Secret Santa and other presents

What damn fool invented Secret Santa? Do some people enjoy cringing at the junk that gets handed out? I know people get over-excited about Christmas (a friend’s office has had a competition between departments to see who can put up the best christmas decorations, and we’re talking choosing a theme for the department and buying alcohol for when the judges come round…) but has anyone ever had a decent secret santa present at work? Novelty dalek bottle openers that didn’t work are among the shit that’s been thrown my way (that year I knew who bought it for  me and I saw the embarrassment on her face when she opened what she’d been given by yours truly and compared it to what she’d bought) but this year I’ve had to buy something for a guy I’ve exchanged no more than one sentence with during my time here.

And we get to spend a whole fiver… Yup, five quid to get something for a late middle-aged man I don’t know. What sort of pointless junk can I get with a fiver? I’ve got better things to do really.

On a completely unrelated note, I’ve not heard from Madd Mapper yet who was one of the folk to win an advance copy of Grave Thief, in case he’s reading this…

38 thoughts on “Secret Santa and other presents

  1. Give him a copy of Grief – it comes in under budget (just get it out of the AC box), requires no thought whatsoever and may well lead to him buying the other two just to catch up with what’s going on.

    Finally made a start on the bugger last night, by the way – thoroughly enjoying it so far. Very much (a) looking forward to when [bit of a spoiler] happens, and (b) loving the way you’re setting it up.

    1. Yeah, but I didn’t take too many author copies so I don’t have one to spare – I only take a couple these days to hand out to a few people, the rest either buy it themselves, get their editor to post them a copy or are never going to read it anyway! Must have about fifty copies of various editions hanging around the flat and some young lady isn’t impressed…

      Glad to hear you’re enjoying it!

  2. Give him a copy of Grief – it comes in under budget (just get it out of the AC box), requires no thought whatsoever and may well lead to him buying the other two just to catch up with what’s going on.

    Finally made a start on the bugger last night, by the way – thoroughly enjoying it so far. Very much (a) looking forward to when [bit of a spoiler] happens, and (b) loving the way you’re setting it up.

    1. Yeah, but I didn’t take too many author copies so I don’t have one to spare – I only take a couple these days to hand out to a few people, the rest either buy it themselves, get their editor to post them a copy or are never going to read it anyway! Must have about fifty copies of various editions hanging around the flat and some young lady isn’t impressed…

      Glad to hear you’re enjoying it!

  3. Arrrrgh, a timely post, young fellow-mine-lad. ‘Tis Secret Santa today here in the Office of Doom! I do hate it. I failed with the finding something actually useful and bought the girl whose name I drew a smelly candle. Boring, but hopefully not face-loss inducing.

    I dread the presentation ceremony. Last year, someone had bought one of the older guys here a HILARIOUS pair of speedos (picture Rudolph’s nose…involved somehow) – I almost threw up. Everyone else of course thought it was Funniest. Evar. *shudder* Why am I working here again?

    1. Yeah, I think they’re all being handed out at lunch which we’re about to troop of to like school children. Or maybe get into taxis, one or the other. Anyway, I can’t even drink much at lunch because I’ve got a shit load to do before I finish for Christmas! What a waste…

      1. *looks around in a panic* You don’t work here, do you? In disguise? Only cos we’re about to be herded off for lunch, where we’ll be getting the Silly Santa presents. Coincidence? I think not! Show yourself!

        Heh.

          1. Looks like you owe me a fiver mate, I told you it wouldn’t be hard to get her to take something off!

  4. Arrrrgh, a timely post, young fellow-mine-lad. ‘Tis Secret Santa today here in the Office of Doom! I do hate it. I failed with the finding something actually useful and bought the girl whose name I drew a smelly candle. Boring, but hopefully not face-loss inducing.

    I dread the presentation ceremony. Last year, someone had bought one of the older guys here a HILARIOUS pair of speedos (picture Rudolph’s nose…involved somehow) – I almost threw up. Everyone else of course thought it was Funniest. Evar. *shudder* Why am I working here again?

    1. Yeah, I think they’re all being handed out at lunch which we’re about to troop of to like school children. Or maybe get into taxis, one or the other. Anyway, I can’t even drink much at lunch because I’ve got a shit load to do before I finish for Christmas! What a waste…

      1. *looks around in a panic* You don’t work here, do you? In disguise? Only cos we’re about to be herded off for lunch, where we’ll be getting the Silly Santa presents. Coincidence? I think not! Show yourself!

        Heh.

          1. Looks like you owe me a fiver mate, I told you it wouldn’t be hard to get her to take something off!

  5. I got a 12 pack of Labatt’s Blue once. A nice surprise, I thought. This year, however, I got stuck with buying a gift for the laziest girl in the office. Secret Santa can be fun, but this year it sucks. I think I like the Chinese auction better. There’s something about stealing on Christmas that appeals to me. :D

  6. I got a 12 pack of Labatt’s Blue once. A nice surprise, I thought. This year, however, I got stuck with buying a gift for the laziest girl in the office. Secret Santa can be fun, but this year it sucks. I think I like the Chinese auction better. There’s something about stealing on Christmas that appeals to me. :D

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