If you work in a global company, chances are your team celebrates the little Christmas activity called ‘Secret Santa’. For those who’re unaware, Secret Santa is a an activity where a every person in a group is assigned a person each to whom they have to give gifts anonymously. Each person is assigned one such ‘giftee’, usually picked via chits. In the end, everyone gets to give a gift, and everyone receives a gift and it’s finally revealed on the final day who the Secret Santa and giftee were!
While for some it’s a fun filled activity that adds some temporary joy to your mundane office lives, for some it can be a time of distress. Especially if the thought of buying a gift for someone scares you, or you’re not sure what an appropriate gift for a not-so-familiar colleague would be. Don’t even think of buying something too personal for a colleague you know nothing about! Definitely stay away from clothes, perfumes, or personal accessories.
So, we decided to put down a list of gifts that are perfect for a Secret Santa gift. All the gifts are under the $25 mark so you don’t have to bust the bank trying to be a good Secret Santa.
1. A Phone case
Find out what phone your assigned giftee uses. If they use an iPhone, a nice leather wallet case would make for a thoughtful and useful gift. If they use any other phone, get a phone cover accordingly.
2. Charging cable
Never is a charging cable more useful than at a desk when people spend of their time, and keep their devices on charge mode. Since work desks are usually visible areas, people try to put in an effort to make them look good, including charging cables. A colourful braided charging cable for iPhone or a Zipper 2-in-1 cable for both Android and an iPhone.
3. Yoga towel
Know a budding Yoga freak? Make the transition easier for them by gifting them this thoughtful Yoga towel. Plus, if they’re inspired enough to start doing Yoga as a new year resolution, you’re to credit.
4. USB coffee-warmer coaster
If your colleague keeps making rounds of the micro-kitchen to heat and reheat and reheat their coffee, this adorable Oreo-cookie shaped USB cup warmer is a perfect gift for them.
5. Bluetooth Beanie with headphones
Your colleagues will love this beanie with inbuilt headphones so much and you’ll see it when you see them wearing it at work everyday!
6. 3-in-1 flash drive for iPhone, iPad and Android devices
If your colleague keeps running out storage on their phones, a flash drive is the gift for them. Also, useful for exchanging all those work files.
7. Watch and phone charging cum pen stand
Help your colleague organize their desk and keep their devices charged with this bamboo Apple Watch and phone charging stand and stationary holder.
8. Macbook case
If your colleague has an iPad or Macbook, and not a case for either, this Macbook folio case is a perfect gift for them.
9. Power bank
10. Mini Bluetooth speakers
The best part about gifting these mushroom shaped bluetooth speakers is that while your giftee gets to keep them, you can have a mini shindig right at their desk after work one of the weekends. Hell, maybe they’ll even invite you over for a party at theirs, thinking about the speakers you gifted them which will sort their music.
You can of course combine other gifts like chocolates, cards, and add some of these and make hampers. The idea is to delight your giftee, and do something thoughtful for them even if it's for one day in the year. Apart from gifts, you can consider getting them a coffee, and even decorating their desks with some string lights.