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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

List: Ten gender neutral grab bag or Secret Santa gift ideas that are under $25.

To avoid the uncomfortable scramble of buying direct reports or your closest coworkers a small gift, many places of business will usually do a grab bag or Secret Santa gift exchange instead.  These gift exchanges will typically have a set dollar value ranging from $20 to $50.  

Common Grab Bag Guidelines to Follow:

1.  To be fair to everyone, it's common etiquette to contribute something that's at the higher end of the price range.  Think about it.  Imagine putting in a $50 gift to get a dollar store item.  Not nice!

2.  Keep your gift a secret.  This is part of the fun and you don't want to ruin that for anyone.

3.  Put thought into your gift.  If you're participating in a Secret Santa and you're unfamiliar with your random selection, try to do some top notch spy work.  Peep their lunch to see if that gives you any ideas.  Discreetly ask a mutual friend about them.  Spark a polite conversation while fixing your coffee in the lunch room.  You expect your Secret Santa to put some effort into your gift, so it's only fair to reciprocate.

4.  If participating in a grab bag, try to remain gender neutral.  That manicure set may be fabulous, but Chuck isn't going to appreciate pulling it out of the bag.

5.  If you can't abide by any of the above guidelines, then don't participate.

Now that we got the fine print out the way, let's start brainstorming some thoughtful, gender neutral gifts that are under the $25 imaginary threshold.


ten gender neutral secret santa gift ideas that are under $25

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Ten unisex grab bag gifts under $25.


This fun gift is under budget and can be used either in or outside of the office.  It's weighted, washable, and warm making it the perfect "stress relief" gift for whichever lucky co-worker pulls it out of the bag.  If all else fails, it makes a cute addition to an office or cubicle.
Can be found here.

I love this idea because it's right at budget, is perfect to be used at home or in the office, and can be personalized.  Take time to stick a few pictures of favorite working memories, company logos, and some motivational quotes to keep your peer going throughout the year.
Can be found here.

This scent is definitely unisex.  I know because Duke Cannon Soaps use similar scents.  Whether a man or woman pulls this gift out of the grab bag, they'll appreciate the stress relieving scent after a hard day's work.
Can be found here.

This gift set comes already wrapped in pretty, unisex wrapping.  The rest of the gift is gender neutral as well.  It contains an insulted tea mug with lid, (12) different teas, and all natural honey straws.
Can be found here.

This mug warmer will never let that cup of coffee get cold.  If your coworker gets stuck on the phone, too involved in an e-mail, or distracted in any other way, at least they'll know their coffee is warm.  This is way under budget, so I recommend gifting it with a fun graphic mug.
Can be found here.

This is most likely not appropriate to play at work, but it's bound to be a lot of fun for whatever lucky person pulls it out of the grab bag!
Can be found here.

Every professional needs a decent padfolio.  Whether it's something that they would use every day or periodically, it's something they should have accessible.  This one is perfect for the company grab bag because it's a unisex design and in budget.
Can be found here.

This candle is so large that it lasts for a very long time.  The smell is fabulous and one of my favorites, hint hint.  They'll appreciate your attempt to bring memories of the beach during these colder months, no matter who pulls its out of the grab bag!
Can be found here.

While I normally frown upon gift cards, this one is the key to a fabulous book.  They'll be able to use this gift card to download an audio book or two that they can listen to on their commute to and from the office.
Can be found here.

This game isn't about YOUR office obviously.  It's the classic Cards Against Humanity game except with a focus on the TV show, The Office.  It's bound to get a few laughs and be something that person can play with coworkers, friends, or even their family.
Can be found here.

Do you participate in a grab bag?

10 comments :

  1. I once baked a cake for a party and our mayor came and ate it :)

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    1. I'm jealous!! I want to try your cake. hehe

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    2. I made hazelnut brownies and peanut blondies, cut them into perfect square slices and rearranged them as chess board :) They mayor ate like half of it....

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    3. Oh my, that sounds amazing!!!! If you ever come to NY, Dez, we must have a baking party with lots of goodies and lots of wine. :)

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  2. My etiquette? To avoid them like the plague lol the pay me and I be social, otherwise I'll stay put at home haha

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  3. I've never had the chance to attend a party like that with coworkers

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  4. Say thank you to the president of the company and the person who planned the party! A million years ago when I was married, we owned a company for several years. We often did things for the employees. All I ever heard were complaints. No matter what I did, it wasn't good enough to please the employees.

    Love,
    Janie

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  5. I couldnt' have said it better myself. Perfect tips. And yes, I definitely don't put my coworkers online unless I'm actually friends with them.

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  6. Gratitude for sharing these wonderful 10 rules of proper company party etiquette! I just joined my company and have to attend corporate Christmas party so this post would be very helpful for me. You know I helped my boss by sharing interesting company holiday party ideas and he was very impressed!!

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