Office secret Santas are tricky whether you get your BFF, your boss or your workplace nemesis. The perfect secret Santa gift should be light-hearted, useful, fall at a reasonable price point, and ideally should be reflective of the recipient’s likes or hobbies. In other words, picking out the right gift is no small task. To help you with your search, we rounded up the best secret Santa gifts under $25 for every type of co-worker.
1. Work from Home Survival Kit
This little kit is the perfect mix of silly and useful. Even if your office isn’t fully remote anymore, it’s likely that many people are still working from home for at least a few days each week. Help your secret Santa survive those days with earplugs, a webcam cover, conference call bingo, an outfit decision coin, fidget cube and desk yoga guide. Is it silly? Yes, of course. But really, what more could you want in the best secret Santa gifts under $25?
2. Standard Baggu
Quality reusable bags are an underrated gift. Many stores no longer offer single-use bags, or if they do, they charge a fee. Choose the color or pattern of Baggu that best fits the personality of your secret Santa so that they’ll be excited to carry around this cute and sturdy bag while running errands. This secret Santa gift under $25 comes in just about a trillion different colors and patterns, so you’re sure to find something they like.
3. NYC Pizza Rescue Kit
Everyone loves pizza, but not everyone lives or works in cities that have the best pizza. Whether your office orders in some mediocre pies or your secret Santa just loves to grab a slice for lunch, they’ll appreciate having this NYC Pizza rescue kit at their desk to spice up any meal.
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4. Contigo AUTOSEAL Stainless Steel Travel Mug
Staying caffeinated is a very important part of the workday, so having a good travel mug to take your first few cups from home and keep them warm is essential. Anyone can appreciate this vacuum-sealed travel mug that’s leak-proof and will keep their coffee or tea hot for up to five hours.
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5. Blue Light Blocking Clip-On LED Reading Light
The warm gentle light emitted from this clip-on reading light is almost 100 percent free of blue spectrum light, making it perfect to use while reading before bed. It’s lightweight, travel-friendly and has extra-long battery life. It’s the ideal secret Santa gift under $25 for anyone who shares a bed with a partner or has trouble sleeping after using harsh light.
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6. Reusable Silicone Collapsible Straws
These convenient little portable pouches for reusable straws make drinking all of your favorite cold beverages that much easier and more eco-friendly. We all know that paper straws are not it, so grab one of these to help your secret Santa out, with extra-long cleaning brushes included.
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7. Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer
The constant coffee drinker in your office needs something to keep their cup-of-joe warm during the cold months. Get them this easy mug warmer from Mr. Coffee.
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8. Fitglam Silk Sleep Mask
For the co-worker that’s always traveling or taking “power naps” in the office, treat them to this under $25 secret Santa gift from Fitglam. It’s made of smooth mulberry silk and comes in 17 color combos.
9. Ticent Dog Paws & Bones Cake Pan
Some co-workers can’t stop talking about their dogs — and might even bring them to work. This dog treat cake pan allows them to cook their hound’s favorite dish at home.
10. Gifts & Decor Tabletop Zen Garden
This calming mini zen garden makes the ideal secret Santa gift under $25 for the stressed-out boss or co-worker. It comes with everything they need to start working on a little haven, including a mini rake, rocks, sand, and a candle holder.
11. KidsFunwares TriceraTACO Taco Holder
If your giftee has kids — or just eats like one in the office — they’ll appreciate this TriceraTaco taco holder. It solves the age-old taco-falling-over issue and gets some laughs in the process.
12. National Etching Wine Glass
This wine glass features unique measurements just for the office wino. The writing is also etched instead of printed, so it feels a little more luxurious — even though the etching is anything but.
13. Final Touch Watermelon Keg
If your co-worker can’t wait till next summer, fuel their excitement with this watermelon keg tapping kit for the best secret Santa gift under $25. Hollow out the fruit, attach the faucet and fill with your favorite beverage for the best drink dispenser at the barbecue or picnic.
14. Kingsford Original Charcoal
For the office clown, hated boss, or troublemaker, do like Santa and get them this bag of coal. It’s a little ruthless but who knows — they might actually use it for barbecuing.
15. DecoBros Desk Organizer
Every office has that one worker that just can’t keep their desk clean and organized. If you’re their Secret Santa, help them out with this desk organizer from DecoBros for one of the best secret Santa gifts under $25.
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