Not-so-secret Santa gift ideas for colleague used to pranks

IT'S almost that time again for the annual workplace Secret Santa present giving.

Unlike presents for my wife and kids that I put very little thought into - because they keep telling me what they want for the six months leading into Christmas - the Secret Santa is something I plan for months.

I am not one for tradition so I bribe and swap other people until I get the target I want and then proceed to tell the person I have them and to look out for what's coming.

Last year and this year I have managed to get hold of Jeremy Sollars, the editor of the Daily News and Border Post and one of only six blokes who work in both our offices.

Jezza can take a joke and last year I had a few heated arguments about Coal Seam Gas and I was bombarded with emails from him in regards to his role as secretary of the Freestone Hall Committee and their upcoming events.

I put two and two together and got him a shirt printed with "I am always up for a frack" on the front and "Freestone Hall CSG" on the back.

So the planning starts for this year's event by first scouring through the millions of emails he has sent me throughout the year to get some inspiration.

There seems to be a consistent trend of asking me for log-in details for internal programs that he seems to forget the second after he uses them, lots of jokes about my left wing political leanings and asking me to buy anything from mangos to lamingtons to support the Freestone State School.

So this year I have narrowed down my Secret Santa present to:

  •  A Julia Gillard-covered diary to put all his log-in info down or
  •  A Girl Guides' guide to fundraising

What do you think I should get him? Email me at nick.inmon@warwickdailynews.com.au



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