Once the hat filled with names scribbled on tiny pieces of paper gets passed around the office, there’s really no turning back. ‘Tis the season of Secret Santa, and you’ve gotta reach in there and meet your destiny. Whomever you picked will be hoping for a quality gift, and for $25 or less, you can certainly find something solid. Right? Eeek. But what should you buy? You know the gift has to be the perfect mix of fun, funny, quirky, and safe for work, but you still have no idea where to begin your search. You know the person you picked — not super well, but enough to be able to get them something cool — and now you need to figure out exactly what that perfect gift will be.
Should you go with a joke gift? Or would something personal be the better choice? How personal is too personal, btw? Ugh, maybe a gift card is the easiest way to go? But that’s not quite personal enough. And it’ll probably look super lame next to the other gifts. It’s OK though, because I’ve scoured the Interweb for you and found the absolute best Secret Santa gifts available.
Breakfast Lollipop Set
The bacon strips are bacon-flavored, the waffle is maple syrup-flavored, and the donut tastes like coconut with strawberry frosting. So, yeah. #Nomnom
Breakfast Lollipop Set, $9.99, Think Geek
Library Card Socks
They’re cute, and they’re a nice piece of proof that library cards were a thing that once existed.
Library Card Socks, $12, Uncommon Goods
Cool, Calm, and Connected Bento Box
A lunch box that looks like a fridge? Utterly genius.
Cool, Calm, and Connected Bento Box, $14.99, ModCloth
Game of Thrones Dragon Egg Plush
Because let’s be real for a sec and admit that we all aspire to be the Mother of Dragons.
Game of Thrones Dragon Egg Plush, $14.99, Think Geek
Vince Guaraldi — A Charlie Brown Christmas LP
All the classics tunes the Peanuts busted out their adorably weird dance moves for.
Vince Guaraldi — A Charlie Brown Christmas LP, $19.98, Urban Outfitters
Shark Wit Earbuds
When worn, it looks like the tiny turquoise shark is swimming into one ear and out the other. If that’s not extreme cuteness, then I don’t know what is.
Shark Wit Earbuds, $14.99, ModCloth
Fortunes include: “Bleh, probs not,” “Xoxo it’s decidedly so,” and “Totes.” Perfect for the millennial.
Magic Emotiball, $16, Urban Outfitters
"Yes Please" By Amy Poehler
This book is packed to the gills with emotional bravery and hilarious realness. Buy this for your Secret Santa, yourself, and everyone you know on this Earth.
Yes Please By Amy Poehler, $12.99 (Kindle edition), Amazon
World's Smallest Walkie Talkie — Set of 2
This is the perfect way to bond with your Secret Santa. They will love this because it’s fun, and the two of you can survive every future workday chatting on them.
World’s Smallest Walkie Talkie — Set of 2, $15, Urban Outfitters
Stila Lip Glaze Trio
There’s no such thing as too much lip gloss, so this makes for a fantastic gift.
Stila Lip Glaze Trio, $15, Urban Outfitters
Dessert and Baking Salts
With flavors like Vanilla Lavender and Espresso, your Secret Santa can decide if they’d like to sprinkle these on top of yummy baked treats, or if they’d like to pour them directly into their mouth. I might go with the latter, but that’s just me.
Dessert and Baking Salts, $19, Uncommon Goods
Mini Keyring Flask
This way, they can make sure they’re bringing good spirits with them no matter where they go.
Mini Keyring Flask, $7, High Fashion Home
Mixed-Geo Ceramic Candle
Well, these are just gorgeous and would improve any living space. So there.
Mixed-Geo Ceramic Candle, $18.00, Urban Outfitters
A Way With Crosswords Mug
Instead of drinking coffee and doing a crossword puzzle separately, now your Secret Santa can wake up efficiently and do them together. All with this mug.
A Way With Crosswords Mug, $14.99, ModCloth
Wine Bottle Sweater
It’s cold out there, you guys! Even wine bottles need outerwear. Duh.
Wine Bottle Sweater, $12, Urban Outfitters
Zip, Sip, Hooray Bottle Opener
It’s a zipper that opens bottles! Too much cool.
Zip, Sip, Hooray Bottle Opener, $17.99, ModCloth
Put to Reuse Glass Set
For the grownup who hasn’t quite entered the world of adulting.
Put to Reuse Glass Set, $17.99, ModCloth
Eggs And Toast Salt + Pepper Shaker Set
Would it be weird to hug a salt and pepper shaker set? Yes? OK, fine. I won’t do it.
Eggs And Toast Salt + Pepper Shaker Set, $14, Urban Outfitters
Magical Thinking Folding Travel Mirror
For the gal on the go who’s sick of trying to hold a mirror in one hand while applying makeup with the other.
Magical Thinking Folding Travel Mirror, $20, Urban Outfitters
"The Mac + Cheese Cookbook"
Because everyone could use a little more cheese in their lives. Amirite?
The Mac + Cheese Cookbook, $10.16, Amazon