I am a nurse. I work night shift on a Mother/Baby unit and every year around this time, we get really busy! Think back nine months and you'll remember it was very cold.... and also -Valentine's Day! You get it!
So to help us get through the baby boom season, if you will, we add a little pick me up to the regular work routine by having a secret mug swap!
It's fairly easy to organize, everyone who participates seems to really enjoy it.
So here's how it works...
Invite co-workers to sign up to participate.
Match names randomly, making sure no one has themselves.. And no two participants have each other.
If you are participating have an outsider do the match up and keep a list in case there are problems later.
Ask participants to post a list of their favorites and some ideas for their mugger. i.e.: what they will use their mug for, their favorite candy, what they collect..etc..
Then pick a period of time for the swap.
We play for 4 weeks. The first three weeks, you will get your secret partner a small treat (candy bar, stickers, notepad...) and then during the last week, you will reveal yourself with a coffee mug filled with goodies!
We set a dollar limit at 25.00 for the entire 4 weeks. Most people spend more...but at least they know the limit.
Facebook is a great way to set it up if you have a work Facebook group. The participants can post photos of their gifts and thank their muggers!
Here are a few photos from our recent swap.