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mommy2ash Tue 24-Nov-15 11:07:56

So it was decided we would do secret Santa at work. Personally I would rather not but everyone else thinks it's great. An email was sent stating the budget is 20 euros. Am I really cheap or is that quite high for work? I have family members I'm not spending that much on

winchester1 Tue 24-Nov-15 11:11:06

Id opt out that's ridiculous.

Janeymoo50 Tue 24-Nov-15 11:12:58

Far too high, we never go over £5.00 and on one occasion we did a Pound Shop Secret Santa (I got some santa socks which were fab and purchased some false moustaches for my person, she loved them!!).

tictactoad Tue 24-Nov-15 11:14:44

Way too high.

'Specially when secret Santa presents may not be greeted with quite the enthusiasm the Santa was hoping for still bitter after all these years

Opt out.

Smoothyloopy Tue 24-Nov-15 11:20:12

That's high, £5 here.

hellsbellsmelons Tue 24-Nov-15 11:22:04

We are the same here and I'm exactly like you.
Here it's £10-15
Not even spending that on some family members.
I feel a scarf coming on!

Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost Tue 24-Nov-15 11:23:32

Far too high. People have a danm cheek demanding figures at this time of year.
There are lots of loveley gifts you can buy for £5.

strawberryandaflake Tue 24-Nov-15 12:13:18

£5 I'd say. Although I've only ever received one secret santa back. Grumph.

Minions Tue 24-Nov-15 12:21:27

It's £10 here but we do it for charity instead of buying each other tat presents

AutumnLeavesArePretty Tue 24-Nov-15 12:23:22

Ours is £10 as it's hard to find a none tat present for £5. We give ideas so it's not wasted.

Grilledaubergines Tue 24-Nov-15 12:23:58

£10 here. Enough to get something decent enough, even if just a candle/scarf/drink etc. What's 20 euro, about £16/17? Too high I think.

ZoeTurtle Tue 24-Nov-15 14:19:48

I don't see the point in this when you can only spend £5 (or £1, wtf!). All you can get is cheap tat that nobody will want or appreciate. Either do it with a budget that allows you to buy something the person will actually value, or don't do it at all.

pinklaydee Tue 24-Nov-15 14:22:40

Ours has always been £5 - some people still spend less than that though!

slanleat Tue 24-Nov-15 14:33:31

In our place we have a maximum of ten euro. I totally agree that twenty is too high.

chanie44 Tue 24-Nov-15 14:36:43

Our budget at work is £5.

I've opted out this year (as I did with previous years). I know this sounds tight, but I have better things to spend £5 on. Whilst it's fun, I'm trying to move away from spending for spendings sake

we do £5 all go in a sack to be handed out by 'santa' so you don't know who you are buying for so all gifts have to be suitable for men and women. yes a lot are just choc's, there are usually a saucy office mug or two but last year someone got a pineapple corer and was delighted, this year I have wrapped funky post it notes and a couple of very nice notebooks. I shopped early off e bay to find useful and slightly unusual design stuff. even if not exciting I know they will get used and rather them than choc,s.

MaxPepsi Tue 24-Nov-15 15:26:33

Far to high.

Ours was a minimum of £5, maximum of £10.

I organised last years and plenty of people didn't join in. I asked if they wanted to join, if they said yes, I put their name down, if they said no, I just moved on.

Birdie85 Tue 24-Nov-15 15:32:19

That's way too much, our limit is £5 - you don't want to be spending any more than that on a present for someone you probably don't know that well!

Bubbletree4 Tue 24-Nov-15 15:36:20

£5-£10 is usual IME.

Lmdoli Tue 24-Nov-15 17:34:38

£5-10 too

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Tue 24-Nov-15 17:38:30

Too high, especially if people go over.

Used to have a secret Santa at work, budget £5, I was the only person who stuck to the budget, and when we opened the presents as a group I was mortified at how cheap my present was smile

elf2 Tue 24-Nov-15 17:45:15

They are usually £5-£10. Far too much scope for annoyance at £20!

I usually opt out (partly because I am part-time so often not there on the designated opening day but mainly because I just can't be bothered with it).

Just opt out.

chocadd1ct Tue 24-Nov-15 17:47:12

shock. we have £2.50. bit of a challenge but that is the fun bit.

Junosmum Tue 24-Nov-15 19:06:03

Far too high. It's £10 here and I think that's too much I'm buying prosecco and chocolate as I know my person will at least enjoy those. I hate secret santa but don't want to be a humbug. The best year was when I got myself and instead of putting my name back in the hat I bought myself a lovely necklace - no one know to this day!

NotMeNotYouNotAnyone Tue 24-Nov-15 19:21:11

We do £5, it's only jokey things or small things, there's 50 of us, you don't know everyone well enough to want to spend more on them. I'd opt out if it was £20 tbh and I LOVE all this christmas!

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