ideas for your secret santa gift exchange

The holidays can be a stressful time of the year, especially when you have been enrolled into a Secret Santa gift giving pool or gift exchange. Whether your gift recipient is a close family member you know well or a coworker you have only had a few interactions with, we have compiled a list of secret Santa gift ideas for 2020 that you can find exclusively at Minted.


All of Minted’s product designs are curated through a large collection of independent artists from around the world who enter design contests regularly posted on our site. When you shop on Minted, you will find unique designs that you will not find anywhere else. Once you pair these unique designs with Minted’s top-of-the-line printing techniques and printing materials (cardstock, paper, fabric, and more), you are left with a beautiful end product perfect for a memorable holiday gift. And yes, we have some gift ideas that are great even if you don’t know the recipient very well. You may also want to review our gift guides for women, men, kids, grandparents, teachers, pet-lovers, and travel enthusiasts. Know the budget you are looking to stay within? Shop our gift guides under $30 or under $50.


Happy Reindeers

Happy Reindeers designed by Susanne Kasielke


SECRET SANTA GIFT IDEAS FOR COWORKERS:

Shopping for coworkers can often be quite challenging, as you may only have a working relationship with the person. You may not know their passions or hobbies, which would make the gift brainstorming a little easier. We have put together an assortment of gift options for coworkers that we think any colleague would be happy to unwrap. You may even see a great gift idea for your boss. Be the office hero this holiday season!

Custom Notebook

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Blush Day Planner, Notebook, Or Address Book
Day Planner, Notebook, Or Address Book

byLori Wemple

Huntersville, NC

dawnlight Day Planner, Notebook, Or Address Book
Day Planner, Notebook, Or Address Book

bylise gulassa

Eureka, CA

Initials Day Planner, Notebook, Or Address Book
Day Planner, Notebook, Or Address Book

byJennifer Postorino

Dayton, OH

Plant Paradise #2 Day Planner, Notebook, Or Address Book
Day Planner, Notebook, Or Address Book

byNikita Jariwala

Baden, CH

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Custom Notebook ($18): This seems like an obvious choice when it comes to a gift exchange idea for a work colleague. No matter what your profession is, most people utilize a pen and paper to take notes, write down reminders, or create checklists. Every working person would appreciate a stylish notebook to adorn their desk.

Minted offers over 400 unique notebook designs that can be personalized to match your gift recipient's tastes. Each notebook is 5.5" by 8.5” and includes 160 pages (80 double-sided sheets). Choose from designs that are funny, modern, preppy, vintage, or highlight certain cities and states. The cover design can be customized further to include personal pictures or select text. Highlight that perfect family photo!

Custom Calendar

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Bright and Bold Grand Calendars
Calendars

byLea Delaveris

Columbus, OH

Vogue Standard Calendars
Calendars

byUp Up Creative

Rochester, NY

In A Box Grand Calendars
Calendars

byErin Deegan

Pacific Grove, CA

Big Month Standard Calendars
Calendars

byErin Deegan

Pacific Grove, CA

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Custom Calendar ($29): A workspace is not complete unless you have a calendar. A custom calendar with meaningful images and dates has the potential to be a very sentimental and useful gift idea this holiday season.

Minted allows you to select from over 150 calendar designs that have been submitted by our community of independent artists. Edit the images that are displayed on the cover and each month of the calendar. Choose from designs that feature one to three+ photos on each page. Add custom text to particular dates that may be meaningful or significant. Some ideas for noteworthy dates you could call out on the calendar include:

  • Birthdays (spouse, children, co-workers)
  • Work anniversary
  • Wedding anniversary
  • School holidays/vacation windows
  • Schedule of big sporting events
  • TV show schedule

Calendars are printed on our Signature Cover Paper, which features a luxurious cotton texture usually seen on fine cards and stationery. Our calendars are bound at the top with a spiral and can be ordered in the standard size of 8" X 11.5” or a larger size of 11.5" X 14." As our gift to you, if you save 10 occassions into your custom calendar you can receive a FREE calendar.

Monogrammed Letterpress Stationery ($28): During the holiday season, it is not uncommon to be handwriting letters and thank you notes. Why not gift a co-worker some beautiful monogrammed stationery that they can use for their holiday communication with friends, family, and business colleagues?

We have a package of 20 letterpress cards and envelopes designed for each letter of the alphabet. Each monogrammed bundle comes with a variety of text colors or printing techniques like letterpress (when a letter is indented into the cardstock) or foil press (when a letter is highlighted with metallic gold, silver, or rose gold font). We think the luxurious look of this stationery will make it a memorable Secret Santa gift idea for coworkers or your boss.

Kids’ Drawing as an Art Print

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Your Drawing as Foil Art Print Your Drawing As Foil Art Print
Your Drawing As Foil Art Print

byMinted

San Francisco, CA

Your Recipe as a Foil Art Print Your Drawing As Foil Art Print
Your Drawing As Foil Art Print

byMinted

San Francisco, CA

Your Drawing as Letterpress Art Print Your Drawing As Letterpress Art Print
Your Drawing As Letterpress Art Print

byMinted Custom

San Francisco, CA

Your Drawing as Foil Art Print Your Drawing As Foil Art Print
Your Drawing As Foil Art Print

byMinted

San Francisco, CA

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Kids’ Drawing as an Art Print ($41): If the coworker you are getting a gift for has a kid, then this gift idea will leave them speechless! Just take a look around their office space to see if they have any artwork or note hung up that their child made for them. Take a picture of your favorite doodle you find and upload it to Minted’s “Your Drawing As an Art Print” tool. You will be able to select what color the drawing is printed in, as well as framing and matting options that are available.

Minted’s design team will create a professional proof that you can then review and provide feedback on until the final art print matches what you envisioned. For an extra cost, you can even have the art printed in gold, silver, or rose gold foil. Now that is a secret Santa gift your coworkers will not be expecting!


SECRET SANTA GIFT IDEAS FOR GUYS:

Dopp Kits

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City Dopp Kit, $34
Dopp Kit, $34

bySnow and Ivy

Detroit, MI

Tides 1 Dopp Kit, $34
Dopp Kit, $34

byIveta Angelova

A Coruña, ES

Geo gym Dopp Kit, $34
Dopp Kit, $34

byBethania Lima

Santiago, CL

Constructed Dopp Kit, $34
Dopp Kit, $34

byMichelle Taylor

Saint Paul, MN

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Dopp Kit ($34) - New to Minted’s gifting collection in 2020 are our stylish and functional personalized dopp kits. Help him keep his toiletries organized at home or on the road. These conveniently sized bags, sized at 9.5” x 6” x 4.5” are made of 100% coton and have a luxe leather carrying handle for easy transport. Add a personalized leather label at no extra cost. Pair with a matching Weekender travel bag for all of his road-tripping adventures.

Map Art

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Custom Map Letterpress Art Custom Map Letterpress Art
Custom Map Letterpress Art

byMinted

San Francisco, CA

Custom Map Filled Foil Art Custom Map Foil Art
Custom Map Foil Art

byMinted

San Francisco, CA

Custom Filled Map Art Custom Map Art
Custom Map Art

byMinted

San Francisco, CA

Custom Map Filled Foil Art on Dark Paper Custom Map Foil Art
Custom Map Foil Art

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San Francisco, CA

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Map Art ($41) - This gift idea has the potential to be the best gift he receives this Christmas season. Who knew you were such a great gift-giver! Most people are universally passionate about some destination they hold dear. Maybe it is the hometown they grew up in, college town they matured in, or the current location they call home. With a little digging, you should be able to find out what address holds a special place in his heart.

Once you have the address, you can plug it into Minted and our design team will create a custom map art proof for you to review. Select the colors you want and the size of the artwork. For additional enhancements (added expenses), you can choose to have the map printed in gold foil or framed in our collection of classic or specialty frames. Art is something that will last a lifetime. We think this secret Santa gift idea can continue to bring joy day after day and year after year.

Custom Stationery

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Golden Gate Bridge Foil-Pressed Personalized Stationery
Foil-Pressed Personalized Stationery

byHooray Creative

Philadelphia, PA

Lure Personalized Stationery
Personalized Stationery

byEine Kleine Design Studio

New Market, MD

Lost In The Wilderness Personalized Stationery
Personalized Stationery

byHeather DeLong

Smithfield, UT

On the Green Personalized Stationery
Personalized Stationery

byHooray Creative

Philadelphia, PA

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Custom Stationery ($18 & up) - Add a touch of sophistication and class with this Secret Santa gift idea for guys. Personalize stationery cards, notebooks, address books, or a calendar planner to have his monogrammed initials, name, or a design that fits his character. Just take a look at a few of the product options below:

Stationery card ($35 for 15 cards) - Select a custom design to be printed on thick stock paper with a creamy cotton texture. Adjust colors, text, and patterns to make the card your own.

Personalized notebook ($16) - A stylish 5.5” x 8.5” notebook with 160 pages (80 double-sided sheets) of lined, blank, or grid styling. A clear protective cover sits atop a custom-designed thick front stock that can be personalized with pictures and text. You can also choose to upgrade the notebook into an address book, monthly calendar, or weekly planner.


SECRET SANTA GIFT IDEAS FOR GIRLS:

Aprons & Oven Mitt

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Spring Wildflowers Mitt & Pot Holder Set
Mitt & Pot Holder Set

byNikkol Christiansen

Salt Lake City, UT

Bold Botanical Mitt & Pot Holder Set
Mitt & Pot Holder Set

byLaura Hankins

Edmond, OK

Sketchy Scallops Apron
Apron

byRebecca Turner

South Bend, IN

Green Stripes with Pink Flowers Apron
Apron

byMarissa Huber

Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Aprons & Oven Mitt ($26 - $40) - Enjoy Minted’s unique hand-made designs on aprons and matching oven mitts. Aprons are sized at 32” W x 30.25“ H, include a split front pocket, and are made from 100% durable cotton. Choose from over 25 designs sure to brighten up her kitchen.

As an add-on gift, also be sure to browse our children's aprons and oven mitts. How cute would it be to gift a mom matching mother-daughter aprons! You can even add on a personalized leather name tag! Gifting this combination might win you the prize for the best secret Santa gift idea.

Wrapping Paper

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Thrive Wrapping Paper
Wrapping Paper

byJess Franks

Hartford, CT

Elegant Marble Wrapping Paper
Wrapping Paper

byLiz Conley

San Francisco, CA

Photo Collage Personalized Wrapping Paper
Personalized Wrapping Paper

byleslie hamer

Jungle Florals Wrapping Paper
Wrapping Paper

byAlethea and Ruth

Seattle, WA

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Wrapping Paper ($15 for 5 sheets) - If you think about it, wrapping paper is a brilliant gift exchange idea. Everyone needs wrapping paper during the holiday season. Why not make life significantly easier for your gift recipient, save her a trip to the mall, and get her some beautiful holiday wrapping paper she won’t find anywhere else.

Minted has a wide assortment of unique wrapping paper appropriate for any occasion you could imagine. Choose from over 350 different designs ranging by color, style, occasion, and more. Filter to view designs that feature animals, beach themes, or Christmas images. Some custom designs even allow you to upload images of your family onto the wrapping paper for an extremely personalized look. Each sheet of wrapping paper is sized at 20" X 28" and is made of a luxe matte paper with Minted’s logo on the back.

Snap Totes

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Foodie Snap Tote, $30
Snap Tote, $30

byCreo Study

Mumbai, MH

Etched Flowers Snap Tote, $30
Snap Tote, $30

byGenna Blackburn

Detroit, MI

Tropical mood Snap Tote, $30
Snap Tote, $30

byDominique Vari

London, UK

Crisscross Snap Tote, $30
Snap Tote, $30

byRoopali

Sharjah, AE

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Snap Tote ($30) - All her friends will be filled with envy when they see her carrying around one of our popular snap tote bags over her shoulder. Shop dozens of original designs that range in style from tropical and botanical to modern and chic. Sized at 15.5” x 16” x 3.5”, these durable cotton totes are roomy enough to carry a laptop, work materials, exercise essentials, and more. Add a free custom leather name tag to make this gift uniquely theirs.

Custom House Portrait Art

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Custom House Portrait Art Custom House Portrait Art
Custom House Portrait Art

byMinted

San Francisco, CA

Custom House Portrait Art Custom House Portrait Art
Custom House Portrait Art

byMinted

San Francisco, CA

Custom House Letterpress Portrait Art Custom House Portrait Letterpress Art
Custom House Portrait Letterpress Art

byMinted

San Francisco, CA

Custom House Letterpress Portrait Art Custom House Portrait Letterpress Art
Custom House Portrait Letterpress Art

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San Francisco, CA

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Custom House Portrait Art ($38) - As we highlighted above, a meaningful piece of art can have a lasting impression for decades. This gift idea can quite literally be a gift that keeps on giving. Simply provide Minted with a picture of a childhood home or building that might hold a special significance. We will then create a custom line drawing from the image and send you back a proof to review.

Further customization options include choosing from over 20 vibrant ink colors for the drawing to be printed. For added artistic flare you could choose to have the drawing imprinted on thick cotton stock through our letterpress technique. Lastly, you can choose to have the art professionally matted and framed through our classic and specialty framing options. Order a custom print unframed for $38, or select to have it professional framed by Minted for only $20 more.

Minted Gift Card ($25 & up) - It’s hard to go wrong with a gift card. Give the gift of creative and beautiful independent design this holiday season. Minted offers gift cards starting at $25 that will be emailed to the intended recipient within minutes of purchasing on our site. She can then choose from beautiful artwork, custom stationery, baby + kids products and so much more!

If she has a wedding coming up, a Minted gift card is the perfect secret Santa gift idea for her. She can choose to apply it toward personalized save the dates, wedding invitations, table number cards, wedding signs, and countless other products to enhance her wedding’s look and theme. Or, if she doesn’t have a wedding coming up, she can shop for unique greeting cards for any number of occasions, beautiful wall art, and so much more!

We hope some of these gift ideas inspire your gift-giving decisions this holiday season. We know it can be tough to shop for people you may not know very well. With our inclusive list of ideas for him, her, and coworkers, we want to get you started on the right foot.