15 Secret Santa gifts that your coworkers will actually appreciate

Nov 9 2022, 10:00 pm

Does anyone actually need another coffee mug or mouse pad?

If you’re trying to figure out what to buy for Susan in accounting or Ron in HR for your workplace’s annual gift exchange, never fear — we have found 15 fun and quirky Secret Santa gifts that your coworkers will truly enjoy.

Classic Water Bottle

herschel bottle


Encourage your coworker to stay hydrated with this Classic Water Bottle from Herschel. It comes in 24 oz and 32 oz versions. Get it at Herschel, starting at $19.99.

Dream Routine

saje dream routine


For the coworker who could use a little extra sleep, the Dream Routine kit from Saje will help people wind down naturally in three easy steps. It even comes complete with a limited-edition eye mask. Available at Saje for $48.

Sparkling Wine


liquidity wines

Sparkling brut is a delicious idea. This sparkling brut from Liquidity Wines Ltd. has aromas of citrus, almond, biscuits, and white peach. The palate is crisp, yet creamy and this stunning sparkling is a blend of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay. Get it online for $45.

Wooden Cutlery

GSI Rakau Cutlery SetThe GSI Rakau Cutlery Set is equally useful for a brown-bag lunch at work, a picnic at the beach, or a camping trip in the woods. Made from sustainably sourced, FSC-certified beech wood, the set also includes a storage bag made from recycled water bottles. You can grab it at MEC for $10.95.

Lips and lotion

burt's bees lip


Many deal with dry skin and chapped lips this time of year, so spoil your coworkers with a Burt’s Bees gift pack to take care of both those issues. Available on Amazon Canada for $15.99.



Treats are always a good idea at this time of year. Purdys Chocolatier has a ton of festive options, including those tasty hedgehogs and even some vegan choices. Each hedgehog has a creamy, extra-nutty hazelnut gianduja (jan-doo-yah) inside a milk chocolate shell. Get them at Purdys, in-store or online, for $22.

A book about dogs

dog book


Sometimes we need to take a break and look at some cute dog photos. The Dogist lets you do just that. Available on Amazon Canada for $35.99.

Drink toppers

Marshmallow Drink Toppers’Tis the season for steaming hot mugs of cocoa topped with marshmallows. Indigo has made those marshmallows even merrier with seasonal shapes such as snowmen and reindeer. These bad boys are available at Indigo for $12.

Tree Ornament

Tree ornaments from Main and LocalGive the gift of nostalgic warm fuzzies with Main and Local’s line of Canadian ornaments featuring Mr. Dressup, Hockey Night in Canada, the CBC, milk in a bag, Caesar cocktails, Montreal bagels, Cheezies, ketchup chips, and other quirky symbols of the True North Strong and Free. Available at Main and Local for $12.99.




At this time of year, we could always use a little extra warmth. Aritzia has a ton of beanies and toques to choose from. The TNA Peak Beanie comes in a bunch of different colours, and you can get it from Aritzia for $18.

Plant Food

KelpyEvery office has that one industrious person whose green thumb keeps all the greenery alive. Give that plant enthusiast a hand with Kelpy. The Vancouver brand sustainably harvests kelp from the icy waters off Vancouver Island’s northern tip, where it grows astonishingly fast, and turns it into a natural, organic bio-stimulant that helps plants grow bigger, faster and stronger. Consider it the Six Million Dollar Man of plant food. Available at Kelpy for $29.


disney puzzle

Toys R Us

One of the best parts of taking time off over the holidays and spending time with family is doing puzzles. And if you have a coworker who loves Disney, this 945-piece Ravensburger puzzle is perfect. Get it at Toys R Us for $32.99.


Voluspa’s Crushed Candy Cane candleVoluspa’s limited-edition Crushed Candy Cane candle smells like a delicious mixture of peppermint, sugar cookies, and vanilla beans. Luckily, there are zero calories in mouth-watering aromas. At Nordstrom for $34.

Personalized Portfolio

Office Expressions Bicast Leather PortfolioAn Office Expressions Bicast Leather Portfolio is the ideal gift for an old-school coworker who prefers taking notes by hand. Make the gift even more meaningful by adding the recipient’s name and up to three lines of text. At Bed Bath & Beyond for $38.99.

Facial Roller

Province Apothecary’s Dual-Action Jade Facial RollerProvince Apothecary’s Dual-Action Jade Facial Roller gives bored office workers an ingenious way to multitask during a dull conference call. The roller’s studded end tones and firms the skin, helping with wrinkles, while the smooth end reduces puffiness and eases muscle tension, all for only $46.

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