Secret Santa gift exchanges are usually featured at holiday parties among families, co-workers, school classmates or other groups. Several days before the event, each person draws the name of one or more other participants from a hat or bowl. Then each person must create or buy a gift for the person(s) selected.
The secret theme of the gift-giving is that the person who gives the present often is required to remain anonymous. The practice isn’t always strictly monitored, but if the secret will be kept, it allows the giver to add some humor or mystery in the choice of a gift. Some ideas for a secret Santa gift exchange that cost less than $10 may include some fun presents. Here are just a few examples from among the countless possibilities.
1. Homemade dessert items, with serious or funny icing writing. Inscriptions could be the recipient’s name and/or holiday greetings. Bake your own gift cake, cookies or pie, with ingredients costing up to $10 per present. The personal touch as a Secret Santa baker will be appreciated by the one who gets to eat your thoughtfully delicious gift.
2. If you’re really too lazy to be a Secret Santa and get fun gifts, or don’t have time to run around to shop during the Christmas rush, you can always pass out $10 gift certificates. They can be for local restaurants, supermarkets, department stores, gasoline stations, entertainment and other businesses. The gift certificates are useful and never inappropriate, but they confirm that you’re not too creative and have no sense of humor.
3. Give as a gag a giant, battery-operated gag lightbulb with an old-fashioned pull chain that turns it on. This would be a fun present for the brightest student in the class, or the dimmest bulb in the office. Cost: $6 from www.stupid.com.
4. Gourmet Christmas Smencils are in a pencil gift set package, and each pencil has a distinctively different scent, including strawberry, chocolate and vanilla. Cost: $9 from www.stupid.com
5. Giant Scissors are more than 15 inches long and made of harmless plastic. They’d make an appropriate holiday present for a boss famous for cost-cutting or a medical student who is studying to become a surgeon. Cost: $4 from www.BaronBob.com
6. Customized t-shirts are always appropriate, or if you’d rather, inappropriately naughty. You can buy from a large list of designs and slogans, or provide your own choice of spicy copy. If your plan is to be a Secret Santa for everyone and give gifts to more than one person, you can get ten imprinted t-shirts for $82, with all sizes including xxxl, from www.deezteez.com