Ad of the Day: Office Depot Has Comically Snarky Little Holiday Gifts for Your Co-Workers

Someone get us a pack of 'Stop Stealing All My Pens' pens

In this fun, snarky Office Depot campaign, McCann New York turns boring old office supplies into amusingly pointed workplace-themed holiday gifts.

Let's say one of your co-workers is constantly stealing your pens to take notes during staff meetings. (Not me, obviously. I'd never do that.) Perhaps a certain cube-mate blasts music nobody else in the department can stand. (Hey, everyone in my department loves Slayer! Don't they?) Or maybe a colleague gets weird whenever somebody tries to shake his or her hand. (Keep your germy paws off me, dammit!)

Now, thanks to Office Depot's Co-Worker Collection, you can bestow upon such folks a festive package like "Stop Stealing All My Pens" pens, "Keep Your Death Metal to Yourself" headphones or "No Longer Avoid Shaking Hands" hand sanitizer, among many other holiday delights.

Of course, the products are run-of-the-mill. But the comical stickers on the products are real—available in stores and to print out from home if you order online.

It's a cute concept with a smidge of edginess. And its real-world applications put a fresh spin on the familiar office-humor advertising meme. Best of all, the complaints to HR—and resulting harassment lawsuits—will be the gifts that keep on giving, long into the new year!

See more spots from the campaign below.


Client: Office Depot

Agency: McCann New York

North American Chief Creative Officer – Eric Silver

Co-Chief Creative Officer – Tom Murphy

Co-Chief Creative Officer – Sean Bryan

Group Creative Director – Steve Doppelt

Group Creative Director – Daniel Rodriguez

Copywriter – Sarah Menacho

Art Director – Mikey Harmon

Co-Head Account Management – Neil Frauenglass

Group Account Director – Dina Hovanessian

Account Executive – Christopher Alexander

Senior Project Manager – Matt McLaughlin

Executive Strategy/Analytics Director – Christine Villanueva

Chief Production Officer – Nathy Aviram

Senior Producer – Dave Herman

Business Affairs – Erin Levine

SVP, Executive Music Producer – Eric Johnson

Junior Music Producer – Michael Ladman

Production Company: OPC TV Inc.

Director: Max Sherman

Editor: Colin Loughlin

Editorial Company: CRAFT

Music Company: CRAFT

Mix Studio: CRAFT

Graphics: CRAFT

@DaveGian David Gianatasio is a longtime contributor to Adweek, where he has been a writer and editor for two decades. Previously serving as Adweek's New England bureau chief and web editor, he remains based in Boston.
Publish date: November 13, 2015 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT