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Secret Santa Ideas

I am looking for ideas to use at work when people sign up to be a secret Santa. I have seen poems with ideas for each day of the exchange.

BeccaL from Polk, NE


Secret Santa Ideas

I found this link that gives a poem for each sense so you can gift a gift of smell (candles), gift of taste (candy), gift of touch (I gave earrings), etc. Here is the link


It is in the center of the post. I also pasted it here in case you have problems.

A whiffin', sniffin' gift,
Especially for you.
It's from "Secret Santa"
Bet you can't guess who!

Winkin', blinkin, just don't nod.
This gift is for your eyes.
It's from Secret Santa too,
By now, that's no surprise.

Jingle, jangle, what do I hear?
It's not a reindeer sleigh--
It must be Secret Santa,
Hurrying on his way.

Yummy, yummy, tummy tingling.
A tasty, tempting treat.
Won't you be surprised
When we finally meet!

This final gift--for the sense of touch--
Might be a bit surprising.
I'm sure you know just who I am,
Without realizing.

~author unknown~



By Jenn

Secret Santa Ideas

Here are a few ideas used in the distant past:

  • snack bag of marshmallows labeled "snowman poop"
  • wrap a "huge" box, fill with crumpled up newspaper, and at the bottom wrap up one of those small poppers (you turn it inside out and place it on a flat surface and it "pops" into the air) popper costs about 10 cents and it's more fun for the rest of the office to sit there and watch the recipient go through the entire box!
  • here's a great one: very small stocking (kind that sell for less than $1) with 2 AA batteries in it and a sign that says, "Gift Not Included." (11/29/2006)

By Christopher

Secret Santa Ideas

One year I sent my recipient on a scavenger hunt each day to find her secret Santa gift. I made up each clue based on well known areas and left the gifts there. Also one year one of my colleagues made a picture of herself and cut it up like puzzle pieces. Each day she gave her person a small gift and one piece of the puzzle. By the end of the time she was able to find out who the person was based on the puzzle pieces. (12/10/2006)


By jb

Secret Santa Ideas

Small bathroom luxuries work well, like a bath bomb or a nice smelling soap if you don't have much money. (11/06/2007)

Secret Santa Ideas

To the poster who wanted to know what to call their basket for their neighbors, I've heard of this being called "you've been elfed". (11/19/2007)

By Erica

Secret Santa Ideas

This website has something called The Grinch game which is like secret Santa.

I have seen a variation in my neighborhood the past few years with a picture of Santa and it is called "You've been Kringled!" (11/22/2007)

By Lyndsay

Secret Santa Ideas

Usually a trip to CVS or Walgreen's will do the trick. They have a lot of cute little candies and cheap Christmas stuff. Also a local dollar store will have random things that can be fun. Other things include candy, a Santa hat, or raw cookie dough. Those are all fun. Also you can go to AC Moore or a Michael's or whatever craft store is by you and get all kinds of things like, make your own deer antlers and crafty Christmas stuff. And if you want, they have paint shirts cheap, and you can write on them with fabric markers and give that to them. (12/10/2007)


By Elle

Secret Santa Ideas

Last year we made snowman poop, marshmallows and sprinkles in a cute little bag. Google, snowman poop to find the poem that goes with it. You can also find the reindeer droppings and maxipad slippers. They were a blast and cheap! (12/11/2008)

By Desi

Secret Santa Ideas

Last year I used a can opener that cuts below the rim, I opened it from the bottom and you can't tell is been open. I then put my gift inside and she had to use a can opener to get gift. I also gave her an empty box and put a note that said I got her the gift that she always she tells her husband she wants. Nothing. (12/12/2008)

By Sandy

Secret Santa Ideas

Go to WalMart chocolates are a good one and any Christmas little do dad will work! (12/12/2008)

By unknown

Secret Santa Ideas


For the people that needed clues for revealing themselves as the secret Santa: At the end, you can just take the last gift to the "victims" (as I like to call them) and present it to them and saying that you're their secret Santa, etc. That's how we do it. (12/20/2008)

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