Does anyone else's office engage in "yankee swaps"?

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  1. Nykwil macrumors 65816

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    I never get used to taking aka "swapping gifts" from people. :(

    This yr I'm gunna purchase an extra crummy gift, just so i can see it get swapped around and then enjoy the look on the poor sap's face when they're stuck with it.

    I don't get it, but the last 2 places I've worked at religiously did the whole yankee swap thing.

    I'm debating between these 3 items:

    Balls Soap
    http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urba...price&navCount=6&navAction=poppushpush&color=

    Poo Log
    http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urba...price&navCount=6&navAction=poppushpush&color=

    Stuff White People Like
    http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urba...price&navCount=6&navAction=poppushpush&color=
     
  2. jonbravo77 macrumors 6502a

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    IMHO if you don't like it, don't do it. To go and get the worst gift you can possibly get just shows that you are a scrooge. Not trying to insult, but, to me gift giving is to watch the joy of the person receiving the gift not to give a gift to take joy in someone's misery of receiving that gift. Just bad taste.... :mad:
     
  3. Nykwil thread starter macrumors 65816

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    haha yeah I guess you make a good point. Maybe I shouldn't join in...but...it's not like everyone else buys gifts that people will enjoy...it's usually gag gifts...last year i got a book on advertisements of the 70's...
     
  4. jonbravo77 macrumors 6502a

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    That's part of the fun though. If you get a "gag" gift to make ppl laugh and have a good time then fine. But you wanted to get a gift that you could laugh at them when they showed a negative emotion to opening it. Not fine.

    Like I said, if you don't want to participate then don't, but that also means that if they look at you to pick a gift you need to say "I pass, I did not bring one". In doing gift swapping you should bring one to receive one.
     
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  6. Nykwil thread starter macrumors 65816

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  7. jonbravo77 macrumors 6502a

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    I need to get this. I have the USB dog humping the computer one already. Makes me laugh and others laugh. Great fun.... :D
     
  8. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    You never know.. it might actually make you some money. People tend to throw dollar bills at strippers. :)
     
  9. jonbravo77 macrumors 6502a

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    Good point... :D
     
  10. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Bloody hell. That's brilliant!

     
  11. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    i got fish food:confused:

    then someone got my present which was a board game


    we call it white elephant here
     
  12. duncyboy macrumors 6502a

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    We do a similar thing in my office called Secret Santa. Everyone puts their names in a hat and everyone draws one each- you buy that person a gift but don't put your name on it or let on it's from you. The limit is usually £5 or £10, it's kind of pointless as people usually opt to get each other drink. I'm getting the girl I got either some nice wine or a bottle of JD... :rolleyes:
     
  13. Nykwil thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Secret santa isn't as...confrontational as Yankee swap cuz you're all sitting there and you pick a random gift on the table and you decide if you wanna steal someone else's gift or keep the one you picked
     
  14. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    I've never heard it called "Yankee Swap" before, but that's probably because you use the Americanised version of the name.
     
  15. gilkisson macrumors 65816

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    Hmm... Yankee Swap. Tell you what. You may come get all our Yankees. Any reasonable offer accepted.:D
     

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