Buying Secret Santa gifts can be difficult. Most likely, you’re buying for someone you don’t know well. You’re sticking to a low price. But you still want to get a gift that’ll make your co-workers admire your gift-giving prowess.
Here are some fun gifts priced under $20 that could be perfect for your Secret Santa pick:
Got someone in your office who can’t get enough of TV’s The Office? Reward their fandom with this Dwight K. Schrute desk plate. Who knows, maybe one day they’ll get promoted to Assistant to the Regional Manager too.
A bit of whimsy on your desk goes a long way to making the work day more fun. This Morris the Donkey memo dispenser fits the bill and comes in red, white and black. Morris’ back holds a book of up 140 3.5-inch by 3.5-inch sheets, while Morris’ clip mouth can hold a pen, pencil or note. When you wrap this up, consider leaving a fun note in Morris’ mouth for your Secret Santa.
If you’ve got any bird-watchers in your office, get them this sweet sparrow paperclip holder. The sparrow comes in red, white, black, green, yellow and pink, bringing a fun splash of color to an otherwise drab desk. This little bird is sure to bring a smile any time your co-worker needs to clip papers together.
Cactus are just fun with their cute shapes and soothing green color. So a desk organizer shaped like a cactus will brighten any workday. This pencil cup has an arm for rubber bands, as well as a magnetic arm that’ll keep paper clips handy. The best part is, there are no needles.
Another sweet desktop organizer, this elephant has space to hold pens, pencils and scissors in its back. But its sloping trunk, while being super cute, is also useful as a smartphone holder. Either vertical or horizontal, this elephant can let your co-workers have hands-off Face Time or Skype meetings right at their desk.
I must admit, I’m a list maker. And I have a soft spot for notepads that easily help me organize my lists. So these sticky notes color-coded for all my work needs are right up my alley. If your Secret Santa person likes lists, they’ve love these fun to-do-list sticky notes.
Who doesn’t get some stress on the job? Give your co-worker this fun desk toy that offers creative time between meetings. The desk sculpture has 221 silver balls in varying sizes and a wide circular magnetic base that keeps the balls contained. The base is about 3.5 inches wide and a little under 1 inch tall, so perfect for a spot on any desk. The magnet is so strong, it’ll even hold the ball sculpture when turned upside down, so if it gets knocked over, their creation will stay intact.
Another sculpting stress reliever is this 3D pin art board. The whole unit measures 5 inches by 7 inches, so it fits well on a desk or in a drawer. Anytime your co-worker needs a break, they can pull it out and make pin sculptures of their hand or get creative with other shapes. Best of all, the feel of the soft pins on skin is like a little massage.
If one of your co-workers is a tea lover, this fun tea mug could be just the gift for them, especially if they also like cats. The mug is shaped like a kitty, with the tail curled up to make the handle. The ingenious part is the adorable cat-head-shaped top, which not only keeps tea warm but also lowers a fish-shaped tea infuser into the mug of hot water. It can be used with tea bags or loose leaf tea for the true tea aficionado.
Dog lovers will do anything for their dogs, even go to work every day. That’s why this fun mug is perfect for the dog-loving co-workers in your office. You’ll get a knowing nod and laugh when they open this during Secret Santa.
Office hours can be tough on nature lovers, but these mini succulent planters are a perfect way for them to get some green in their day. Each planter measures 2.75 inches wide and tall, making them small enough to fit on a desk. They have a hole in the bottom for drainage and include a little bamboo tray to keep a desk clean. They come in a set of six for under $20, but if you’re on a tight budget, you could split up the pack for multiple gifts. No matter how many your Secret Santa pick unwraps, they’ll love them.
You know that person who listens to REO Speedwagon at their desk? If they’re your Secret Santa draw, get them this desk organizer in the shape of an old cassette tape. One half holds pens and pencils, and the other holds a roll of tape. Perfect for any ’80s child.
There’s something very relaxing about watching sand stream through an hourglass, and when you know it’s counting away the minutes left in a work day, it’s all the more soothing. This chrome-plated and glass hourglass is 8 inches tall and a little over 3 inches wide, so it won’t take up too much space on a desk but is also tall enough to be eye-catching. The sand grains count out 30 minutes, so every time it’s turned over, you’re that much closer to going home.