It’s Christmas. It’s the season of giving. Which means, it’s also the season of Secret Santa. If you’re playing Secret Santa with your colleagues and your Santee happens to be a) a colleague you’ve barely spoken to, b) a “hi-bye” colleague or c) someone you dislike, fret not. Here’s a gift guide for you.
You can’t go wrong with chocolates. It requires minimal effort to buy and it’s, well, affordable. Plus, if you don’t know what your Santee likes, chocolates make for a good go-to gift. But, ofc, if you know they don’t eat chocolates, don’t be a a-hole and gift them this on purpose.
Almost everyone who works in an office would have a mug—especially now that everyone is doing their part to be eco-conscious. So what can you get someone who works in the same office as you? A mug. This one even comes with a cute lid.
Show that you put in some effort by gifting your Santee a voucher. At least they can buy whatever they want. We suggest getting a voucher that can be used in various places, such as Capitaland vouchers or FairPrice vouchers.
This has happened in the CLEO team—we gave ang pows to one another for Christmas because a) it’s practical and b) we didn’t have time to shop. We appreciated the gift, i.e., the money. So would your colleague.
Singapore is either hot or wet, so everyone definitely needs an umbrella. Choose between a compact umbrella for them to bring out and about or the stick kind for them to put in the office and bring out for lunch.
If your colleague has a problem with keeping to deadlines, passive-aggressively gift them a calendar so they can get their sh*t together.
Apart from notebooks, some people work best when they have a to-do list. If your colleague is one of them, they would appreciate this pack of three to-do lists—Avenger-themed, no less.
Let’s be real: you can’t get more practical than this. Everyone needs tissue paper. What makes the lotion tissue paper different from regular ones is that each sheet contains lotion, making them soft and moisturising, so you don’t get dry patches after blowing your nose. Get them a pack of five boxes so you don’t appear stingy.
If your colleague owns a smartphone or smart devices with wireless charging capabilities, this is a great gift. If you are a boss or manager, this is also a great gift for the subordinate who is constantly using WhatsApp or Facebook on their phone instead of doing work because they can’t use their phone when it’s on the charging pad.
If you work in a noisy office environment, and you understand the pain your colleague has to endure to get things done while everyone else is screaming like they’re out on a field day at the zoo, gift them earplugs—because noise-cancelling earphones or headphones are expensive. You can get this for $2 at Daiso, so throw this in as a freebie with your gift.