30 great gift ideas to give to your Secret Santa this year

Article by Homes to Love

Secret Santa presents are tricky to navigate. Whether you’re buying for a colleague or friend, these thoughtful, affordable and silly Secret Santa gift ideas for 2023 will make your Christmas shopping a breeze

Secret Santa is a ‘love it or loathe it’ affair, and you’re probably wondering what you can and can’t gift to your lucky recipient. But rest assured, you’ve come to the right place, whether tasked with sourcing Secret Santa present ideas for Karen from accounts, your brother’s girlfriend’s aunty or your childhood best friend you only see once a year. 

So, what should I gift someone for Secret Santa? 

Naturally, there’s an art to sourcing appropriate things for Secret Santa gifts. From paperback books and small art prints to nifty tools and small but luxurious items, our below curation of Secret Santa gift ideas is a delicate balance between thoughtful, memorable and, most importantly, affordable items. 

Thanks, but what items should you not give as Secret Santa gifts?

Make sure you stick to the allocated Secret Santa budget (consult our under $50 Christmas Gift Guide here). Don’t under-spend or over-spend, as you’ll make your giftee feel under-valued or uncomfortable. If your Secret Santa recipient is lacking in humour, it’s best to avoid risque or joke presents — here’s where a deluxe candle, flavoursome beverage, or summer holiday essential will fulfill the brief.

So, if you’re ready to conquer the arduous task of shopping for Secret Santa presents, here are our favourite gift ideas that will undoubtedly make your Christmas festivities a little more exciting. 

36 great Secret Santa gifts NZ

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