With a difficult year coming to a close, the little things have never seemed more important, such the joy of gift-giving this holiday season. So when it comes to Secret Santa gift exchanges, there's a lot of pressure to get it right, or, at least get a laugh.
If you know your audience, there's a gift box just for them. Whether they're cat lovers, music nerds, crafters, jewelry lovers, or even escape room enthusiasts. There's even a monthly penpal service for those of us wanting to connect the old-fashioned way. But if you don't know your audience as well, you can't go wrong with sweets like chocolates, Korean snacks, and even a marshmallow subscription service. Caffeine is also a winner, whether they like coffee or tea.
So trust your inner Santa to close out what has certainly been a unique year with one of these unique gift boxes.
Price: Starts at $30.00/month
What's Included: This craft subscription box makes the perfect Christmas gift for the DIY folks in your life. Each crate contains everything needed to make that month's trendy project or keepsake: all materials, tools, and instructions are included. Every craft is also an opportunity to learn a new crafting technique such as clockmaking, wood-burning, or engraving. The Adults & Crafts Crate isn't just a unique gift –– it's the gift of an activity for family and friends to share.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. around the 20th of every month
Price: Starts at $25.00/month; use code CRATE5 at checkout for special discount
What's Included: If you need a gift for the mystery fans, puzzle solvers, or travel enthusiasts in your life this holiday season, you can't go wrong with this escape room and mystery box subscription. Every month, players will learn about a new city and culture during a 2-4 hour adventure where they solve puzzles and gather clues to solve a mystery. Always family-friendly and perfect for kids 10+, Finders Seekers - Escape Room Game is a thrilling addition under the Christmas tree.
Shipping: Ships to select countries from the U.S. on the 23rd of every month. Order by Dec. 17th to receive by Christmas Eve
Price: Starts at $29.95/month; use code HOLIDAYS at checkout and save $10
What's Included: Let Santa Claus bring the perfect pick-me-up for chocolate lovers: a monthly assortment of artisan chocolate. Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, caramels, and truffles fill out every selection –– perfect for a crowd, or just for you. A great go-to for last-minute Xmas shoppers... because everybody loves chocolate!
Shipping: Ships within the U.S. 3 days after your first order and every month after that
Price: Starts at $18.66/month
What's Included: Delivering a delightful mini cactus or succulent each month, The Cactique is a wonderful surprise for plant lovers or people new to plants. Arriving in chic and stylish containers, each plant is a wonderful way to liven up the home or office. Give the gift people often don't think to pick up for themselves –– something green.
Shipping: First box ships within the U.S. in 3 days after order; following boxes ship within 3 days of your renewal date every month
Price: Starts at $20.00/month; use code METIME at checkout for special discount on 3-month or 6-month subscription
What's Included: The perfect treat for anyone who needs "me time," this isn't just a monthly box of marshmallows but a veritable care package. The headlining marshmallows are colorful, guilt-free (they're made with no corn syrup or anything artificial), and feature a changing monthly theme and flavor. Subscribers also receive homemade graham crackers and a chocolate surprise. Curated teas, coffee, or cocoa are also included based on that month's marshmallow flavor. So dunk them –– or make s'mores!
Shipping: Ships within the US every month. The Dec 2020 and Jan 2021 boxes are sold out; new orders will receive the Feb 2021 box
Price: Starts at $12.99/month; use code HEYTHERE at checkout to receive 15% OFF your first box at checkout
What's Included: The ideal Secret Santa gift box for jewelry lovers, mintMONGOOSE delivers 3 pieces of jewelry monthly with incredibly affordable pricing. Choose between sets of silver, gold, or rose gold, as well as earrings or no earrings. Their simple designs guarantee a classic appeal to anyone who wears jewelry.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from United States within 48 hours of your order and on the 15th of every month
Price: Starts at $39.99/month
What's Included: You can't go wrong during the gift exchange with a monthly 12-pack of Graham + Fisk's Canned Wine Club. Handcrafted from 100% California grapes, this wine comes in your choice of blends: Red, White, Rosé with Bubbles, and White with Bubbles. Can't decide which makes the best Christmas gift? There's a variety pack too.
Shipping: First box ships to select states in the U.S. within 3-5 business days, then on that same date every month
Price: Starts at $38.33/month; 20% off your first box with code MEWYEAR
What's Included: If you're not a cat person, you're sure to know one, so when it comes to gifting for them, look no further than CatLadyBox. With a changing monthly theme, each box includes a clowder (for the uninitiated, that means a large group of kitties) of cat-themed shirts, accessories, home decor, and, of course, cat toys. Every item is designed by the folks at CatLadyBox and every purchase helps them donate to different cat rescues every month.
Shipping: Ships to the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. at the end of every month
Price: Starts at $19.00/month. Use code 2020LEAP at checkout to get 10% off your order
What's Included: A wonderful addition to the coffee lover's wishlist, this subscription delivers freshly roasted coffee from a different roaster every single month. Brother's Coffee Company only selects roasters that produce delicious, ethically-sourced coffee and who do "something new and exciting to make the world a better place." Wake up even the the tiredest snowman this holiday season with this delightful treat.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. on the first week of every month
Price: Starts at $9.00/every 2 months. Get 15% off with code 18HOLIDAYDEAL
What's Included: Explore and experience a wide variety of loose leaf teas with Simple Loose Leaf Tea. Subscribers can choose from herbal and decaf, black tea, green tea, or a sampler; every shipment also includes surprise goodies! Need gift ideas for the tea drinker in your life? Look no further and give them something special to drink on Christmas morning.
Shipping: Ships in the U.S. on the first business day of every month
Price: Starts at $14.67/month
What's Included: Did you draw that quirky person you have no idea what to get in this year's Secret Santa gift exchange? The Burlap Bag has you covered with its monthly scent subscription. Choose between soy candles, room sprays, or wax melts, all of which come in uniquely-named scents such as "Unicorn Puke" or "You're a Wizard." Start a new Christmas tradition by gifting this wacky and wonderful-smelling gift box!
Shipping: Ships in the U.S. around the 25th of every month
Price: Starts at $13.00/month; use code GETQUIRKY at checkout to get a 15% discount
What's Included: Started as a way to connect kids during the challenging times of social distancing, this charming subscription provides penpal matches, stickers, and stationery. Kids are matched with similarly aged kids from different locations and cultures to help them get to know and understand a wide range of experiences. Plus, kids are provided different, vibrant stationery each month to write their letters on, as well as stickers to collect or share. Due to its success, Quirky Pickle also started an adult penpal match service, which is available as well. A unique gift for anyone feeling isolated during this past year!
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. Order by Dec. 17th to receive on Christmas Eve
Price: Starts at $29.95/month
What's Included: Korean Snack Box is jam-packed with all the delicious snacks you may have seen your K-pop or K-drama idols enjoy. Candy, jellies, chocolate, cookies, caramels, and chips –– it's a perfect gift box for fans of or anyone curious about Korean culture. 100% authentic, it's delivered straight from South Korea!
Shipping: First box ships to select countries from South Korea in 1-2 business days after order; following boxes ship on the same date every month
Price: Starts at $14.00/month; use code MINDFUL10 at checkout to receive a 10% discount
What's Included: The Secret Santa gift for anyone you know who appreciates introvert time, Coloring and Classics delivers a thoughtful gift box of adult coloring books, activity books, and a hardcover book in a chosen genre. Refocus through imaginative activity, problem-solving, and creativity. The first order even includes colored pencils to use! It's a great way to upgrade someone's alone time this holiday season.
Shipping: Ships in the U.S. on the first of every month
Price: Starts at $4.00/month; use code PENPAL at checkout to get 10% off your first order
What's Included: A perfect last-minute gift for the music lover in your world, this record club features limited-edition, 5x7" records playing singles of up-and-coming indie artists. Shipments also include a postcard with a handwritten message from the artist, original artwork, lyrics, a bio, and digital download.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the US on the 22nd of every month. Order by Dec. 15th to receive by Christmas Eve