25 Secret Santa Gift Ideas for Coworkers Under $25
Last Updated on December 5, 2022
My first experience with having to get secret Santa gifts for coworkers was a few years back when I got my first job. Everyone in the office had to participate, and I remember feeling so anxious about it that I opted out and took the week the secret Santa gift exchange was to happen off work in order to avoid it.
Since I was still new, I was so worried that I would either draw the name of one of our bosses or someone else I wasn’t close to or didn’t know that well. The colleague would probably also have no secret Santa gift wishlist to guide me in knowing what they would like.
I tend to overthink and obsess about things, and knowing myself, the thought of all the anxiety and stress I would go through when choosing secret Santa gifts for coworkers made me bail on it.
But I couldn’t opt out forever because I knew that Secret Santa gift exchanges are a great opportunity to bond and have fun with colleagues.
Since then, I have learned how to get out of my shell and have participated in several more secret Santa gift exchanges with coworkers in other places I have worked.
If you are like I used to be and are stuck or feeling anxious about what gift to get a coworker for secret Santa, you don’t have to be.
Keep reading for some secret Santa gift ideas for coworkers under $25 to inspire and help you choose.
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Secret Santa Gift Ideas for Coworkers Under $25
- Personalized mug
Everyone drinks beverages at some point during their day, and thus, you can never go wrong by getting personalized mugs like this one as secret Santa gifts for coworkers. You can have funny messages about your coworker printed on their mugs depending on your relationship with them, what you know about them, and their interests.
- Portable mini humidifier
If there ever were a perfect secret Santa gift idea for coworkers under $25, this portable mini humidifier would be it. It is super quiet, and because of its size, they can use it at their work desk, at home, and when traveling.
- Wooden docking station
Everyone loves working on a decluttered and organized desk, and this wooden docking station is a good inexpensive secret Santa gift idea for your male coworkers.
- Custom best friend portrait
If you are lucky to draw the name of your work best friend, getting them this personalized portrait as a secret Santa gift will show them how much they mean to you.
- Cutting board
Does the person you are assigned to love cooking? If they do, a custom engraved cutting board is one of the best inexpensive secret Santa gifts for coworkers who love to cook. It is useful and shows them that you know what they like.
- Healing and protection crystals
Is the coworker assigned to you for secret Santa a spiritual person? If you know they are, get them secret Santa gifts that show that you know and respect this aspect of their lives. These black tourmaline tumbled stones are among the best secret Santa gift ideas under $25 for a coworker who is a spiritual person.
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Your fitness or smoothie addict coworker will love getting this personal-size, portable, rechargeable blender as their secret Santa gift, and it is under $25!
- Printed socks
Everyone wears socks, and the good thing is that they can wear them both at work and while at home. Getting printed socks with funny text or pictures on them is one of the best secret Santa gift ideas for coworkers under $25, especially during this cold weather.
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- Cord holder
Though the world has been heading towards having more wireless devices, we still have to use various cables in our day-to-day lives for our phone chargers, earphones, TV, and laptops. This cord holder is a good inexpensive secret Santa gift for coworkers as it will help them keep all their cables organized at home, in the car, and on their work desk.
- A personalized recipe book
There is no better secret Santa gift under $25 for coworkers who love cooking or those who are learning how to than a recipe book. They can use it to record all their favorite holiday season recipes, which they can later pass on to their kids and anyone else who may want to try them.
- Foodie Dice
You probably know how difficult it can be to decide what to cook or eat on a particular day. Your foodie coworkers will appreciate getting these as their secret Santa gifts as they will inspire them and make it easier and fun to choose what to eat.
- Water bottle
Water is a basic need for all living things. As such, this water bottle with time markers to remind them when to drink is one of the best secret Santa gift ideas for coworkers under $25.
- Weekly meal planner journal
Whether the coworker assigned to you is a foodie, fitness enthusiast, or you just want to give them something to guide them when grocery shopping and in meal preparation, this 1-year weekly and daily meal planner journal will be a good inexpensive secret Santa gift for them.
- Personalized leather wallet
Men never go anywhere without their wallets. Thus, if you get this personalized leather wallet as a secret Santa gift for your male coworkers, you are sure it will be useful to them.
Scented candles are another inexpensive secret Santa gift for a coworker. They can use them to create a relaxing atmosphere at home, during meditation, in religious practices, and for emergency lighting in case of power failure. These personalized soy wax candles from Etsy are some of the best secret Santa gift ideas for coworkers under $25.
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- Desk plant(s)
The office desk is one of the places we spend most hours of our days. As such, these cute ceramic, succulent planters are among the best secret Santa gift ideas for coworkers under $25. They will make their desk aesthetically pleasing, bring a smile to their face, and create an atmosphere that inspires them while working.
- Mountable bottle opener
We all know how much of a hassle and messy opening bottles can be. Buy your coworker this bottle opener to help keep their office and home clean whenever they need to open a beer or soda bottle. It is an inexpensive secret Santa gift that is under $25 and they can either let it sit by itself or mount it on a wall or metal surface.
- Keepsake box
Does the coworker assigned to you love traveling? If they do, this personalized keepsake box is one of the best secret Santa gift ideas under $25 for such coworkers. They can use the keepsake box to store souvenirs, photos, and memories from their adventures.
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- Personalized travel tech organizer
So you drew the name of a coworker who is a technology lover and are wondering what the best secret Santa gifts under $25 for such colleagues are. This personalized tech organizer fits the budget and helps them keep all their cables, chargers, phone, tablets, hard drives, USBs, memory cards, and more electronics in one place.
- Clay essential oil diffuser stones
The work environment can be stressful, and it would be good if you had something to help you relax. Why not introduce aromatherapy to the coworker assigned to you by buying for them these cute but effective clay essential oils diffuser stones as a secret Santa gift? Get a package for yourself as well to use at the office, in the car, and to make your home smell good.
- Coffee mug warmer
This affordable coffee mug warmer is another thoughtful secret Santa gift idea for coworkers under $25. It is portable and can be used to heat coffee or any other beverage in 2 minutes or less.
- Hot sauce gift set
If you know they love spicy foods, this hot sauce gift pack is one of the best secret Santa gift ideas for coworkers under $25. Although hot sauce seems like a simple thing to give someone, it is just as good as the other secret Santa gifts on this list, and your colleague will love it.
- Neck and shoulder relaxer
Working all day can cause neck and back pain and could also lead to bad posture. So, if the coworker assigned to you is always complaining about a stiff neck or back pain, getting them this neck and shoulder relaxer will be a thoughtful secret Santa gift under $25. It will help in soothing a stiff neck and also with spine alignment to correct their posture.
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- Funny notebook
Meetings are a normal thing in the workplace, but not everyone likes attending them. This funny notebook is a good inexpensive secret Santa gift for coworkers who hate meetings. It will bring a smile to their face and probably even make them start looking forward to meetings in order to use it.
- Gift cards
If you are stuck or obsessing about the secret Santa gift ideas for coworkers you aren’t close to, stop worrying too much. Getting this Amazon gift card for them is easy and convenient, especially when you don’t have much time to look for secret Santa gifts for coworkers that are under $25.
If you are doing last-minute gift shopping or you don’t know a colleague well enough to be aware of their tastes and preference, this gift card will be a great secret Santa gift for your colleague as it will enable them to purchase whatever they want for Christmas.
There you have them! Above are the 25 best secret Santa gift ideas for coworkers under $25. If you are feeling anxious or stuck, use the above ideas for inspiration when getting your colleagues gifts for secret Santa this year.
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My husband had done secret Santa and gave a cactus in a tin to grow, a picture of John Barrowman and a naughty picture colouring book. He think he’s very funny!
😂He is! Those are very interesting gifts
How did you know this is exactly what I needed, Sheri? Am sending this post to my email for the near future reference. ❤️
I’m glad I gave you some ideas, Jeff. I am sure your coworker will love whichever gift you buy for them. Happy shopping!
The hot sauce gift set is a great one!