Every year we employees are pushed into buying an under-twenty dollar gift for our Secret Santa present. My family does not celebrate nor support Christmas, and even though most of the people I work with know this, they still think I’m a bad sport when I say I don’t want to participate. The secret santa presents are given out at the Christmas party, which I would rather not attend. How do I get out of this office ritual?
–SR, Portland, OR
This is the best Secret Santa gift idea for 2015.
Before everyone has bought a Secret Santa present, suggest that they be creative and try something different, because by now everyone has received their ‘Best Boss’ coffee mug. How about the gift of reading?
For instance, suggest that you all shine a light on the 50-year-old nonprofit Reading Is Fundamental (ReadingIsFundamental.org), that has given millions of books away to children age eight or younger all over the world; where fifty e-books, in English and Spanish, can currently be dowloaded at RIF.org/50ebooks free of charge as of December 1, 2015.
Who can find fault with donating to an established worldwide charity whose goal is vital nourishment?
If your colleagues agree to give their twenty dollars to pay for ebook gifts for young children, that’s something to be grateful for. In exchange, attend the office Christmas party and make a toast to everyone who contributed to Reading Is Fundamental.
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