Day 27 of 30 Days of Thoughtful Giving: Do more with less.
There are lots of important jobs that make our company tick: Nina, our Email Production Coordinator, sees to it that all our newsletter emails are coded exquisitely (and keeps her cool when we occasionally miss a deadline). Mike, our iOS Developer, keeps (Not)Recipes running, and Sarah, our Data Analyst, crunches all kinds of numbers so we can be better at what we do. They—and fifty-plus other wonderful, capable employees—make Food52 happen, day in and day out.
But two jobs have risen to be fan favorites amongst our ranks: The Ambassador and First Gentleman of Fun. (They might have had an unfair advantage.)
Our Ambassador of Fun, one Jojo Feld, is also the Director of Buying and Product Development for our Shop, and Jovan Stojanovich, the First Gent of Fun, is our Manager of Email Marketing. The two outdo themselves with all kinds of parties for our office—some of which are company-wide
excursions to faraway lands day-trip adventures, like apple picking or kayaking treks, and they read a mean horoscope for the month's birthdays—but one of our favorite Department of Fun activities to date has been this year's Elfster Gift Swap.
The rules were: You could only spend $10 total, and you were to get your assigned elf (who didn't know it was you) a trio of gifts over the course of a week. Elfsters were revealed at our company holiday party last week.
And even though the rules sounded to some like a tall order, our ranks rose to meet the challenge—and the gifts were so dang thoughtful, so kind and creative, we had to share them with you. Maybe they'll spark a little last minute, small scale shopping? It is, of course, the thought that counts.
Jojo's elf made her a ridiculously pretty wreath (pictured up top), with greenery in the shape of a J, and Sarah Y.'s elf wove her a wall hanging.
On the first day of Elfster, my Elfie gave to me,
TWO silicone lids that have filled me with glee!
My sneaky sweetie must know how I feel
About silicone lids that have a magic seal
To keep coffee hot or to close up a can,
These lids changed my life, I'm such a huge fan.
Kristen, the person who dreamed up our 30 Days of Thoughtful Giving in the first place, got a donation to City Harvest in her name—sent from this secret elf account.
We're so bummed that Elfster is over that we're thinking of doing it again before next holiday season.
What are some tiny gifts that say "I'm thinking of you!" best? Share in the comments.