Post # 1
I heard some folks on the train complaining about work secret santa gift exchanges. The complaints were that it was hard for junior employees who don’t make very much to come up with extra cash, you end up with junk you don’t want, and it cancels out anyway so what’s the point?
We don’t have one at my work and I’ve always hated them. I’d rather draw a name and select a gift for a particular person than try and come up with a generic gift that applies to a broad age group of both genders. I haven’t been part of a secret santa in years, but I am not very upset about it 😛
Post # 3
We do an anonymous poll to see if people wants to participate. It has to be 100% yes response in order to do it. We then have a $10 limit for the week. That means over the course of 5 days, you can only spend a total of $10! It’s so fun trying to find little things to stay within budget!
Post # 4
@MrsPanda99: no, my job used to but they stopped for some reason. Maybe next year I can suggest it, I love secret Santas
Post # 5
@MrsPanda99: we just do a voluntary gift exchange. It’s anonymous though. Like a grab bag. So we choose names out of a hat and if there is an uneven number one person will take two names. Then we exchange the gifts at the christmas lunch and we guess who had who. The limit is $20. It’s fun and you only have to do it if you want to. I am doing it this year. I don’t always. But this year I was in a good mood on the day they asked lol
Post # 6
@rosegoldie: A small limit sounds like a good idea. The girls on the train were complaining about a $30 limit. I think that’s a lot to ask when some folks don’t even make that in an hour.
I understand making participation voluntary but people almost always comment if you don’t join in. Some people just don’t have extra cash, especially around xmas. They shouldn’t be made to feel bad about it 🙁
Post # 7
@MrsPanda99: I think they’re a fun way to celebrate with coworkers. ours was a $15 limit and almost everyone bought beer, wine or something alcoholic. Honestly, who doesn’t have $15 for something like this?
Post # 8
@QueenOfSerendip: I don’t know…I mean, I do but I hate to make assumptions about other people’s finances. Maybe a single parent is struggling to make ends meet, maybe someone has expensive medical treatment, maybe they claimed bankrupty…I feel like the season can be depressing enough without making people feel bad for something they can’t afford.
A friend of mine would not be able to afford this. She has a $40 limit to spend on her own husband.
Post # 9
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No, but I wish we did! We only have 7 employees, I think it’d be fun. But I doubt it’ll ever happen. The boss is a nice guy outside of work, but during the week he is the Mr. I Hate Fun, Bah Humbug type.
Post # 10
Yep, we do and we love it.
We set a limit (very low weekly limit for small gifts) as well a final limit for the main gift that’s given at the end of the entire thing, both of which were agreed upon. We also make ‘Dear Secret Santa’ lists with a short list of things we like that are within budget and details about where/how to get them so it makes it easy for our Santa to not spend a lot while getting something the receiver will love.
Post # 11
@MrsPanda99: I am still on the fence if I should participate or not as I didn’t last year. I am trying to be more social this year. We kind of do a secret santa where they pick a letter of the alphabet (this year is G) and you go buy under $20 worth of something that starts with the letter G and then they have a party, draw names, and exchange then, but you don’t know who you are buying for until the party. All I know is it will be a female since that’s all my group is made up of.
Post # 12
We have in the past GAG, I hate SS. I am so glad we don’t do it anymore, no more useless junk given by people you could give a hoot about
Post # 13
I absolutely hate secret santas so I’m happy we don’t do it at my job!
Post # 14
@MrsPanda99: I’m a Stay-At-Home Mom now, but at one of my old jobs we threw around the idea but didn’t do it. People were so cheap- like only donating $0.25 for birthday gifts for coworkers when salaries were mostly over $60k/yr!
Post # 15
Sorta… I think we call it a “Chinese” gift exchange where you can steal the gift and so on, though. It’s pretty fun. We have a $15 limit so it’s not like it breaks the bank for anyone. It’s optional if you want to participate or not.
Post # 16
I was delegated as the SECRET SANTA organizer! I am having a blast so far!