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You've been jingled! Learn about this fun holiday activity so you can surprise friends and coworkers this season.

You've been jingled! Learn about this fun holiday activity so you can surprise friends and coworkers this season.

You've Been Jingled!

So, it has been a long weekend full of Christmas shopping, visiting relatives, attending holiday parties, and you are ready to rest. Unfortunately, you've got to go to work on Monday. The alarm clock rings, and you force yourself to get out of bed. You drag yourself to work on Monday morning. Holiday cheer is pretty much the furthest thing from your mind. When you arrive at your desk, what do you find? There are some cute holiday goodies and treats at your desk with an elf sign saying, "I've been jingled!" What on earth can this mean? Now, what do you do?

What Is Jingling?

A kind co-worker at your office thought to it would be nice to brighten your day by jingling you. Yes, it may sound like a silly term (and perhaps grounds for a harassment complaint), but it is a new tradition popping up all over the place. Basically, someone decides to put a special treat on your desk sometime during the month of December to surprise you.

The gift does not have to be big. What is most important is it is totally random and thoughtful. Once you've been jingled, you hang up the elf sign so everyone knows not to jingle you again. Now, it is your turn to pick one or two people you would like to surprise with some fun holiday treats. You have to leave the same elf sign at their desk. It can be lots of fun!

Elfing Variation

There are a couple of different variations for this activity. At some offices, they use the term "being elfed" instead of "being jingled." The concept is exactly the same. Also, many neighborhoods have taken to doing this activity as well. Instead of leaving treats on a desk, treats are left on the front doorstep. Jingling or elfing someone is a fun way to brighten someone's day, especially if you know they can use some cheering up around the holidays.

I came into the office to find this assortment of surprises on my desk.

I came into the office to find this assortment of surprises on my desk.

Our Office's Version of Being Jingled

This is the first year our office has decided to "elf" or "jingle" for the holiday season, and so far, it is working out well. We decided to change the rules a bit, and depending on your office, you may also wish to do so.

Instead of being totally random, an email was sent out asking who would like to participate. Once everyone signed up to be jingled, we then drew names. This is best done at the beginning of December or even the end of November. Once the names are drawn, the person you've picked at random is your jingle buddy. You need to surprise that person sometime during the month of December.

When you leave the treat at your jingle buddy's desk, you leave an elf sign saying, "I've been jingled!" for that person to hang on their desk. The way we are playing the game, you do not have to wait to be jingled or elfed before you do it to someone else. Since names have been drawn, you can surprise your jingle buddy anytime you like in December; you can even opt to jingle or elf that person more than once if you want.

Not Everyone Wants to Participate

For our office, we feel this is the best way to handle jingling or elfing situation since you do not want anyone to feel forced to play the game. Every office has at least a few folks that just aren't in the spirit or do not celebrate the holidays. That is perfectly acceptable. In our office, we are also making sure to sign our names on the elf signs when leaving them at desks. We want the person finding their jingle gift to immediately know who gave it to them. Since this is the first time we've tried this, there have been a few questions along the way, but it has gone well so far.

Even small holiday figurines from the dollar store can make a fun surprise for a coworker.

Even small holiday figurines from the dollar store can make a fun surprise for a coworker.

Jingle Gift Suggestions

You might be wondering what type of gifts are fun to give when you jingle someone. I will be happy to give you some ideas! My initial suggestions at the office were low-budget items such as candy canes, baked goods, stuffed animals, candles, lip gloss, and other inexpensive items. What I was not expecting was some of the very original ideas some of my fellow co-workers have included in their jingle gifts, such as wine, flowers, potted plants, and light-up figurines.

Get to Know Someone New

Basically, anything you believe your co-worker might like is a great idea. I've even seen a bamboo plant given as a jingle gift. Who knew? You should be as creative as possible when gifting your jingle buddy. If this is a co-worker you know well, you can buy items you know he or she will enjoy. If this is someone you don't know that well, this is a perfect time to learn more about your new jingle buddy. The most important part of jingling anyone is having fun with it!

It's the Thought That Counts

Jingling or elfing your office mates is a fun, simple way to enjoy the holidays. Don't let it stress you out! Go to the dollar store and spend a few bucks on your jingle buddy. This really is an activity where the thought counts more than anything else. Have fun, and don't spend too much money! That is what being a jingle elf is all about!

Happy jingling!

Happy jingling!

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Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on November 13, 2014:

Yes, and sometimes people expect a $20 or $30 gift for Secret Santa... a little too expensive for me, especially if I don't know the recipient that well.

Fay Favored from USA on November 13, 2014:

I think you're right. Secret Santa sometimes comes with pressure when being jingled is all about fun and surprise.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on November 13, 2014:

It is a really fun, inexpensive way to celebrate the holidays. I found that most of my co-workers appreciated that more than Secret Santa. Thanks for your comment, favored.

Fay Favored from USA on November 12, 2014:

The first time I heard of this I was hooked and had to try it. I've enjoyed being able to "jingle" some really great people ever since. It's a fun idea and one I think people really appreciate.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on December 17, 2012:

It is a nice activity because it doesn't have to be expensive and you can do it whenever you have the opportunity. We also prank each other for Halloween, but we only do that the day before Halloween which can be inconvenient. Thanks for your comment!

Dianna Mendez on December 16, 2012:

If I worked in an office setting this would be a lot of fun. I can see how much creativity would be added to the gift ideas by many people I know.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on December 16, 2012:

I am happy to plant the "jingle seed." The Jingled website actually encourages you to do this activity in a neighborhood and the printable signs are geared more towards that. I am sure everyone will love the idea! Thanks for visiting and thanks for the comment!

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on December 16, 2012:

This idea would be fun for a neighborhood also. We usually "ghost" each other during October, so why not jingle each other during December. I'm on it! Probably to late for this year, but there's always next year. Thank you for planting the jingle seed! :)

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on December 14, 2012:

Trust me, it is not worth working at an office just to do this activity, even though it can be fun. Hehehe... thanks for the comment!

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on December 14, 2012:

Oh how fun! I almost wish I worked in an office just to get to do this. :) Maybe I can jingle myself. rotf. :D

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on December 13, 2012:

This is a fun way to brighten a boring day at the office. Thanks for your comment!

Audrey Howitt from California on December 13, 2012:

This sounds like so much fun!! II don't work in an office but I used to and this sounds like it would make everyone smile!

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on December 13, 2012:

I mean "co-workers" not "co-corkers." :-)

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on December 13, 2012:

Yes, just the term "jingle" is funny enough to do it. An actual conversation I heard between two co-corkers today: "Hey Jared, did you jingle Becky yet?" Hehehehe. Good times!

Thanks for the vote and the share!

Mike Robbers from London on December 13, 2012:

I like the phrase "Jingled at the Office" so much that I would definitely do it .. thanks for this hub , voted and shared

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on November 01, 2012:

Thanks so much for the vote up and for sharing. We had a lot of fun doing this last Christmas at my office. :-)

Catherine Taylor from Canada on November 01, 2012:

I love this idea. With the holiday season coming up I am definitely going to put this idea forward at my office. A great way to brighten someone's day and spread some holiday cheer. Voted up and sharing!

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on December 22, 2011:

Hahaha... that does sound like a good idea. Have fun and thanks for dropping by!

Justin W Price from Juneau, Alaska on December 22, 2011:

i suppose I could jingle my wife (does that sound wrong?). Since I work from home, that's really my only option :-)

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on December 19, 2011:

Thanks! Everyone seems to be really enjoying it this holiday season. It is nice because instead of trying to surprise everyone on the same day (like our Halloween pranks), a person can surprise someone on a random day when it is least expected. Also, it is very low-budget. Thanks for the vote up!

Movie Master from United Kingdom on December 19, 2011:

Hi Jeannie, unfortunately I no longer work in an office, but I know this would have been such a fun thing to do in the office I worked in, I think it's a great idea!

Voted up.

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