26 Secret Santa Gift Ideas Perfect for Coworkers, Friends, and Beyond
Not so sure that’s the right angle? You could also give an item they can use while entertaining—like an artisanal cocktail mixer, a novelty board game, or a stylish serving tray. These are the gifts that will keep on giving, as they’re likely to share these items with guests during special occasions. (But if you're ever really in doubt, you can't go wrong with a special gift card to their favorite place.)
RELATED: See more great gifts for everyone on your list.To help jumpstart your search, we scoured the market looking for unique finds to suit for everyone on your list. And though financial limits might feel restrictive, there are a host of great Secret Santa gift options for all price ranges (and all are under $50, too). Each piece is sure to please even the most discerning person, so there’s no need to stress about what to get. From candles to coloring books to games, any coworker, friend, or family member will appreciate receiving one of these presents during a Secret Santa exchange.RELATED: The Best Secret Santa and Yankee Swap Gifts We’ve Ever Gotten
Desktop Skee Ball
Want to score big time with your Secret Santa match? Miniature desk games are always a winner. Give them this classic mini skee ball set perfect for their desk top. It's the old-school arcade game for taking (quick) mental breaks throughout the day.
To buy: $35; uncommongoods.com.
Flared Whitewash Wood Taper Candleholder
How gorgeous are these solid mango wood candleholders? The graceful curved design is inspired by the organic shape of a tree trunk and though uniform, each taper candleholder is unique due to the wood's natural grain texture. It's finished with a gentle whitewash for a soft, contemporary look: a lovely Secret Santa gift that won't go unused or unappreciated.
To buy: $13; worldmarket.com.
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Capri Blue Burnished Candle
Give your Secret Santa recipient a good reason to relax with these Mississippi-made soy wax candles. Each option comes in an on-trend burnished metal and recycled glass vessel with a marbleized soapstone lid. Giving it to an outdoorsy person? Try the mountainous volcano scent, made with notes of citrus fruits (oranges, lemons, limes) and greenery. It’s hand-poured into a golden-hued container. Are they more of a beach person? Opt for the Lagoon scent in the copper-hued holder. It’s a delightful mix of sea-inspired floral and spice notes.
To buy: from $18; anthropologie.com.
American Road Trip Coloring Book
The benefits of coloring books are m any. (In fact, a 2016 study from Drexel University said that we should all color and create art more for its stress reducing effects.) So why not share the rewards with this coloring book? Featuring American landmarks big and small, each page shows your recipient a different sight from the East Coast to the West Coast. They’ll see their hometown monuments, as well as the places they’ve always wanted to visit. Highlights include coloring pages of Chicago’s Willis Tower, Seattle’s Space Needle, New York’s Times Square, and even the best barbecue restaurants in Memphis. It’s guaranteed to be the most calming trip they’ve ever taken.
To buy: $16; amazon.com.
Penny Shell Leather Journal
A gorgeous leather-bound notebook is a fantastic gift idea for anyone from coworkers to best childhood friends. Whoever you give it to with love the pale peach, suede leather cover, embossed printed cover detail, 160 lined pages, and handy leather cord for holding their place.
To buy: $30; anthropologie.com.
Mateo Serving Paddle Board
Looking for something sophisticated? This light acacia wood cheese board makes for a rustic serving piece that’s a great entertaining staple year-round.
To buy: $40, crateandbarrel.com.
Big Picture Farm Hand-Embroidered Tea Towel
Tea towels are a great way to add an artful touch to a kitchen with minimal space, and this colorful rooster is so pretty, it’s likely to find a permanent home over the oven door. It's not just easy on the eyes, though—it makes a great everyday dishtowel.
To buy: $30; anthropologie.com.
Voluspa Baltic Amber Diffuser
Gift your Secret Santa recipient a luxe scent without the need for matches. Voluspa Baltic Amber will fill their favorite room with notes of sandalwood, amber resin, vanilla, and orchids.
To buy: $36; amazon.com.
Sadrina Stoneware Vase
Classic meets modern in this gorgeous piece from Lulu and Georgia. If you know how much they appreciate a nice vase for home floral arrangements, this gorgeous one—which features an unexpected upside-down design—will be the best Secret Santa gift ever.
To buy: $18; luluandgeorgia.com
Bodum Tea For One Glass Tumbler
For the tea drinker, give them a double-walled glass tea tumbler with a removable strainer—perfect for steeping their favorite loose-leaf tea. Want to be the best Secret Santa ever? Include a special blend or two of nice loose leaf tea as part of your gift.
To buy: $15; crateandbarrel.com.
Kitchen Essentials Herb Planter
This edible Secret Santa gift is for the coworker or friend who appreciates the importance of having fresh herbs at the ready. These amazing mini herb gardens use a simple, passive hydroponic system to nurture and grow fresh greens—basil, parsley, and cilantro—right inside. All they need to do is plant the organic seeds (included), add water to the reservoir, and set the jar by a sunny window or under a grow light.
To buy: $18; uncommongoods.com.
Hot Sauce to Go
Do you have a friend who asks the server for hot sauce no matter where you go and what they’re eating? Give them the gift that keeps on giving. With this miniature squeeze bottle, they can add a dash of heat to any dish, anywhere, with a clip-on supply of Sriracha—yes, really. The set comes complete with two sizes of clip-on dispensers and one nine-ounce bottle of Sriracha for filling up the empty travel containers and refilling them when necessary.
To buy: $17; sriracha2go.com.
Baseball Park Map Glasses
Do they love baseball and cocktails? These fun tumblers—featuring a map of their favorite MBL team's stadium—will be a total hit they can add to their barware collection.
To buy: $35; uncommongoods.com.
Mini Bowling Alley
We've already gone over the merits of a great miniature wooden desk game—and desktop bowling is no exception. Gift your Secret Santa match something they can play in between tasks, all year around, rain or shine.
To buy: $40; wayfair.com.
Cupcake Pops Kit
For the baker of the bunch: Cake pops—upgraded. This flexible, nonstick silicone mold makes 24 mini cupcakes (no liners required—one less step!). Once the goods are out of the oven and cooled, reusable sticks transform the bite-sized confections into a single-serve, party-worthy treat. The kit also includes a lid for the mold, a squeeze bottle for filling, three pastry tips for frosting, and a recipe book. Here’s to hoping they share their first batch. Don’t think this is quite right? Keep searching. We have a host of other fabulous gift ideas for bakers.
To buy: $25; bedbathandbeyond.com.
JSAUX Portable Mini Wireless Nut Speaker
This powerful speaker is no bigger than an acorn (and it just so happens to look like one, too), but it delivers clear sound—no matter where the party is. This pocket-size device comes with an attached portable sling that can be hung on a branch (perfect for barbecues), on a hook (for basement bashes), or attached to a key ring (that’ll do just about anywhere) for easy transport. The two-toned natural wood speaker syncs with iPhones, iPads, laptops, Androids, and other bluetooth-enabled devices for up to six hours of continuous tunes. The device charges using the included USB cable.
To buy: $15; amazon.com.
‘My Brain Has Too Many Tabs Open’ Mug
Ideal for the the friend who says she has time for dinner, but inevitably shows up 15 minutes late because she’s so busy, this funny grab bag gift features a message everyone at the office can relate to: There’s just so much to do and so little time to do it. The best part? The lucky recipient will use the mug over and over again to get his or her morning caffeine fix. Available in two sizes—11 ounces and 15 ounces—but we think the person who needs this mug the most is going to need the larger size.
To buy: $10; bluesparrowdesignsco.etsy.com.
Easy Flower Arranger
For the gardener extraordinaire (or anyone who simply loves flowers), these steel wire grids make it easy to create an artful arrangement in mere minutes. The set comes in three sizes to accommodate nearly any vase up to about six inches in diameter. We recommend using lush flowers to keep the wire from showing—or, if she simply can’t resist those tulips—add extra greenery to the arrangement to fill it out. Those who are extra thoughtful will gift this clever tool with a bundle of the recipient’s favorite variety of fresh flowers and a pretty vase.
To buy: $11 for three; amazon.com.
Sipski Shower Wine Glass Holder
You know what they say: It’s always five o’clock somewhere. With this shower-ready wine glass holder, happy hour can start while they're getting ready.
To buy: $18; urbanoutfitters.com.
Ban.do Women's Compliment Pencil Set
Be the Secret Santa who doles out compliments along with their gift. Each colorful pencil in this fun assortment comes with an upbeat message of encouragement to put a smile on your buddy's face every time they use it. Who says office supplies need to be plain and boring?
To buy: $10; amazon.com.
'The Boy Who Lived' S'well Water Bottle
The only thing better than a sleek, stainless steel S'well water bottle might be a themed S'well water bottle that perfectly aligns with your recipient's favorite book series. A Harry Potter–themed bottle could be the perfect, magical Secret Santa gift for your Hogwarts-loving friend or coworker.
To buy: $20; swellbottle.com.
Luster Cacti Ornaments
'Tis the season for adorable ornaments! These iridescent white cacti ornaments will give your recipient's tree some cool, Southwestern vibes. No tree? No problem. Each uniquely shaped cactus ornament also has a flat bottom for easy display on tabletops and mantels.
To buy: $20; cb2.com.
Casamigos Cocktail Gift Set
Here's the ideal Secret Santa present for the cocktail connoisseur on your list. The set includes two Casamigos' cocktail mixers, Blackberry Basil Smash and Signature Margarita, and two delicious coatings for fancy glass rims, Salty Sweet Orange and Pink Himalayan Salt. They'll never have another lackluster margarita, thanks to you.
To buy: $60; williams-sonoma.com.
Gray Malin The Beach Two Sided Puzzle
Puzzles are some of the best gifts because they work for super-close friends and not-as-close acquaintances (aka potential Secret Santa assignments at work or in a larger group). And this isn't just any puzzle—it's a two-sided, 500-piece puzzle of iconic aerial photographer Gray Malin's gorgeous coastal snapshots. It's fun to piece together, gorgeous to display on a coffee table, and ideal eye candy for the avid beach-lover.
To buy: $25; graymalin.com.
Cheese of the Month Club Delivery
We know what you're thinking: "Why have I never thought of this gift before?" If you want to gift them something edible you know they'll be obsessed with, why not treat them to an indulgent delivery of three gourmet cheeses they can savor for days? Not only will they love it, but this will probably end up being the best Secret Santa gift of the bunch.
To buy: $36 per month; cheesemonthclub.com.
A pop-up handle for a phone, plus a slot to stick a work ID or ticket stubs.
To buy: $25; popsockets.com.