If you are looking for a fun way to spice up Christmas parties whether at the office or at the home, secret Santa is definitely the way to go. It is a great way to get everybody involved in the spirit of Christmas whilst also not being too hard on the wallet.
Secret Santa gift exchanges have been around for quite a few years now and are turning into a bit of a tradition during Christmas time. Many companies hold them as a fun way to bring their staff together over the festive season.
Depending on who is involved it can be an entertaining way to add a new twist to a party over the festive season.
Secret Santa – What is it?
Secret Santa is a fairly common tradition over Christmas time that is usually held at office parties or at schools. It is a system where everyone buys one gift and everyone receives one gift. There is normally a set price limit and usually these are set quite low to make it fairer on everybody involved.
How it normally works in the beginning is that every one pulls a name from a hat, the name they receive is the person they have to buy a gift for. This person doesn’t know who bought them the gift, which adds a bit of fun as people try and figure out who bought what.
There are a quite a few settings that this game is generally played in, the office being the most popular. They are also growing in popularity amongst other settings too, such as at schools and colleges, whilst also becoming a favourite at home too.
In The Office!
All companies will hold some form of Christmas party each year, which gives friends and colleagues the chance to get together and have a few drinks. These parties will often have Christmas games involved with secret Santa being a favourite.
Secret Santa is a very popular office party game because you can expect that many of the gifts will be of a naughty nature, comical nature or just completely useless nature. In many cases there will be a pre-defined theme, meaning each colleague will have to buy a gift for somebody else within a certain niche.
By knowing who you are buying for, try and buy something that they will find amusing. Making it as personal as you can to that person is always a good idea too.
Kids love Christmas because of presents right? So this is a perfect game for a classroom of children to take part in. They get to experience the fun of buying a classmate a secret Santa gift, then watch as he tries to work out just who bought it for him.
Again, there can be set themes and set cost limits, which means that the children can find out just how hard it can be to find something that their friends may like.
In fact the popularity of secret Santa has even spread to the home, especially when there are Christmas parties with numerous friends and family. It can add something a little bit different and inject even more Christmas fun into the proceedings of a party.
Knowing What to Buy!
Buying the gift is both the most fun and most challenging aspect of secret Santa, once you know who to buy for you have to try and be as creative as you can. Do you want to get something a little humorous or will you try and impress with your imagination? Whatever you do, try to steer away from the cliché gifts and come up with something that hasn’t been done before.
There are plenty of places you can find great secret Santa gifts, though if you want convenience you should look online first. You will find some great ideas, with some sites specifically selling these gifts for the purpose that you desire.
Now that you have learnt a little more about secret santa you are well equipped to host it at a party of your own. For a bit of added fun why not try creating a theme for the gifts, give it a little twist of your own.