Work Appropriate Secret Santa Ideas

by Henry L. on November 3, 2011

I don’t know about you, but I have always had a hard time picking out holiday gifts for my co-workers. Last year, when the Secret Santa rolled around to me, I picked the name of someone I barely knew. That’s when I started re-thinking office Secret Santa gifts. I have always helped pick out our business Christmas cards, as I love the Christmas season, but the Secret Santa puzzle was turning me into a Grinch. I started to think about gift card ideas. I came up with a few versatile places that suited most people. Then I thought maybe I could get a small gift from the place as well as a gift card. After some serious thought, this is my list of Secret Santa gift ideas that suit (almost) everyone and aren’t too hard on the wallet:

•    Café gift – a gift card to a coffee shop, a small packet of tea or coffee, all packaged nicely into a beautiful mug
•    Foodie gift – a gift card to either a restaurant or a unique food store, a small package of food (i.e. cheese and crackers, or cookies), packed together in a basket
•    Music gift – an iTunes or record store gift card, a Holiday mix CD (They’re sold at bookstores and online, or you can make one yourself!), packed together in a music-themed gift bag
•    Library gift – a bookstore or Amazon gift card, a copy of either a cool book or magazine, tied together with a beautiful Holiday ribbon

One of the additions I made to these gifts was to use a copy of our business Christmas cards to hold the gift card. This way, I didn’t have to spend extra money on a card I wouldn’t be sending. It turned out that the card was the thing everyone remarked about, saying it was such a personal touch to give one of our cards to a co-worker. I don’t know if she ever used the gift, but she kept the card at her desk for months!

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Kim November 8, 2011 at 11:01 am

Office secret Santa gifts are difficult to buy. I try to get ideas from someone they are really close to in the office. If that doesn’t work then I usually do one of the gifts above.

Rebecca November 10, 2011 at 4:30 pm

I see secret Santa gift as an opportunity to get creative. I like to think of what would most likely bring a smile to the recipient. I try to keep my ears open for things they mention around the office.

Nicholas September 14, 2012 at 12:00 pm

I used to dread the Secret Santa… what if I got someone I knew nothing about? The gift card route is always the safest way to go. Who doesn’t like food, coffee, books and music?? You can’t go wrong, male or female.

Thad September 14, 2012 at 2:42 pm

I like the idea of movie tickets and a bag of popcorn or candy attached. Everybody loves a good outing to the theater.
Everybody loves movies and it’s a sure hit as a gift!

Thad September 14, 2012 at 2:42 pm

I like the idea of movie tickets and a bag of popcorn or candy attached. Everybody loves a good outing to the theater.
Everybody loves movies and it’s a sure hit as a gift!

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