Thursday, December 17, 2009
Hong Kong Christmas Party Gift Exchange
Since most of my workmates don't read my blog, I think it is safe for me to post this.
We're having a work Christmas party tomorrow, and gift exchange is a common activity in Hong Kong Christmas parties.
We were given a budget of HK$100 or more (that means not a cent less, people!), no vouchers, coupons or lottery tickets allowed (Boo for the coupon restriction, I could really use some of that, but I agree that it will blow the surprise factor. Yay for the lottery tickets restriction. I have no luck with lotteries).
Some factors I consider when purchasing for work party, random gift exchange:
1. Within the specified budget (I was so pissed when I received HK$49 worth of heartless gift a few years back - it was Marks and Spencers lotion set, when the guidance clearly said HK$100)
2. Unisex (while I admire the manliness of boys clad in Hello Kitty items, I don't wanna be the cause of that ^_^)
3. Creativity (I had none, I was so dangerously close to buying Ferrero Roche chocolates/towels/scarves/mugs)
4. Usability/Edibility (thus the towel/scarf thoughts)
5. The not-worth-it factor (something one would deem not-worth-buying, but would love to receive as a gift)
So, what did I finally get?
Large Dried Chinese Mushrooms!
They were sold at the perfect price of HK$100, no more, no less :)
Boys or girls can cook, eat and enjoy em. Worst case, give to your mom to cook them for you. It's definitely creative, unexpected. They've got the wow factor (they are HUGE, more than 12 cm diameter each)! Totally edible and I would not buy these myself, but would love to receive these babies as a gift :D
Sadly, this brilliant idea wasn't mine. It was sous chef's. Hehe.
I would've gone for the ferrero roche.
Everybody love em, right?
I am thinking to print out some recipes to include in the gift pack, any ideas?