The Top 5 Best Secret Santa Gift Ideas This Year

View from above of Christmas gifts on a wooden table

Secret Santa is a great way to share the festive spirit, without having to spend too much money on gifts. If you don’t know how it works, each person in a group of friends, family, or workplace picks a name out of a hat. Then, everyone buys a gift for the person whose name they drew, and will also receive a gift from whoever drew their name.

Other variations involve buying a gift and then placing it into a shared pool that everyone gets to choose from, sometimes while playing a game. You might also need to guess who your Secret Santa is!

It’s a lot of fun, but it can be difficult to know what to buy for Secret Santa gifts. If it were up to us, we think an online bingo party might be just as fun, but since many people prefer to unwrap physical gifts at the end of the year, here is a list of 5 different ideas which will suit all kinds of budgets.

5 Secret Santa gift ideas for friends, family and colleagues

1. Practical gifts for the home

Just like people have their preferences when it comes to what bingo games they like to play, they might be particular about what things they like to use around the house. But there are certain practical items that everyone can use. This is especially helpful for when you need to buy a gift for someone you don’t know well.

Some ideas could include candles (because who can say no to a romantic ambience?), nifty kitchen tools, air diffusers, or even a plain wooden photo frame.

All of the above can be as elaborate or as minimal as you like. Some ideas for nifty kitchen tools include wine glass markers, bottle stoppers, coasters and fridge magnets.

2. Beauty products

Closeup of hands holding a jar of hand cream

Of course, not everyone you are going to be buying presents for might be into beauty products and makeup. But everyone needs to take care of themselves and their skin, so there’s no harm in sharing a gift that might lead to someone pampering themselves a bit more than usual.

Possibilities here include lip balm and hand cream — both of which can be great gifts for men or women. Depending on your budget, and who you are buying for, you could also look at products like body moisturisers and face masks.

3. Food and culinary items

Everyone needs to eat, so you can’t go wrong with some culinary items! These can include delicious sauces and pickles, or even a packet of gourmet biscuits or cookies. There are so many artisan brands available nowadays, there’s sure to be a local deli favourite that will go down well at your next Christmas party.

For any coffee or tea aficionados, a nice box of tea or a packet of coffee could be a very welcome treat. Depending on your budget, you could add a coffee plunger or tea strainer, just to add to the usefulness of the gift.

4. Electronics

Simple gadgets for your phone could be an easy solution for a Secret Santa gift, as most of the people around you undoubtedly spend at least a few hours a day on their mobile phone (perhaps even playing mobile bingo!). For example, a stick-on phone ring or adjustable circular stand, both of which attach to the back of your phone.

Other ideas are charging cables, mini speakers and holders for ear pods. Charger and laptop stands could also come in useful here, as a place to put your phone while you’re at your desk and to angle your laptop while working. If you’d like to go for something really silly and nostalgic, why not give a Tamagotchi as a gift, just for fun?

5. Stationery

Minimalist writing set laid out on table view from above

Everyone uses stationery, so some simple gift ideas are pens, pencils, pencil bags and even journals. Calendars and desk organisers are another possibility, as well as novelty items such as scratch-off posters that can show where you’ve travelled around the world.

Secret Santa gifts like a puzzle or a Rubik’s cube could also be an enjoyable present, especially for the more diligent of your work colleagues or friends. If they’re already a fan of playing games like bingo, we’re sure they’ll appreciate one of these.

If you have the budget and are buying for a good friend, another alternative is to buy a set of personalised stationery, which can be ordered online through a variety of companies that specialise in personalising everything from cards and notebooks to phone covers.

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