Hi! 11 days to Christmas and I’m still so excited. My office’s end of the year thingy or TGIF: Christmas Edition as I have decided to label it is next week. Well, it’s supposed to be next week Friday, but 2 of my colleagues are travelling on Thursday and Friday, so I decided to move it to Wednesday. Now another colleague is travelling on Sunday evening, so I moved it to tomorrow night. Sigh. On a norm, we do our monthly TGIF at either the office or Hard Rock cafe; I wanted something different this time, so I opted for a beach party. Now all I have to do is convince my colleagues and bosses that tomorrow is not too soon and a beach party totally rocks.

The Secret Santa gift exchange I organised this year is extremely top secret lol. We’re 16 in general at work, 4 ladies and 12 guys. I wrote down numbers and specified the gender on papers, i.e 2 (female), 13 (male). I know the people that picked the female and the numbers I put down for females, this is just to help people buy their gifts properly without knowing who exactly they’re giving the gifts. No form of bias. On the gift exchange day, I’ll put the gifts for each gender separately, then we will all pick numbers again and take the gifts with our new numbers. Long process, but then, I don’t want anyone to feel pressured. The first secret santa I did, someone picked one of my bosses and almost had a heart attack thinking of what to get for him.

Initially the price limit was nothing less than 5000 naira, but my cheapskate colleagues said it was too much. Smh. So, I decided to bring it down to 2000 naira. I’m still going to spend 5k though, just because I’m a sweetheart. No objections here.

Gift ideas for your coworkers under 5k

  • Wristwatch – I’m sure you can get wristwatches under 5k, I’m not so sure where though.
  • Pen
  • Desk accessories
  • Bracelet
  • Key-ring
  • Gift cards – you can check for Nigerian gift cards here and here. SPAR also has gift cards.
  • Perfume oils
  • Earphones – Slot sells Apple earphones for NGN 4500.
  • Cufflinks
  • Stress balls
  • Manicure set aka nail cutter set
  • Fancy USB flash drive
  • Any DIY project

I’m sure there are a lot of amazing things you can purchase for less than 5000 naira, these are just the ones I considered before choosing what to get. I decided to go with a gift card, I’m going to get a 5000 naira SPAR gift card.


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