It’s true, accountants give out crappy, lame gifts. Accountants are not known for being especially creative people, unless it comes to cooking the books and then the MENSA scholars come out from all corners.
Just look at all the junk available out there. Coffee mugs emblazoned with Accountant? A t-shirt that says CPA? A mouse pad? Really? How do these companies even stay in business? People should be embarrassed twice – once for purchasing it and again for giving it.
Assuming an accountant even cares about the holiday (9 out of 10 times they are busy working), accountants may feel obligated to give their coworkers/friends a celebratory gift of some sort.
If it doesn’t involve alcohol, you can count on it being lame, unoriginal, and hopefully practical. Accountants think that giving trite gifts like desktop calendars, pens, or business card holders are respectful and thoughtful. Yes, it is respectful to give and receive gifts. However, to give something like the Old Farmer’s Almanac filled with useless trivia, that you can count on finding in the 80% off bargain bin a week into the new year, shows no thought.
What tasteless, lame gifts have you received from an accountant? Post your best/worst gifts in the comments.