By Dean Schwartz (SWAG Master): The holidays are around the corner. That means one thing, the secret Santa gift exchanges are coming! Depending on your previous experience, secret Santa might conjure up memories of fun gifts exchanged between friendly colleagues. Or it might bring back feelings of anxiety due to the pressure of finding an acceptable and appropriate gift. Whether your previous experiences have been positive or negative (or both), secret Santa ideas can be hard to come up with.
No one wants to be the person that gives the lame present, but thankfully there is a key to secret Santa giving. The best way to avoid the “lame present” pitfall is to understand your own company profile and organizational culture. Understanding the DNA of your organization will unlock the secret to the perfect secret Santa gift. Every company culture is unique, but let’s take a look at a few different types of companies and some great secret Santa ideas for each.
Secret Santa Ideas for Your Company Type
Marketing agency – If you work at a marketing agency, you know those client relationships are everything. Keeping careful notes on your accounts and clients is a must, so customized journals make a great secret Santa gift. Travel related gifts are also a great idea for those long trips to visit clients. Company branded cell chargers/power banks or customized luggage tags are perfect for your company’s road warriors.
Financial services company – Did you draw the name of someone that loves pouring over spreadsheets and crunching numbers? Financial services companies are filled with these data lovers. Desktop gifts like personally engraved pen sets, branded calculators, or bull banks (instead of piggy banks) are great gift choices. Customized coffee mugs are also popular for those long days crunching numbers.
Startup company – Startups are full of creative types, so creativity is key to a great secret Santa gift. Personalized products are a great choice since they can be customized to each individual. Gifts like custom cell phone cases or personally engraved desktop picture frames let any creative type show off their individuality. Also, don’t be afraid to make your own gift! It is guaranteed to be one of a kind.