38 Creative Secret Santa Gift Ideas

A Secret Santa Gift Exchange is a Christmas tradition where members of a group are randomly assigned another person to buy a gift for. The identity of the person giving the gift is never to be identified. It is a popular gift exchange game that is a lot of fun!

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The rules can vary a lot. I will cover the rules below. Take a look at tips, tricks, and gift guide below.

What are Secret Santa Gift Exchange Rules?

Members of a family, group of coworkers, or groups of friends randomly select names and become their “secret santa.” Sometimes the secret santa will be given a wish list to choose from, other times they will have to come up with ideas on their own. After opening the present, the recipient has to guess which member of the group the gift is from. This game is a holiday classic that is very popular, especially in western countries.

Tips for Secret Santa Gift Exchange

Set a price limit – Let everyone know what an appropriate amount to spend on a gift is. This will make the gift exchange fair and prevent anyone from getting hard feelings about receiving a low price gift when they spent much more on their gift. Usually a gift between 10 and 50 dollars is appropriate. Often times creative gifts are better than expensive ones anyway.

Get a Gift that Fits the Person – Don’t just pick out a present you like. Make sure it is something the recipient will like. If you don’t know what types of things the person is into, ask their friends or ask them questions discretely. You could also look at their Facebook, or you could just go with one of the food gift baskets I have on the list. I mean, everyone likes a good gift basket with fresh cookies.

Don’t Complain – Gift exchanges are more about having fun than getting something. If you get something you don’t like, don’t worry. You can always regift it the present the following year or give it to something you know that might like it.

Consider the Audience – For example, if you are doing a gift exchange with a group of coworkers who work at a desk all day, try finding a gift they can put on their gift and get a laugh from.

Be Creative – Think outside the box. There are so many funny and creative gift ideas out there. Make sure you avoid gifts that are likely to be duplicates.

What are Some Other Types of Gift Exchanges?

I think a white elephant gift exchange is just as fun, if not more fun. In this type of exchange participants have the ability to steal other gifts as the game goes on. For more information, check out my post on White Elephant Gifts. I also have some good gifts listed on that page that would definitely work for a secret santa exchange as well.

Still Can’t Decide What to Buy?

If after looking over our secret santa gift guide you still can’t find a gift or decide what to buy, send us an email using the contact us from on the bottom menu, or leave a comment below with more information about the person you need to buy for and we will give you some more good gift ideas.

without farther ado, let’s get into our list of creative secret santa gift ideas in 2017!

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Hair Brush with Secret Compartment

Hair Brush with Secret Compartment

Stash-it makes a nifty hairbrush with a secret compartment that is great for hiding things like cash, USB drives, or other important valuables. Many people use it to hide and store valuables while traveling, at the beach, or at home. The hidden compartment is large enough to fit up to 30 bills inside. The false top of ...

Waterproof Bluetooth Shower Speaker

Waterproof Bluetooth Shower Speaker

The Cubo is a portable Bluetooth shower speaker that allows the owner to listen to music, take calls, adjust the volume, and a whole lot more. The speaker can easily be set up or removed using the suction cup, allowing the owner to take it with them and use it while at the pool, boating, or at the beach. It available ...

Toilet Golf Game

Toilet Golf Game

This is an upgraded toilet golf game with putter that has 2 holes and 2 golf balls. So they can work on different angle shots. It comes with a green golf carpet that measures 23.8 inches by 34 inches. The putter, which is about knee high length, is included in the package.

Please Take a Number Sign

Please Take a Number Sign

This is another good secret santa gift idea for the office. The number is attached to the pin on the grenade, so this sign is essentially saying don’t annoy me. If you are buying for a gift for someone that gets a lot of questions or needs to brighten up their desk at work, this complaint department sign is a home run ...

Real Money Soap Bar

Real Money Soap Bar

The core of this money soap contains real money ranking from 1-50 dollars. The user will have to use the entire bar of soap before they can find out how much money is actually inside. To read more about this fun present, click the image.

Ultimate Meat Gift Basket

Ultimate Meat Gift Basket

This ultimate meat gift basket features amazing smoked summer sausages, amazing Wisconsin cheese, pretzels, and mustard. In my opinion it is one of the best secret santa gifts for guys. To read more about the types of cheeses and other accessories included, just click the image above and read more, along with 100s of ...

Fresh Strawberry Cheesecake Gift

Fresh Strawberry Cheesecake Gift

Fresh Strawberry Cheesecake… sounds amazing, right? Well they will think so too. The company, David’s Cookies, ships this cheesecake fresh in a container filled with dry ice that allows it to keep its amazing flavor. This is a sweet treat they will be sure to love!

Gourmet Nuts Gift

Gourmet Nuts Gift

With this gift they will get of two pounds of delicious nuts, all displayed on a gift tray that is hand selected for quality and freshness. It is perfect for any occasion or event, including a secret santa gift exchange. The tray features almonds, pistachios, cashews, mixed nuts, raw walnuts, and glazed pecans.

Giant Resse’s Bar

Giant Resse’s Bar

Everyone loves Resse’s peanut butter cups. They are a classic candy that features Hershey’s milk chocolate and Reese’s peanut butter. This one Pound set is a unique secret santa gift idea that they can share will everyone involved in the gift exchange.

Hangry Food Box

Hangry Food Box

This hangry kit is for emergencies only. They can keep it in their desk or car for times when they know they are getting hangry. It has a lot of the best treats out there like air heads, cheese nips, and way more, just look at the picture above to see what's all included.

Fresh Cookie Gift Tin

Fresh Cookie Gift Tin

David’s Cookies tins come with 12 mouthwatering cookies. The tins come with Macadamia White Chunk, Double Chocolate Chunk, Peanut Butter, Cherry with White Chocolate Chips, Chocolate Chunk, and Peanut Butter. They are a great gift for gift exchanges, employees, clients, or anyone with a sweet tooth. Unlike other ...

Patience Fuel Flask

Patience Fuel Flask

This stainless-steel flask shows you how much fuel you have remaining. They will be able to fill it with their favorite beverage and enjoy it on the go. It is professionally designed and is a good gift for guys or girls. Hit the image of the flask to get more product information on Amazon and to read verified customer ...

Magnetic Stress Ball Set

Magnetic Stress Ball Set

This magnetic sculpture toy is great for the desktop to reduce stress with its endless combination of arrangements. They will be able to make awesome designs, or even us it to balls to make necklaces, bracelets, and other types of jewelry.

50 Cal Shot Glasses

50 Cal Shot Glasses

These 50 caliber shaped shot glass set is an awesome gift guys will love. It comes with 4 1.5 ounce shot glasses that make for a good addition to any bar or kitchen. They are made from thick and premium glass that will last the test of time and are stunning looking. To get the latest pricing information on Amazon, ...

Brew Bottle Chiller

Brew Bottle Chiller

There brew chillers are great for anyone that drinks from bottles and enjoys a cold beverage. They also have a built in bottle opener. They are easy to clean, dry, and use over and over again. The chiller sticks freeze in about 45 minutes. They make a great father's day, mother's day, birthday, wedding, or party gift. ...

Ferrero Gift Cube

Ferrero Gift Cube

This 18 count gift cube is a good secret santa exchange gift. It contains smooth creamy chocolate surrounding a while hazelnut within a delicate, crisp waterfall, all of which is enclosed in a milk chocolate shell with finely chopped hazelnuts. The gift cube itself also looks sharp and is easy to wrap.

Desktop Basketball Game

Desktop Basketball Game

With this two player desktop basketball game, you’ll even get to enjoy this present with them. This tabletop game is a fun for kids, adults, ands sports fans. It requires no batteries and is a great way to have fun and pass time. The game comes with 6 basketballs, 3 for each side.

Butter Pecan Melts Tin

Butter Pecan Melts Tin

It’s hard to even look at the picture of David’s Butter Pecan Melt ways without getting hungry. Each tin contains 32 ounces of goodness. I can’t think of anyone that wouldn’t want these. They are made with no added preservatives and all natural ingredients. These will certainly be a home run!

Whiskey Wedge Glass

Whiskey Wedge Glass

With the Whiskey Wedge they can say good bye to the days of watered down liquor from melting ice. All they need to do is freeze water in the glass with the silicone ice form inserted. The ice will freeze in a wedge shape on one side of the glass.

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Desk Stress Punch Bag

Desk Stress Punch Bag

This desktop punching bag will help them relive stress while at the desk. The strong spring will keep the bag keep coming back for more. This bag can take some heat, so they will be able to get all their problems out on the bag instead of you. It comes with everything they’ll need to set it up, including an air pump.

Liquor Fuel Flask

Liquor Fuel Flask

This stainless steel flask is a great conversation piece and will hold up to 6 ounces of their favorite beverage. It has a tight seal, so they won’t have to worry about leaks and drips. Click on the reviews to read what people are saying about it.

Fruit Filter Water Bottle

Fruit Filter Water Bottle

These water bottles by Live Infinitely are a great way to make water even healthier. They will be able to fill the core of the bottle with their favorite fruits and/or vegetables to enjoy great flavors and health benefits. The bottle is FDA approved, leak proof, and BPA free.

Desktop Dartboard Game

Desktop Dartboard Game

A dartboard for the desk. Sometimes you just need to relax at work for a minute. Even if they don’t use it a lot, it’s still a good decorative piece. It is made with excellent craftsmanship and is an awesome secret santa gift for anyone that loves games.

Shot Glass Checkers Game

Shot Glass Checkers Game

This is one of my favorite gifts on the list. Every time you take one of their pieces, which are shot glass, they have to drink its contents. You can play with wine or beer instead of liquor if you want to take it down a notch. It is recommended that the board and game pieces be washed by hand.

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