Dirty Santa is one of the most popular games to play at a Christmas party. If you’ve been under a rock, here’s a quick rundown of how the game goes.
- A gift price range is established and each game player brings a gift in that price range.
- At the party all the gifts are collected in one area.
- Each player draws a number and in numerical order, each player picks a gift from the pile.
- At any time, a player can steal another player’s gift. The victim can either steal another person’s gift or choose another gift from the pile.
- Each gift can only be stolen twice.
The fun of the game comes from a mixture of different types of gifts. There have to be some gifts that are worth stealing and others that get a good laugh out of the group. For an office Christmas party, you would need to walk the very fine line between funny and inappropriate. Here are a few suggestions of good gifts to bring to the party.
1 ) Travel Mug
A travel mug is a perfect Dirty Santa gift. The majority of your coworkers probably drink coffee or tea and could never have enough mugs. A travel mug will only make it easier for them to drink their favorite drinks in the morning. Try finding a mug or cup that will keep hot drinks warm for a long period of time. If you still have money left over, buy a gift card to a popular coffee shop.
2 ) Headphone Earmuffs
If you work somewhere that gets pretty cold for the winter, headphone earmuffs might be a good gift to bring to your office Christmas party. Your coworkers will be able to listen to music while keeping their ears warm.
3 ) Speaker
A mini speaker is “Dirty Santa gold”. If the game is fairly civilized at the beginning, the introduction of the mini speaker will prompt your coworkers to start stealing. This is a really good gift, and the players will scramble to get it.
4 ) Book
You have two opportunities when buying a book for Dirty Santa. You could possibly go to a best seller list and pick a book for your co-worker that loves a good novel. You could also use this as an opportunity to bring a funny gift. There are parody books that poke fun at popular novels. Pick up Fifty Shades of Bacon to get a good laugh.
5 ) Ugly Christmas Sweater
How appropriate is an ugly Christmas sweater for a gift? Very. The sweater can have clever puns or gaudy designs. When in doubt, go with an ugly Christmas sweater with a cat on it (unless your office is full of dog lovers).
Use these suggestions for your office Christmas party or get creative. No matter what gifts you bring, enjoy your holiday party. Uptick Marketing wishes you Happy Holidays!