Is your office holiday gift exchange coming up? Or do you and your friends or family members celebrate the tradition of Secret Santa to keep the gift-giving affordable and fun? Personally, I’m a huge fan of Secret Santa. I know it can be tricky to find a really great gift for a modest price, but I adore the thrill of the bargain hunt. I also enjoy knowing that the gift in my Secret Santa bag isn’t socks or a dollar store lotion. Remember – if you buy someone stinky lotion, they just might use it! Do you really want your coworker to have the office smelling like simmering sandalwood well into June? No. No you don’t. And luckily, that is not your only option!
Typically, the spending limit on Secret Santa is relatively low. After all, it’s meant to be a creative and fun exchange, not an adventure for the Platinum credit card. Looking at the Blair Secret Santa as a reference point, we cap the limit at $15; enough room to get something cool and useful, but not so much that it cuts too far into already-stretched holiday funds. If your limit is between $10 and $20 as well, and you’re scratching your head over what to get, fret not! We have a delightfully delicious idea that requires just a little sleuthing on your part.
You may not know the guy from the IT Department’s favorite movie, you may not know the musical artist that gets the woman from Finance singing along every time, but if you listen for a candy wrapper opening, you’ll know what tickles their sweet tooth in an instant! And the spy work gets even easier if they keep a candy dish on their desk.
No crinkling wrappers? No candy dish? No worries! Candy is actually quite a social thing. We may talk about it more at Blair than most places, but even in casual conversation with friends and family the opinions start flying when candy comes up. If you’re shopping for a candy gift for a close friend or family member, chances are you already know exactly what to get them. But if it’s for a coworker that isn’t leaving any clues, start an open discussion the next time there’s a lull in communal conversation at the office. Something as small as, “I could sure go for some Skittles right about now!”, is sure to elicit a response from everyone within earshot. All you need is one little, “Me too!”, or, “As much as I love Skittles, it’s Starburst that I can’t get enough of,” and your Secret Santa solution is in the bag! The candy bag, that is.