“Monito-Monita” originated from Mexico where “manito” means a close and solid friendship. As such, a monito or monita is usually your friend, loved one, or workmate and is chosen by drawing names. Whoever you pick must be kept secret and receive a gift every day or every week, depending on the amount, frequency, and theme agreed upon by the participants.
The theme makes the gift-giving more exciting, as you have to set rules with the group regarding what type of gift item to get for your monito or monita. It can be “something red,” “something sweet,” or “something that will keep you safe.”
Once the revelation day arrives, you give a final present and reveal yourself to your monito or monita! While participating in this tradition could mean additional expenses, it doesn’t have to break your wallet as long as you follow the tips in the next section.