Buying a Secret Santa gift for a coworker can be difficult, especially if you don’t know them too well outside of the workplace.
This guide will give you 13 great ideas that are not too personal nor too familiar. A nice blend of thought and practicality really goes a long way.
1. Homesick Mini Scented Candle
Most of the time we can recall stuff based on what we see or feel. Sometimes certain aromas can remind of places that we hold dear. Homesick mini scented candles are a cool way to trigger nostalgic feelings in someone.
Since most Secret Santa traditions normally call for inexpensive items, we feel that this is a good starting point. Just like the name suggests, these candles are formulated based on suggestions from locals in multiple states. According to the manufacturer, these hand-poured candles come in nine scents for nine states.
You can choose from Socal, Colorado, Michigan, New Jersey, Norcal, Washington, Florida, Texas, and Arizona. Lasting anywhere from 10 to 12 hours, these are simple but meaningful gifts for a coworker who wants to go home for the holidays but could not.
2. Elago 3-in-1 Charging Hub
Now, this is an ideal Secret Santa gift for that office buddy who just loves gadgets. Charging multiple devices and just leaving them on the table can get messy with all the wires just snaking around. On the other hand, the Elago 3-in-1 charging hub offers to keep things neat and tidy.
The brand is known for crafting quirky but fun accessories for Apple products. Hence, you’ll notice that this desktop organizer is designed to accommodate iPhones, Apple Watches, and AirPods. Unlike other alternatives that use materials that can scuff surfaces, Elago opts to go with silicone.
This rigid but flexible charging hub features a cable management system at the back. Users can then slip the connectors through the special cutouts that hold it in place. Overall, a useful and thoughtful present for Apple aficionados who own all three of the items detailed above.
3. Contigo Autoseal West Loop Travel Mug
Let’s face it, Coffee is the fuel the helps us get through a day in the office. As such the drinking vessel of choice among employees and management is a travel mug. While a traditional ceramic cup is still the best way to enjoy your hot beverages, the risk of spills can be a problem. The Contigo Autoseal takes that out of the equation using a patented mechanism that stops leakage.
Meanwhile, the Thermalock vacuum insulation technology can keep drinks cold for up to 12 hours and hot for up to five hours. For added peace of mind, the button lock prevents the accidental pressing of the Autoseal button, Ultimately, the huge selection of colors can help you find the best one that the recipient will love.
4. Himalayan Glow Himalayan Salt Lamp
Another trend that’s seeing an upsurge in the use of Himalayan salt for its supposed homeopathic benefits. Some people swear by its healing properties, which is why it is being used as an alternative to regular table salt. Meanwhile, some prefer to use larger chunks and fashion them into lamps.
If you’re co-worker probably needs an item that can potentially help them relax and heal both body and mind, this gift might be the one. It comes with a Neem Wooden base that holds a B15 light bulb with a six-foot cord that houses a dimmer switch.
Users can adjust the intensity of glow to create a perfect atmosphere to induce sleep and peace of mind. In the meantime, it works just as well to set a romantic mood for couples.
5. PROMiXX Original Vortex Mixer
Coffee and tea are great beverages when we need that caffeine boost in the office. Thus, coffee machines and travels mugs are probably the most common items we see daily. As the day ends, some of us hit the gym or go for a run, making protein shakes an ideal drink for enhanced recovery. The PROMiXX Original Vortex Mixer makes for a great gift for gym rats and athletes.
The 20-ounce container is BPA-free and easy to clean. Thus it is resistant to odors from liquids that stick to surfaces after use. Just fill it with warm water with some detergent and with a press of a button turns it into a self-cleaning wonder.
Using its advanced PROMiXX X-blade technology it can efficiently mix most types of supplement shakes in just five seconds. It is powered by 2 AAA batteries the powerful motor handles all the grunt work to give you optimum workout performance.
6. Bambaw Bamboo Cutlery Set
Once you have a job there are a lot of changes to your daily routine. As such we are here to offer a helping hand during the transition. Depending on how close you live in proximity to your workplace, meals need to adapt. For those who prefer to eat in the office, the Bambaw Bamboo Cutlery set makes an awesome sustainable Secret Santa Gift.
These eco-friendly utensils come with a jute carrying pouch to make transport a breeze. The set includes a spoon, fork, serrated knife, and straw all made out of lightweight but durable bamboo. Not only are these stylish, but it shows that you care about the environment
The bamboo is left untreated so that there are no chemicals that will contaminate food, while the cleaning brush keeps the straw clean inside and out. Don’t forget to get one for yourself as well.
7. Gerber Dime Multi-Tool
EDCs make great Secret Santa gifts and co-workers who love to tinker around will love it. These compact tools probably call out to our inner handyman, which is why it earns a spot on this list. Since the concept of this holiday classic is to come up with great stuff on a budget, the Gerber Dime seems to tick all the right boxes.
The material of choice for this useful gadget is stainless steel, which is a reliable metal for most basic tools. Titanium would have been better but will cost more as well. It measures 2.75 inches when closed and 4.25 inches when open.
Gerber has been a trusted brand for various types of EDC products and the Dime should perform like a champ. There is a total of 12 tools integrated into this reliable pocket-friendly multi-tool.
8. Kikkerland Potted Pen Phone Stand
A great rule of thumb when giving Secret Santa gifts it to shop for items that are useful at work. We’ve covered travel mugs and cutlery sets but now its time to focus on the office table. The Kikkerland Potted Pen Phone Stand is a quirky item that adds a bit of nature to an otherwise conventional work desk.
Measuring 5.5 x 4.4 x 3.9 inches, it won’t take up to much space on your table. Despite the eco-friendly appeal, it uses faux grass to keep your pens in place. It likewise works great for storing paperclips and other smaller office supplies. Moreover, it can be used as a charging stand for most smartphones.
This is one of those simple presents that will remind the recipient of you for a long time. Just make sure that you don’t water the plant because last time we checked plastic does not need it.
9. Nerf Zombie Strike Hammershot Blaster
We love Nerf blasters and it might be time to take office warfare a whole new level. While crumpled pieces of paper were the traditional weapons of choice, The Nerf Zombie Striker Hammershot blaster adds another layer of fun.
While it’s perfectly fine to give it as a gift, be sure to talk to management about your combat strategies. When the clock strikes to end the day, be on the lookout for enemy units. This toy pistol holds a total of five Zombie Strike darts.
As long as your aim is true, veteran fighters can make each bullet count. The Nerf Zombie Strike Hammershot blaster features an awesome mechanism akin to that a real revolver, which is why we’re sure that they’re going to love it.
10. Fred Silicone Tea Infusers
While everyone else at the office is getting a jolt from coffee, there might a few others who prefer sipping tea. If you’re the Secret Santa of one of the latter, then these Silicone Tea infusers from Fred should be on your list. These food-grade products come in various designs that will bring a smile to whoever you’re giving it to.
We personally love the MR. TEA model which comes in the form of a lovely fellow taking a nice dip in your cup. These reusable tea infusers are great for loose tea leaves, which are a sustainable alternative to traditional disposable tea bags.
Be sure to grab one for yourself or maybe a set so your co-workers can get a good laugh each time you share a drink during a break.
11. Tabletop Bowling Desk Toy
Boredom can strike when you least expect it and the same goes for your pals at the office. If you are playing Secret Santa, now would be a great opportunity to come up with something quirky and fun. Whoever receives this tabletop bowling desk toy would be thrilled to have one on their desks.
It features a small ramp alongside ten miniature bowling pins, which emulates the real thing. It won’t be long until everyone starts hosting tournaments in the office. Even when it is not in use, this fully functional desktop decoration looks classy.
Ultimately, it has the potential to become a sought-after gift to let everyone else practice for that big year-end party tournament at the office.
12. Be Good Company Executive Sandbox A Day at the Beach
In one of our lists, we featured a desktop zen garden for those who want an outlet for stress at work. Now, we are introducing something similar, but with a hint of humor on the side. The A Day at the Beach executive sandbox from Be Good Company can work both ways.
Instead of rocks and pebbles, this entertaining little number comes with familiar beach essentials. We have an umbrella, a chair, a bucket, a shovel, some seashells, a sandcastle, a starfish, and a rake. Those who long for an excursion at the beach can now use it to meditate and imagine being there.
The hardwood sandbox keeps the contents in place while the lucky recipient can create patterns with the rake. With a little effort and patience, it might be possible to build a sandcastle as well.
13. Bits and Pieces Henry Novelty Vacuum Cleaner
This one is for the clean freak in your workplace. Don’t let the impish smile fool you because the Henry novelty desk toy is a fully functional vacuum cleaner. Just pop in three AA batteries and this little dust buster will be ready to do its duty.
Just like the real deal, Bits and Pieces are throwing in two attachments to suit your needs. The motor is powerful enough to suck crumbs and dust off keyboards and other surfaces. Just don’t expect its performance to match that of a full-size vacuum.
This novelty toy makes an awesome Secret Santa gift to remind people to clean up after their mess. This applies to those messy eaters who love to have their meals on their desks.
Hopefully, by now, you’ve found that perfect secret Santa gift for your colleague. The best advice I can give if you don’t know the persona very well is to ask around the people that know them the best and see what they enjoy in their free time.
What hobbies do they have, do they like to cook, hike or are they a NetFlix buff? Also look towards everyday items they will use day-in-day-out and not think to buy for themselves, like the Silicone tea infuser above.