The first time I did Secret Santa was at age 10 with my dance team. We all drew names and bought each other silly plastic novelty items, scented lotions (going to Bath & Body Works was a big deal in those days), and candy.
I remember distinctly how my carpool friend would bring up Secret Santa on the rides home, pretending that she had picked someone else until the big reveal when I found out she’d actually picked me. I had NO CLUE, and my preteen mind was blown.
The next time I did Secret Santa was last year in college. I was extremely nervous about it because I didn’t know the group of people that well. I reached my hand into the pot of names, willing with all my strength that I’d draw someone that I knew on at least a surface level.
Success. I drew a girl who I knew (we later became quite good friends, actually) and felt like I could get her something she’d actually like. The girl who drew me hardly knew me at the time, but somehow managed to give a really good gift despite how notoriously hard I am to shop for. And now we’re roommates (hi Viv!).
To whoever has picked me: Hello and welcome! There’s a fair amount of info above in my “About” page (and you can stalk my social media from there). I go to college in New York for speech-language pathology, and I love reading, writing, knitting, and photography.
I’m starting to get into coffee but can’t stand Starbucks, public libraries are the best things in the world, and I adore Trader Joe’s. I’m not really sure how that info will help you cuz you’re not going to send me a library (unless…), but you know. Details, details. Mostly I don’t know how to introduce myself because I feel like my blog & my social media paint a good picture of who I am better than I can explain it. Feel free to look around :)
If you’ve ever done Secret Santa before, tell me about it in the comments! I’d love to hear horror stories & success stories of your gift-giving!