What to get for secret Santa when you don’t really know the person

You join the office secret Santa and end up with someone you don’t really know. You have no idea what to get them and don’t want to commit any kind of faux pas. Secret Santa should be a fun and easy way approach to gift-giving. However, it often ends up being a stressful activity with many terrible gifts.

You should ask around the office to gather some information about your secret Santa person. Subtly ask around to see if they have any allergies or dietary requirements, such as being vegan. Once you’ve covered the essentials, you can start looking for gifts. Here are a few gift ideas for the person you don’t really know.

A personalised mug

Everyone likes a hot drink in the winter. You could buy them a mug to keep them cosy and alert throughout the working day. Personalise the mug with their initials or a nice quote that fits their personality. You might have noticed something about them in the office. For example, they might have Disney themed stationary. You could get them a Disney character on the front.

A hamper of treats

Everyone likes sweets and chocolate. Go to your local budget shop and purchase a collection of old school treats for your secret Santa. They might find the sweets bring up a sense of nostalgia from their childhood. Display them in a hamper with a ribbon and Christmas card for an extra special touch.


Buy your secret Santa a Christmas candle to help them unwind in the holiday season. It can be difficult to find any time for you in the festive period – between Christmas parties and gift shopping. Lighting a festive candle at the end of a long day is the perfect way to relax. You could add a chocolate gift and a bottle of wine to make the perfect relaxation set.


Ask around the office to see if your secret Santa likes stationary. They might have a matching notebook and pencil case on their desk. You could give them a diary for the new year or a calendar to hang next to their desk. Help them stay organised at work and keep up with their love of stationery.

Secret Santa is a chance to form new relationships in your office. You can get to know someone outside of your immediate circle with a Christmas gift.