11 Thoughtful Gifts for Secret Santa and White Elephant Exchanges


Finding a suitable gift for a Secret Santa, Yankee, or white elephant exchange can be challenging, especially if you don’t know the recipient all that well. We wanted to help, so we found 11 items that anyone would be happy to receive.

1. Bourbon-Infused Coffee; $20

We could all use a little kick in the morning, and this Tennessee-brewed coffee is sure to do the trick. A splash of Kentucky bourbon lends the Arabica beans their unique aroma and flavor, but it doesn’t actually contain alcohol, so it’s plenty safe for sipping at the office.

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2. Bento 3-in-1 Splash Box; $35

A set of containers

Plastic-free is increasingly becoming the new norm. The Splash Box has three non-toxic stainless-steel food trays that lock together for easy transport, while simultaneously keeping your peas apart from your mashed potatoes. It’s leak-proof, shatter-proof, and safe for the dishwasher, oven, and toaster oven on medium heat.

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3. 21-Piece Convenience Kit; $19

convenience travel kit
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This travel kit will save time, money, and suitcase space for one lucky gift recipient this holiday season—not only does it include all the classics (shampoo, toothpaste, etc.), it even includes moisturizing lotion, shaving cream, a razor, earplugs, and more.

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4. "Movies" Jigsaw Puzzle; $16

movie jigsaw puzzle
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Odds are that your favorite movie, be it Shrek (2001), Taxi Driver (1976), or something else, is represented on this expansive 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle. Not only is it fun to assemble, it'll likely spark a lively conversation about people's opinions of all the films.

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5. Italian Cheese-making Kit; $25

The cheesemaking kit
Uncommon Goods

Give the gift of good cheese this season with a DIY kit. The box holds enough ingredients to make 10 batches of cheese, including classic varieties such as mozzarella, burrata, and ricotta. No prior cheese-making experience necessary.

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6. Jam Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker; $21

jam hang up portable shower bluetooth speaker

Music lovers will appreciate this durable Bluetooth speaker with a built-in suction and stick pad. They can slap it on a shower wall, mirror, or other smooth surface around the house or backyard and get their groove on. It can be submerged in water for 30 minutes and comes with a rechargeable battery.

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7. Liquid-Free Screen Cleaner; $20

liquid-free screen cleaner
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Since virtually everyone has a smartphone, tablet, and/or laptop on them at all times, this tiny, portable screen cleaner is a must-have to wipe away smudges and fingerprints—you might even want to buy an extra for yourself.

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8. Tile Mate Bluetooth Tracker; $16

tile mate bluetooth tracker
Tile Mate/Amazon

We all know that one person who’s constantly misplacing their things. The Tile Mate Bluetooth tracker will help jog their memory. It hooks onto keychains, suitcases, purses, bikes, and more to help the user find their items via a companion app. It also works in reverse: Pressing a button on the Tile Mate makes the user’s phone ring, even when it’s on silent.

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9. Homesick Books-Scented Library Candle; $30

homesick library candle

The "Library" candle from Homesick would make a thoughtful gift for any bibliophile who already has a stack of unread novels at home—top notes of orange and nutmeg are rounded out by earthy fragrances that help recreate the unmistakable scent of a good book.

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10. Chocolate-Covered Snowman Oreos; $15

A box of chocolate-covered Oreos

Who doesn’t love holiday-themed chocolates? These milk chocolate-drizzled Oreos from Philadelphia Candies come with candy snowmen on top. There’s also a dark chocolate version, as well as a milk chocolate version with winter snowflakes on top.

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11. Ulla Hydration Reminder Bottle Attachment; $28

ulla hydration reminder bottle attachment

We often forget to stay hydrated, but this water bottle accessory from Ulla makes it easy to foster healthy habits. The silicone band fits over most bottles and sends out reminders to take a swig any time the user has gone too long without water. Get one for a health-conscious coworker, or perhaps that one person you know who seems to be subsisting solely on coffee.

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Pre-Order the Baby Yoda Funko Pop of Your Dreams

Funko Pop
Funko Pop

Since Baby Yoda—officially known as "The Child"—made its surprise debut on the new Disney+ show The Mandalorian, fans have been obsessed with this incredibly cute creature, inspiring countless memes and a bunch of merchandise along the way. But while the initial offering of official Baby Yoda merch may have left a little to be desired, things are starting to look up with the announcement that the character is getting the inevitable Funko Pop treatment.

Unfortunately, fans will have to wait until spring of 2020 for the item to ship, but you can pre-order both the standard ($9) and life-size ($30) Baby Yoda Funkos at Walmart. You can also find them at Hot Topic, with the regular size going for $12 and the 10-inch version for $39. The standard Funko is also on Amazon for around $9.

If you simply can’t wait to have Baby Yoda merchandise in your life, here are some more items that will arrive sooner.

The Mandalorian and The Child 500-Piece Jigsaw Puzzle; $11

Baby Yoda puzzle
Buffalo Games / Amazon

According to Amazon, this 500-piece puzzle will be released on December 30, and it also comes with a bonus poster, so you can hang a picture up of Baby Yoda anywhere.

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Baby Yoda Decal Sticker; $8

Baby Yoda sticker
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Complete your water bottle, lunchbox, or laptop with some precious Baby Yoda love.

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Baby Yoda Mug; $17

Baby Yoda mug
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This mug not only features an adorable illustration of the The Child in his cool sci-fi crib, but it's also microwave-safe.

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Baby Yoda PopSockets Grip and Stand for Phones and Tablets; $17

Baby Yoda phone holder
Star Wars / Amazon

What’s better than being able to have collapsible grip that provides a secure hold for texting, calling, photos, and selfies? Being able to do so with an adorable photo of The Child.

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The Child T-Shirt; $22

Baby Yoda t-shit
Hot Topic

This gray tee features a photo of Baby Yoda in his tiny poncho. If you're a bit more particular about the photos, there are also other designs from which to choose.

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Baby Yoda Men’s Hoodie; $35

Baby Yoda Hoodie
Hot Topic

Make sure you stay warm with this 50 percent cotton hoodie. As with the tees, there are multiple designs to choose from.

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17 Gifts for People Who Just Really Love Dinosaurs

Lazy One, Out of Print/Amazon
Lazy One, Out of Print/Amazon

There are plenty of gift options out there for dog and cat lovers, but what are you going to do when your favorite animal is a giant beast that went extinct more than 65 million years ago? You might not be able to adopt your own Brontosaurus or Velociraptor anytime soon, but these gifts will help tide you over until someone gets the bright idea to start cloning dinosaur DNA preserved in amber.

1. Dinosaur foot slippers; $20

Image of fuzzy green slippers with three plush white claws

These fierce and fuzzy slippers come in sizes for both kids and adults. And while the fact that they're machine washable might not impress children, it will be a welcome relief to parents of boisterous young dinosaur enthusiasts (and adult dinosaur devotees who have to handle the washing themselves).

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2. Dinosaur Taco Holders; $12-$13


These unique taco holders are perfect for when you have the appetite of an enormous, prehistoric reptile. The "Tricerataco" costs $12, while the "Tacosauraus Rex" costs around $13, and each one holds two hard-shell tacos.

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3. Color-Changing Mug; $16

Image of a mug decorated with dinosaurs. When cold, the dinosaurs are colored in green and brown. When the mug is warm, the color goes away and the dinosaurs' skeletons are visible.
The Unemployed Philosophers Guild/Amazon

Make tea time (or your coffee break) a little more interesting with a mug that turns dinosaurs into skeletons when it's filled with hot water. This mug plays double duty, looking incredibly cool while also letting you know when your coffee/tea/hot chocolate is getting cold.

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4. Dinosaur Necklace; $13

Image of a small gold dinosaur charm hanging on a gold chain. A quote below the necklace reads, "A T-Rex has short arms so that everything it holds is close to its heart."
My Very Best/Amazon

Wear your love for dinosaurs with this adorable T. rex necklace (and get the matching earrings for just $13 more).

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5. The Dinosaur Artist: Obsession, Science, and the Global Quest for Fossils; $12

Hachette Books

Fossil collectors are an eccentric (and sometimes criminal) bunch, as New Yorker writer Paige Williams points out in her debut book. The Dinosaur Artist, recognized as a 2018 Notable Book by The New York Times, explores the scientific, legal, and ethical dilemmas involved in collecting dinosaur fossils.

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6. Mega Fossil Dig Kit; $20

Image of a brown rocky block with faux shells and bones embedded inside.
National Geographic/Amazon

This kit comes with a set of archaeological tools to help you dig up 15 real fossils from around the world. Sadly, there won't be any dinosaur fossils in this $20 set, but you are likely to find a tooth from a Mosasaur—a marine reptile that lived during the late Cretaceous period.

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7. Porcelain Dinosaur Planters; $40

Image of three white porcelain dinosaur statues with succulents sticking out of the holes in their backs.
Uncommon Goods

Plant life, uh, finds a way. And sometimes that way is growing out of the backs of porcelain dinosaur statuettes. Luckily there's a fairly slim chance that these ceramic dinosaur planters will do anything more threatening than look adorable in your kitchen or bedroom.

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8. T. rex shower head; $11

Image of a gray plastic T-Rex skull sitting over a shower head spurting running water

Nothing says "Happy Holidays" like a shower head shaped like a dinosaur skull. This classy bathroom accessory comes in either gray or lime green and is sure to make shower time more exciting for kids and adults.

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9. Dinosaur Coloring Book; $7

Adult Coloring Book/Amazon

Create en-raptor-ing pictures with this dinosaur coloring book, which features more than 40 images of dinosaurs drawn in different styles, ensuring stress relief for hours on end.

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10. Dinosaur Chart; $40

Image of a chart that pictures different types and species of dinosaurs, along with a timeline that shows when they all may have lived.
Uncommon Goods

Five hundred hours of research went into creating this chart that identifies more than 700 different dinosaur species by their scientific names and when they lived. The poster is 24 inches wide by 36 inches high, so you'll need to save ample space on your walls to show off your dino-mite taste in art.

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11. Dinosaur Tea Infusers; $13

Image of two long-necked dinosaur tea infusers. One is green and the other is teal.

These dishwasher-safe tea infusers from Tilevo come in a set of two, so you can give one to a friend and keep one for yourself. They're best for medium and large leaf teas—powdered teas or especially fine loose leaf teas are likely to slip through the holes at the top of the infuser.

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12. T. rex Wine Holder; $25

Image of a T-Rex lying on its back, holding a wine bottle in its open mouth and supporting it with its arms and legs.
Ebros Gift/Amazon

Whether this gift is destined for your parents' kitchen counter or a white elephant gift exchange, it's sure to spark conversation. Want something just a little bit spookier? This version features a T. rex skeleton.

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13. Glowing Dinosaur Lamp; $40

Image of a T-Rex statue glowing from the inside of its midsection.
Uncommon Goods

This unique table lamp comes in three different types: T. rex (pictured above), Brontosaurus, and Stegosaurus. Get them all for $40 each and turn your bedside table into its own miniature Jurassic Park.

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14. Dinosaur Sticky Notes; $8

Image of two different types of green dinosaur sticky notes and a pink notepad that reads "While you were out."
The Unemployed Philosophers Guild/Amazon

Whether you're writing a grocery list, keeping track of appointments, or making notes about that weird fast-moving star that seems to be getting closer, these sticky notes will make sure you never forget a thing. If for some reason dinosaurs aren't your thing (but why wouldn't they be?!), Amazon also sells "Freudian Slips," Bigfoot sticky notes, and a Sherlock Holmes sticky note collection.

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15. Hatching Egg Candle; $45

Image of a small brown dinosaur statue sitting in the middle of a cream-colored egg-shaped candle, which has melted around the statue.

This 6-inch-tall egg-shaped candle conceals a small dinosaur figurine inside that slowly begins to emerge as it melts down.

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16. The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World; $21

William Morrow Paperbacks/Amazon

Paleontologist Steve Brusatte's 2018 book traces the history of dinosaurs from the Triassic period (between 250 and 200 million years ago) through the Cretaceous period (between 145 and 66 million years ago). Brusatte's writing is engaging and conversational, telling the story of dinosaurs with a well-researched but relatable voice.

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17. Velocireader T-shirt; $20-$30

Out of Print/Amazon

Do you have a friend who loves thesauruses almost as much as they love Stegosaurus? Then this T-shirt is the perfect gift for them. The company behind it, Out of Print, also has a bunch of book-themed shirts to pick from, including this Choose Your Own Adventure tee.

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