10 Secret Santa Gifts No One Wants to Receive (And What You Should Buy Instead)
Whether you're exchanging presents with a group of friends or with your co-workers, the holiday season calls for a tradition you either love or hate: Secret Santa. The struggle between finding affordable gifts and gifts that people will actually like is too real, and may be one of the biggest stressors of the season. However, even if you're not sure what to get for your Secret Santa gift-recipient, there are a few things you should definitely avoid.
From gimmick gifts to downright embarrassing presents, these 10 Secret Santa picks won't leave anyone feeling merry and bright. To save everyone some major awkwardness, we've rounded up the presents you should definitely not give this year, and ones you should pick up instead.
Don't Give: Boring Office Supplies
It’s not cool to nab your co-worker’s gift from the supply closet. Nor is it cool to give them a present that is the equivalent of something they can nab from the supply closet.
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Do Give: Pretty Journals
Don't Give: Holiday-Themed Underwear
They may be funny for a second, but chances are your Secret Santa recipient probably doesn’t want everyone in the room to know that they now own a pair of elf-themed underwear.
Do Give: Holiday-Themed T-Shirt
Don't Give: Socks
Sure, we all wear socks. Some of them are even super cute. But this Secret Santa gift is so overdone, it’s time to put it to rest.
Do Give: A Scarf
Don't Give: A Boring Picture Frame
You know the kind: those plain picture frames that just scream “re-gifted.” Even if you add your own photo, gifted picture frames are almost guaranteed to become dust-collectors.
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Do Give: A Cool Art Print
Don't Give: Candles
Candles can seem like a fail-proof gift, but just because you’re addicted to wax that smells like sugary birthday cake doesn’t mean your gift recipient is as well.
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Do Give: A Plant
Don't Give: Homemade Baked Goods
Your grandma’s famous cookie recipe may be a hit with your family, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to go over well with your co-worker who may or may not just be allergic to, well, basically everything.
Do Give: Fancy Chocolate
Don't Give: Fancy Kitchen Gadgets
While you may have use for a countertop slushie maker, not everyone does. Cooking gizmos and gadgets wind up being kitchen clutter, so steer clear of things you’re not positive your recipient would actually use.
Do Give: Mugs
Don't Give: CDs or DVDs
If you know your gift recipient loves Wes Anderson or Britney Spears, it’s probable that she already owns his movies and her albums, either in disc or digital form.
Do Give: Books
Don't Give: Anything That Can Pass as Cleaning Supplies
OK, so that linen spray may smell amazing, but giving any sort of cleaning or refreshing product to an acquaintance easily comes off as an insult.
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Do Give: Small Décor Pieces
Don't Give: Gimmicky Gifts
You know the kind. These “funny” gifts always manage to get a few laughs at first, and then they’re forgotten about and shoved in the back of a drawer. Probably not the best use of money.
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