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Well, that's awkward: worst secret Santa gifts

Last updated 11:40 19/12/2013
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BAD SANTA: Tell us your worst Secret Santa stories.

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It's the time of year again. That awkward time when the whole office stands around while you open your secret Santa gift and experience a: career-ending mortification; b: confusion and alarm; c: relief that it's something you can at least drink at the impending party.  

For the uninitiated, secret Santa involves picking a colleague's name out of a hat and buying them a gift with a capped value - $20 or less, typically. 

A simple enough idea, but the concept lends itself to 'joke' presents, which can end up causing tension between workmates. 

We've heard of one boss who was given a plastic model of a spine, and another who received a haemorrhoid doughnut, with a note attached saying, "since you're an a@#&hole, you're a pain in the rear and you've been the butt of all office jokes this year, you might need this". 

Sometimes the gifts can be downright inappropriate, with some reports people have received chocolate body paint and sex dice. 

Have you seen secret Santa go bad? Tell us the story.


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