Shhh… it’s Secret Santa
Secret Santa is a fun way to get everyone involved when it comes to giving gifts at Christmas, and it’s a nice way to get the kids into the spirit of things without them having to empty their piggy banks.
In this article we’re going to have a look at what a Secret Santa is, and how you can get it happening with your friends and family this year.
What exactly is a Secret Santa?
The Secret Santa is a nice little event that a lot of companies, and even some schools, run at Christmas time so as to make sure that everyone receives at least one gift over the Christmas period.
There is usually a fixed price for the gift, which is best if you want to make it fair, and that price is generally quite low. You’ll know who you’re buying the gift for, but the person getting the gift won’t know who it’s from – clues are not allowed as they spoil all of the fun.
It varies from group to group, but the gift is usually something that’s totally inconsequential or impractical, and this just adds to the competitiveness of people when it comes to how utterly useless a thing they can get within a small price range.
How do you play at Secret Santa at home?
The first thing to do is to get the kids involved. Tell them that they’re going to buy one small gift for each other and explain that they aren’t allowed to let on who they’re buying for. The next thing to do is to draw up a list of the names of the people ‘playing’.
Put the names in a hat, or something Christmassy if you have it, and get them to draw names one at a time – it’s probably best to have the others leave the room each time just to make sure no ‘cheating’ is happening. Obviously they put the name back if they draw their own.
Next step is the gift buying. If you’re doing this with younger kids who may not have a large allowance then it’s best to drop the price of the gifts that they have to buy, and maybe set it at $5 if they’re slightly older.
It’s completely up to you, but setting a theme for the gifts is a good idea. One theme you might like to try is to find a Christmas decoration i.e. each person buys the most unusual Christmas decoration that they can, but all of the decorations will still go on the Christmas tree.
There we have it; using the Secret Santa to get the kids involved with the gift giving this year.
A limit for the gifts should be set, a theme is great and brings a bit of competitiveness into it and most of all we don’t tell people that we’re their Secret Santa.