The holiday season is coming and our company asked us to participate in the annual Secret Santa event. Secret Santa for those who aren’t familiar is a game where each person buys a gift for another person. Everyone picks a person to buy the gift for by drawing the name out of a hat and the recipient of the gift is never supposed to know who the gift came from. The idea of this is very good, but the last few years have seen the price limit of gifts skyrocket.
Every year, we say that the rules are to buy a gift that falls in the $10 – $15 range. This is good because it keeps the dollar amount low so everyone can concentrate on the fun spirit of the game instead of thinking that it will break his/her wallet.
Last few years though, things have changed. There were some people that literally buy gifts that must be worth at least $100 dollars. Some of you might think that this is fine if the person wants to spend the money but what ends up happening is that everyone else is pressured to buy a more expensive gift now. (It is interesting to note that the boss always get the most expensive gift.)
Instead of the game being fun, it has turned into a good size expense for people who participate. The game is supposed to be fun and creativity should be a big part of it. The excuse that one cannot buy anything for $10 – $15 is just incorrect. The point of Secret Santa is so everyone gets something around Christmas and seeing what everyone else gets, not to mention the fun we get with shopping for the gift. There’s nowhere that says gifts have to be at least $50.
It’s Christmas. Enjoy our Secret Santa game and don’t spoil it. I hope that everyone that works at my office stumbles onto this article before they buy their gifts this year..
What about you? Does your company host Secret Santa? How is your experience there?