I feel like an awful person. Okay, not super awful, but a tad bit Scrooge-ish and not because I dislike anyone, but because my husband and I are pinching pennies. You see, for the first time in five years, I'm not participating in the office Secret Santa.

If you’re taking part in the office Secret Santa, you might have gotten lucky and picked the name of someone you know really well, but chances are better that you pulled the name of someone you hardly know anything about. Am I right?  Sorry Charlie, but time is ticking down to buy your Secret Santa gift, and if you're still stumped on what to buy, here are six suggestions.

  • 1

    Hand Lotion and Hand Sanitizer

    This would make a great gift for a female co-worker because it's something she can keep on her desk, and every time she uses it, she'll think of you. If you're going to go this route, just make sure that you get something with a light scent, rather than an overpowering one.

  • 2


    Candy is pretty much a universal gift that everyone loves. You might want to stay away from giving chocolate or anything with nuts though just in case the person you're giving it to has an allergy.

  • 3

    Christmas Ornament

    Another universal gift is an ornament and the best part is that there are so many choices. You can get something more generic, or one that matches the recipient's personality.

  • 4

    Scarf and Gloves

    This is such an easy to buy gift for anyone. And, if you want to step up your game, try to match the scarf and gloves to whatever color coat your co-worker wears most often.

  • 5

    Business Card Case

    I did this one year for our company Secret Santa and it worked really well. I drew the name of someone I didn't know very well at the time but asked around to find out what sort of things they liked and ended up buying a Star Wars business card case and it was a hit.

  • 6

    Coffee or Tea Sampler

    If you're buying for someone who's always walking around with a full mug, find out if it's tea or coffee that they're drinking, and then gift them with a sample pack. They'll love it.