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Cool Secret Santa Gifts You’d Buy for Yourself

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Thanks, Santa!

We’ve all been there. Forced to fawn over that snowglobe, or notepad adorned with kittens, or whatever trinket that Bad Secret Santa thoughtlessly gifted you this year. Don’t be like Bad Secret Santa. Give your coworker, colleague, or client a Secret Santa gift that they’ll not only appreciate but may even use on a regular basis.


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Doggone Perfect Planters
Amazon

Doggone Perfect Planters

$20 from Amazon
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Hedgehogs and hippos not your style? These colorful pup-shaped ceramic planters also are perfect for succulents and cacti. Available as a set of three.

Tranquil Water Garden
Uncommon Goods

Tranquil Water Garden

$18 from Uncommon Goods
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This Japanese water garden is just the right size for a windowsill or desk. Place the soil and rocks in the bowl, add the seeds, and fill with water. In days, you'll have small bit of aquatic tranquility wherever you need it.

Exploding Kittens Card Game
Amazon
Peanuts Anniversary Snoopy Mug
Amazon

Peanuts Anniversary Snoopy Mug

$21 from Amazon
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There’s a Peanuts fan in every office. (Go ahead, ask your coworkers; we’ll wait…) Give 'em this commemorative coffee mug, illustrating how Snoopy has evolved over the decades. A Charlie Brown mug is also available.

Star Wars Ice Mold
Williams-Sonoma

Star Wars Ice Mold

$22 from Williams-Sonoma
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The Star Wars geek in your office can keep their beverages cool with ice that’s got Force. Choose from storm troopers, Darth Vader, or the Death Star. Set of two.


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Hippo Succulent Planter Set
Amazon
Knock Knock Original Personal Library Kit
Amazon
Birth Month Flower Grow Kit
Uncommon Goods

Birth Month Flower Grow Kit

$34 from Uncommon Goods
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Plants are a living gift that keeps on giving. Give that friend with a green thumb a gift that celebrates the month of their birth. The kit includes a glass planter (a recycled wine bottle that doubles as a vase), growing medium, and seeds to start. Choose from: carnations, violas, mini snapdragons and daisies, sweet alyssum, red flax, lavender, poppies, asters, marigolds, mini sunflowers, or red zinnias.

Plan of Attack Sticky Notes
Amazon
Taco Phone Case
Etsy

Taco Phone Case

$28 and up from Etsy
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Every day is Taco Tuesday when you've got a snazzy phone case like this one. It's perfect for anyone who is down for tacos any day of the week, Tuesdays included.

Nut-Shaped Portable Mini Speaker
Amazon

Nut-Shaped Portable Mini Speaker

$13 from Amazon
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This portable Bluetooth speaker would look cute on any desk, and it can get loud enough to rock the cubicle during office happy hour. Even if your office is the kitchen table.


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Golden Girls Chia Pet
Amazon
Terrarium Candle
Uncommon Goods

Terrarium Candle

$26 from Uncommon Goods
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These soy candles are hand-made in Vancouver and gently scented in pine and vanilla (cactus) or white tea and jasmine (poppy). Each one can burn for up to 35 hours, but they’re cute unlit, too.

Yeti Rambler
Amazon

Yeti Rambler Insulated Coffee Mug

Price varies from Amazon
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This 14-ounce insulated mug will keep their coffee or tea piping hot all through that next too-long meeting. It’s also got a removable lid to keep liquids in place at home or in the car. Bonus: It’s dishwasher-safe, unlike cheaper insulated coffee mugs, and available in 18 colors.

New York Coffee Cup
NY Coffee Cup
Clip-on Cellphone Camera Lenses
Amazon
Hiware Stainless Steel Straws
Amazon
Literary Enamel Pin Set
The Unemployed Philosophers Guild

Literary Enamel Pin Set

$16 from The Unemployed Philosophers Guild
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You know who this gift is for: the office bookworm who passes every lunch hour with their nose in a novel. If Jane Austen isn't their cup of tea, you'll also find authors such as James Baldwin and Sylvia Plath, as well as historical figures like Carl Sagan, Marie Curie, and others.


Related: Clever and Creative Gifts for Book Lovers

Felt Letter Board
Amazon

Felt Letter Board

$23 and up from Amazon
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Let them put the office on notice with this felt letter board, which includes 690 characters in three different sizes.

Whoosh!
Amazon

Whoosh! Screen Cleaner Kit

$14 from Amazon
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Cleaning products may not sound like a fun gift, but in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic we all know that cleanliness is super important for phones, tablets, and other high-touch surfaces. This kit comes with two spray bottles (one travel-sized) and microfiber cloths to clean and polish.

Mini Portable Desk Air Humidifier
Amazon

Mini Portable Desk Air Humidifier

$14 from Amazon
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This USB mini humidifier can run for up to four hours, providing a little extra moisture wherever your colleague parks their laptop. Choose between three different cacti. Bonus: The illuminated base shifts between seven colors.

Kitchen Guide Poster
H&M

Kitchen Guide Poster

$35 from H&M
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This one's for that person who loves to cook but could stand a few pointers. This decorative poster addresses questions that arise in the course of preparing a meal: How many grams are in an ounce? What does parboil mean? How long does it take for green asparagus to boil? It looks pretty good up on a wall, too.

The Famous Drinking Bird
Amazon
Homesick Candles
Uncommon Goods
Blooming Lollipops
Uncommon Goods

Blooming Lollipops

$20 from Uncommon Goods
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Tickle their taste buds with this collection of lollipops, each with a unique flavor like strawberry-rhubarb and lemon-thyme. Once done, plant the stick and watch an herb or flower grow within three months.


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Mini Creature 3D Kits
Uncommon Goods

Mini Creature 3D Kits

$10 from Uncommon Goods
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These critters are made of eco-friendly cardboard and can be assembled in less than a half hour. Each one is about 3 inches long and 3 inches high, making them the perfect size for even a cramped home workspace.

Bottle Stopper Garden Kit
Uncommon Goods

Bottle Stopper Garden Kit

$22 from Uncommon Goods
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The office oenophile will appreciate this gift, Santa. Each kit comes with three seed plugs (cosmos, marigolds, and zinnias, or basil, dill, and parsley). Just add water and wait for flowers or herbs to grow.


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StarMark Bob-A-Lot Interactive Dog Toy
Amazon

StarMark Bob-A-Lot Interactive Dog Toy

$13 and up from Amazon
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Your dog-loving coworker can make the next bring-your-dog-to-work day a little more tasty with this toy. Fill it with treats and watch it bobble and wobble as Fido tries to figure it out.


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Kirkland Signature Golf Balls
Costco

Kirkland Signature Golf Balls

$25 from Costco
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Savvy golfers know that Costco's golf balls are a dead ringer for pricier brands like Titleist, but at a fraction of the price. Wrap up a couple dozen for a much-appreciated contribution to their stash.


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