8 Wonderful Secret Santa Gift Ideas for Coworkers

Is it that time of year again? You know, when you have to buy a Secret Santa gift for a colleague and you have no idea what to get them? Yes, it’s that time of year.
Secret Santa gifts don’t have to be expensive, but they should be thoughtful. After all, this is a person you see every day, so you want to get them something they will appreciate.
But don’t worry, we’re here to help. We’ve put together a list of ten great Secret Santa Company Gifts gift ideas (with all the juicy deets) for your coworker, so you can take the stress out of shopping and enjoy the holiday season.

1.  A unique and customized mug.

Now before you say, “Oh, no. Not another mug.” Hear us out. This is not just any mug, this is a  personalized mug with maybe your coworker’s name on it or their favorite TV show or movie character.
Or, if your coworker happens to be a bookworm, there are book-themed mugs that would make great gifts, too. For example, there’s a romance tropes mug or the “My Book Club Can Drink Yours Under the Table” mug. Adorable, right?

Where can you find these?

Etsy has some great options for customized mugs, as well as Apex Gifts and Prints. They have such great selections for customized ceramic mugs, and even Christmas-themed ones; perfect for the holiday season.

How much do they cost?

Mugs usually range from $15 to $20. But some mugs from Apex Gifts and Prints Company Gifts start at $4.25!

2. A  desk plant.

Desk plants are all the rage these days and for good reason. Not only do they look great, but they also help purify the air and boost your mood. And who doesn’t need a little pick-me-up during the day?
There are a ton of different desk plants to choose from, but we recommend getting a succulent. Some beginner-friendly succulents are the aloe plant, jade plant, and snake plant.

Where can you find these?

Your local nursery or garden center. Or you could even get one delivered from a site like The Sill. Before you buy a succulent make sure to do your research so you can find one that will thrive in your coworker’s office space.

How much do they cost?

The price of a succulent will depend on the type of plant and where you buy it. But, generally, they range from $5 to $30.

3. A  festive holiday-scented candle.

What’s the best way to get into the holiday spirit? By filling your office with the scent of Christmas, of course! A festive, holiday-scented candle is the perfect Secret Santa gift for your coworker (and it’s sure to make the whole office smell great).
Plus, scented candles are always a nice way to relax after a long day at work. Your recipient can enjoy them in the bath, while they’re cooking dinner, or just while they’re taking a break from work.

Where can you find these?

Bath and Body Works always has a great selection of holiday-themed candles. For example, this year they have candles that smell like “Frosted Coconut Snowball” and “Merry Cookie.” Yum!
Apex Gifts and Prints also has an amazing Christmas aromatherapy candle set that comes with four different holiday scents!
Think about your coworker’s favorite scents and get them a candle that matches. If you’re not sure what their favorite scent is, ask around the office or take a quick sniff of their perfume or cologne (just make sure they’re not looking first).

How much do they cost?

Bath and Body Works candles range from $10 to $24.50, while the Christmas aromatherapy candle set ranges from $1.71 to $8.11.

4. A nice pen set.

This is a fabulous gift for the coworker who is always jotting down notes or doodling in meetings. A nice pen set shows that you appreciate their note-taking skills (and maybe their doodles, too).
There are all sorts of different pen sets to choose from, so you can find one that matches your coworker’s personality. For example, if they’re always losing pens, you could get them a set of Pilot Frixion Clicker Retractable Pens.
Or, if Apex Gifts and Prints Executive Pen Set. They have a bunch of different sets to choose from, so you’re sure to find one that your coworker will love.

How much do they cost?

Pilot Frixion Clicker Retractable Pens start at $13.49 for a set of seven pens, while the Apex Gifts and Prints Executive Pen Set starts at $8.95. Not bad!

5. A nice, warm scarf or sweater (with a kooky Christmas design)

If you and your coworker are reasonably close, you can get into the spirit of messing around with each other by getting them a kooky Christmas-themed sweater or scarf. It’s sure to get a good laugh (and maybe even a few groans) from everyone in the office.
There are some great options for kooky Christmas sweaters and scarves on Amazon. For example, an “Ugly Christmas Sweater” that has a reindeer puking up snowflakes or a scarf with Santa’s face all over it.

How much do they cost?

Kooky Christmas sweaters and scarves range in price from $15 to $30. Of course, the price will also depend on where you’re shopping.

6. A Christmas-themed tumbler or portable mug.

Is your coworker always on the go? Or maybe they just can’t get enough caffeine. Either way, a Christmas-themed tumbler or mug is the perfect Secret Santa gift for them. After all, it’s both practical and festive!
There are all sorts of different tumblers and mugs to choose from. For example, the “12 Days of Christmas” Tumbler from Starbucks or the limited edition Christmas tumbler from Apex.

How much do they cost?

Tumblers and mugs range in price from $10 to $30. Of course, the price will also depend on where you’re shopping.
Tip: Why not add in a few festive Christmas cookies or some hot cocoa mix to make the gift extra special?

7. A toy or game that can be used at work.

If your coworker happens to be the office jokester, why not get them a toy or game that they can use at work? For example, a desktop putting green or a set of “Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm Flailing Tube Men.”
These sorts of gifts are sure to get everyone in a good mood (and maybe even make them a little more productive).

What sort of games or toys are fun gifts?

Apart from the inflatable tube man, board games that have a fun Christmas theme, such as “Elf on the Shelf,” “Operation: Christmas List,” or “Christmas Cat-astrophe.” There are even some Christmas-themed games that can be played on phones or computers, such as “The Santa Clause: Adventure in Elf Land.”

How much do they cost?

Christmas-themed games and toys range in price from $6.99 to $49.99. Of course, the price will also depend on where you’re shopping.

8. A Christmas Gift Card

If you’re truly out of ideas, or you think your coworker would prefer to pick out their gift, then a gift card is always a good option. You can never go wrong with giving someone a little extra cash to spend during the holiday season.
There are all sorts of different gift cards to choose from. For example, you could get your coworker a gift card to their favorite restaurant or store. Or, if you want to make things easy, you could get them a Visa or Mastercard gift card.

How much do they cost?

Gift cards range in price from $10 to $500. Typically, holiday gift cards are available in denominations of $25, $50, or $100.


Don’t procrastinate when it comes to finding the perfect Secret Santa gift for your coworker. With a little bit of thought, you’re sure to find something that they’ll love (and appreciate). And, if all else fails, you can always fall back on the old standby – a gift card. Happy shopping!