7 Quirky Holiday Gifts for the Office Party
Christmas Gift Ideas
Those jingle bells mean it's that time again -- time for the office Christmas party.
Most employees do not let a sluggish economy dampen the holiday spirit. They still find ways to celebrate the season, including holiday parties.
Parties often involve some type of gift exchange, such as drawing names from a hat or playing Secret Santa games.
How can you find the right gift for someone you may only know by name? What is an appropriate gift that anyone can open in front of everyone in the office?
Here are some ideas to get you ready for the office Christmas party. With prices ranging from $7 to $87, give or take, these seven quirky gifts suit just about any need and salary level.
1. Bathing Beauty Bookends
Does your coworker like retro collectibles or novelty items? These Bathing Beauty bookends are sure to please. Polka dots, stripes, and a black-and-white color scheme add a touch of whimsy to the office.
Quirky bookends are perfect for holding books, magazines, and office files on a bookshelf, desk, or filing cabinet. Whether you shop at book stores, specialty shops, or online retailers, you can find an array of funky bookends to suit any taste.
The $90 price tag puts Bathing Beauty bookends out of range for some office parties, but savvy shoppers can find similar bookends for more affordable prices.
2. Bicycle Parts Desk Clock
Is your coworker a cyclist or cross-country traveler? Give a desk clock made from old bicycle parts.
This funky clock is handmade by a team of gifted Oregon artisans. Made from old bicycle chains and cogs, the unique pendulum clock looks great in the office.
Not only does it keep time as it ticks into the future, but it also represents many miles of history.
You can also find clocks made from other bicycle parts like aluminum wheels, sprockets, and entire bicycles! The prices range from $30 to $90 and up.
3. Chocolate Bar Calculator
Is your coworker a chocoholic? Do you want a gift that is more creative than a box of chocolates? A "chocolate" calculator is the perfect choice.
Designed to look like a candy bar, this calculator has a small LCD screen and silicone number pads that look like chocolate squares.
Your coworker will get a bonus, too. Not only does the calculator look like the real thing, but it even smells like chocolate.
Chocolate bar calculators are available from gift shops and online retailers. Priced under $10 each, they make great stocking stuffers for the whole office.
4. Electronic Finger Drums
Are you having trouble finding a Christmas gift for your music loving coworker? Finger Drums, an electronic tabletop drum set, is the perfect solution.
A tap on a tom tom or snare drum causes the set to flash crazy lights while drum sounds play from an internal speaker. Slapping the cymbal or pressing the bass drum foot pedal activates their sounds.
Your coworker can become a superstar drummer without ever leaving the desk. Skilled musicians can record their creative ditties and play them back to wow the office.
At around $20, Finger Drums are reasonably priced for the office Christmas party. Buy this gift at a specialty shop or order it online.
5. Jumping Point Calendar
Send your coworker into the new year with a Jumping Point calendar from Domberger.
This unique wall calendar is available in silver or black. Perforated punch-out dots bring a rainbow of color to the office.
With a price tag of about $20, you can get a Jumping Point calendar for your coworker and for your own office, too. Look for it online or at book stores, office supply retailers, or mall kiosks.
6. Magnetic Desk Dots
For a versatile gift that is practical and fun, go for magnetic Desk Dots.
These sleek and shiny ball magnets have several uses: file organizers, business card holders, picture holders and sculpture art. They're also great stress relievers.
Made of strong and durable ceramic magnets, Desk Dots go from function to fun and back again. Your coworker will enjoy fiddling with this quirky Christmas gift.
At less than $20 a set, you can afford to treat yourself to Desk Dots, too. Find them online or at office supply stores.
7. Sand Art
Sand pictures are mesmerizing work of art. The gentle flow of sand between the glass is soothing, and watching the changing landscape is a great way to relax during an office break.
Your colleague can display a sand picture on an office desk or mount it on a wall. Men enjoy sand art as much as women do, so it's an ideal Christmas gift for the office party.
Sand art come in various shapes and sizes, and you can find them in a wide range of prices. Choose it for your party gift, and you can't go wrong.
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© 2011 Annette R. Smith
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