Has anyone else had a drastically reduced receipt of shared food gifts this year from engineers, attorneys and real estate agents? We usually get boxed candy, Harry & David stuff, homemade cookies and this year, we only received one Harry & David box from a local engineer (I put out small paper cups so people could safely partake)
The last time I saw this was in the recessions or yore but this year, I think it's the pandemic because these firms have been doing just fine up here in the pandemic...
We wouldn't know if we had gotten any gift baskets this year since nobody is ever in the office to partake! I have a feeling that a few baskets are still trickling in (still probably much less than in normal times) but whoever the few people that are actually in the office on the day it arrives probably quick scavenge all the good stuff out of it and if they were something like fresh baked pastries (there are a couple firms that send us fresh cookies and breads every year) the leftovers probably get tossed the next morning if the cleaning crew didn't finish them off.
I'm not planning to be back in my office until January 7th so anything left will be long gone by that point!
In other office holiday/COVID related news: I usually receive about 10 or 15 holiday cards, sometimes with little pieces of candy, on my desk at work from coworkers. I enjoy the cards but I've never reciprocated and given a coworker a card in return. However, this year a few coworkers actually mailed their cards to me and my family at home. This has caused a dangerous precedent to be set because my wife insists that we send a card to anybody who sends one to us. So now those coworkers are going to expect cards from me in the future too.