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30 Strange Gifts Recruiters Have Received

By Mark Wilkinson | Sep 1, 2016 | Friday Funnies

Closeup portrait grumpy, unhappy, upset man holding box, displeased with received gift, disgust on face, isolated grey black background. Negative human emotion, facial expression, feeling attitudeIt’s always a lovely feeling when we receive a gift or card from someone, thanking us for our hard work and dedication.

Of course, most of the time, we’ll be treated to a cake, a box of chocolates, a bottle of wine… yum.

But occasionally, we’ll receive a slightly more unique (or odd) gift that certainly gets the whole office talking!

So this week, I thought I’d take a look on the internet and ask around the office to find out what our consultants consider to be the weirdest gift they’ve ever received.

Whether it’s to seal the deal, bribe their way to a new job or just to say a big thank you, it’s always fun to see something a little more unique.

Here are 30 of my favourites.

Treats (or tricks).

woman holding a trout1. A fresh trout.

Caught whilst away on a fishing trip… I’m sure the recruiter’s co-workers appreciated the smell.

2. A crate of wine.

One of the benefits of working with a wine supplier.

3. Non-alcoholic wine.

The horror!

4. Tickets to Cadbury World.

What a fab and unique idea.

5. A tier of a wedding cake.

I’m assuming they had too many leftovers and nothing to do with them!

6. A “bouquet of fruit.”

Because flowers are so last season.

7. A packet of beef jerky.

One man’s meat is another man’s poison…

8. A breast-shaped cupcake.

In the candidate’s defence, this gift was meant for her boyfriend.

9. A box of cereal.

Lucky charms, perhaps?

10. A Chinese take-away.

This candidate’s CV was inside folded up like a fortune cookie! Amazing.

11. A bag full of cakes.

Yes, an entire big plastic bag filled with them – as you can imagine, this went down like a TREAT.

Some extremely happy clients…

Mens swiss mechanical wrist watch with stainless steel wristband and black dial, tachymeter, chronograph. Isolated on white background 3d12. An expensive watch.

Someone was extremely happy to get that job.

13. Coupon for a ‘romantic spa break.’

Both recruiter and the client were single…

14. An invitation to their wedding.


15. Expensive Perfume.

Trying to tell them something..?

16. A bike.

Who are these people?

17. A £50 note.

Shameless bribery! Well, at least they’re being upfront I suppose.

Animal Madness

Studio Shot of Golden koi fish scared isolated on white background.18. A goldfish.

Hand-delivered, with a tank, of course.

19. Dog food.

In all fairness, the recruiter did own a dog.

20. An origami eagle.

I quite like this little touch!

21. An “Adopt a Penguin” pack.

You’d assume they’d had a previous conversation about penguins… but who knows?

Keeping it green

Dying lucky bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana) plant isolated on white background

22. Fly-catcher Plant

I love this one – it’s so original and a bit different from your normal flowers and/or plant.

23. An orchid.

Very sophisticated.

24. A dead lucky bamboo plant.

Oh. I’m assuming it died on the way to the recruiter? (Hopefully, anyway).

Why not?

Cool garden gnome wearing sun glasses

25. A painting of the recruiter.

Created from memory (but perhaps Facebook/ LinkedIn gave a helping hand too).

26. A dressing gown.

Is this weird?

27. Socks/ Slippers

I personally LOVE this idea.

28. A garden gnome.

Because – why not?

29. One shoe.

The candidate wanted to ‘get his foot through the door’

30. Lottery tickets.

I see a flaw in this plan… how gutted would they be if the recruiter had won?

Feel inspired!?

Honestly, most recruiters will just be happy that you found a perfect new hire or got the job – and just a quick thank you will do the trick.

Recruiter Pro Tip

If you are considering sending something across to a recruiter as a quirky and unforgettable stunt, just make sure you follow through.

Too many candidates get ‘creative’ and raise the bar so high that they actually fail to meet the expectations at interview. In this case, you’re actually sabotaging yourself.

Also, be careful what kind of “stunt” you choose, I’m sure some of the gifts above would have gone down well… but others, not so much! Know your audience.

Click here to check out some more ideas.

And recruiters… don’t be too harsh on candidates who fail in their attempt to be creative (like this lot); many feel like there is an expectation to be different, these days – but sometimes it just doesn’t hit the mark!

If you’re more interested in ways to say “thanks” to your staff (the real heroes!) then this blog is the one for you!

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- Mark Wilkinson
Mark Wilkinson

Mark Wilkinson

Mark is one of the founders of Coburg Banks and heads up the permanent recruitment division of the business.  Every day he helps companies with their recruitment projects, sourcing the very best individuals for their vacancies.  He understands recruitment inside-out.

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