With Christmas approaching, someone in your office likely suggested you play the Secret Santa game. Now that you’ve been invited to play along, why not make the most of it? It really is a cool opportunity for you to learn something important or personal about someone you work with, and to spread holiday cheer around the office. Finding the perfect Secret Santa presents can be challenging, especially if you’re watching your budget. But with our gift list, you’ll find 20 awesome options, the majority of which are under $20, with just a couple falling a few dollars above that limit.
When you’re searching for a cool Secret Santa gift, it’s important to remember what’s appropriate for the office, or for any other group of your friends at the holidays. But there are lots of fun, funny and even a few off color ideas that can fit in just perfectly, no matter what your Christmas circumstances. Even gag gifts can be some of the best Secret Santa surprises. So challenge yourself to think about the person you’ve selected, and what would be most meaningful to them. And when all else fails, there are some truly safe options – namely cookies, candy and chocolates.
Take a few minutes to take peruse this list of Christmas gift ideas, and see if we didn’t happen upon the perfect Secret Santa present that you can snatch up and heave a big sigh of relief. From spiritual selections to off the wall notions, check out our Top 20 Best Secret Santa Gift Ideas.
Best Super Thoughtful Secret Santa Gift Ideas
1. Notes from the Universe Wall Calendar 2017
1. Notes from the Universe Wall Calendar 2017
A wonderful Secret Santa gift for someone you really like, is a calendar that lifts their spirits everyday. Back again from the wildly popular writer of Notes from the Universe, Mike Dooley is at it again with spiritual and sometimes funny reminders that we’re all in charge of our own destinies. Filled with fun and thought provoking mantras to live by, these Notes from the Universe will have your Christmas gift recipient smiling for the next 12 months. Or give them a daily dose of vibrant artwork and uplifting messages with the Notes from the Universe perpetual calendar with 366 reminders that life is wonderful and always, what you’re willing to make it. Or consider another fun spiritual journey for your pal with the Notes from the Universe coloring book.
2. Yankee Candle Company Balsam & Cedar Candle
This wonderfully nostalgic blend of balsam, aromatic cedar wood, and juniper berry delivers that fresh forest scent and a world of delightful holiday memories. It’s a perfect Secret Santa gift idea that will sweeten the holiday season and many months afterward because this candle delivers up to 150 hours of lighted fragrance. Set in a traditional, lidded glass jar, the candle is made with only the finest ingredients and natural essential oils to create really true-to-life scents. The Christmas Cookie scented candle will literally make their mouth water, as will the Vanilla Cupcake candle. With delicious scents like these, why not skip the calories and the baking and simply light a yummy candle instead?
Price: $16.49 (41 percent off MSRP)
3. Burt’s Bees Hand Repair Gift Set
If you’re a thoughtful Secret Santa this Christmas, why not come up with a gift idea that’s truly pampering and helaing during this cold winter season? This hand care kit comes with three popular Burt’s Bees hand care products, including Almond Milk Hand Cream, Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream, and Shea Butter Hand Repair Cream, plus a pair of cotton gloves to keep in all that moisture and heal hands overnight. It soothes and repairs dry, chapped hands with natural ingredients including sweet almond oil, vitamin E and aloe vera along with botanical oils to soften scratchy skin. Plus it’s all packed up in a lovely organza bag, ready to present to your secret pal. Is your budget under $10 for Secret Santa gifts this year? How about a set of Burt’s Bees moisturizing lip balms or the essential daily beauty gift set? Their all natural ingredients are a gift someone with dry or sensitive skin.
4. “Pink Pepper Cherry” Spa Bath Bombs
If you’re playing Secret Santa to a lady on your list, this fun set of bath bombs is the perfect Christmas gift idea for her. These delicious bath bombs look like a delectable treat, but they’ll leave her bath sweetly scented and filled with precious skin care ingredients will caress her skin and make it incredibly soft. While these look completely edible, they’ll gently dissolve to give her a relaxing spa experience after a long day at the office or caring for children. If she’s a huge chocolate lover, consider the Chocolate Love bath bombs, or the sweetly scented Merry Christmas bath bombs.
5. Women’s Screen Touch Gloves
Warm hands, warm heart, right? If you’re a Secret Santa and you want to find the perfect small gift idea for a woman on your list, these adorable red gloves are the right choice. With special pads to make sure she can use her touchscreen without subjecting her hands to freezing weather, they also offer the style and fashion she’s going to love. With cute fur balls on each wrist, these are squishable enough to slip into a purse or pocket with no bulk and yet they’re warm enough to handle cold weather walks to appointments. If you think she’s more into furry accoutrement, these leather like touchscreen gloves with faux fur trim might be more her style. If you’re playing Secret Santa to a guy, there are lots of men’s touchscreen glove options as well.
Price: $10.99 (45 percent off MSRP)
6. My Audio Pet Mini Bluetooth Wireless Speaker – Party Pig
Okay, not only is this a super cool, mini Bluetooth wireless speaker, but it’s adorable. This is a perfect Secret Santa gift for any man or woman on your gift list. It packs an impressive, powerful, rich, clear, room-filling sound with a 3W audio driver. My Audio Pet provides easy wireless connection to your smartphone, tablet, and other Bluetooth-enabled devices. It even includes a selfie feature that lets you remotely activate Bluetooth enabled cameras for still shots and videos. The quickly rechargeable battery allows for portable tunes… wherever.
And if you happen to think the piggy is just a little too cute for a guy, get him the panda or the dog instead. Or the SoundBot is a mini wireless speaker that’s waterproof and works in the shower. It’s another super cool Christmas gift idea.
7. Kurt Adler Resin Kayak Ornament Set
As a Secret Santa, your mission is to get to know your gift recipient this Christmas, and give them a gift with special meaning. Christmas ornaments are a great opportunity to let someone special know you’ve been paying attention. If you’ve got an outdoorsy person on your list, perhaps these beautiful Kurt Adler kayak ornaments would be perfect for them. I have two yellow kayaks given to me 15 years ago by a Secret Santa and they evoke fond memories of the person who gave them to me each year as I hang them on the tree because she took the time to discover that I have a yellow kayak. If your gift recipient doesn’t paddle, perhaps they do something else outdoors or in that you could fina a special ornament just for them. There are ornaments for hunters, chefs, cyclists and so many more.
8. Sun Design Himalayan Salt Basket
This super cool Secret Santa gift is wonderful for the home or office and imparts healing powers on your Christmas gift recipient. Himalayan salt lamps have to been known to provide amazing health benefits such as helping reduce stress and anxiety, making for better sleep habits, purifying the air, and helping reduce asthma and allergy symptoms. They also improve breathing and energy levels, neutralizing electromagnetic radiation. This small gift could bring huge benefits and will be treasured all year round. Himalayan salt lamps come in many sizes and styles, from fire baskets and bowls, to huge single salt chunk lamps and even night lights.
9. Silver Fever Pashmina Jacquard Paisley Shawl
Any woman would be thrilled to get this gorgeous Pashmina shawl from her Secret Santa. It comes in a wildly huge array of shimmering colors, so it’s easy to pick one that’s perfect for her. This double-sided shawl is versatile, perfect for casual wear, or classy, dressed up events and features a stylish floral/paisley pattern. Strong threading with color lock technology composed of a pashmina/silk blend makes this shawl durable and long lasting as well as lightweight, breathable and warm. In case you’re intimidated by making a fashion choice for a friend or acquaintance this Christmas, you can always stick with a more traditional wool scarf and matching fedora.
10. Wallet Ninja Multi-purpose Credit Card Size Pocket Tool
Got someone on your Christmas gift list who likes things small and simple? This cool Secret Santa gift will provide endless opportunities to get out of scrapes, open bottles, cans and boxes, screw in stuff and more. The Wallet Ninja provides 18 different tool options in a rust proof, credit card sized package that fits right in a women’s or men’s wallet. If you’re looking for a bigger multitool for your gift recipient this Christmas, the Jakemy Premium Pocket Multitool is a highly rated, budget friendly Secret Santa option. Or if you want to go for the big guns, Leatherman is the gold standard when it comes to multitools.
Best Secret Santa Gift Ideas for Foodies
11. Holiday Breakfast Christmas Tea
11. Holiday Breakfast Christmas Tea
Just imagine waking up on Christmas morning or any other day to a steaming cup of Christmas tea. This lovely tea tin makes a wonderful Secret Santa gift for the tea lover on your list. The loose leaf tea is spiced with a festive blend of garden fresh spices like cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and black pepper. If you wanted to make this extra special, you could get them a tea infuser and a special tea mug to drink their Christmas brew. Christmas Chai would make another tasty gift to consider.
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12. Green & Black’s Organic Tasting Collection
This glorious collection of organic chocolates is a tasty gift for anyone who loves just a small bite of a sweet at the holidays. You’ll be the Secret Santa hit of the party when your recipient gets their first glimpse of this bos of gourmet chocolates. Loaded with intense flavors from around the world, these chocolates are high in cacao, meaning their little size delivers big taste. This collection includes dark, mile and white chocolate selections in one yummy package. Mexican chocolate offers a different twist on the tasty treat. And a box of Ritter Sport minis is a German made favorite at the holidays.
13. Gourmet White Chocolate Candy Cane Pretzels
So you’re struggling with the perfect Secret Santa gift to give and we’re here to say sweets are always a winning holiday options. This tin of delicious pretzels coated in white chocolate and crushed peppermint candy are the perfect combination of salty and sweet. Packed up in an adorable, reusable tin, these yummy snacks will be appreciated during the Christmas season when impromptu guests show up at the door. Other cookies and snacks are another great Christmas gift idea. You can opt for an assortment of pretzels, popcorn and other snacks, or stick to a favorite, like a gift box of Walker’s Shortbread.
14. Freshly Roasted Gourmet Nuts Gift Basket
Everyone needs a protein break at the holiday season. Too many sweets can be overwhelming, so you can save the day with your Secret Santa gift. This lovely box of freshly roasted nuts includes roasted salted cashews, pistachios, honey glazed peanuts and roasted almonds. A dried fruit and nut tray is another delicious and healthy option that helps keep the holiday sugar headaches at bay, but even a fresh fruit gift box can be a beautiful Secret Santa surprise.
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15. Harry & David Moose Munch Popcorn
When it comes to crunchy, buttery goodness, Harry & David Moose Munch is the epitome of holiday goodness and will set you on the pack of becoming a Secret Santa legend. Really, the legions of fans devoted to this incredible snack will tell you, there’s nothing quite as addictive as this delicious mix of sweet and salty goodness. Their special kind of popcorn is mixed directly into sweet, buttery caramel, chocolate and whole roasted nuts, until each piece is richly coated. If your mouth isn’t already watering, it should be. But just imagine buying a big tub of Moose Munch for your family. And for heaven’s sake, don’t forget to put some cocoa in this package.
Best Off the Wall Secret Santa Gift Ideas
16. Knock Knock Passive Aggressive Nifty Note
16. Knock Knock Passive Aggressive Nifty Note
Nifty notes are a hilarious and fun Secret Santa gift, especially for your office mates and friends. These tongue in cheek reminders are a great way to break the ice, gently tease, pull someone out of a funk or just to create a good belly laugh. While this particular Nifty Note pad is passive aggressive, you can also get pads for pretty much everything from “nailed it” to more pointed messages like “make a decision” and “paper tantrum”.
Price: $4.99 (50 percent off MSRP)
17. Pet Rock with Walking Leash
If your Secret Santa game is more naughty than nice, perhaps this Pet Rock, would make the perfect Christmas gift. Originally created in the 70s by Gary Dahl, a marketing guy who was way in debt, his super successful invention went on to make millions. This pet rock needs no feeding, or bathing, just an occasional good talking to and of course a good pet parent. This easy care pet leaves no stains on the carpet, no shedding fur and best of all, it doesn’t whine. Pet rocks need lots of love and a good home, and now you can give it one. The pet rock also comes in a special pink kennel for a lovely lady recipient. This would also be a hilarious hostess gift for a 70s party, along with some mood rings. If your giftee would be happier to get a living pet, how about some Pet Grass?
Price: $12.50 (19 percent off MSRP)
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18. TickleMe Plant Growing Kit
This fun Secret Santa gift is sure to tickle someone’s fancy. The TickleMe Plant is easy to grow and will sprout in the new year making beautiful pink blossoms as it progresses. This sensitive little plant has leaves that fold up and branches that will fall down when tickled or touched. The fun growing kit includes everything needed to get the plant started, from the pot and instructions to the seeds and growing medium. Another fun indoor growing gift idea is the Zombie Plant that plays dead when you touch it. For someone who has a really green thumb, get them the funky vegetable or psychedelic salad growing kit.
Price: $15.95 (11 percent off MSRP)
19. Funny Wine Stopper Gift Set
Is there a wine lover on your Secret Santa gift list? While you probably don’t want to budget for great wine, you can still give them a gift that’s fit for the celebrating season. This funny wine stopper gift set includes everything they’ll need to open, enjoy and preserve their favorite wines. The easy to use peeler and bottle opener will help them enjoy their wine sooner, while the stoppers are designed to keep wine fresh and preserve its taste for weeks, providing an airtight seal that is leak proof. Another fun freshness option is a vacuum pump sealer. For your friends who like to take their wine on the go, to a concert or whatever, you can always give them a clever set of these Tipsy Tubes.
20. All Wrapped Up Ugly Christmas Sweater
This hilarious ugly Christmas sweater makes for a fun Secret Santa gift, especially if your gift exchange is a little on the off-color side. This horrible fashion statement is covered with holly leaves and berries and all wrapped up with a gigantic bow on the front. It’s sure to be the hit of the gift exchange. There are an awesome number of ugly sweaters still available, like one with a giant reindeer on the front, or a slightly more shocking sweater with snowmen.
Are you looking for more great holiday gift ideas? We’ll help you find the perfect present for your husband, the best budget friendly and spendy gifts for your parents, a sweet and sentimental “first Christmas” ornament or the ugliest Christmas sweater for the men in your life. Visit our Gifts page for more thoughtfully curated gift guides, or check out our Toys page for gift ideas for your kids.”