One of my most favorite parts of the holiday season is working in an office! Why? Well, one there is all the food (mmm, food). And two, there are the holiday party games! My all time favorite is White Elephant (because I loveee gag-gifts), but Secret Santa is okay too.
Since my office has a party coming up on the 13th, I thought I’d get some brainstorming out the way and share a few of my best ideas along the way!
White Elephant is essentially this: You and your group establish a budget, and then everyone buys and wraps a gift within that budget. On the day of the party, you put all the gifts in the center of a table with no cards or names. Next, count up how many participants you have and write out that many numbers on slips of paper. Allow everyone to draw a numbered paper and you take turns picking and unwrapping a gift based on the number you drew (1 goes first, then 2, then 3, etc. etc.).
But wait… it gets better! As the game progresses, participants can choose to either steal a gift that has already been unwrapped or pick a mystery gift from the middle. For examle: Whoever drew 1 picks and unwraps a gift, and then person number 2 can either choose to take person number 1’s gift (forcing person number 1 to pick a new gift) or select and unwrap their own gift from the center of the table! This means that it’s ideal to be the person who drew the highest number because you can steal any gift!
This was the gift I gave last year and I don’t regret it one bit. It is a bit embarrasing to whoever has to walk out of the office with it, but you know they’re happy when they get home cause really… who likes spending money on TP anyways!?
So just pick the biggest pack your budget will allow (I found this one at Target for less than $20) and wrap it with your best paper. Everyone will want whatever is in the HUGE, beautifully wrapped box! They’ll never see what’s inside coming, hehe.
Your Budget in Coins
Did I mention that I’m a huge fan of gag-gifts? With this one, you will literally spend every penny of your budget (hehe). You can find coin wraps at Target for $3.49 or just fill a cute piggy bank!
If you work in an office, you know hand sanitizer is like gold. I hide mine in my desk because if you don’t even strangers will walk by and help themselves to it!
Ulta sales some good cruelty free pocket options too! The one I currently have at my desk is Vanilla Sugar and I love it.
Apples to Apples
Because it’s just the best board-game ever! I’m always trying to talk co-workers into playing with me when we have spare time and it usually always makes it’s way into our potlucks as well. It’s also a great game for team building too, and right now it’s just $13.99 at Target!
I know this one almost sounds like cheating because it’s as lazy as it gets BUT, you’ve clearly never played White Elephant if you don’t see the fun here. People will literally go insane trying to be the proud owner of a cash prize and/or gift card. And it’s quite entertaining to watch!
Personally, I like Starbucks Gift Cards and if you’re running late on picking up a gift, many can be printed!
Secret Santa is where you and a select number of people all get together and write your names on slips of paper. You then take turns drawing a slip a name. Whoever’s name you draw you are responsible for purchasing a gift. It’s called Secret Santa, though, because they aren’t supposed to find out who gave them the gift!
THIS IS NOT AN EXCUSE TO BE CHEAP! 99% of the time, everyone finds out who their Secret Santa was eventually (I mean it’s an office… everyone knows everyone elses business in an office…) so you gotta make it good!
Coloring Book and Colored Pencil Set
This won’t be the first time I’ve ever mentioned adult coloring books and it won’t be the last. These are without a doubt part of my work essentials and I think they’re awesome gifts for destressing and staying positive. Best yet, they’re super affordable. You can find the coloring book here and the twistable colored pencils here for less than $10 combined!
Fun Desk Accessories
Another work essential for me is this super cute tape dispenser! I got mine from Staples a few years ago and they still have it along with several other styles. It just makes me happy, which is what a good desk accessory is supposed to do! To make it even better I use Washi Tape, so you could pair any of these tape dispensers with these Washi tapes for a super awesome and super thoughtful gift
Throw & Slippers
Several of the ladies in my office keep personal sized throws on the backs of their chairs. Some even keep comfy slippers. These are great for days when managment wants to freeze us into productivity and/or when you’re new shoes are sooo cute and sooooooo uncomfortable. It’s just a splurge I never make on myself.
Which is why either or both of these would make the perfect gift! This throw looks really nice and how cute are these slippers!?
Photo Coffee Thermos
One of my most favorite gifts my husband has ever given me was a coffee mug that he made with Shutterfly. It has pictures of us when we first started dating, the dogs when they were pups and a few pictures of Gabriel as a baby. If you have access to your recipient’s Facebook pictures and they are a coffee fan, this would be such a cute and thoughtful gift!
Lump of Coal
Okay, maybe it’s soap… but it’s pretty funny! And it’s only $10 from a small US company based out of Austin, TX! Check it out here.
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