My team voted against secret santa (I abstained). Glad as I hate secret santa, the pressure to react pleased when you open your gift is most uncomfortable, as is the inverse, the creeping death of people taking it in terns until the person opens your gift to them and worrying how they react.
Now I will regale you if the story of my worst secret santa that actually became my best.
The way I see it there are 4 acceptable types of secret santa gifts: something genuinely good, something funny, chocolate (safe bet), or an ‘I love spreadsheets’ mug. I really stressed out over what to get, ended up buying lots of potential things and then rejecting them, put a lot of effort into it. So was pretty disappointed to open my gift and there person had made no effort, literally a couple of plain napkins, could even feign not having a wtf is this reaction, secret santa administrator even said that is rubbish, actually got a bit paranoid, does secret santa hate me, should I raise a grievance to HR? I complained about it on a relevant comment on my friends Facebook wall.
Fast forward a couple of years and out of the blue the person I have the most intense crush on sends me a screenshot of my complaining on our mutual friends Facebook wall taken at the time (way before we were friends on there), and said it was one of her favourite things posted on Facebook to date. genuinely changed my perception of the world slightly, thinking back to the time that someone I really liked but assumed barely knew who I was, actually knew who I was had something I said saved on their phone because they thought it was funny. So that is the story of how my worst secret santa became my best (in well aware I am quite the saddo, this does not need to be pointed out)