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What Your Coworkers Really Think About Your Gift

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Sabrina is the editor in chief for TINYpulse news. She's dipped her toes into various works of writing — from retail copywriter to magazine editor. Her work's been featured in Forbes, Bloomberg BNA, and Tech.co.

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What_Your_Coworkers_Really_Think_About_Your_Gift_1Thinking of getting a gift for your coworker for the holidays? If you’ve made your list, you better check it twice.

We’re all wired differently. So naturally, your perception of things isn’t going to be the same as the person next to you. And that thingamajig that you’re planning to gift to your coworker may bite you in the rear.

Whether you’re a manager looking to spread employee recognition or a coworker looking to praise a colleague, you should put some careful thought into the implications of your gift.

1. Bath set

What you think: This gardenia soap smells exquisite!

What your coworkers think: Do I smell bad?

What_Your_Coworkers_Really_Think_About_Your_Gift_2SOURCE: tumblr.com

2. Fat-free chocolates

What you think: These chocolates are so delicious; Bob will devour them!

What your coworker thinks: Is Sara trying to tell me I need to lose weight?

What_Your_Coworkers_Really_Think_About_Your_Gift_3SOURCE: giphy.com

3. Oversize sweater

What you think: This is exactly her style!

What your coworker thinks: This is way too big. Does she think I’m this big?

What_Your_Coworkers_Really_Think_About_Your_Gift_4SOURCE: tumblr.com

4. Desk organizer

What you think: This has saved my life, and I’m sure it’ll save his too.

What your coworker thinks: Is my desk really that messy?

What_Your_Coworkers_Really_Think_About_Your_Gift_5SOURCE: imgur

5. Mints

What you think: These taste so good!

What your coworker thinks: Well, crap — does my breath smell bad?

What_Your_Coworkers_Really_Think_About_Your_Gift_6SOURCE: giphy.com

We’re sure whatever you give your coworker, they’ll appreciate the gesture. Just make sure it’s not one of the items listed above!

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Sabrina is the editor in chief for TINYpulse news. She's dipped her toes into various works of writing — from retail copywriter to magazine editor. Her work's been featured in Forbes, Bloomberg BNA, and Tech.co.

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