Online communities, groups and forums provide excellent communication between people, usually with the same interest, regardless of location. We could be located in different countries and yet we can communicate with each other with ease. Promoting unity within the group can be done in a limitless number of ways but one really good way to do this, especially during the Christmas season, is to have a secret santa gift giving event.
Based on my own experience, this is really exciting. You can draw names online and you’ll pick the name of one of your members and you’ll be the one to give a gift to him/her.
You can do it in any way you want. Let me suggest a few things. What you can do is have a pool of those who will be participating and have an online drawing of who will be assigned to who. But of course, no one else should see it or else we wouldn’t call it secret in the first place. And don’t tell who you picked to anyone. Eventually, it may reach the person you picked after the information is passed around. Let’s move on.
Who ever picks your name will be your secret Santa. You wouldn’t know who he or she is until the day when you exchange gifts. This is a great activity during Christmas parties. You call out the one you picked and he/she, in turn, will call the person he/she picked until everyone gets to have a gift.You can set your own rules here. You can have a minimum amount for the gift. This is to be fair to everyone. If the minimum amount of the gift is $50, everyone must buy a gift that is worth $50 and above (if you choose to).
Or better yet, you could just ask each one for a wish that they want (considering a price limit, again, to be fair to all). Post them on a board or a section of your website or forum where everyone can see what you wished for. Your secret Santa now has an idea of what you really want and you wouldn’t know who he/she is. That’s the beauty of it.
The good thing about a wish list is that there’s usually no complaint since you usually get what you asked for. Unlike if there’s no wish list, you’d probably get something you don’t like. You probably remember receiving photo albums, pens and kitchenware that you have lots of that you don’t really need.
You can have a Secret Santa website wherein you can enter your names and your wish list. You can then automate the drawing once you have the complete pool of participants. It’s also a very good way of getting to know more about your group and your members. It’s fun and I’m sure this will generate some laughs and activities in your online community. What a way to boost the Christmas spirit!