The Gift of using your Imagination

The Gift of using your ImaginationIt’s that time of year when employees from all around the globe are discreetly picking names for the upcoming Secret Santa exchange. This annual fun event is a tradition at most companies as it’s a good way to get into the Christmas spirit, bond with co-workers, eat lots of treats, have a few laughs and see what your mystery Santa has bought you.

There was a time when I boycotted this fun event – not because I’m a scourge or my taste was so expensive that I would never be satisfied with a gift under $20. I avoided it because I just got tired of receiving gifts that were picked out of “last minute desperation”. I would get gifts such as Christmas mugs filled with chocolate or some Christmas wall hanger that looked like it was pulled from the bottom of an old storage bin – cleverly disguised behind pretty paper and a bow. This is what I call the “no effort – no imagination syndrome”. I’m sure a lot of you who are reading this are laughing because you too experienced the “wait until last minute and pick whatever I could find at a 24 hour convenience store” gift.

You gotta do a little digging

No matter whose name I pick – I would make an effort to find out my co-worker’s likes and dislikes. Ask fellow coworkers if they knew anything about the person so it would help narrow my search for a nice gift. I check to see how she decorated her office or desk and take the time to ask her about her interests without being obvious that I was her Santa. I’d stick to the rules and stay within the dollar limit of $15 to $20. In the end, I use my imagination to pick gifts that people liked.

I know it’s not always easy to pick a gift for someone you hardly know but if you’re going to participate in this event, then I suggest you put in the effort, do your homework and use your imagination. There are many simple and affordable ideas waiting to be explored.

Santa’s Box of Surprises – Under $20.00

You can find amazing little things at your local Dollar Store or Bargain Shop. First pick out a good size Christmas gift box for less than $2.50, which is perfect because it can be reused. By the time you finish walking through the store you will find plenty of things to fill the box with. Examples:

  • Picture frame
  • Candles and candleholders/plate
  • Small photo album
  • Small decorative flower vase
  • Journal (for those who like to write)
  • Address book
  • Christmas Potpourri
  • Recycled novels/how to books
  • Lotions, soaps and bath products
  • Fuzzy socks/slipper socks
  • One size fits all gloves
  • Lip Gloss
  • Make-up sponges/Eye Make-up Remover Pads
  • Christmas chocolate

By putting a little thought and imagination into picking a gift – you’ll not only put smile on a co-workers face but it will certainly leave them with a lasting impression.