Holiday Gift Guide: Office Secret Santa

Is anyone else struggling with the fact that Christmas is less than three weeks away? If you’re a procrastinator like me, you’re probably saving your holiday shopping until the very last minute. That’s why for the next few weeks, I’ll be focusing on those hard-to-think-of-a-gift-for kind of people in your life (because anyone can put together a list of generic gifts for under $25).

The first subject of interest: your office Secret Santa. There’s nothing like a work-related gift exchange to have you both excited and stressed at the same time. Luckily my team is pretty tight-knit and after three years of working together, we’re pretty familiar with each other’s likes and dislikes. If you’re new on the job or the one stuck with your supervisor as your Secret Santa, this is the gift guide for you.

When it comes to a Secret Santa at work, it’s all about striking the right balance between thoughtful, tasteful and a price within whatever budget you were given (every idea in the collage above is under $50). There’s always the candle route, but make sure it feels as special as this gilded rosegold version. Usually anything coffee or tea-related is a safe bet – a monogram mug, a rosegold French press, or even a coffee table book on how to brew better. A caffeinated team equals a productive team, am I right?

I’d avoid gifting clothes to co-workers, unless you’re 100% sure of their size and their style. Instead, go for the one-size-fits-all failsafe of a colorblock clutch or a thick knit scarf (neutral colors are always classic choice). Jewelry can be a great option too. My former manager gave me this lariat necklace a few years ago and I wear it all the time.

As for my Secret Santa this year? I’m pretty sure she doesn’t read my blog, so I’ll go ahead and share half of her gift right here. The other half is something that I’m customizing for her and you’ll just have to check my Instagram stories next Thursday to see!

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  1. Rach wrote:

    These are great gift ideas! I love the french press!

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  2. Meagan wrote:

    Great list of gifts! I kind of wish I had an office party to attend! Ha ha!

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  3. lyddiegal wrote:

    I got that french press last year and it really is so beautiful!

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  4. I love that tassel necklace! Great picks, Jen!
    Julia // Little Miss Haute Couture

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