So you’ve been invited to join a Secret Santa exchange. And you have mixed feelings. Yay, more presents and fun surprises! Boo, what if you pick someone you don’t know that well? What if your gifts don’t get them to make that happy holiday face? Well don’t get your Kris in a Kringle. We know exactly what you should (and shouldn’t do) to be the best Secret Santa ever.

Know your audience

Do your research, even if you’re just giving a gift card. Make an effort to choose something they’ll like. Better yet, suggest the group circulate a Secret Santa questionnaire or wish list beforehand.

 

Make an entrance

Maybe you’re a genius wrapper (gift wrapper, that is). But then again maybe you’re not. In that case, a delivered gift always makes a big entrance. Especially when the packaging is playful (like ours). Plus they’ll be surprised and feel special, when the package shows up at the office or their doorstep.

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Don’t go for the gag

No one wants the gag gift that really means you just thoughtlessly grabbed something at the last minute. Take the time to give a gift you’re pretty sure they’ll love.

 

Make it an adventure

There’s no rule that says you have to limit yourself to things. Gift them an experience like a movie theater gift card, a cooking class or a flying trapeze lesson.

Movie Night popcorn box and tickets

Make ‘em laugh

Humor is gift that keeps giving. Bonus points if it’s a nod to your favorite inside joke. Give your officemate a witty mug, a joke of the day calendar or something else that makes them laugh, and think of you every time they see it.

 

More treats, less tchotchkes

Let’s face it, as adorable as they are, a lot of those cat calendars are going to end up in another gift exchange. Holly-sprinkled dipped strawberries, on the other hand, will most likely end up in their Santa belly. Just make sure you’re aware of any allergies or dietary restrictions.

Christmas holiday chocolate covered strawberries

Don’t be a Scrooge

Spend the agreed upon amount. You don’t want to seem to cheap, or show off and make the other person feel awkward if they didn’t splurge.

 

Include a receipt

Especially if you opt for accessories, like a chic scarf or a cute tote, include a receipt so they can exchange the gift if it isn’t quite their style.

oven mitt stuffed with rolling pin, strainer, cookie cutter, sauce spreader, and wooden spoons

More Fa la la fabulous Gift Ideas

Need more delicious gift ideas for your friends, family and co-workers? Check out our Christmas Gift Guide.