20 Creative Secret Santa Ideas That Will Make You Look Even Better Than The Real Santa

We all have those people on our holiday shopping list who are difficult to shop for. But, when you're required to purchase a gift for someone in your office or community group who you don't even know that well? Well, you might be searching for a few creative Secret Santa gift ideas to get you through that shopping predicament.

I think Secret Santa gift exchanges are a great way to boost morale and spread some holiday cheer in the office. But, I'll be the first to admit that having to pick out something nice for one of your co-workers — when the only thing you know about them is that they like to constantly adjust the office thermostat — can be an overwhelming challenge. You likely have a price limit in place, and you don't know them well enough to purchase something even remotely personal. So, you probably end up picking out something generic like chocolates or a cliché holiday decoration.

Well, no more, my friends! Say goodbye to those standard, fallback gifts for your random gift exchanges. There are plenty of items out there that make for a fitting Secret Santa surprise — regardless of how well you know (or don't know) the person you're buying for. Take a look at these creative ideas, and get ready to be the most appreciated Secret Santa in your entire group. Everybody's going to keep their fingers crossed that you draw their name next year!

1. Portable Wine Glass

If your gift recipient is a wine-lover (and, let's be honest, who isn't?), they'll be thrilled to receive this portable stemless wine glass. It's like one of those handy travel coffee thermoses, but for wine. What could be better than that?

Portable Wine Glass, $20, Goverre

2. Roku Streaming Stick

Be the Secret Santa that gives the gift of endless entertainment with this handy streaming stick. Even better? It's pretty reasonably priced!

Roku Streaming Stick, $49.99, Walmart 

3. Mulled Cider Candle

A candle is always a safe choice for a Secret Santa gift. But, a handmade one that smells exactly like delicious mulled cider? Well, that definitely takes this standard gift up a notch. 

Mulled Cider Candle, $18, Amazon

4. Personalized Christmas Ornament

You may not know much about the person you're buying for. But, at the very least, you know their name. So, this handmade personalized ornament is a festive and fun gift!

Personalized Christmas Ornament, $15.99, Amazon

5. Quotable Book

Everybody loves a good quote. And, this big book of over 100 classic quotes will be a beautiful and thought-provoking addition to any coffee table. 

Quotable Book, $32, Dormify

6. Coloring Book

Coloring books for adults are one of the biggest trends of 2015, and this one by artist Carlos Gonzalez is perfect for someone itching to get a little creative. Bonus? The pages are one-sided, meaning you don't have to worry about your masterpieces bleeding through onto another design.

Spirit Animals: An Original Coloring Book, $13.49, Amazon

7. Phone Charging Cord

Most people are familiar with the struggle of dealing with a phone that's constantly low on battery. So, anybody will appreciate this extra phone charging cord. Plus, could it be any cuter?

Florabunda Power Trip, $32, Dormify

8. Hot Cocoa Coasters

There's nothing like a steaming mug of hot cocoa in the winter. And, while these handmade crocheted coasters aren't nearly as delicious, they're way more adorable. 

Hot Cocoa Coasters, $10, Amazon

9. Instant Camera


Sure, technology is great. But, there's not much that can top the fun of an instant camera. This adorable version prints out photos within 90 seconds. Plus, it comes in a ton of different colors!

Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera, $69, Darby Smart

10. Table Tennis

If your gift recipient is on the competitive side, they'll love this tabletop tennis game. Plus, they can keep it at their desk and encourage some friendly competition when the office atmosphere gets a little too tense. 

Lucky Lad Table Tennis, $9.99, TJ Maxx

11. Beard Envy Kit

Do you have a male acquaintance or co-worker who flaunts an amazing beard that is basically their pride and joy? Well, they're sure to appreciate this kit — including a beard wash, a manly brush, and a styling product.

Billy Jealousy Beard Envy Kit, $20, Amazon

12. Clocky Alarm Clock

We all struggle getting out of bed and into the office. So, this alarm clock on wheels is sure to do the trick. If the user hits snooze, it literally hops off the nightstand and runs around the room. It's a gift they'll probably love and hate at the same time.

Clocky Alarm Clock, $39, Dormify

13. Neighborwoods Coaster Set

There's nothing like a little hometown pride, and your Secret Santa recipient is sure to love these engraved cedar coasters. There are tons of different cities available from San Francisco to Boston, so you're sure to find what you're looking for!

Neighborwoods Coaster Set, $36, Darby Smart

14. Map Flask

Speaking of maps and drink accessories, this antique map flask is another great gift for that secret person on your list! Whether they're a geography nerd or just appreciate a good flask (or both!), they're sure to love this creative take on a classic flask. 

Antique Print Map Flask, $22.99, Amazon

15. Wine Soaps

Yes, we all know drinking wine is great. But, washing yourself with it? That sounds like a dream come true. Gifting this set of wine-inspired soaps is going to make you the ultimate Secret Santa.

Wine Soaps, $28, Uncommon Goods

16. Photo Display

Help your Secret Santa recipient dress up their workspace with this fun and creative photo display. The clothespin clips are not only an adorable touch, but they're also super easy to assemble. It's a win-win. 

Pinch Photo Display, $13, Dormify

17. Bluetooth Speaker

Be the most tech-savvy Secret Santa by wrapping up this portable bluetooth speaker. Tech-lovers and music-lovers alike are sure to be thrilled!

Philips FLEX Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speaker, $39.99, Amazon

18. Tea Making Kit

If you're shopping for someone who loves tea and trying DIY projects in the kitchen, then this kit is exactly what you're looking for. Your recipient can create a one gallon batch of delicious chai tea — just what they need to warm up after your holiday gift exchange!

Artisan Chai Tea Making Kit, $25, Darby Smart

19. Moccasins

Who doesn't love having cozy feet in the cold winter months? And, if you know your Secret Santa recipient's shoe size, these festive plaid moccasins are sure to keep their toes warm and snuggly. 

Plaid Lodge Moccasins, $55, J. Crew

20. Salsa Grow Kit

For those kitchen whizzes who also have a green thumb, this kit makes for the perfect gift! With all of the seeds, soil, and planters they need to grow the fixins for a delicious salsa, this gift is fun and delicious. Now you just need to keep your fingers crossed that you'll get to taste some!

Salsa Grow Kit, $12, Uncommon Goods

For more cool holiday ideas, check out Bustle on YouTube.

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