The Christmas countdown is officially on! There are now less than 28 days to the "big day" and as we get closer the holidays, the pressure and stress of gift giving increases dramatically.

Here's a list of 8 holiday gifts to stay away from this Christmas according to and the Balance Hopefully this will help you avoid a costly Christmas blunder at work this year!

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    According to, this could really backfire on you especially at work AND especially if you have food (like cookies and candy) all over the office.

    Jaimie Duplass
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    I know we're all guilty of this one, especially me, but alcohol can easily offend and/or it can be consumed rather quickly. Oh boy.

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    Wreaths and Holiday Plants

    Most people are very picky when it comes to plants. You don't want to get the wrong one though and give it as a gift. Also, your gift will only last about 30 days or so.

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    Gift Cards

    These are so easy and predictable, and I know I've been guilty of giving a gift card on more than a few occasion. It also can give the impression that the person your giving to isn't worth the time or effort.

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    Never give cash to your boss or co-worker. Cash should never be given as a personal gift.

    Ingram Publishing
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    Romantic Jewelry

    If you choose to give jewelry as a gift, make sure they are small causal items. An expensive gift of jewelry may be seen as a romantic gesture to some.

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    Intimate Clothing

    All undergarments and most clothing would not be an ideal fit to give to a co-worker according to the Stick to hats, scarves or gloves.

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    Personal Care Products

    Grooming items and sundries including body and skin products, perfumes, toothbrushes, hairbrushes and shaving products.