Etiquette Questions, Answered: Holidays and Gifts
How Strictly Must I Stick to My Secret Santa Spending Limit?
Q. Do I have to adhere to the spending limit on a gift swap at work?
A. Generally, yes. Just because you can afford to go over a $15 or $20 price cap doesn’t mean that you should. After all, the idea of a Secret Santa exchange is to level the playing field between givers. However, if the bobblehead doll that your coworker would love is just a bit more ($3 to $5, tops), then…eh, I’d say go for it. Be mindful, too, not to spend significantly under the target amount. It’s not courteous to give less than you receive.