engine-backpack” and another “A cat purse (I hate cats)” as the worst gift they had received from a colleague.

From unwanted accessories to adult-themed gifts, some of those surveyed revealed the gifts received were slightly blue; one said they had been given “a butt plug”, another “a vibrator” and a further office worker “a dildo”.

Most surprisingly, those surveyed disliked receiving chocolate, with one claiming they received a “half-eaten box of chocolates” from a colleague, and one vegan office worker revealed they were given “milk chocolate”, despite not eating milk products.

With 68% of office workers preferring a thoughtful gift, putting some thought into gifting now may be more important than ever, as the likelihood of Christmas work parties being held over Zoom increases.  Afterall it is always the thought that counts!

While it seems that men prefer joke gifts more than women (23% vs 11%), spare your colleagues’ blushes with some more interesting and well-thought-out gifts this year. The survey revealed that 13% of workers are hoping to receive ‘beauty/grooming/skincare’ as part of their gifts, with 16% looking for something personalised.

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Author: Editorial Team

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