Survey: Bosses and Co-Workers Give the Worst Christmas Gifts

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A new survey reveals the holiday season's best and worst gift givers.

When it comes to gift-giving fails, bosses and co-workers top the list as America’s worst gift givers.

That’s according to a new holiday survey by, which asked respondents to name the best and worst gift givers based on the presents they received last year. The largest number (42 percent) said their significant other gave the best gift.

“Conversely, when asked who gave the worst gift last year, the most popular answer was a boss or co-worker (18 percent), though some consumers volunteered that their in-laws made poor gift choices,” Ebates said.

So, what constitutes a bad gift? Here’s an example: According to The Cheat Sheet, a woman named Allison said that a few years ago her boss gave her “a pack of wine coolers and a gift certificate to Victoria’s Secret.”

The Ebates survey also revealed that although it may seem that teens and adults have nothing in common, when it comes to Christmas gifts, many agree that cash is acceptable. Nearly 80 percent of teens and 33 percent of adults listed money as the gift they most want this year.

According to KWWL, the survey found that other top gifts for teens include:

  • Clothes, 62 percent.
  • Laptop or other entertainment-related gift, 41 percent.
  • Headphones, 40 percent.
  • Video games, 34 percent.
  • IPhone 6, 28 percent.
  • IPad, 21 percent.

The wish list for adult tech enthusiasts includes a tablet (26 percent), laptop (25 percent) and iPhone 6 (19 percent).

Non-gadget-loving adults said they’d prefer clothes, a vacation or a night out, KWWL said.

What’s the best (or worst) gift you’ve ever received? Share your thoughts below or on our Facebook page.

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