Does your workplace do a gift exchange? What type?
Every year we do a "white elephant" gift exchange. I'm not totally sure what a Yankee Swap is, but I think our white elephant is more like that because we do the gift stealing thing.
For anyone who doesn't know, our gift giving game goes like this:
Each participant brings a gift. It's supposed to be inexpensive, even something you find around the house. It can also be a gag gift.
Everyone takes turns opening one gift that they pull randomly from the collection. If someone else likes what you opened, they can steal yours and then you have to choose another gift.
I HATE this game! Every year I cannot bring myself to "gift" a coworker with my unwanted junk. I don't keep unused things in my home, and I think it's just tacky to pass your garbage on to other people disguised as a present.
So, each year I've gone and bought something. I try to keep it inexpensive but cute. However, it always adds up to around $20 no matter what. It's been "Elf on the Shelf" one year, Christmas music packaged with some candy and a couple ornaments, etc. In hindsight, that's not a good idea either- what if my gift goes to someone who doesn't celebrate Christmas?
One year I got a nice candle, but someone stole it from me, and I ended up with a dish scrubber. The next year, I picked a beautiful blue sparkly package, and it ended up being a box of old crossword books. I hate crosswords.
I've seen people give a couple bottles of old nail polish, which was received by a male coworker who wouldn't ever paint his nails. The whole thing leaves me with a bad taste in my mouth.
It sucks getting a gift of literal junk after you were thoughtful and tried. Maybe I'm too sensitive, but it offends me and I feel like someone who just has crappy luck. But I can't bring myself to do the opposite and give a coworker the gift of garbage. This year I'm opting out.
Am I the only one who feels this way? Why can't we all bring a reasonably priced nice gift and randomly pick one without the stealing part?? What do you do at work?