Future Trends in Office Holiday Gift Exchanges

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Finding a $5 gift for the office holiday gift exchange is often an annoying and unsatisfying task. Since “problems cannot be solved with the same mindset that created them” (thanks Al), maybe some future scenario planning can help us out of a rut this season.

Finding a $5 gift for the office holiday gift exchange is often an annoying and unsatisfying task. Since “problems cannot be solved with the same mindset that created them” (thanks Al), maybe some future scenario planning can help us out of a rut this season.

 

Present Themes in White Elephant Gifts

 

  • anything Bacon
  • Tech accessories (i.e. gag thumb drives or iPhone cases)
  • References to the 90s
  • Slightly gore-y things
  • References to drunkenness
  • anything Burt Reynolds or Chuck Norris
  • General potty humor
  • Children’s toys (i.e. anything by Nerf)

 

Question: Where is the power?
Insight: Boy humor

 

Backcasting of Christmas Movies

 

  • Pre 1947 – Holiday Inn, Miracle on 34th Street, The Bishop’s Wife
  • Post 1947 – White Christmas, Charlie Brown Christmas, A Christmas Story, Scrooged, National Lampoon Christmas Vacation Question: What changed in the middle of the century? Insight: The Christmas discourse got dumber and less elegant.

 

Question: What happened in 1947?
Answer: Cambridge University started offering women degrees. Driver of Said Change: Women went to college.

 

Conclusion

 

There seems to be a correlation between female education and crass expressions of male-ness in the Christmas discourse. As the workforce is still predominately male, the Corporate Holiday Gift Exchange reflects such boyish tendencies. As the male-female power distribution in the workforce continues to balance, the future scenario of Corporate Holiday Gift Exchanges could shift to more sophisticated humor, where the exchange could include the following…

 

  • References to postmodernism (Bumper Sticker)
  • Virginia Woolf merchandise (Quote Mug)
  • Being Frida Kahlo kit (Frida Khalo – would include a unibrow, mustache and butterfly clips)

 

Happy gifting.