The office holiday party is something employees either dread or eagerly anticipate. Everyone is encouraged, perhaps jovially coerced, into getting into the holiday spirit with a gift exchange among co-workers. This is often done through a Yankee swap or being designated as a secret Santa to a co-worker. Perhaps you’ll have more than one co-worker to buy gifts for.
Often, the gift giving element is assigned a few days before the party. Buying a gift that might randomly be given to a cubicle buddy or someone outside of your department can be a little tricky. You want to choose something nice and suitable for anyone, or at least suitable for most people. At the same time, you don’t want to lay down hundreds of dollars for a once-in-a-lifetime holiday gift.
You needn’t worry or run your feet off to choose a gift to bring to the party. The secret to successful office holiday giving is to buy something that men and women can enjoy. You can settle for the cuddly, the slightly novel or something fashionable. These gift ideas might do the trick and make you a kid again. You can buy them anywhere and do comparison pricing.
The stress relief doll, or Dammit Doll, is an adorable novelty toy that allows one to calmly vent inner frustrations, work related or not. Making this doll a personal confidant is better than beating on the wall and less strenuous than hitting a punching bag. Believe it or not, talking to the doll as if it were your personal analyst can be therapeutic, especially when the bills start mounting at the end of the year, or your job performance evaluation wasn’t that great. In moments of distress, this doll can be your friend. Handle with care.
The teddy bear got its name from Theodore Roosevelt – adventurer, soldier, outdoors-man and 26th President of the United States. You can put the bear on your desk, stash it inside your desk drawer or give it to your kids. But lots of adults collect teddy bears, so the bear is not just a kid’s toy. Unlike the real-life bears that might prowl around your back yard, the teddy bear in full Christmas regalia is made to cuddle.
Elmo, the popular character from Sesame Street, is a hit with adults as well as children. Elmo will make you laugh and forget the revisions you need to make on that important annual report, which must be turned in before the holiday party is over.
A problem has just come up and needs to be resolved quickly. But damn, you’re having a problem coming up with a solution. Before taking your frustration out on the Dammit Doll, maneuver the Rubik’s cube to see how things should fall into place. Invented in 1974 by Emo Rubik, The Rubik’s cube was originally called the Magic Cube before being recognized as a puzzle. It’s a challenging puzzle that gets the thought processes flowing.
Don’t forget to wear that ugly sweater to the holiday office party. And don’t forget to buy one for the holiday gift swap. The sweater is now a fashion craze. Like the scarf, it has become a fashion accessory as well as fashion wear. After the party at the office, you and your friends can go to another party to show off that chic ugly sweater.