(Closed) Work Secret Santa (vent)

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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11234 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

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
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761 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

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
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@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
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
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11752 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
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1186 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

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
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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
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4464 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

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
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3766 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@star_dust:  That’s terrible. Did a teacher set that SS up?

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

@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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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
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287 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

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
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1685 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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!

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