IKEA employees receive a bicycle under their Christmas tree, delivered the "IKEA Way"--assembly required.

Lavish Christmas bonuses are somewhat a thing of the past. Most of us feel a bit like Bob Cratchit this time of year.

But, IKEA chose to deliver a shiny new bike under the Christmas trees of its U.S. employees this year.

And, like most IKEA products, it was delivered in a flat box containing a large number of disassembled parts, along with one of IKEA's iconic instruction booklets.

The 12,400 bikes were specially designed for IKEA employees, and won't be sold in stores, making them instant collector's items.

The company decided on the gift as a way to say thanks, and to encourage a healthy, and environmentally friendly lifestyle.

Sources: Philadelphia Inquirer and WalletPop

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