The Best Secret Santa Gifts for Your Office Holiday Party

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It can be hard to know what to get coworkers, but don't give up and reach for gift cards just yet. Check out our list of top secret Santa gift ideas and win that gift exchange. Whether you've got an under-$20 limit, a coffee-enthusiast, or just someone who's hard to shop for, we have you covered.

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Secret Santa Gift Ideas for Coworkers

We all know Christmas shopping can be stressful, but shopping for coworkers can be even more challenging. We rounded up some ideas so you can ace the gift exchange this year. Not only are all these ideas appropriate for the workplace, but they're also all less than $40 so you can stick to the holiday budget, too. No matter which you pick, wrap it in something special to wow your office mates.

Best Secret Santa Gift Under $20: Scratch Off Poster

Whether they hang it in their cubicle or take it home, this scratch off poster will inspire all kinds of fun. It comes with a list of 100 things to do such as sleep under the stars, fly a kite, and go white water rafting—it's basically a creative bucket list. As they check off experiences, they scratch off a square, and once they've completed everything on the list they have a charming piece of art. Know someone who's a movie buff? Check out the 100 Movies Bucket list, which would also make a great secret Santa gift for coworkers. ($15; uncommongoods.com)

Best Holiday-Theme Gift: Elf on the Shelf

Help them start a new holiday tradition by giving them Elf on the Shelf. There are multiple variations of the Christmas classic, but this set includes a book to make storytime even better (so it's ideal for a coworker who has kids). The ever-watchful, and sometimes mischievous, elf is a fun, memorable way to help encourage little ones to stay on Santa's nice list. Take the gift to the next level by including Elf on the Shelf ideas to keep their holiday creativity flowing. ($30; amazon.com)

Best for the Office: Letter Board

For the coworker who loves decorating their desk, this letter board is sure to be a hit. Featuring more than 690 letters and symbols (even emojis), it comes with plenty of tools for creating helpful reminders, special messages, or funny sayings. Its adjustable easel makes finding the perfect spot to display it simple while its storage box keeps all the pieces organized. Available in two sizes and seven colors, choosing something they'll actually want to decorate their workspace with won't be hard. ($22; amazon.com)

Best for the Host: Cheese Board

A charcuterie platter is a great way to let the host in your life know you appreciate them. We like this particular cheeseboard as it features trays for crackers or other small munchables, side handles for easy transport, and doubles as a cutting board. Crafted of bamboo, it's an eco-friendly addition to their collection and is sure to come in handy at the next office dinner party. ($29; amazon.com)

Best for the Foodie: Indoor Herb Garden

A best-selling new release at Amazon, this herb garden will be appreciated by food enthusiasts and garden novices alike. The 40-piece kit takes the guesswork out of gardening by including everything they need to grow nine herbs (such as basil, parsley, and oregano), elevating their culinary creations with fresh flavor. It even comes with bamboo markers to label each plant. ($30; amazon.com)

Best for the Beauty Guru: Face Masks

Give the gift of beautiful skin with this face mask set. Coming from Dr. Jart+, a dermatologist-developed skin care brand, these masks don't just hydrate but also help target common skin issues like redness, excess oil, flaky skin, and fine lines. The bundle features seven masks (one for every day of the week) for your coworker to use in his or her self-care routine. ($39; sephora.com)

Best for the Coffee-Lover: Yeti Tumbler

If your coworker can't live without their morning cup of joe (or afternoon pick-me-up) then this Yeti tumbler will make them smile. Its double-wall vacuum insulation ensures both hot and cold beverages stay at the correct temperature for hours. A splash-resistant magnetic lid makes for smooth opening and closing so they can easily enjoy their coffee during a meeting, commute, or even at home. ($30; williams-sonoma.com)