There’s very little we dislike about the holiday season. But there’s one event that unleashes immediate internal panic: the office Secret Santa. You know the drill: Everyone randomly draws a name and has to buy that person a not-too-pricey but super impressive gift.
This year, don't fret. Whether you draw your lunch buddy (win!) or that guy from the mail room you’ve never spoken to, there's an item on this list that fits the bill. Best of all, every gift is $25 or less.
For Your Work BFF
Everyone has a work wife/hubby—that person who is always ready with a joke (or a drink) when the days feel especially long. If you're lucky enough to draw your office bestie, let 'em know just how awesome they are.
2Pac tote, available at theclubofoddvolumes.com, $25.
For the Graphic Designer
Even if your company's graphic designer already has a real tattoo (or three), these nostalgic temporary ones will make a nice addition to their collection. And if they don't, perhaps you’ll inspire a permanent decision.
Tattly Sesame Street nostalgia tattoo set, available at amazon.com, $12.75.
For the Stressed-Out VP of Whatever
Whether you've got the head of HR or your own frazzled boss, add a little levity to their life with a good ole wooden slingshot. Trust us: Firing a felt ball at a colleague to end a dispute is nowhere in your company handbook, which means it's totally OK to do.
Wooden slingshot, available at blueribbongeneralstore.com, $24.
For the CEO
It's the name everyone dreads to draw. At Greatist, we believe most predicaments can be solved with avocados. Hence, the perfect gift for the trickiest-to-buy-for colleague: an avocado ornament. Nailed it.
Avocado ornament, available at urbanoutfitters.com, $8.
For the Sales Rep
This cool sleep mask is perfect for the sales rep who's in a new city every day. You know, the one making the big bucks so the rest of us can
goof off keep our jobs.
Aviator eye mask, available at flight001.com, $16.
For the Ambiguously Employed
Every company has one. What does she do again? How long has he worked here? Is that person in accounting? For the employee who elicits confusion, we offer an equally perplexing (yet awesome) gift: cats rolled up sushi style—on notebooks.
Sushi cat notebook, available at kigurumi-shop.com, $7.
For the Intern
I believe I asked for a double espresso. And are those pickles on my burger?! It’s not easy being at the bottom of the proverbial food chain. Let your interns know you appreciate all the grunt work—and reiterate you really don't like pickles—with this humorous pin set.
Burger and fries pins, available at pintrill.com, $20 for both.
For the New Hire
Welcome the newest addition to your team with gum that does all the talking for you.
Various packs of gum, blueq.com, $1.79 each.
For the Copywriter
Bring back the classic No. 2. Your favorite copywriter will be jazzed about jotting down ideas old-school style.
Colored pencil set, available at cwpencils.com, $24.
For the PR Pro
Give the company's biggest cheerleader this colorful set of sticky notes to remind them they're "straight up magic."
Straight Up Magic sticky note card set, available at bando.com, $12.
For the Office Assistant
Perfect for the person who is always taking notes—at a meeting, during a call, when your colleague is AWOL—this cleverly disguised paper dispenser looks just like a vintage typewriter. It's the write gift to give. (Sorry, had to.)
Typewriter paper, available at chroniclebooks.com, $12.95.
For the Tech Heads
No one—no one!—spends more time glued to a computer than these people. A colorful mouse pad, like this one inspired by modern art legend Roy Lichtenstein, will make it worth their while.
Roy Lichtenstein mouse pad, available at store.moma.org, $16.
Still searching for that perfect present? We’ve got tons more gift ideas up our sleeves.