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The ultimate guide to Secret Santa: Personalise the presents

December is probably one of the happiest months of the year. People are in a cheerful mood; they are looking forward to the New Year, for a new beginning; the Christmas feeling is in the air; everyone is excited for the New Year while reminiscing the past year. They pledge (secretly) to be better the coming year, more productive, fit, and perhaps follow their dreams—travel, start a business, begin a family or whatever it may be.

But December is also a cheerful month for one more reason—It’s Secret Santa! A Christmas gifting tradition especially famous among friends groups and colleagues. But you know what is better than a Secret Santa present? A thoughtful Secret Santa present!

While most of them buy common gifts, you can up your gifting game by choosing a different present, with a personal touch to make it individualistic and special. Today we will discuss a few brilliant ideas for the ultimate secret Santa gifts.

Here’s a list of unique secret Santa gifts:


Thought-provoking and inspiring books can be a life-changer for many. With the New Year approaching, you can gift books for your secret child and usher them to become the best version of themselves. Sign the book off with a sweet personalised message. However, make sure they don’t already own the book you plan to gift.

Our recommendations:

  • Becoming– Michelle Obama 
  • Tuesdays with Morrie– Mitch Albom
  • Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life– Albert Liebermann and Hector Garcia
  • The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari– Robin Sharma
  • Who Moved My Cheese?- Spencer Johnson
  • The Great Connection -Arnie Warren

Desk plants:

Living in concrete jungles, one wishes for a sight of greenery. A desk plant would bring life back to a lifeless workplace. Gifting a desk plant with a personalised ceramic pot can also bring about a sense of responsibility to your secret child. Watering the plant regularly and seeing it grow can bring tremendous joy and gratification.

You can write personalised messages on the pots such as:

  • I’ll grow along with you 
  • You go girl, you grow girl
  • I am here to make you feel alive
  • la vita è bella – meaning—life is beautiful 
  • Keep standing tall

Waterproof notepads:

Ideas flow when your mind is clear and not distracted, but we live in a world of distraction. Due to Phones, TV, the internet; we are hooked continuously and don’t let our mind rest or think. Probably, one of the only time you’re not hooked on your phone or the internet would be when you are in the bathroom, showering!

In those 10-15-30 minutes, most of us remember errands, recall misplaced stuff and every once in awhile, stumble upon a million-dollar idea. And before we let it fly out of our heads, we desperately wish we scribble it somewhere. 

Voila, your wish is granted- waterproof notepads! You can indeed write on paper while showering. Thank the universe for the invention. 

You can gift this to your secret child and write a note on the first sheet such as:

  • Now not just water, but ideas will flow too
  • Scrub that body and scribble that book
  • No more great ideas down the drain

Mugs and Diary:

You can never have enough mugs. Mugs are so versatile in operation that it’s the safest gift out there. But gifting generic mugs can be boring. Turn things around by presenting mugs with personalised messages or favourite pop culture references of your secret child. You can also buy amazing mugs of their most liked movies or shows.

With the New Year coming, diaries also make a great present. Printed with the person’s name or encouraging message diaries can be a great way to inculcate the habit of maintaining a journal or just keeping track of one’s lives.


Figurines are a fantastic method to add some colour and personal touch to the otherwise corporate and professional ambience of your work desk. Figurines can be anything from holy deities to personalised caricatures to collectables of famous cultural or movie characters.

If your secret child adores any well-known movie characters or is a pious person, you can gift suitable figurines. You can also personalise it with the person’s initials or gifting customised figurines. 

 Honourable mentions:

  • Fridge magnets
  • Dream catchers
  • Windchimes
  • Food or shopping coupons
  • Sticky notes
  • Brush lettering name boards

Author’s note

Secret Santa or any other occasion, if you get an opportunity to gift someone always try to know the person and gift according. It doesn’t matter if the gift is expensive or not, but if the gift is personalised, then it will always be close to the heart. The person receiving the gift will be happy that you took an effort to understand him/ her and that gift will be forever cherished.

We hope you got some ideas for your secret Santa game. Let us know what you gifted.

Happy Gifting and Happy holidays!!! 😄

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