Survey: Hall-of-fame weird office holiday swap gifts

Plus: 46% of employers still giving out holiday bonuses

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The bad news: You're subjected to a torturous holiday gift swap in the office. The good news: At least you didn't get a handpainted porcelain clown wearing silk clothes.

Or perhaps that's bad news, we shouldn't judge. Regardless, our friends at CareerBuilder have released their annual holiday survey on employee bonuses, parties and the most - we're going to go with "unique" - gifts found in the office swap.

It's good news on the bonus front: Nearly half of the hiring managers polled said employees will be receiving a bonus (46%). Forty percent of those getting something in their stocking will find it the same size or larger.

Fifty-nine percent of employers will be hosting an office party, with only 1 in 5 workers saying they'll attend. Attention management: What does that tell you?

The survey finds 22% of workplaces will have a gift exchange, which if you ask us, is still too high. Or perhaps we're having flashbacks to our last, when we ran into practically the whole office in the CVS across the street the morning of, as everyone forgot and tried to find something to bring.

CareerBuilder polled more than 5,000 hiring managers and employees, asking them to state the "most unusual gifts" they've encountered in an office swap.

If you've got one on the calendar, here's either gifts to avoid or a shopping list:

1. 50 pounds of fresh Louisiana shrimp

2. A toothpaste squeezer

3. A hand-painted porcelain clown with silk clothes on it

4. A unicorn calendar

5. A painted concrete chicken

6. A plaster cast of a co-worker’s hand

7. Camouflage toilet paper

8. Homemade laundry detergent

9. Stamps

10. A talking fly swatter

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