Is it just me or do office Secret Santa exchanges sometimes feel like drawing straws? I’ll never forget last Christmas when I pulled the name of my company’s vice president in a game of Secret Santa. I was mortified at first and even tried to craft a way to sneak my paper back into the bowl. On the other extreme, I’ve had Secret Santas where I felt so strongly about my idea and could wax poetically about the perfect gift. No matter who I pull in Secret Santa, I always have a small reservoir of fear that comes out within the five seconds it takes for the recipient to open their gift. My internal chatter says: Will they love? Will they pretend to love? Did I miss the mark completely? What does that high pitched “awwwwwww” really mean?
I’m by no means and expert on gifting, but I’ve rounded up a few tried and true gifts for your next secret santa.