The staff Christmas party is usually either a very tame midday break for cheese and crackers or a completely unhinged, cocktail-fueled rave that involves a few coworkers quitting on the spot...
So, when a disappointed employee decided to vent to Twitter strangers about the worst office Secret Santa gift they ever opened on the clock, fellow offended recipients of a cursed White Elephant were ready to share their workplace holiday horror.
Tell me the worst secret Santa gift you ever received. Mine was a mug implying I talked too much
I got a ‘baby’s first Christmas’ ornament he’d gotten on clearance the day of. For context, we weren’t able to actually hold the exchange until the new year, a fact we all knew in advance, plus I was 19 at the time and had no children, nor plans thereof lmao
An emergency flashlight thingy for your car, specifically designed to be plugged into your car's cigarette lighter to charge. I had worked there six years and it was well known that I do not own a car.
At a work gift exchange, I was gifted a candle that smelled like mint. Not NICE mint, mind—like menthol spearmint. It was HORRENDOUS. It was so bad I kept it in my office and it made the rounds through my department as a gag gift and became a running joke.
My coworker, whom I sat next to in my elaborately decorated cubicle which included all the things I like, gave me an exceptionally ugly metal fish candle holder thing. It now sits in my condo complexes front garden hoping to be stolen.
A piece of cake bought a week before the swap and stuck uncovered into the refrigerator. It was thrown out day of and fetched from the bin by Santa who then boxed it up and gave it to me. I took one horrendous bite in front of them to be nice.