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Stupid Secret Santa (bah humbug)

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Asleeponasunbeam Thu 20-Nov-14 16:31:45

So what can I get for the woman I don't know? Officious organiser insists that it must not be 'serious', it's got to be 'a bit of fun' or 'maybe a little bit rude'. Oh what joy.

£5. What have you seen that fits the criteria?

HelpMeGetOutOfHere Thu 20-Nov-14 16:34:17

Chocolate willies!

UniS Thu 20-Nov-14 16:35:18

What industry are you both in? Can you get toy versions of things in your industry?
Best secret Santa I ever had was a play doh pen knife like tool.
Random plant your own tulip bulb in a nice pot was good too.

SouthernOne Thu 20-Nov-14 16:36:34

could backfire if they stick your face on itsmile

Asleeponasunbeam Thu 20-Nov-14 16:37:20

She works in a nursery. I can't do the chocolate willies, although assume that's what's meant by 'a little bit rude'!

dinkystinky Thu 20-Nov-14 16:39:52

WH Smith has loads of stuff in around the £5 mark which I assume is for the secret santa market - fake moustaches, table top games, etc.

PeterParkerSays Thu 20-Nov-14 16:45:05

farting putty?

I hate these as well.

Asleeponasunbeam Thu 20-Nov-14 16:49:05

Maybe farting putty would briefly amuse. Oh how hilarious it will be when we exchange these gifts!

HelpMeGetOutOfHere Thu 20-Nov-14 18:01:13

I hate silly things like the chocolate willies. I'd rather they didn't bother. Bah humbug

JemimaMuddledUp Thu 20-Nov-14 18:56:14

We do Secret Santa in work, and the general feeling is that it should be something silly. But I know that the person I have picked thinks that buying silly stuff is a waste of time, so I have bought her something I think she'll actually like. No doubt it will be frowned upon by the "fun" brigade, but at least she'll be happy.

HelpMeGetOutOfHere Thu 20-Nov-14 19:07:46

Now that's nice Jemima. That you know the person well enough to know what to buy them.

It felt very wrong to let me dc eat chocolate willies after a uni secret Santa. blush

HelpMeGetOutOfHere Thu 20-Nov-14 19:07:56

My not me

Asleeponasunbeam Thu 20-Nov-14 19:31:42

The officious organiser is the most miserable person imaginable, so it particularly amuses me that she is so insistent on this 'bit of fun' thing!

For the record, I'm not actually miserable - just don't like fake silliness and pointless landfill tat.

Floralnomad Thu 20-Nov-14 19:36:06

Hawkins Bazaar have colour changing bath ducks for £1.50 ,you could get a family of them.

Asleeponasunbeam Thu 20-Nov-14 19:55:37

Ah, perfect for a nursery teacher. I like it! Thanks. I'll look out for something like that.

wizzler Thu 20-Nov-14 21:41:52

Our office is supporting a particular charity this year... so for our secret santa we have stipulated that you must buy the £5 gift from the charity shop.. that way... even if we buy something the recipient hates, the charity will benefit

R4roger Sat 22-Nov-14 15:36:19

i got pot pourri given to me once, i was insulted shock

JimmyCorkhill Sat 22-Nov-14 15:47:14

Twice I have complained about my crap Secret Santa gift before slowly realising the person I am talking to was the buyer. Twice blush

R4roger Sat 22-Nov-14 16:02:50


unclerory Sat 22-Nov-14 16:32:21

I hate secret santa where you have to get something silly, it only works with people who know each other very well, otherwise you can get some very dodgy things. Thankfully in my current job everyone gets 'nice' presents so a box of chocolates is perfect if you don't know someone that well.

But I'm doing a happy dance this year because I got myself in the work Secret Santa, time to check out my own Amazon wish list...!

fairnotfair Sat 22-Nov-14 16:34:55

Five scratchcards. Job done smile

FamiliesShareGerms Sat 22-Nov-14 16:35:50

Have you got a branch of Tiger near you? Loads of things there for under a fiver

WerewolfBarMitzvah Sat 22-Nov-14 16:42:04

My DH once got given a SheWee as a Secret Santa 'for your wife'.
I had never met these people and don't have any hilarious getting caught short stories. hmm
So the moral of the story is put absolutely no thought into it!

Actually, I would ignore the 'fun' request and just get a nice bar of chocolate. At least it will likely get eaten and not chucked on the way out the office.

Coconutty Sat 22-Nov-14 16:47:08

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

SoniaShoe Sat 22-Nov-14 17:06:36

Errr...i instigated this at my work and said almost exactly what asleeponasunbeam's woman said...i'm trying to work out who you are in my team... although i wasn't quite as specifc and i'm not miserable i don't think. I like the charity shop idea. At least that is reusing old stuff rather than new tat

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