(Closed) Do you do a secret santa at work?

posted 5 years ago in Career
  • poll: Does your work do a secret santa?
    Yes, and it is so much fun! : (23 votes)
    40 %
    Yes, but I hate it : (4 votes)
    7 %
    Yes, but I don't participate : (3 votes)
    5 %
    No, and I am glad : (20 votes)
    35 %
    No, but I wish they did : (7 votes)
    12 %
  • Post # 3
    291 posts
    Helper bee

    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
    6529 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @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
    6018 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2017

    @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 # 7
    816 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @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 # 9
    1814 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

    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
    853 posts
    Busy bee

    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
    7647 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    @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
    6830 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    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
    8695 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I absolutely hate secret santas so I’m happy we don’t do it at my job!

    Post # 14
    4436 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @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
    8041 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2013

    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
    25 posts
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I was delegated as the SECRET SANTA organizer! I am having a blast so far!

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