Chris Norris, owner of Chris' University Spirit in Stillwater, once received an unwanted “Jelly of the Month Club” subscription, while Oklahoma City teacher Martha Ellis was given an apple by a student who'd re-gifted the fruit from her school lunch. Ellis' favorite gift was a lottery scratch-off ticket that brought $100.
The first year he worked for Brinker International, Oklahoma City native David Woodard received a 5-year-old fruit cake and was told he was its keeper until the following year. “Talk about pressure,” Woodard said. “But the person who got the cake was given a $20 Best Buy gift card for being a good sport.”
The favorite office holiday exchange gift of Capitol Abstract & Title Company's Valerie Fried was the gift bag; not the gift. The bag, which she still has, bears “an adorable misty photograph of a little girl in pink-footed pajamas opening a present. She looks just like my daughter when she was that age,” Fried said, “and it brought tears to my eyes.”
If you still are in a quandary about what to buy your boss or co-workers this Christmas, take a tip from the International Association of Administrative Professionals.
Never-fail gifts, according to their membership, include gift cards for coffee, e-books or music; stationery; Cross or Mont Blanc pens; fruit baskets; silver picture frames; leather calendars or planners; business card cases; event tickets; unique plants and alumni-focused gifts.
Happy Holidays — and here's hoping you draw the primo last round of Dirty Santa picks in your office gift exchange.