Tuesday’s here, and we are fast approaching Friday, when many an office in America will be participating in the annual “White Elephant Gift Exchange.” Of course, this is where everyone brings a gift and after a picking order has been established, everyone gets to choose from what’s left during his or her turn. (There are a few other rules, but you get the picture.)
Resist the urge to “re-gift” last year’s albatross of a gift you had to drag home. Don’t give in to the temptation of giving a gift card – it’s too easy. Above all else, don’t be the one person who brings an X-Rated gag gift unless you are prepared to accept the negative consequences.
With that in mind, here are a few ideas of things you won’t see back on the table next year. They might not be the most creative in the world, but you know the recipient will use and appreciate them – and all can be had for $20 or less:
A nice bottle of wine or liquor. A CD or DVD. Movie tickets. A book featuring humor/interesting facts, etc. Expensive chocolates. An “intellectual” board game adults would enjoy.
I’ll even recommend buying a cluster of scratch-off lottery tickets if you live in a state where the lottery is played. While this might seem rather sub-standard at first glance, you’ll be shocked at how many times this gift is stolen from others – and how everyone surrounds the recipient as he/she finds out what they’ve won (or not won, as the case may be).
Whatever you choose to do, remember that your gift should be acceptable for men or women, and that it must be in good taste. Please feel free to share some of your own ideas in the “comments” section. I’d love to hear them, and I am sure everyone else would, too.
Good luck at your party. Hope you bring home something worth having, so you won’t be tempted to “re-gift” next year!