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.
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 ($16): 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 350 unique notebook designs that can be personalized to match your gift recipient's tastes. Each notebook is 5.5" by 8.5” and includes 80 pages. 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 ($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:
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 with 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".
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 ($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!
Custom Postage Stamps ($36.99 for a sheet of 20 personalized 55 cent stamps) - In our modern age of communication, most messages are sent electronically. Emails and text messages are the new norm. Handwritten letters that are put in the post take time to prepare, address, and travel to their intended destination. Because of these added steps, communication that is mailed is often reserved for special occasions, and feels more intimate. Add a layer of class to your hand-sent message with custom postage stamps.
At Minted, we have a collection of over 140 unique postage stamps designed by our network of independent artists. Designs can be personalized to add in monogrammed initials, pictures, and other custom text. Just think of the options at your fingertips! You could select a stamp design that showcases the city he lives in. You could upload an image of his dream sports car, motorcycle, or boat. Maybe you go for a more sentimental approach and include an image from his wedding, a family picture, or even a shot of the family pet. A more minimalist design with monogrammed initials is also a sleek option.
The postal stamps come in a sheet of 20 and can be ordered in three different denominations.
Map Art ($36) - 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 ($16 & 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 80 pages 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.
Aprons & Oven Mitt ($26 - $38) - 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 ($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.
Two-Piece Pouch Set ($38) - This set of stylish zipper bags have a wide range of potential uses. Use them to store makeup. Bring them along on your travels as a travel tote. Store some snacks or treats in them if you are heading out of the house. They could even be used to store school supplies for a student.
The smaller pouch is sized at 9’’ W x 6’’ H, while the larger pouch is 11’’ W x 8’’ H. Both are made from 100% durable cotton and are sealed with a brass zipper. Each pouch is patterned differently, yet intended to create a stylish artistic pairing.
Custom House Portrait Art ($41) - 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.
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.