Another "Secret Santa" victim here. For a number of reasons (none of them actually valid), since I started work at my current job there have been a number of rumours that I'm a lesbian. Doesn't bother me, of course - except that it's not true!
Christmas 2007, we all sat around the boardroom to unwrap our Secret Santa gifts... imagine my surprise (or not) when I opened mine to find a 'Grow Your Own Girlfriend' - one of those little sponge-like dolls that you put in water, and it grows to six times its size. Awesome... just when the rumours were starting to die down!!
I knew who it was from straight away, and I appreciated that it was rather amusing (though a little more for everyone else than for me). We canned Secret Santa in 2008, in favour of a charity morning tea for our local City Mission - so I was spared the embarrassment of another lame 'gay' gift.
Don't get me wrong, I was not actually upset and I certainly don't mind others having a laugh - the issue is that a number of the people we work with are rather old-fashioned and (even more so) narrow-minded. They took the whole thing quite seriously, and as homosexuality is clearly something that some of them don't approve of, they haven't been particularly nice about it.
I guess the upshot of that is - the gift itself, and even the rumours, were not all that insulting - but I did discover what a bunch of wangers I work with!!!