Christmas is coming and it’s time to get your Secret Santa sorted out. Do you know what you’re getting? Perhaps you got lucky and drew your best friend in the office’s name out of the hat. Or, what normally happens, you drew the name of someone you really have no idea about. Shopping for a Secret Santa gift and organising a Secret Santa event can be stressful unless you get creative. Here are some ideas:
- Get Focused
When you’ve picked a name, really consider what would make that person happy. Do you know what they like or dislike? Can you find out from their friends what would make them laugh or something they need? Putting some thought into a Secret Santa gift rather than just buying a random box of chocolates makes the whole occasion more special.
- Or Just Get Silly
On the other hand, you could advise people in the Secret Santa that this is all a bit of fun and that gifts should be novelty, funny, and frivolous – don’t worry about buying the perfect gift and instead just have a little fun.
- Create a Questionnaire
If you are running a Secret Santa for the office or workplace, where most people don’t know everyone, create a questionnaire which people fill out with the answers to questions like “what’s your favourite film?” or “what’s your favourite food?” Not only do you get some ideas for your Secret Santa but you also learn a little about other people in the office, too.
- Mix Up the Giving
You can do the traditional Secret Santa where everyone takes a name out of the hat and buys a gift for that person, or you could mix it up whereby everyone buys a general gift, they are all placed into a pile and the first person chooses a wrapped present. Once they have opened it, the second person can choose to take that unwrapped gift from them, or choose a wrapped gift.
- Make a Contest
You could arrange a special prize draw or competition in conjunction with the Secret Santa where people can Win Secret Santa Gifts – this is great if you can link it with a charity where people pay a small amount of money for draw tickets and you give this money to a worthy cause.
- Families: Skip the Adults
If you’re doing Secret Santa in a large extended family and it’s getting too expensive, just put the names of the children in the hat and fix a bigger price for each child. Adults don’t mind so much about not getting gifts.
- Keep it Clean!
Unless you are doing Secret Santa with a bunch of close friends, steer clear of risqué gifts and presents that could offend. Christmas is a time for sharing and you don’t want to alienate someone with a naughty gift or cause offence to someone with different religious beliefs to your own. With work Secret Santas in particular – get something fun, but not something that’s likely to cause a bad atmosphere.
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