Maybe this is a sign of the improving economy? According to a new CareerBuilder survey, companies planned to offer more perks than last year. And by perks we mean bonuses, parties and gifts.

The study conducted from mid-August through early September encompassed approximately 2,500 hiring managers and HR professionals and almost 4,000 employees across a variety of industries.

As for bonuses, 46 percent of employers anticipated giving employees holiday bonuses which is an uptick from 40 percent in 2011 and even a bigger increase from 2010 which reflected 33 percent. 

In the holiday party realm, 60 percent of employers expected to throw a holiday party this year which is slightly higher than 58 percent last year but not too significant. Two years ago that number was 58 percent. Throwing a party is one thing; attending is quite another. About 40 percent of employees said they planned to attend their party this year.

For other treats like gifts at year-end, 36 percent of employees had planned to give holiday gifts which is higher than 30 percent in both 2011 and 2010. Furthermore, 23 percent of workers indicated they wanted to buy gifts for colleagues and 22 percent wanted to buy their boss something. As for the price point itself, the majority aimed to spend $25 or less.