So... I know this is way early. But, with the end of summer upon us, I found myself thinking about the upcoming holidays. My mind wandered to my office Secret Santa gift exchange, and the question that always pops into my head... would it be rude to decline to participate?
It's not about money. The amount is reasonable, and I can afford it. My issue is with the way it's done. Everyone is so afraid of getting something that they won't like. The amount is set at $20. Everyone writes their name on a piece of paper along with 3 very specific items that they would like. 80 to 90 percent of the people write down the names of 3 stores to which they would like a $20 gift card. Then, names are drawn, and the other person runs out and buys one of the 3 listed items... i.e., a gift card (or other specifically named item). I just don't get it. Why bother? We all then sit around and watch everyone open the items which they requested (mostly envelopes with gift cards). Surprise... not!
The typical submission looks like this:
$20 gift card - Macy's
$20 gift card - Bed Bath & Beyond
$20 gift card - Target
I hope I'm not being a Scrooge, but this just isn't any fun for me. All I'm doing is exchanging $20 that I can spend anywhere for $20 that I can only spend in one place. And, I've tried writing surprise me... I just get a $20 gift card to a random store.