16 gift exchange secret Santa gifts for co-workers or friends with crowd-pleaser ideas you’ll likely want to keep for yourself.
Secret Santa gift exchanges are so much fun but so very tricky to navigate, especially if it’s a gift for an acquaintance or co-worker you don’t know very well.
As opposed to White Elephant / Yankee Swap gift exchange parties at Christmas where the gifts are usually gags, Secret Santa gifts are typically more useful.
Whether you’re lost on what to get for an office gift exchange or just for a cousin you don’t know on a deep level, these under $40 ideas can give you a little direction. (See white elephant gift ideas here if you would rather give funny gag gifts.)
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Secret Santa Gift Ideas
Without a doubt the best smelling candle ever. No exaggeration. It’s the most popular for a reason.
Throw in a s’mores kit for a cute gift idea that works well for anyone.
An adult coloring book and a cookbook in one. If you can’t color away your stress, comfort food will fix it, right?
4. Ice Roller
Roll this all over your face for migraine relief while reducing puffiness, eye bags, redness, and wrinkles.
A handy little stand for keeping on your office desk for Zoom calls.
In case of emergency, break open this Moscow Mule tin. It also comes in 9 other cocktails like Bloody Mary, Margarita, Old Fashioned, and Hot Toddy.
Great as a cutting board or serving board. Personalize for your gift recipient by gifting them a board of their home state.
For that co-worker who is always cold.
There’s nothing like a fresh made hot churro. This kit lets you make them yourself right at home instead of seeking out a food cart.
10. Propper Popper
This popcorn maker makes 15 cups of stove-top style popcorn in the microwave in 4 minutes. Gift it with a jar of popcorn kernels, popping oil, and popcorn salt so they have everything they need to enjoy immediately.
11. Shower Steamers
A quick way to implement some aromatherapy into your daily routine for some relaxation.
Great for melting away tension and muscle aches in the lower back, neck, and shoulders. Enjoy it hot or cold.
Hand dipped chocolate covered sandwich cookies that are so good on their own or dunked into a cup of coffee.
Good for camping, hiking, or just enjoying any hot or cold drink on the go to and from the office.
A journal with prompts for documenting stories, memories, and wisdom from your life up to this point that you and your family can treasure forever. I love this one as a grandparent gift too.
This waffle maker is so tiny and cute that also works well with for making hashbrowns, eggs, and sandwiches.
Free or Almost Free Secret Santa Gift Ideas
See DIY gift ideas here for Secret Santa gifts you can make using items you might already have. Homemade stovetop potpourri, homemade bath salts, cookie mix in a jar are some of my favorites.
See more cheap gift ideas here.