Survey: Gift Cards Rank High on Worker Wish Lists

If you’re worried about what to get a colleague for the holidays, your best bet may be a gift card or cold, hard cash.

A new survey by Accounting Principals finds that 77 percent of workers say that’s what they would most like to receive from colleagues, while 41 percent say they most desire baked goods.

And that picture frame that you got from your Mom last year and have never used? Don’t feel like you’re the only one who plans to re-gift such an item to a co-worker. The survey finds that 38 percent of respondents admit they have re-gifted a family present to a colleague, while 42 percent have taken a colleague’s gift and given it to a family member.

Even with the time, effort and money it takes to get gifts for co-workers, 72 percent say they don’t regret it, and 18 percent plan to spend even more money this year.

The survey also finds that there will be holiday celebrations in the office, with 42 percent reporting a holiday party will take place, followed by 33 percent expecting a gift card and 33 percent getting a bonus. Twenty-two percent say they don’t expect anything, while 21 percent said they can count on lunch.

What holiday gift would you most like to receive from your employer this year?

All this gift giving stressing you out? Head over to How the Holiday Craziness Can Make You More Productive & Creative.

Anita Bruzzese

Anita Bruzzese is a syndicated columnist for Gannett/USA Today on workplace issues and the author of “45 Things You Do That Drive Your Boss Crazy.” She has been on the Today show, and quoted in publications such as O, The Oprah Magazine, Glamour, Self.com and BusinessWeek.com. Her website, 45things.com, is listed on the Forbes top 100 websites for women.

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