New Year is a magical time when everyone is waiting for a miracle and hopes for a fairy tale. In some countries, the game of “Secret Santa” has long become popular — this is a good tradition, the essence of which is the anonymous exchange of New Year’s gifts.
The ceremony is widespread in the USA, Canada and Great Britain, and also people from a number of European countries, Australia and New Zealand also like to play it. The game of “Secret Santa” has several names — “Secret Santa Claus”, “Pollyanna” or “Chris Kindle”. All of these titles refer to a very specific character. Everyone knows who Santa is — this is the main Christmas wizard, Chris Kindle is considered the “Father of Christmas” in the English tradition, and Pollyanna is the heroine of the famous novel, who won the hearts of readers all over the world with her kindness, sensitivity and participation in other people’s experiences.
The meaning of the game is to secretly exchange New Year and Christmas gifts, it is held among a large number of participants, while the name of the person to whom you will give a gift is chosen randomly and becomes known only to you. Until the very moment of the ceremony, no one even guesses who will give gifts to whom.
Usually, presentations are exchanged on a certain day, when all participants gather for a festive event.
Hover, if this is not possible, for example, if “Secret Santa” takes place in the form of a quest game with strangers, you can set aside a certain period for donation, for example, a ek, when everyone should give a present to their “ward”.
It is noteworthy that in this case, each person makes his own wish list, where he indicates the gifts that he dreams of, and the donor chooses from this list. Thus, the New Year’s surprise in any case will be pleasant. Although not required at all, sometimes a rough price range is simply set among the participants so that everyone can do their job.
So, let’s dll on the rules of “Secret Santa”. The easiest option is to write the names of the participants on pieces of paper, fold and shuffle. Thereafter the approximate value of gifts is negotiated - this is necessary so that the most tight-fisted people do not try to get off with fixed-price wax candles, while their more generous friends will go broke on branded items from expensive boutiques.
After agreements are reached, everyone pulls a piece of paper, but at the same time does not show it to anyone. If you draw a piece of paper with your name, just show the others and put it back, then draw lots again. The person who chooses your name in such a “blind” way will become your personal Santa, and you will be an anonymous wizard for the one whose note was in your hands.
After the draw, the date of the flash mob is determined.
By the way, this is a great option for people who plan to celebrate New Year’s Eve together — in this case, all gifts can be packed in boxes and put under the Christmas tree. Then the secret will never be revealed.
In order not to get into trouble, many agree in advance to make a list of preferences. As a rule, several positions are indicated, Santa can already choose one or more of them. But if the wish list is not compiled and you will have to buy a present to your taste, then our advice will surely come in handy.
In hygge style
Probably, nowadays there is no person left who has not heard about hygge. This concept came to us from the Scandinavian countries and there it means comfort, warmth, family values and ll-being. A cozy gift will be most lcome for Christmas — after all, on cold winter evenings you really want a spiritual atmosphere, which will help to convey:
- candlesticks with a set of scented candles;
- aroma oils for living quarters;
- unusual holiday garland;
- warm soft blanket;
- stylish photo frame;
- a large cup with a winter print and a set for delicious mulled wine.
You can put your presents in a large basket, put thick knitted mittens or warm socks with a winter pattern on top, the hygge mood is ready!
In the office
If “Secret Santa” is held among colleagues, it is worth stopping at more neutral and practical gifts, these can be:
- wireless mouse;
- thermo mug;
- desktop humidifier;
- stylish diary with a pen.
It is best to complete sets, for example, give a notebook and a French press. It’s no secret that life in the office is fraught with a lot of hassle, so a desktop punching bag is a good choice — an anti-stress that helps to let off steam after not entirely successful communication with superiors. For several years now, the portable charger has topped the rating of gifts.
This is not surprising, every year more and more people use smartphones that require frequent recharging, which is why a stylishly designed por bank will surely be used more than once.
Set gifts are always relevant for the New Year, Of course, it will be better if not just sets, but some unusual goodies are presented as a present:
- a set of decorated gingerbread;
- package of marshmallows or dried fruits in a Christmas wrapper;
- a bottle of whiskey and rum;
- a set of seasonings and set syrup for making strong warming drinks;
- jams in a stylish package;
All this can be given in sets along with sets or chocolate.
All of the above gifts are good, but still New Year and Christmas, especially in the Secret Santa game, you want to get something unusual, which is unlikely to be presented on any other holiday. Glasses for virtual reality — this is a very fashionable gadget, if you insert a smartphone into such glasses, you can play enough of 3D games, watch enough “multidimensional” films and touch the unknown future with at least one finger. In every store that sells electronic equipment, you can find a wide selection of glasses models and choose the right option within a certain budget.
Stones for cooling alcohol. Of course, such a gift is best combined with a bottle of expensive cognac, wine and brandy. These stones cool the drink quickly, are easy to clean, and look exceptionally impressive in a glass. stock of warm socks — yes, it is customary to give socks on February 23, this present is considered beaten by many. But just remember how many hosiery per year disappears in the bols of the house — for sure, not a single man will refuse a serious replenishment of his stocks.
At the same time, it is advisable to buy at least 10 pairs, pack them beautifully and present them tied with a ribbon.
Board games — the choice here is unlimited: Monopoly, Mafia, table football. Games based on popular TV shows and computer games are always appropriate: Star Wars, as ll as Doom, Tanks beloved by men and even Game of Thrones will surely please many. Would be a good idea bar gift card — just imagine that you can come to a restaurant or cafe and relax there without spending a dime.
Such a service is becoming more and more relevant today, you only need to go to the page of the Internet service, which contains information about all the bars in the city, and choose the one that provides such services.
Give a ticket to a performance or concert if a famous musical group comes to your city. Or maybe the stars of the capital’s theater give their concert. Present a friend with the opportunity to go to an interesting performance, perhaps in the company of you. For the owner of a smartphone, a mini lens will be a good gift, and there can be any choice — both individual lenses and a set with wide functionality. Moreover, many devices can not only impose the desired effect on photographs, but at the same time improve the quality of the image.
And, of course, not a single addressee will refuse cozy sleepers for homeso you can safely buy them, knowing the size of your feet first.
Just keep in mind that shoes must be of the highest quality, otherwise they are unlikely to please the person to whom you present them for a long time. Don’t forget to include a letter from Santa or a greeting card with each gift.
What should not be given?
There are some gifts that are not customary to give in the Secret Santa game. First of all, this hand made products. Not everyone manages to find a worthy use for a thing made by their own hands, besides, many craftsmen slightly overestimate the level of their work, and what seems to them to be a high-quality product often is not. Decor items — toys, cushions, figurines, vases and funny trinkets, everyone prefers to purchase independently based on their preferences, as ll as interior design features. You should not buy the symbol of the coming year either — this is a too banal present, which will indicate that Santa simply did not want to take the choice of a present seriously and responsibly.
No need to give hygiene products, especially for a girl. All kinds of shor foams, as ll as gels and shampoos, some people perceive as a hint of their own uncleanliness, this spoils the whole impression of the gift. Leave any comic presents for your loved ones — the humor of an anonymous person can hurt. Now that you know what gifts you can give in the Secret Santa game, you can safely offer entertainment to your family, friends and colleagues. Be sure that they will definitely perceive your idea with great enthusiasm!