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Office Secret Santa Guide

Office Secret Santa

For many organisations, Secret Santa has been an ongoing Christmas tradition. Organising an office Secret Santa can be a fun and effective way to nurture relationships across departments, especially for organisations with larger company sizes.

Office Secret Santa Gift Exchange

Rules to Secret Santa

The rules to Secret Santa are simple. As the name suggests, the main goal of a Secret Santa is to go through the entire process of finding the best Christmas gift for their recipient, without revealing who the mysterious Secret Santa is. If you have been chosen (or sabotaged) to organise an office Secret Santa event for the first time, this is the only Secret Santa guide you’ll ever need.

In preparation for the exciting name-drawing event, consolidate the names of every employee either physically into a hat, or by porting their names and email addresses into Giftano’s Secret Santa Generator.


Giftano’s Secret Santa Generator is preferred especially if some colleagues are working from home. Refusing to give up on team bonding office traditions, Giftano whipped up the ultimate Secret Santa Generator that is created especially for the people residing in Singapore! Using Giftano’s Secret Santa Generator, you can send gifts to friends, family and colleagues at ease, all without the risk of revealing the mysterious Secret Santa’s identity!

2. Set a budget for the gifts and finalise your gift-giving date

Set your budget within a price range that is comfortable and achievable for everyone — that includes your boss, your manager, your colleagues and even your interns. While a budget of $50 for a Secret Santa gift may sound reasonable to you, it may be over-the-top for other colleagues who tend to be a little bit more thrifty. As a guide, a safe price range would fall somewhere between $10-$30.

3. Draw names to find out who you’ll be buying gifts for

Using Giftano’s Secret Santa Generator, all employees will receive a Secret Santa invitation link via email. They can then log onto the platform to fill up their profiles with their home addresses, and even give their Secret Santa a hint as to the type of gifts they would generally prefer.


However, if you would like to retain the tradition of physically drawing cut-out pieces of paper, you can arrange for the name-drawing event to take place throughout a period of 1-2 weeks. This is to ensure that you have enough time to meet up with different colleagues, especially if your colleagues work on different schedules, or are on a default work-from-home arrangement.

4. Have fun searching for the best Christmas gift for coworkers

While shopping for Secret Santa gifts can be a breeze if you are lucky enough to draw the name of your office bestie, what happens if you drew the name of someone you barely know? The entire process of looking for the best Christmas gift for colleagues is where the team bonding fun begins! 


It is a great opportunity for coworkers to get to know more about each other by subtly asking one another more questions about their personal life, interests and hobbies. While it may be a huge giveaway when a colleague whom you rarely speak to starts asking you about your favourite colour, you will still appreciate that your coworkers are making an effort to find the perfect Christmas gift for you.


Using Giftano’s Secret Santa Generator, your colleague may have already indicated a category of gifts that would be safer for you to shop within, hence eliminating any risk of disappointment.


Use our gift search tool to find the perfect gift for colleagues.

5. Organise the Secret Santa gift exchange

This is the most anticipated event that everyone has been waiting for all Christmas! It is the moment when your Secret Santa is finally being revealed, and also the point you get to see your coworker’s reaction towards your Christmas gift


While physical Christmas parties are undoubtedly one of the better ways to fully enjoy the satisfaction behind gift exchanges face-to-face, the Covid-19 pandemic has forced us to adapt. Keep your office traditions alive by bringing your Secret Santa events online!


Arrange a Google Meet or Zoom gathering with your teammates to have the gift exchange happen on screen, at the same time. Using Giftano’s Secret Santa Generator, participants can fill in their home addresses in their profiles for each dedicated Secret Santa to arrange deliveries of their gifts! 


Giftano offers free shipping and gift card personalisation for all gift cards, physical gifts and gift experiences that are listed on our gifting platform.

Best Secret Santa Gift Ideas

The best Christmas gifts for office Secret Santa events are usually the ones that marry thoughtfulness with practicality. We have curated a list of the top 5 best Secret Santa gift ideas for colleagues that fit between a $10-$30 budget. All of these gifts also come with a free personalised greeting card and free delivery on

The Saffiano ID Cardholder & Lanyard features a gold clasp for effortless elegance. Both minimalistic and functional, the two card pockets at the back and the clear ID window fits 3 to 6 cards for easy access. Absolutely the most ideal gift for those busy bees who’re always on the go!

Know of a colleague who has been talking about leading a healthier lifestyle but is unsure where to start? Send them the Encouragement Recipe Cards to ease their worries! This recipe book features 12 Asian-focused plant-led recipes, each focusing on a key ingredient that is easy to cook, nutritious and delicious. With encouraging life quotes on each page, this recipe book is great to cheer someone who needs a boost of confidence in the kitchen and life. This thoughtful gift is sure to make your colleague’s day!

Axe-throwing is a good stress reliever that allows venting of frustrations by hurling axes onto a target board 14 feet away, and it is proven to be a unique and fun-filled activity!  Provide an overworked colleague with the opportunity to throw away their stress and frustrations at a target board. The Individual Axe-Throwing Session is definitely a great gift and guarantees a one-of-kind experience! 

Perfect for the avid movie-goer, the Cathay Cineplexes Everyday Movie Voucher makes a great gift to surprise a coworker with! Get to catch the latest movies showing at the cinemas and immerse into the world of romance, fantasy, superheroes, and more.

Spent weeks trying to find out what your mysterious coworker likes to no avail? The Giftano Gift Card is the best Secret Santa gift idea for you.


The Giftano Gift Card enables your recipient to redeem any gift of their choice through a selection of over 1000+ gifts offered by over 150+  premium brands on the Giftano website.


Giftano carries an extensive range of gifts from exquisite dining experiences to premium spa treatments, popular retail shopping gift cards to unique gift experiences, extravagant gift hampers to same-day flower deliveries, and many more!


Give the luxury of choice to your colleague with the Giftano Gift Card and eliminate any risk of disappointment when they get the freedom to choose their ideal gift.

Are you an employer looking for the best incentive for Employee Rewards? The Giftano Gift Card has served over 1000+ customers like SMEs, MNCs and Fortune 500 Companies across all industries in Singapore. This Universal Gift Card is fully customisable and available for bulk orders here.

Are you looking for more Secret Santa gift ideas based on a different budget? Make full use of Giftano’s search filter on to search for the perfect gift to impress your coworkers! We hope that you will have fun with your office Secret Santa party this Christmas season!

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The Giftano Gift Card is the perfect gift for any occasion. 

The Giftano Gift Card enables your recipient to redeem any gift of their choice through a selection of over 1000+ gifts offered by over 150+  premium brands on the Giftano website.

The Giftano Gift Card is the perfect gift for any occasion. 

The Giftano Gift Card enables your recipient to redeem any gift of their choice through a selection of over 1000+ gifts offered by over 150+  premium brands on the Giftano website.

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