'YOU SHOULDN'T HAVE'
Executives Reveal the Most Unusual Business Gifts They've Received
MENLO PARK, CA -- It's the thought that counts with gift giving, but some presents prompt the question, "What were they thinking?" The Creative Group, a specialized staffing service providing marketing, advertising, creative and web professionals on a project basis, recently asked 250 U.S. advertising and marketing executives to describe the most unique items they've been given by business contacts.
Those surveyed were asked, "What is the wackiest or most unusual gift you or a colleague has received from a business associate?" Here are some of their responses:
"As the holidays approach, many professionals are considering gift ideas for their coworkers and business contacts," said Tracey Turner, executive director of The Creative Group. "The challenge is finding items that are distinctive yet appropriate for the recipient and the occasion."
These next gifts certainly are unique, but their appropriateness is questionable:
Animal-related items such as the following also may prove problematic if the recipient doesn't heed the call of the wild:
Clothing is always a popular present, but not all attire is suitable. To wit:
Some people made a big impression with these jumbo-sized gifts:
"Advertising and marketing executives pride themselves on creativity in everything they do, including gift giving," said Turner. "In most industries, however, it's best to err on the conservative side, particularly with new professional contacts. Those with long-standing business relationships may have more latitude in their choice of presents."
She offered the following do's and don'ts when it comes to business gift giving:
The survey was developed by The Creative Group and conducted by an independent research firm. It includes 250 responses -- 125 from advertising executives among the nation's 1,000 largest advertising agencies and 125 from senior marketing executives among the nation's 1,000 largest companies. The Creative Group has offices in major markets across the United States and in Canada and offers online job search services at www.creativegroup.com.