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15 Unique Secret Santa Gift Ideas That Aren't Lame

With the holiday season rolling around again, it’s time to don your white beard and laugh a little jollier as you prepare for your role as Secret Santa. Whether you play with a group of friends, your family or your coworkers in the office, there are plenty of unique gift ideas for your Secret Santa gift exchange this year.

Search for some of their interests and send them a little happy mail that’ll cover the rest. Santa’s sack is filled with gift boxes for makeup lovers, readers, coffee addicts, gamers and fly fishers. There’s a gift for everyone!

Skip the ugly sweaters, suit up and check out some of the best budget-friendly Secret Santa gift ideas.

1. LipService

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Price: Starts at $5.95/month

What You’ll Get: Give the gift that’ll get them ready for the mistletoe this holiday season with the LipService monthly subscription. Here to serve your lips with some much-needed TLC, this box sends 1 Etsy-style small-brand lip balm and a little extra something each month. Coming in at an affordable price point, they’ll try new flavors and brands that’ll give them the perfect pout.

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. between the 25th-30th of every month

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2. mintMONGOOSE Jewelry Subscription

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Price: Starts at $12.00/month

What You’ll Get: Help them add that finishing touch to their outfit with the mintMONGOOSE subscription box. Featuring high-quality jewelry pieces at affordable prices, each standard box includes 3 simple jewelry pieces curated to work with everyday style, in their choice of gold, silver or both. With the black box upgrade, you’ll give 4 jewelry pieces and 2 stylish accessories like scarves or nail polish.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. around the 15th of the month

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3. Hot Sauce of the Month Club

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Price: Starts at $12.99/month

What You’ll Get: Instead of the gingerbread kind of spice, this year when you play Secret Santa, pack a lot of heat in their stocking with the Hot Sauce of the Month Club. The aficionados at Heat Hot Sauce Shop select and deliver 1 full-sized bottle of extra-special award-winning hot sauce in a pre-selected heat range every month.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. on the 1st of the month

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4. Freestone Fly Fishing Company

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Price: Starts at $15.95/month

What You’ll Get: Created just for fly fishing enthusiasts, the Freestone Fly Fishing Company brings a monthly subscription packed with the goods they need to make the most of their outdoor hobby. Each box will have them packing their tackle box with top-notch fishing accessories, wading in to cast one of 12 premium fishing flies, and enjoying a little extra pro-fishing swag.

Shipping: Ships to select countries from Canada on the 4th of each month

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5. Southern Scholar Socks

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Price: Starts at $15.00/month

What You’ll Get: Since one can never have enough pairs of socks, one of the best Secret Santa gift ideas is the Southern Scholar Socks subscription. Delivering a high-quality, comfortable pair of dress socks each month, they’ll get something stylish and practical with that elusive element of surprise that goes hand-in-hand with the magic of Christmas.

Shipping: Ships to select countries from the U.S. 2 business days after sign up

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6. Chocolate and book

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Price: Starts at £14.99 + GBP/month

What You’ll Get: You know what’s better than a good book? A good book read while sipping a hot beverage and munching on a delicious chocolate treat. The Chocolate and book monthly subscription box spreads Christmas cheer, sending a new book from a chosen genre, a relaxing hot drink and a scrumptious treat. Life just got a little bit sweeter.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the United Kingdom between the 15th-17th of every month

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7. Brothers Coffee Company

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Price: Starts at $18.00/month

What You’ll Get: A hot cup of excellence is just what Santa needs to pull his annual all-nighter, and you can gift just that with the Brothers Coffee Company monthly subscription. Featuring a different roaster each month and focusing on freshly ground, ethically sourced coffees, the taste that comes from such attention to detail is evident. Give the gift of taking a cup of coffee way too seriously, and they’ll love every sip of it!

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. in the 1st week of each month

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8. Simple Loose Leaf Tea

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Price: Starts at $9.00/month

What You’ll Get: If tea is more their speed, then deliver warmth and relaxation on a cold winter’s day with every sip contained in the Simple Loose Leaf Tea subscription box. Available in regular or decaf, each box contains 40g of high-quality loose leaf tea including a black and green tea, an herbal tea and a seasonal treat. It’s a gift that’s good to the last drop.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. on the 1st business day of the month

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9. SnackSack

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Price: Starts at $22.95/month

What You’ll Get: Help your giftee work on their Santa bod by gifting them the SnackSack. Perfect for a pick-me-up after a long day in the office, this subscription box offers 12 mindfully curated snacks that guarantee something is always on hand to munch when they need a quick energy boost. With vegan and gluten-free options available, it’s great for those on a restrictive diet as well.

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. around the 18th of the month

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10. Smartass and Sass

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Price: Starts at $15.95/month

What You’ll Get: If you have to play Secret Santa to the snarky cynic in the office, make sure their gift matches their cotton headed ninny muggins’ ways with Smartass and Sass. Available in 3 options, box only, T-shirt only, or T+box, each month's themed dose of snicker-worthy snide comes with hand-picked products from proud artists and small businesses.

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. between the 16th-18th of each month

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11. The Burlap Bag

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Price: Starts at $15.00/month

What You’ll Get: Instead of Santa’s sack, send The Burlap Bag subscription that delivers a limited edition candle direct to their doorstep. Sporting a new scent and a witty name each month, the hand-poured candle gives over 70 hours of burn time. It's an easy way to add a little sweetly scented shine to their home this holiday season.

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. around the 26th of every month

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12. House Plant Box

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Price: Starts at $12.00/month

What You’ll Get: The more the merrier definitely applies when it comes to house plants. If you find yourself the Secret Santa to a plant lover, gift them the House Plant Box. Sending a curated selection of healthy, unique houseplants, air plants and succulents, along with plant care instructions and extras like pots or fertilizer, it’s the gift that will help them grow their growing collection.

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. in the 2nd week of each month

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13. Culture Carton

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Price: Starts at $16.00/month

What You’ll Get: Santa will definitely put you on the nice list when you gift a dose of refinement with the Culture Carton. Available in 3 levels, a lifestyle items-only option, book-only option, and an option that combines the two, your giftee will get an interesting mix that may include leather goods, everyday carry and a good read each month. It really is finery on a Secret Santa budget.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. between the 14th-17th of the month

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14. The Deadbolt Mystery Society

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Price: Starts at $24.99/month

What You’ll Get: If you’re looking for a fantastic Secret Santa gift that delivers a fun game night right to their door, look no further than the Deadbolt Mystery Society monthly subscription box. They’ll unbox suspense-filled entertainment by unraveling and dissecting given clues and make their way to solving each month’s stand-alone mystery. It’s a real treat for any puzzle lover.

Shipping: Ships to select countries from the U.S. by the 4th of the month

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15. Piquant Post

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Price: Starts at $9.99/month

What You’ll Get: If you're shopping for someone who loves to cook, Piquant Post is a fun gift idea! Each box includes 4 freshly-ground spice blends plus 4 globally inspired recipes (with easy to follow instructions) for each blend. A great way to try out new cuisines right from home!

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. on the 15th of each month

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