Post # 1
I love this time of year and I especially love Secret Santa gift exchanges at work. I think it’s fun to pick out gifts for someone else and leave them at their desk each day. We have a $35 gift limit and we all created a list of things we wanted. My recipent has received some scratch off lottery tickets (on her list), chocolate, lotion (her fave scent), a plug in wax burner with some scent cubes, and tomorrow she’s getting her fave bottle of wine. Pretty nice gifts huh? I think I stayed pretty close to the dollar limit.
So far from my Secret Santa I’ve received: a glow-in-the dark trident thing, some pink long gloves (what a child would use for playing dress up), an animal cap (what a kid would wear at a b-day party), and one of those hand held grabber things with a dinosaur head as the grabber part. I hate to sound petty – but come on?! I put farely generic things on my list: candles, lotion, snowman decorations. This is all stuff you can find anywhere and relatively cheap.
I think there is a theme to these gifts – maybe something wedding related? I don’t know. Am I wrong for being disappointed and hoping that my Secret Santa gets me something nice tomorrow (the last day)? It feels like she just went to the dollar store and bought me with crap with no thought whatsoever.
Post # 3
Oh god, I really hope you get something really nice tomorrow. WTF at what you’ve gotten so far–I’d be SO angry. I don’t really see anything wedding-related about those (except the gloves), but a) wtf are you supposed to do with that stuff anyway, and b) what a waste of money.
My old manager stopped doing Secret Santa at my old job because of stupid shit like this. She always went way above and beyond and then one year she didn’t get anything at all. She held a grudge against that person for the longest time (probably still does). She decided to participate after that girl quit, got me, and we ended up getting each other and we were both very happy.
Post # 4
Oh god – those are horrible gifts! Yes, I too am hoping that these are all gag gifts intended to give you a laugh for when you get a great gift tomorrow.
My fingers are crossed for you! Keep us posted!
Post # 5
@coolbride125: I’m glad we don’t do SS here at work because people here can’t be bothered to remember food items for birthday potlucks, let alone a daily gift for SS.
My mom always does them at her school and 9 times out of 10 gets lackluster gifts. She has fun putting together her person’s gifts, so I suppose she gets her fun out of gifting instead. Still, she’s disappointed most years.
Post # 6
The paranoid part of me would think that person doesn’t like me if i got those “gifts”.
The optomist in me would be hoping they were joking and something nice was yet to come.
Peersonally, I think we all waste way too much money on junk in Secret Santa gifts. Our office stopped doing it years ago. We donate all the monney and sponsor several families for Christmas.
Post # 7
I’m sure the person thought it was funny.
We do a yankee swap at work and people bring funny stupid stuff all the time – beacuse that’s what makes it fun!
Post # 8
Here’s hoping that on the final day you get something decent. With things like that, I do little notes/candy throughout the days and the big gift at the end.
Post # 9
I hate Secret Santa and refuse to even particpate in it anymore. The gifts are always cheesey and never something useful. Our manager asked if anyone wanted to do it this year and I think maybe one person wanted to. Then again pretty much anything our manager wants to do for “group” event goes over like a lead balloon here.
Post # 10
I totally feel you. My sister actually felt the same way a few days ago. She is studying abroad and they had a Secret Santa and she put a lot of thought into the gifts she gave her person and she only received 1 out of 3 gifts that they were supposed to give and it was a really stupid gift or something. Right now I teach 4th grade and the 5th graders have some sort of Secret Santa that’s been organized and it’s horrible because some of the “cool” kids are putting pressure on the unpopular kids who got them to get them awesome gifts and the kids are begging their parents to take them out shopping for awesome presents that are so over the top. In a school setting I really think it shouldn’t be going on for this reason (until the kids are old enough to go out and spend their own money).
Post # 11
Maybe the person bought cheap “funny” stuff for these little gifts so they could do one really nice gift for the last day, instead of small nice gifts throughout? Guess you’ll just have to keep your fingers crossed and see how it turns out.
Post # 12
@star_dust: That’s terrible. Did a teacher set that SS up?
Post # 13
@littlemisst08: Yes – but not the regular classroom teachers. Teachers who teach a second language for an hour every day. It’s ridiculous and we all agree that it shouln’t be going on but we have no power to stop it. Especially in 5th grade, these students take everything as a popularity contest and it’s all a competition – this SS just feeds right into that.
Post # 14
I’m right there with ya OP! I participated in a SS and two days before gifts were supposed to arrive, my SS was anonymously asking me questions about what I wanted… My SS was mailed way ahead of time and I know it’s something that she wanted! It’s frustrating!
hoping you get something better tomorrow! Come back and post the big reveal!
Post # 15
I won’t participate anymore. The first year I worked here the office was small, someone I liked got me and I got a good gift. As the office has grown, no thank you. After the last post luck I decided that I won’t do that either. People are mooches, and if they think pot luck means that you don’t need to bring stuff and it’s okay go ravage the food there before most people even take lunch, no thanks. Sorry, apparently I am pretty bitter!
Post # 16
I’m crossing my fingers that your secret santa person god you all these cheap gifts to surprise you with something really awesome the last day!