Every year at our work’s Christmas part, we always take part in a Secret Santa. The selection process is done by picking a colleague’s name from the hat and why oh why do I always get the hardest person to buy for?
It’s not just trying to find a suitable gift for the recipient, but it’s also sticking to the budget which we usually set at £5. What do you buy a colleague that you don’t necessarily know very well, and sometimes you may not even like them that much either. You have to resist the urge to buy something completely unsuitable but funny if you know it’ll end up in the bin the minute your back is turned. I don’t like to waste either money or items, so I do try to find something that will serve a purpose or have a use.
If I was going for a safe bet for someone who I wasn’t sure about then I may choose something like funky socks, or something useful for tablets, as almost everyone has something that is touch screen.
For the person you really don’t know what to buy for, a mug is always the safest bet. I have given and received quite a few mugs over the years, and whilst they may not be the most exciting present to give or receive, they do serve a purpose, and when they have added fun factor to them such as a heat change option, then it can add extra sparkle to the gift.
If you’re lucky enough to get a recipient who is game for a laugh, and you know that they will appreciate something a little “out there”, then you can have so much fun buying gifts.
There is a guy at work who I know would love and more importantly use these glow in the dark laces. He does a lot of DJing, so they would stand out a lot, especially when he is doing an era themed event.
When you pick a lady in the office, then sometimes I buy them something pretty, or perhaps chocolates or something sparkly to drink. It will depend on how well I know them, and whether I know if they appreciate certain hobbies or like animals or places to visit etc.
Last year I went to a party with a group of Mum’s from school and we held our own Secret Santa. Most of the items that came out of the bag was in a bottle and was very alcoholic. It was a safe bet for people we see every day but perhaps don’t know well enough to buy them something we are afraid they wont like.
I have also received some truly awful presents over the years. One year I opened something up that clearly wasn’t new and was obviously re-gifted to me. Now whilst I’m not totally against re-gifting where appropriate, I would only re-gift something that was new, and this clearly wasn’t. I had to do some very quick, very false smiling on this one, until I removed myself from the room. I was pretty sure who I had received it from as well which helped with my reactions.
Have you ever received something totally awful or something great from a Secret Santa gift?
Disclosure – This post is in association with Hawkin’s Bazaar