Poll: Do you receive work-related items for your birthday, or other gift giving holidays?
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Melanie Wittwer  Identity Verified
New Zealand
Local time: 01:21
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I answered no, but ... hang on ... Aug 17, 2010

I just remembered that our regional translation association gives us a gift each year at the Christmas party. Always makes me feel appreciated.

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John Cutler  Identity Verified
Local time: 15:21
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In my case... Aug 17, 2010

I interpreted this question as meaning whether my family and friends give me items I need to do my work when it's my birthday or Christmas, etc.

I'd say they don't as a rule because I buy whatever I need (which isn't much) for my work when I need it.

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Laureana Pavon  Identity Verified
Local time: 10:21
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With John Aug 17, 2010

I understood the question as John did, and also replied "no."

I'd hate if if my husband gave me a dictionary for my birthday, and he knows that

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Jocelyne S  Identity Verified
Local time: 15:21
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Sometimes Aug 17, 2010

I occasionally receive "practical" birthday and Christmas gifts from friends and family, although they (thankfully) don't make a rule of it.

From memory, I've received the following work-related gifts:

- a lovely, special edition illustrated Larousse dictionary
- a printer-scanner-photocopier (now defunct and long since replaced)
- a laptop computer
- one of those Himalayan salt lamps meant to absorb electrical thingies in the air (it was a nice thought, but it went the way of the attic quite quickly)
- several calendars, house plants and coffee mugs for my office

I'm still hoping someone will offer me a fountain pen some day. I hint about it every once in awhile, but so far no luck. On second thought, I'm not sure that a fountain pen would even really count as a work-related item, in any case...


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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
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A thesaurus, once Aug 18, 2010

My dear late husband once gave me a new copy of Roget's Thesaurus because my old one was falling apart.

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