Career Gifting

I’m sure everyone reading this has at one point in their professional career been involved in a Secret Santa gift giving event with their colleagues. Talking around, it seems like you either love it – your co-workers are fantastically easy to buy for, everyone has a great time, your present was thoughtful etc. – or hate it – generic gifts, you drew a name of someone you barely knew, your giftee obviously didn’t appreciate the hard work you put into their gift etc. – but either way it was a real event! Last year I started a new job in late November, meaning I had already missed drawing names for their Secret Santa. Which, if I’m honest, was quite the relief. The pressure of having to get to know and buy a gift for someone new, before I’d really gotten the chance to understand them, was daunting, and I was more than happy to sit back and watch the festivities as they arose from the side lines.

Well, as it turned out, two of my co workers thought it terrible to leave the newbie isolated during this bonding moment, and kindly chipped in to get me a gift as well. I was flattered! They hit the nail right on the head too, and I was almost teary with joy. But then, there was an extra present on the table. One of the directors had also decided not to leave me out, and I ended up being the only person to receive two gifts, and hand out none! I felt both flattered and very embarrassed, vowing to make it up to everyone the following year.

And here we are! I’ve just celebrated one year at the company, and Secret Santa is upon us again. So I am really doing my research this year, which means scouring the internet for the best secret Santa gifts to give my elected giftee.

Unfortunately I can’t say much more at the moment, because they might be reading this blog! Half the fun of the gifting, is the guessing, and if I give it away now, they’ll know without a shadow of a doubt that I was their Santa. Can’t have that, can we? So please, what have you been reading about that has given you some good ideas? I’m all open to new possibilities, because this has to be one of the best gifts I buy this year!