Secret Santas save wallets

Secret Santas are an efficient way to give gifts, but they aren’t always very personal.

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Secret Santas are an efficient way to give gifts, but they aren’t always very personal.

A Secret Santa is a holiday gift exchange between a group of people in which each person in the group is assigned one other person to give a gift to. Many people participate in these exchanges because of their efficiency.
Between friends, Secret Santas are economically-savvy because everyone in the group can receive a nice gift, but each person only has to purchase one gift, therefore people can afford to get a thoughtful gift for one person. Sanderson sophomore Miranda Cominole stated, “I think [Secret Santas] are cool and a good idea because you spend less money than you would if buying for all your friends, and it can be more personalized for whoever you get a gift for.” Gift-giving is nothing if not personal, and Secret Santas allow for an organized, personal way to give gifts in a group.
On the other hand, a gift exchange has to go both ways. In any organized group, there are people who don’t put in as much effort as the others, and that could be very disappointing. Additionally, if the people in the group don’t know each other well, the gifts won’t be very personal. The appropriate way to address this is to discuss a set amount of money for everyone’s gift, and that way everyone will get the same value of gift.
In short, Secret Santas are a great way for a group of friends to exchange gifts, as long as the participants can make the gifts personal and everyone agrees on a unified cost.