The Christmas countdown has started and if you really want your business or workplace to enjoy some fun and festivity then a Secret Santa might be just what your office needs. Here are some hints, tips and ideas to make sure everybody has a good time.
4 Secret Santa Rules
There are no hard and fast rules with Secret Santa and it’s your business or workplace so you can decide what works best. But these guidelines can help you drum up enthusiasm and keep everyone on the same page.
- Alert colleagues that you will be running an office Secret Santa this year and let them know how they sign up. Tell people the dates, basic rules, budget ($10 is usually good).
- Write the names of all your participants on slips of paper and put into a hat or box. Either circulate around the office and have people pull out a name or nominate one person to do this and send out a confidential Secret Santa email to each colleague letting them know who to buy for.
- Get people to bring in their wrapped presents by your nominated day and place under the office Christmas tree (if you have one) or simply put the gifts in a pile on your day of reveal and have everyone gather around.
- Day of reveal! Time to enjoy the fun and have each person unwrap their present. One at a time is always good if everyone is free – or if you’re busy due to the Christmas rush just let everyone have their gift at the same time.
Once the gift giving is complete you don’t have to keep Secret Santa identities secret anymore. Sometimes it’s fun to let everyone chat about who they had to buy for and why they chose their particular gift for a colleague.
4 Secret Santa Gift Ideas
1. Caffeine Lover
For the colleague who can’t start their day before the first shot of caffeine has kicked in, a shiny new mug is perfect. Better still, a mug you can write on will satisfy the needs of the multi-taskers in your office.
2. Smartphone Obsessed
For the person in your office who is constantly on the phone, a micro stand that works with their smartphone is an idea. Your obsessed colleague will be able to have their device in constant sight and have a safe and accessible place to put it.
3. Music Fan
We all have that one person in the office who says they can’t work without a little background music and is always wearing their headphones. A portable speaker could be a great gift that lets them share the beat (especially if everyone complains how quiet the office is).
4. Business Traveller
For the colleague who is always away on a business trip what could be better than a luggage tag? Make it fun so their luggage is easily identifiable, silver plated so they can engrave their name or branded with your company logo as a constant reminder of everyone back at the office.
We hope these tips and hints will let you sit back and enjoy the best office Secret Santa you have every run! Merry Christmas from the team at Kwik Kopy!