Secret Santa Secrets

United States
December 11, 2006 11:51am CST
Maybe we're just getting mushy before the holidays, but we think there's something kind of charming about Secret Santa gift exchanges – the element of surprise, good things coming in small packages, that sort of thing. But it can be a challenge to strike the right balance between presents that are fun and cheap(ish) but not junky. "Workplace gift exchanges in particular can be quite tricky," says Tom Tsao, director of product management here at Yahoo! Shopping. "Etiquette dictates that you want to avoid anything too risque, cheesy or inappropriate." A number of Web sites offer free gift exchange organizing tools. Elfster.com and SecretSanta.com were started by people trying to find a better way to manage gift exchanges. Along with matching participants with one another, SecretSanta.com allows for exclusions so that Paris is not assigned to Nicole or vice versa (at least not when their famous feud is on again). Once you know who you're buying for, the question becomes what to get. Elfster.com has a nifty feature that lets you ask questions of your gift recipient (What's your favorite color? Are you allergic to nuts?) without revealing your identity. Public relations firm Fleishman-Hillard surveyed more than 350 of its employees to find their top gift categories for Secret Santas. Here are their favorites, with some suggested items in the $20 range, and a few ideas of our own.
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@vipul20044 (5798)
• India
11 Dec 06
You got me! Today itself for the first time i came across elfster and i must admit its amaizng Here are their favorites, with some suggested items in the $20 range, and a few ideas of our own. Where?? I guess you copied it anyways try elfster its great!