25 Foolproof Secret-Santa Gifts Under $25

25 Foolproof Secret-Santa Gifts Under $25
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Depending on how you feel about gift-giving, team bonding, and the holidays in general, Secret Santa can either be the best or worst part of the season—especially if you work in an office where the tradition is, well, somewhat less than voluntary. What do you get for coworkers you only see from 9 to 5? Will Jenn in HR ever actually use a fancy ballpoint pen? Does Mark in sales eat chocolate, or has he gone Paleo again?

Long gone are the days when you could give your classmate a new Lip Smackers and call it a day—actually, who knows, maybe your ’90s-loving assistant would be thrilled.

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And while it’s tempting to just pick up something easy, cheap, and preferably edible on your way into work, we propose you put in just a teensy bit more effort this year and choose something no one else will have bought. With a little forethought, you, my friend, will be the master of Secret Santa, the guru of gift exchange, the wizard of white elephant. Your other coworkers will seethe with envy—or at least be a little miffed you didn’t pull their name.

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No matter who you’re buying for, you can’t go wrong getting them something to gussy-up their desk, like twinkly lights or a fancy pencil cup (if it’s an open floor plan, bonus: you benefit, too!) Condiments are an unexpected break from the barrage of sweets this time of year; try Hot Honey for spice fans, or a bottle of grown-up balsamic vinegar for desk-salad devotees.

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In the gallery, shop 25 Secret-Santa gifts so good, you’ll want to get them yourself. (Hint: forward this around to your office and you just might.)

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Mini Planter, $20; at Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.

Photo: Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.

TYPO Twinkle Lights, $20; at Cotton On

Photo: Cotton On

2017 French Bulldog Desk Calendar; $13; at MoMa Store

Photo: MoMa Store

Mike's Hot Honey, $20; at Food52

Photo: Food52

Empyre Link In Bio Black Strapback Baseball Hat; $25, at Zumiez

Photo: Zumiez

Aloe and Rosewater Face Toning Balancing Mist, $16; at Little Barn Apothecary

Photo: Little Barn Apothecary

Good Ideas Notebook Set Bingo and Europop, $14; at Ban.do

"Crack Me Open Baby, Sparkles Await You" Geode, $15; at Otherwild

Photo: Otherwild

Bodum Pour Over Coffee Maker, $20; at Target

Game of Phones, $20; at Uncommon Goods

Crafted Cocktails Red River Rita Margarita Cocktail Mix, $15; at Neiman Marcus

Astrology Pin, $15; at Deerdana

A Calling Card Collection, $16; at Compliments Of

"Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas" by Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro, $22; at Amazon

Photo: University of California Press

Elliot Stabler "SVU" Candle, $15; at Etsy store WantWishBuy

Photo: Etsy

IRIS Gifts For INC Lucite Decorative Word Accent, $24.50; at Macy's

Photo: Macy's

Striped Diamond Ankle Socks, $9.50; at Madewell

Photo: Madewell

Heart Hands, $11; at Jules Kae

Horn Pencil Cup, $24; at Perch

Photo: Perch

No. 21 Golden Coast Soy Candle, $18; at P.F. Candle Co.

Photo: P.F. Candle Co.

"The Secret History of Twin Peaks: A Novel" by Mark Frost, $18, at Amazon

Photo: Flatiron Books

TYPO Hashtag Wall Hanging, $13; at Cotton On

Photo: Cotton On

Charades Card Game, $13; at CB2

California Mission Fig Balsamic Vinegar, $18.95; at Williams-Sonoma

Verameat Hands Keychain, $16; at Urban Outfitters

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