If you were one of the lucky few whose boss gave them dog food, an out of date Easter egg or a Cup A Soup sachet for Christmas, you may be thinking: how could it possibly get worse?

Well, you could be one of the 42% who, a recent survey revealed, don't receive anything - not even a chocolate finger.

The survey of 7,000 Brits, by Argos for Business, found that if employers were feeling generous, the majority would prefer gift vouchers.

Sadly for some, 'rewards' have entailed a banana, vegetable peelers, a live turkey and a dance-off - as well as all of the above. One man was also surprised to receive a hairdressing voucher even though he’s bald.

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For bosses reading this while taking a break in between wrapping up the cat food, what Brits really want - apart from vouchers - are food hampers or pamper days.

There's added motivation too - for those whose employers were generous, 37% said they felt more motivated about returning to work after the Christmas break.

Regions least likely to receive a gift from their employer:

  • 1. South East (20.5%)
  • 2. Midlands (16.7%)
  • 3. North West (14.3%)
  • 4. North East (11.4%)
  • 5. London (11.3%)
  • 6. Scotland (10%)
  • 7. South West (8.5%)
  • 8. Wales (3.9%)
  • 9. Northern Ireland (3.4%)

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  • Leather iPad Case

    For the girl who is rarely seen without her iPad. Available in a choice of bright colours, this <a href="http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LEATHER-360-DEGREE-ROTATING-CASE-COVER-FOR-APPLE-IPAD-2-IPAD-3-IPAD-4-IPAD-MIN-/130995738332" target="_blank">leather case</a> protects the tablet and doubles up as a stand. Nobody will believe you only spent £5.

  • Fred Citrusaw

    A cool-as-ice gift for gin & tonic connoisseurs, this <a href="http://www.johnlewis.com/fred-citrusaw-bottle-opener/p231753687" target="_blank">nifty little gadget</a> will open your tonic bottle and slice your lime in one fell swoop.

  • Superman Egg Cup

    This retro-cool <a href="http://www.joythestore.com/superman-egg-cup" target="_blank">Superman egg cup</a> is the perfect gift for big kids with a penchant for kitsch.

  • Muji Festive Hand Warmer

    Christmas jumper chic for your mitts. This super-cute <a href="http://www.muji.eu/pages/online.asp?Sec=5&Sub=129&PID=6695" target="_blank">hand warmer</a> keeps fingers toasty on chilly winter days.

  • Sweet Cecily's Mojito Lip Balm

    Limber up your lips with this <a href="http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/sweetcecilys/product/mojito-lipbalm" target="_blank">mojito-flavoured lip balm</a>, packed with a cocktail of soothing ingredients, including shea sutter, beeswax, cocoa butter, almond oil, calendula oil and natural fragrances.

  • Tiger Ballerina Slippers

    Cute, comfy and Minnie Mouse-esque, these <a href="http://www.tigerstores.co.uk/new_for_november/new_for_november/indoor_ballerina_slippers_2701129.html" target="_blank">ruby slippers</a> are for the girl who thinks there's no place like home.

  • Ridley's Harmonica

    If your Secret Santa 'victim' fancies himself as a bit of a muso, it's likely he harbours a secret fantasy about playing the blues <a href="http://www.topman.com/en/tmuk/product/shoes-and-accessories-1928527/gifts-novelties-140861/harmonica-2402211?bi=1&ps=20" target="_blank">harmonica</a>. From Jagger to Dylan, every musician worth his salt can bend a few notes on a mouth organ. This one comes with an instruction booklet for beginners.

  • London Landmarks Routemaster Kit

    The <a href="http://www.oliverbonas.com/christmas/stocking_fillers/routemaster_make_your_own.htm" target="_blank">routemaster bus</a> is one of the capital's coolest iconic images. Build your own with this cardboard model kit. For crafty types with a love of retro cool.

  • Paperchase Bowler Hat Hook

    Hang your brolly, coat, scarf or... bowler hat on this stylish <a href="http://www.paperchase.co.uk/invt/00518752/" target="_blank">bowler hat wall hook</a>. A simple but stylish surprise for young hipsters.

  • Topshop Star Wars Pin Badges

    These <a href="http://www.topshop.com/en/tsuk/product/star-wars-pin-badges-2297260" target="_blank">Star Wars pin badges</a> give preppy blazers a rock-star edge. A good look for punk-rock chicks and sci-fi boys.