10 DIY Secret Santa Gifts for Your Holiday Exchange

Nicole Fallon

DIY secret santa gifts

The basic concept of Secret Santa gift exchange is simple: each participant anonymously buys a gift for one other person in the group, so everyone ends up with a little holiday cheer. 

In the classic Secret Santa, each person secretly chooses a random name and the recipient has to guess who purchased their gift. In other variants, like White Elephant and Yankee Swap, gifts are given at random and the identity of the giver is never revealed. Either way, this fun holiday tradition is a great excuse to get crafty and give unique, handmade gifts to your friends or family members.

If you’re interested in creating your own present for a Secret Santa exchange, check out these ideas for 10 DIY Secret Santa gifts.

1. Coasters

Purchase some cork and create customized coasters with paint or cutouts. This will add a pop of color and art to any table.

2. Homemade baked goods

Nothing tells someone you care quite like a homemade treat. This holiday season, bake your own gifts and package them in festive attire at one of our DIY Secret Santa Gift baking classes on December 14 and December 15.

3. Bath bombs

Does your Secret Santa love soaking in the tub after a long day? Make your own colorful scented bath bombs with ingredients you probably already have in the pantry, like baking soda, cornstarch, epsom salt, and a few other natural ingredients. Just pick up some coloring pigments, essential oils, and molds to create this luxurious (but affordable!) gift.

4. Quilt

With fabric squares and a sewing machine, you can create a quilt for your Secret Santa. If you know their favorite colors, you can personalize your cozy gift, which they’ll almost certainly put to good use this winter.

5. Candles

Who doesn’t enjoy the warm light and fresh fragrance of candles? All you’ll need is wax, your favorite essential oils, and a candle wick to create a soothing candle fit for any setting!

6. Moss terrarium

Bring a bit of the outdoors inside by making a moss terrarium for your green-thumbed loved one. With just a glass jar, rocks or soil, and moss, you’ll be set with a quick yet popular home decor gift.

7. Tree ornament

Another festive option for your Secret Santa exchange is a homemade ornament for their Christmas tree. Not only will they love this personalized decoration, they’ll also be able to cherish it for all Christmases to come. If your kids want in on the fun, sign them up for our kids-only Ornament Baking Gift Class on December 8!

8. Jewelry

Do you have a knack for crafts and an appreciation for fine jewelry? From braided bracelets to delicate beaded necklaces, there are many DIY options to consider that’ll really impress your Secret Santa.

9. Hand soap

Help your Secret Santa spice up their holiday gatherings with some festive hand soap. You can make your own soap with a variety of essential oils and liquid castile soap. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different shapes, colors, and add-ins (like glitter).

10. Scarf

If you’re into knitting, make your Secret Santa a scarf to get them through the cold months ahead. You can choose from an array of colors and decide on a particular style, from circle scarves to wrap scarves. Check out some free knitting patterns here.

If you’re interested in catering for your holiday party, or have questions about our gift packs or cooking classes, contact The Cookie Cups or stop by our Chanhassen and Navarre bakeries!

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