As for the gift exchange, a $10 limit is pretty constrained. I contributed a copy of It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Zombies, purchased on Sunday at the San Francisco airport and ended up with a tin of cookies. I held onto an itunes gift card for surprisingly long, but it was stolen last minute.
The party was also the going away for our acting director and our operations director asked for "antidotes" instead of "anecdotes." Which prompted another colleague to say, "my friend would still be alive if I'd known the difference between those words. He got bitten by a copperhead and I was telling funny stories as fast as I could."
I have a party at my condo complex on Sunday and the party at my corporate office on Monday. Then I can go back to being unsociable.