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Holiday Gift Guide: The Best Secret Santa Gifts Under $25

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 2022-12-21

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Office secret Santas are tricky whether you get your BFF, your boss or your workplace nemesis. The perfect secret Santa gift should be light-hearted, useful, fall at a reasonable price point, and ideally should be reflective of the recipient’s likes or hobbies. In other words, picking out the right gift is no small task. To help you with your search, we rounded up the best secret Santa gifts under $25 for every type of co-worker.

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1. Eddie Bauer Plush Sherpa Fleece Throw Blanket

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A cozy blanket is always an appropriate gift, especially around the holidays when the weather tends to be chillier. This one from Eddie Bauer is made to be warming, with yarn-dyed cotton flannel and popcorn fleece on the inside. It’s got a faux shearling trim and would work perfectly over a bedspread or as a throw blanket on the couch. It comes in a bunch of styles and patterns, is lightweight and easy to pack as well.


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2. Karecel Rechargeable Hand Warmer

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When the winter season arrives and it’s below 40 degrees outside, we must stay prepared. And if you’re not layering properly, all parts of the body feel the chill. Especially our hands. One way to heat up on top of wearing gloves is using a hand warmer. Karecel has a 2-in-1 device that serves as both a quick hand warmer and power bank. Your office coworker would be delighted to have this perfect portable gadget.


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3. Carhartt Men's Knit Cuffed Beanie

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Everyone loves a little Carhartt and with the winter months ahead where the wind gets blustery and the temperatures drop, this knit cuffed beanie will come in handy. You don’t have settle for this blackberry hue, you can shop loads of colors — 33 to be exact — under $25.


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4. Anker Wireless Charger

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The Anker 313 Wireless Charger provides an effortless charging experience, compatible for iPhone, Galaxy and Pixel users. It’s another great gift under $25 for the person who always forgetting their chord. With this optimized charging stand, you one enjoy videos or movies while charging in landscape orientation, or portrait mode for messaging and facial recognition.


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5. FLY BY JING Sichuan Chili Hot Sauce

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This 100% natural, non-GMO chili hot sauce is top-rated on Amazon for its flavor and versatility, touted as a condiment that can truly go on anything. It’s made from premium ingredients, and tastes just as good on pizza and chicken as it does on ice cream. It’s sugar-free and made with heritage Erjingtiao chiles and Gongjiao tribute peppers for a sweet and spicy blend with a perfect kick.


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6. BalanceFrom Yoga Mat

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A yoga mat is an excellent versatile item to have around the house, whether it’s used for actual asanas, stretching post-workout or cushioning the floor under your standing desk. This mat is thick yet lightweight and has moisture resistant technology. It’s has a doubled-sided non slip surface and comes in a bunch of colors and patterns.


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7. Our Table 7-Piece Bar Tools Gift Set

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Not everyone is a naturally gifted bartender, but most of us enjoy a good cocktail. This chic bar tool set is perfect for crafting your favorite drinks. Your home bar will be fully equipped with everything needed to host — a strainer, shaker, bottle opener, double jigger, knife, stirrer and wooden organizer stand.


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8. Wax Buffalo Armitage Street Candle

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Who doesn’t love to come home from work and decompress to the smell of an aromatic fragrance? Wax Buffalo is here help with that. The Nebraska-based brand has a classic collection of candles with a variety of smell goods for the modern home including this armitage street scent, which carries notes of earthy vanilla, blackberry, currant, roasted honey and more.


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9. Work from Home Survival Kit

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This little kit is the perfect mix of silly and useful. Even if your office isn’t fully remote anymore, it’s likely that many people are still working from home for at least a few days each week. Help your secret Santa survive those days with earplugs, a webcam cover, conference call bingo, an outfit decision coin, fidget cube and desk yoga guide. Is it silly? Yes, of course. But really, what more could you want in the best secret Santa gifts under $25?


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10. Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer

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The constant coffee drinker in your office needs something to keep their cup-of-joe warm during the cold months. Get them this easy mug warmer from Mr. Coffee.


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11. MUSICOZY Sleep Headphones Bluetooth Eye Mask

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For the co-worker that’s always traveling or taking “power naps” in the office, treat them to this under $25 secret Santa gift from MUSICOZY. The sleep mask is made of premium memory foam with smooth ice silk lining. The sleep mask—headphones pair with any smartphone or tablet devices quick and easy. You’ll feel more relaxed when playing soft, serene music.


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12. Library Card Tote Bag

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For the coworker who’s a true book lover, gifting them this library card-design tote bag under $25 is right up their alley. It has an inner pocket to bookmark your essentials, including your keys or wallet, and is the perfect size for taking your reading materials on the go.


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13. Starbucks Gift Card

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What’s more convenient than a gift card to the undisputed coffee shop champion? Whether you’re a matcha tea kind of guy or iced caramel macchiato gal, this treat to Starbucks will make your morning even sweeter. We just going to assume everyone is a regular here and makes a pit stop before heading into the office.


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14. Netflix Stranger Things: Attack of the Mindflayer Card Game

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Are you a Netflixer and enjoy sci-fi dramas? Specifically, Stranger Things? Well, you can enjoy a quick card game inspired by the hit series, after all your work is complete. The objective of this bluffing game is to figure out which of your friends is possessed by the Mind Flayer. But keep your eye out as there will be twist and turns.


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15. Rustic Wooden Letter Board Memo

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This is the kind of thing that people may be reluctant to buy for themselves, but will end up using a ton. Choose your favorite color for the base of this letter board that the recipient can hang on the wall to showcase their favorite phrases, messages, or even reminders. It looks great in a bedroom or office to add a bit of personal flare to the space.


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16. Mini Desktop Skee Ball

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Get this. A desktop version of desktop Skee-Ball, for such a budget-friendly price. This mini kit includes a mini-size Skee-Ball machine (with three pieces that snap together), 5 balls, and a 32-page illustrated book with an instruction manual on how to play. You could get a fun game going between you and your colleagues, but not too much fun.


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17. Funko Pop! Heroes: Batman Forever – Riddler

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Funko is a prominent pop culture lifestyle brand, best known for its accessories, board games, as well as unique collectibles such as vinyl figurines. This version features one of Gotham’s most puzzling supervillains, The Riddler. The brand has a million to choose from, but it’s easier to pick when you know your co-workers’ fandom.


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18. Monogrammed Wine Glasses

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This high quality wine glass is personalized just for the office wino. Based on their initial, nickname or title, you can have any letter from A-Z engraved on this gift under $25. They’ll surely adore that personal touch and be relieved to know it’s also safe to pop into the dishwasher to be crystal clean.


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19. Smoko Squishy

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Looking for a gift under $25 that’s a bit more personal and unique? The Smoko Squishy is perfect to gift for the coworker who might need to relieve some stress, be a bit fidgety or may need to cure boredom at their desk. There is more ultra-cute characters from the brand to choose from as well.


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20. Handheld Milk Frother

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Lattes are expensive, but as the weather gets colder, it’s very tempting to warm up with an indulgent coffee beverage. Stuff stockings or help your work Secret Santa make their own delicious cappuccinos right in the office with this affordable handheld milk frother. It’s durable, battery operated, doesn’t take up much space and swirls up milk into a frothy dream in no time.


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21. Dragon Ball Z Mini Desk Lamp

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If your giftee has kids — or is just a fan of Dragon Ball Z — they’ll appreciate this mini desktop lamp. It’s designed to resemble the Goku’s Four Star Dragon Ball from the Japanese anime television series.


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22. BEARDMENTS Beard Lights

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Have a secret Santa who’s got a killer beard? These flashing light ornaments would make a great gift under $25 for anyone looking to dress up their facial hair in the holiday spirit. The set includes three red and green lights, as well as 10 original ornaments so beards of longer lengths should still have coverage. Each light and ornament has a mini clip on the end for safe attachment to hair of all lengths and densities, and they can be worn by women in ponytails just as easily.


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23. Office Desk Organizers

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Every office has that one worker that just can’t keep their desk clean and organized. If you’re their Secret Santa, help them out with this desk organizer from DecoBros for one of the best secret Santa gifts under $25.


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24. Therapy Dough

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We could all use therapy. If you need a gift under $25 to throw into a White Elephant, this therapy dough can be universally appreciated, either in addition to real therapy or as a stand alone stress relief outlet. It’s molded after clay used by art therapists and infused with essential oils that are designed to help you relax. It’s the perfect thing to keep in a desk drawer or in your work bag for whenever you need to unwind.


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