These ideas for good Secret Santa gifts for coworkers will help you figure out what to give for Christmas. Whether you love or hate shopping, these tips will make it easy to be Santa to your coworker! I also included a few holiday messages for the Christmas card.
A Sterling Silver Personalized Name Necklace with Swarovski Birthstone comes custom made with any name. It’s a lovely gift for women who are feminine and who love wearing different types of jewelry. I have a necklace with my name on it, but it’s written in Hebrew. If your coworker speaks another language, it might be creative and thoughtful to give her a necklace with her name in her mother tongue. It’s also good to know your coworker’s birth month for this Secret Santa gift.
How well do you know your coworker? That helps you decide what a good Secret Santa gift is. You could always default to a gift card, but that’s not the most creative idea. It’s one of the easiest Secret Santa gifts for coworkers, though, and it’d be a good gift for a coworker you don’t know well. A gift card is also a good gift for a coworker who loves Starbucks, but can’t afford a pumpkin spice latte every day. If your coworker is retiring, read “Happy Retirement” Gifts for Coworkers or Family.
Good Secret Santa Gifts for Coworkers
This list starts with coworkers you know fairly well, and ends with less personal gift ideas.
I also included several thank you messages and notes of appreciation to include in your holiday card to your coworker. Make Christmas meaningful by sharing your heartfelt appreciation and gratitude 🙂
Water bottle – with a Secret Santa twist
The Savvy Infusion® Water Bottle is my favorite idea on this list of gifts for coworkers. It allows people to create their own naturally flavored fruit infused water, juice, iced tea, lemonade, or sparkling beverages.
Most of us don’t drink enough water. Some of us don’t like the taste of tap water, and don’t like spending money on bottled water. This water bottle is the perfect solution! I love the freedom of being able to create whatever flavors we like.
If you’re feeling generous this Christmas, you could add a Secret Santa twist and include the Fruit Infused Water Recipebook. It’s written by a health coach with a passion for fitness and nutrition, who says vitamin water is perfect for losing weight and getting nutritional contents at the same time.
Is your office planning a White Elephant Christmas Party this year? Read White Elephant Gift Ideas and Tips for Holiday Parties.
Slippers for Christmas
FitFlop Women’s The Cuddler Slippers are warm, cozy, and comfortable – especially if your coworker is always cold. Slippers wear out so fast; there’s nothing like sliding your feet into a good, comfortable pair of slippers after you get home from work.
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Several of my friends bring their own slippers when they come to visit. I don’t have enough pairs to go around, and people like to wear their own slippers! That’s why this is a good Secret Santa gift for coworkers; slippers never get wasted.
A holiday message for your coworker: “I appreciate your skills and attitude here at work, and enjoy working with you very much! You’re the best – thank you. Merry Christmas to you and your family.”
Is your coworker a writer – or does she want to write a book? Read Creative Gifts for Writers, Authors, and Poets.
Luxury bath soaps and bubbles
The Jensan Assorted Organic Shea Butter Soap Set is the perfect Christmas stocking stuffer for a coworker who isn’t allergic to scents or soaps. Feminine scents include lavender, patchouli rose, lavender rose, Patchouli Anise, and rose. If your coworker has her own bathroom, this would be a lovely gift.
These handmade natural organic soaps are scented with pure essential oils, and contain no chemical preservatives (parabens). They also don’t have artificial colorants or phthalates. They’re made with certified organic sustainable butters, oils, and natural herbs.
Aromatherapy bath – a good Secret Santa gift
A related gift idea – which I’d choose over the soap set – is the Bath Bomb Gift Set – 6 Pack of Large Organic Bath Fizzies with Essential Oils, Shea Butter and Epsom Salts.
They’re made from the best organic ingredients and essential oils for a natural and relaxing soak. Ingredients include Dead Sea Salt, Epsom Salt, Kaolin Clay, Organic Shea Butter, Organic Cocoa Butter, Sunflower Oil, Vitamin E and their own blends of essential oils. Why is this on my list of good Secret Santa gifts for coworkers? Because the bath bombs are healing, detoxifying, and moisturizing. Each one has a unique healing and aromatherapy quality.
A holiday message for your coworker: “You have been a blessing to my days at work, and I am thankful for you. Happy Holidays to you and your family. I look forward to another fun-filled year with you at work!”
Of course, if you’re buying a gift for a male coworker, you might not want to give him bubble bath. Does he smoke pipes or cigars? Read Elegant Gifts for Pipe and Cigar Smokers for specific Secret Santa gift ideas.
Coffee mug – a good Secret Santa gift for the office
A good-quality travel coffee mug is one of the most perfect Secret Santa gifts for coworkers who need their hot beverages to keep them going at work. The Contigo Autoseal West Loop Stainless Steel Travel Mug has an easy clean lid, and its double-wall vacuum-insulated stainless steel keeps beverages hot for 5 hours or cold for 12 hours.
If you’re participating in a chain or series of Secret Santa surprise gits at work, you could also give coffee, tea, hot chocolate, or apple ciders as well. Cookies are awesome for coffee breaks at work, too.
If you know your coworker doesn’t sleep well, read 10 Gifts for Insomniacs and People Who Can’t Sleep. The best Secret Santa gift is a good night’s sleep.
Funny office calendar
The Underwater Dogs Wall Calendar is my second favorite on this list of good Secret Santa gifts for coworkers (my favorite gift was the fruit water infuser).
A funny wall or desk calendar is an entertaining way to liven up your coworker’s cubicle, desk, or office. It’s also a great conversation starter for those times when you’re sitting in the office waiting for a meeting to start or a phone call to come in.
Amazon has a wide variety of different types of office and desk calendars. An inspirational or motivational wall calendar might be just what your coworker needs for the new year.
Good chocolate Secret Santa gifts
The Lindt Lindor Gourmet Chocolate Truffles Candies & Santa Claus Tree Ornament includes a Red Shimmer Christmas Gift Box. I’m ending this list of good Secret Santa gifts for coworkers with this because it’s not personal, but it’s valuable.
This chocolate assortment includes hard white, dark and milk shell over assorted truffle filling flavors. Filled truffle flavors include Stracciatella, Orange, Citrus, Cappuccino, Vanilla, Almond, Extra Dark, Caramel Sea Salt, Coconut, Sea Salt, Mint, Irish Cream, Traditional Milk, Traditional White and Raspberry. This is a good gift because your coworker can share it with others in the office (you!), or take it home for the family to enjoy. It’s a safe Christmas holiday gift.
A holiday message for your coworker: “I consider myself very fortunate for having the opportunity to work with someone like you. Working with you was a great learning experience; I really value the knowledge and insight you have. I hope you enjoy this Secret Santa gift!”
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