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!Read More

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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YETI Can Insulator

YETI Can Insulator

This is a home run present. This YETI Vacuum insulated stainless steel colster is double walled and vacuum insulated to keep beer and beverages cold longer. YETI is one of the best known cooler companies out there, so the recipient will know it is a high-quality product right away. It also has a no sweat design, so ...

All Edge Brownie Pan

All Edge Brownie Pan

This pan makes all edges that are perfectly cooked. The first time is saw this product was on Shark Tank. The edges are the best part of the brownie pan, but with the pan every slice is an edge. It’s a great gift for the home or parties. The Endless Edge Brownie Pan will surely be a home run gift! I first saw this ...

Golf Mug with Putter

Golf Mug with Putter

This mug is one of the best presents for dads that like to golf. It has the course and flag graphic on the mug. The mug has an indent that your dad can use to hit the mini golf ball into. The golf club also doubles as a pen, makings this is perfect gift for dads office. This mug is made of porcelain.

Nap Sack Sleep Hood

Nap Sack Sleep Hood

This is another white elephant gift box that appears to have a ridiculous gift inside. Like the product above, you can pack your actual gift inside. It is 6 sides with jokes and graphics everyone can pass around and read. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgP0BuVuLPU Whether you need a gift for a white elephant gift ...

Motion Sensor Toilet Light

Motion Sensor Toilet Light

This motion activated toilet night light is a creative gift idea that help the recipient navigate through the dark. If is powered by 3 AA batteries and has thousands of great customer reviews. It fits and any size toilet. Click the image to read more. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uObTEBs-j5A   The toilet ...

Toilet Putting Green

Toilet Putting Green

This potty putter is a hilarious white elephant gift. With a busy work life it can be hard to find time to get to the golf course. With this potty putter the recipient will be able to work on their golf game in the one place where they get peace and quiet. If you're looking for a gag gift or something funny for a ...

Biggest Snickers Bar in the World

Biggest Snickers Bar in the World

This one pound snickers bar is the biggest snickers bar in the world. It makes great white elephant gift that the recipient will be able to use as a decorative piece or to share with other members of the gift exchange. You can also get the 1 pound snickers almond or crisper. ...

Hot Dog Toaster Oven

Hot Dog Toaster Oven

The toaster oven comes with tongs to take the hot dogs out of the toaster. There is also a removable crumb tray at the bottom of the unit for easy clean up. You can set the cook time to your preferences so you can get your hot dog and bun cooked just the way you like it every time. Whether you're buying this for ...

Personalized Pocket Knife

Personalized Pocket Knife

This Personalized pocket knife is another good gift idea for boys. You can have up to two lines of text engraved into the wood. It looks nice an is easily readable. The blade on the knife is 3.25” long and 3mm thick. The overall length is 4.5”. It comes with a wooden handle and belt/pocket clip.

Minimalist Money Clip

Minimalist Money Clip

A minimalist money clip is a great product for anyone who struggles with organization or just needs a new wallet/money clip. Its unique and slim design allows gives the best of both worlds, a card holder and money clip. It is made of quality leather and with obsessive attention to detail. Another thing I really like ...

Cards Against Humanity Game

Cards Against Humanity Game

Cards against humanity is a fun game where each round one player asks a question from a black card, then the other players have to responded with their funniest white card. The question asker selects which card is the best response. Whoever won that round gets to keep the black card, and who ever gets the most black ...

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