Is it time for an increase in the office gift exchange amount?
December 7, 2007 09:28 AM
It always goes like this: Someone says "What limit should we put on it?" and then someone else says "Twenty-five bucks." And then we all have to run around trying to find a crappy $25 gift for the person whose name you pulled out of a hat. Well, it's been $25 everywhere I've ever worked, since I joined the "real" workforce. Ten years ago.
The problem is there is nothing anyone actually wants that only costs $25. One year I had this metal framed candle thing that I was going to give my secretary, and then my sister told me it was a gift that said "Hey, I stopped for gas on the way in to work this morning, and realized, oh crap, I have to get you a gift." That that metal framed candle thing had cost me $25 at TJ Maxx!
This year I have a new firm and a new secretary, and the bright office idea is that we are all supposed to list three things that cost $25 and put that on the piece of paper with our name on it that gets drawn out of the hat. The theory is that way, we'll all get something we want.
But there's NOTHING I want that costs $25.