(Closed) Holiday Gift Exchange and Birthdays at work??

posted 7 years ago in Holidays
Post # 3
999 posts
Busy bee

We like to do things like that at where I work. But they instituted a rule that if you want to do something for your birthday you have to initiate it. No one can throw something for you.

Post # 4
4046 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We used to surprise the birthday person with cupcakes/cake and a card. But then our department was combined with a few others and it was just too much to have cupcakes every week for someone’s day. So they started doing it once a month.

Now our department is smaller and I’m the only one who eats cake (everyone else is on weight watchers) so there are no more birthday cupcakes or ice cream 🙁

Post # 5
1370 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We have cake at the end of the month for people who had birthdays in that month. There’s cake even if there were no birthdays, though.

We’re also doing a Secret Santa at work this coming week with a $15 limit, it was optional to participate.

Post # 6
5993 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

birthdays, we have monthly company meetings and have cake but individual departments are ok to do their own on the day but the company wont fund the cake purchase

christmas, we have an optional employee secret santa/kris kringle so names are drawn out of a hat and you buy a $20 gift and we swap at our christmas party – had ours last night, lots of fun

Post # 7
1415 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

We don’t really do any of that in our office… though after hours birthday HHs and showers are fun.

Post # 8
336 posts
Helper bee

Our work environment is so not the typical office type, we are a small animal hospital with a fairly large staff (~30 part time/full time) but we are a really close-knit team. For birthdays, the birthday person will pick an evening/restaurant to have dinner and as many people as can make it will show up. A friend and I host an opt-in secret santa every year…. Oh, and there’s almost always someone pregnant and there’s always some type of work only baby shower for them. It’s a lot more like one big group of friends working together than every person doing their own thing, so it’s hard to compare to the typical office environment.

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