The holidays can be a stressful time of the year, especially when you’re taking part in a Secret Santa gift giving pool or gift exchange. Whether your assigned gift recipient is a close family member you know well or a coworker you have only had a few interactions with, choosing secret Santa gifts can be daunting. We have compiled a list of secret Santa gift ideas for 2021 that you can find exclusively at Minted. Our gift exchange gift ideas cover a range of price points and preferences, making it easier for you to find secret Santa gifts for guys and gals, along with suggestions for keeping track of Christmas wish list ideas for everyone in your circle.
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’ll see 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 — like 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.
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Shopping for coworkers can be quite challenging, as you may not have a deep relationship with the person. You may not know their passions or hobbies, which would make the gift brainstorming a lot 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 with these excellent gift exchange gift ideas!
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 measures 5.5 inches by 8.5 inches 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 your colleague displays in their cubicle!!
Custom Calendar ($29): A workspace is not complete without a calendar. A custom calendar with meaningful images and dates has the potential to be both a 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 or more 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:
Monogrammed Letterpress Stationery ($28): During the holiday season, it is not uncommon for people to handwrite letters and thank you notes. One of the most practical secret Santa gift ideas is to give a coworker some beautiful monogrammed stationery 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. These monogrammed bundles come with a variety of text colors or printing techniques like letterpress, where a letter is indented into the cardstock, and foil press, where 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! Take a look around their office space or cubicle to see if they have proudly displayed any artwork or notes that their child made for them. Take a picture of your favorite and upload it to Minted’s “Your Drawing As an Art Print” tool. You will then be able to select what color the drawing is printed in, as well as framing and matting options that are available to create a truly meaningful secret Santa gift.
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. This is one secret Santa gift your coworkers will not be expecting!
Aprons, Oven Mitts, and Pot Holders ($26 - $40) - If your gift exchange recipient is a foodie, epicurean or ameteur chef, consider stylish cooking accouterments as inspired secret Santa gift ideas. Enjoy Minted’s unique hand-made designs on aprons and matching oven mitts. Aprons are sized at 32 inches wide by 30.25 inches high, include a split front pocket and are made from durable 100% cotton. Choose from over 25 designs that are sure to brighten up her kitchen.
As an add-on gift, browse our children's aprons and oven mitts. A super-cute gift exchange gift idea would be to wrap up matching mother-daughter aprons. You can even add a personalized leather name tag! Gifting this combination might win you the prize for the best secret Santa gift idea — and may inspire her to bring home-baked treats to the office in return.
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. Make her life significantly easier by saving her a trip to the mall with a secret Santa gift of 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 in a wide range of colors, styles, occasions 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 inches by 28 inches and is made of a luxe matte paper with Minted’s logo on the back.
Snap Tote ($30) - All her friends will be filled with envy when they see her carrying one of our popular snap tote bags on her commute or while running errands. Shop dozens of original designs that range in style from tropical and botanical to modern and chic. Generously sized at 15.5 inches by 16 inches by 3.5 inches, 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 exchange gift idea uniquely hers.