So your office, card group or book club has opted to play the Secret Pal game this year, and either you’re into it or you’re not. Since you can’t get out of gift buying in this instance, you can at least have fun and a good sense of humor while you’re searching out the very best Secret Pal gifts. Whether your co-workers are partyers or pranksters, gardeners or gurus, we’ve come up with an unusually fun selection of unique gifts that will make you the stuff of Secret Santa legends. Better yet? All our Secret Santa presents are especially affordable. Nothing on our list costs more than 20 bucks.
No matter how challenging your gift recipient might be, we’ve got something on this list that they’ll love. Check out our top five best unique Christmas gifts for Secret Santa.
1. Dr. Freud’s Therapy Ball
Who couldn’t use a little cheap therapy during the holidays? Dr. Freud’s Therapy Ball is a hilarious Secret Santa gift idea that’s budget friendly and mostly inoffensive. Let Dr. Freud help your more witty friends and co-workers explore their psyche and answer all of those pressing questions that their spouse or pet parrot hasn’t managed to answer. If you don’t think they need mental health help, you could give them a good dose of sarcasm with the Sarcastic Ball or if you happened to draw your boss as your Secret Santa gift recipient, he or she could probably use The Official BS Button.
2. Notes from the Universe 2016 Calendar
The perfect Secret Santa gift for someone who’s more the spiritual type might be this inspirational Notes from the Universe 2016 Calendar. It features brief messages written from the perspective of “The Universe.” Filled with themes about life’s magic, power and possibilities, this calendar will bring a daily dose of joy and an occasional good laugh. Got someone more creative on your list? Keep the spiritual mojo going with the Notes from the Universe Coloring Book. For a reader, how about a hardcover copy of Notes from the Universe – New Perspectives from an Old Friend?
3. Tipsy Tubes 8 Oz. Hidden Alcohol Flask 3-pack
Got a partying pal as your Secret Santa pick? The best Secret Santa gifts, or at the very least the most unusual, could be these Tipsy Tubes mini-flasks. The three realistic looking liquor tubes, masquerading as sunscreen, bronzer and hair product, can be easily filled with vodka, scotch or any other drink of choice with the included easy-pour funnel. Perfect for a pool party, tailgater or other events, these durable, BPA and Pthalate-free, food-safe plastic drinking flasks can be refilled and used repeatedly. We’d recommend these for adults without kids in the picture.
Price: $10.99 (31 percent off MSRP)
4. Plant Theatre Bonsai Trio Kit
For that Zen friend with a green thumb, Secret Santa presents are a snap. This fun bonsai garden kit includes everything they’ll need to grow three distinctive kinds of Bonsai trees – a Silver Birch (Betchula Pendula), a Red Maple (Acer Rubrum) and a Mountain Pine (Pinus Mugo Pumilio). With six growing pots, six peat blocks and six plant markers along with propogating bags, they’re nearly guaranteed success. Once their tiny trees have sprouted, they can learn to prune and artistically shape their bonsais. If they already love indoor gardening, you might consider the Forbidden Fruit or Psychedelic Salad growing kits.
Price: $16.99 (26 percent off MSRP)
5. Ritter Sport Real German Chocolate Squares
You’ve hit the Secret Santa wall and you just need to find something fast that’s a sure fire win. Call in chocolate (that’s actually from Germany!) to save the day. This delicious Secret Santa chocolate gift set from Ritter Sport includes 18 individually wrapped teeny tiny bars that weigh a cute .06 ounces each. Easy to share and even easier to eat, this chocolate box set features bars filled with unusual ingredients like roasted hazelnuts, fine marzipan, delicate praline, crispy cornflakes, crunchy, organic shortbread biscuits, refreshing yogurt and rich milk chocolate. Hopefully your grateful gift recipient will share the wealth with you. Once you’re in love with Ritter Sport, you’ll want to try all their filled bars like white chocolate with whole hazlenuts and milk chocolate with espresso cream or perhaps dark chocolate with peppermint cream and milk chocolate with coconut.
Need more help finding great holiday gifts? Visit our Gifts page for thoughtfully curated gift guides, or check out our Toys page for gift ideas for your kids.