12 Secret Santa Gifts For Coworkers That Everyone Will Love

12 Secret Santa Gifts For Coworkers That Everyone Will Love
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Summary: The festive season is right around the corner once again, and we all know what that means. Eating, drinking, spending time with family and friends...and let’s not forget about giving and receiving gifts. But when you make your list of all the gifts you want to buy for your loved ones, remember to leave some room for this year’s Secret Santa gifts.

Secret Santa Gift Ideas For This Christmas Season

While Secret Santa is an office-favorite tradition that is all about having fun and getting into the holiday spirit, picking a good gift can be stressful. On the one hand, you want to keep it affordable, but on the other, you still want to buy a thoughtful gift for the person you’re working with every day. If you feel like you’ve run out of ideas, we got you covered! Here are 12 ideas for Secret Santa gifts for everyone, just in time for the Black Friday deals.

Secret Santa Gifts

Your colleague deserves the best secret Santa gift... even if they won't know it's from you!  Take your pick!

12 Inspired Secret Santa Gifts

1. Mugs

Let’s face it, you can never go wrong with a mug. Any coworker will appreciate a chance to change up their usual coffee or tea mug with a new one. Go for a personalized or festive mug to make it more fun. For example, it can display the logo of their favorite show or a smart quote regarding their job.

2. T-Shirt

A t-shirt allows you to be as creative as you want. It can be about anything your coworker is interested in: a movie, a show, traveling, cooking, or even their zodiac sign. Chances are you won’t ever see them sporting it in the office, but rest assured that they will love the new addition to their home or exercise apparel.

3. Pillows

What about a plush and comfortable pillow for their office chair? We all know how hard all these hours of sitting are on our lower backs. Make this Secret Santa gift a little more fun with an interesting pattern or quote, and your colleague will definitely love it.

4. Reusable Tote Bag

With the rise of green thinking, it would certainly be a good idea to help your coworker make their everyday life a little more sustainable. Gift them a pretty but sturdy tote bag, and you’ll never see them bringing their lunch in an old clothes-store bag ever again.

5. Socks

Everyone knows that the narrative on socks has completely changed. What was a boring gift when we were kids is now a cozy and thoughtful gift that anyone would appreciate. Don’t skimp on the creativity and find a fun pair of socks they will love to wear with their serious office shoes.

6. Phone Case

Is your pick for this year’s Secret Santa gift a little clumsy with their phone? Or are they the polar opposite, very careful not to ever drop it? In both cases (pun not intended), a phone case could prove very useful. There is a huge variety online and it’s easy to find something for all tastes. Just make sure to get your colleague’s phone model right!

7. Cozy Blanket

We can’t ignore the truth; it doesn’t matter how flashy or techy gifts other people choose, cozy gifts are always the most used and most enjoyed. Make your coworker’s Christmas movie binge-watching sessions toastier with a cozy blanket in their favorite color.

8. Candle

Candles are a rather common gift, and there is a reason for that. Who doesn’t love lighting an aromatic candle and relaxing at home on a chilly Christmas night? So, go ahead and pick a scent you believe your coworker will like and help them release the tension of the stressful end-of-year work responsibilities.

9. Stainless Steel Straw

We talked about eco-friendly Secret Santa gifts before, but your environmentally conscious colleague might already own a tote bag. In this case, a stainless steel straw is your next best choice. Help them drink their favorite cold beverages all day and protect the turtles with a compact reusable straw they can carry with them at all times.

10. Notebook

Some coworkers enjoy taking their everyday schedule from their online calendar and writing it down on paper. If your Secret Santa pick is one of those people, an elegant notebook with a matching pen will be greatly appreciated. Take it a step further and gift them a special notebook that is made of recycled materials or can even be reused.

11. Gift Basket

If you’re finding it hard to choose only one thing, a gift basket is probably the right choice for you. For example, you can create a special gift basket for your tea-loving coworker with a mug, a few tea sachets, and an infuser. Or you can make a gift basket with uniquely colored pens, sticky notes, paperclips, and stickers for a stationery enthusiast.

12. Online Subscription

If this year you and your coworkers are doing Secret Santa remotely, here’s a bonus idea. Since you can’t hand them their gifts, an online subscription that they’ll find in their virtual mailbox works just as great. The subscription could be for their favorite streaming, audiobook, or music service. You could gift them a couple of months and still stay within budget.


All these Secret Santa gift ideas make for wonderful choices for this holiday season. They will definitely spark joy in the workplace and get everyone in the holiday spirit while managing to stay within a low-price range. But at the end of the day, we must remember that it’s not all about the gifts. The most important thing is to make sure that everyone has fun and bonds with their coworkers.

P.S. For those of you who are working remotely, we've got yet another special article: How To Host A Secret Santa For Your Remote Workers.