that's a neat raffle! our department started canibalizing gift boxes and having the leadership committee get stuff to round out, almost white elephant style, so that everyone gets something. we have to guess what's on a tag on our back to be "eligible", but if you find a good friend to coach you, it's easy to figure out what christmas carol or icon is on your tag. last year, they added the element of stealing someone else's gift if you want. i really don't care, and much of the stuff is verging on useless crap to me, so i usually keep whatever I get.<quoted text>
It is and it isn't on par. There's always the AmEx cards and then we usually have a raffle. There's one huge prize (big screen TV), a lot of good to awesome prizes (Kindles, iPods, tickets to sporting events or amusement parks), and anyone who doesn't win with a raffle ticket gets an additional gift card for gas, the grocery store, Starbucks, etc.
Giving everyone an iPad Mini was genius. I'm sure it was cheaper and everyone was happy - no complaining.
we're kinda "cost conscious" lately; they've also gotten a bunch of our vendors to "co-sponsor' the event, too...