It’s that time of year again! Secret Santa parties brighten up the office and let you show your coworkers that you’re all in it together—and that you wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s easy to find a white elephant gift that makes everyone realize how thoughtful you are—just think about what would make you smile at work.
Sure, most meetings are held in rooms with chairs and tables, but passing someone in the hallway or chatting in the kitchen sometimes generates the big ideas. An awesome pen is pretty much always a fun, handy secret Santa gift. Look for a pen that can write anywhere—even in zero gravity, underwater, or over grease—so whoever gets it will love taking notes and staying on the ball.
The ideal work call is focused and comfortable and free from outside noise—but what about posture? It feels so much better to be able to sit up straight and talk hands-free. A lightweight, plug-and-play headset with on-ear cushioning is the perfect white elephant gift for keeping business contacts on the line.
The Classic Office Gift
From salesmen to secretaries, there’s one secret Santa gift that everyone gets a kick—or a squeeze—out of. It might be a throwback, but it definitely isn’t a cop-out. A brightly colored stress ball with hand-massage beads keeps the team feeling loose and can even lead to a little silliness sometimes (which is never a bad thing).
With nearly everything digital these days, it can be nice to have a spot to leave old-fashioned notes and doodles, or to pin inspirational quotes and pics of loved ones. A mounted bulletin board with space for markers and pins lets your coworker create a little personal haven in that cubicle. Being able to share pictures and messages will help you get to know each other in the new year, too.
It can’t be all work. Those breaks are crucial to being happy and productive. High-end snacks make a really nice white elephant surprise for someone. Look for gourmet selections, like imported cookies in a decorative tin that everyone can share.