Most of you who have worked in an office setting know about the annual gift-swap tradition. There’s the anonymous gift game where you have to draw a colleague’s name from a hat, buy them a present that they’ll hopefully love, and then see if they can guess who the gift came from. Though some might roll their eyes at the holiday tradition, here at Who What Wear, we embrace it (we actually call our version Secret Gnome). That’s why we decided it was an appropriate time to round up some key tips to make sure your present isn’t a dud. Thankfully, it’s pretty easy to be a top-notch secret gifter, which we’ve proved with six simple suggestions below.
Scroll down to make sure you check all the boxes this holidy season, and shop some of our selections if you’re still feeling stumped.
Stalk Your Giftee's Feeds
Yup, we're approving a little cyber-stalking. Check out your giftee's Instagram, Facebook, and any other public social media platform that might give you clues about where their interests lie. Don't blow your cover by requesting to follow them, though. Play it cool!
If they work in your direct vicinity, embrace your analytical side and see what they say and do day to day. Do they mention they've been dying to try a new fragrance? Do they always light a candle at 4 p.m.? These seemingly insignificant behaviors could lead to a meaningful gift.
Ask Yourself Would I Want This?
This one seems fairly obvious, but think about what you would actually be excited (and not excited) to unwrap come unveiling time. It doesn't have to be an all-star gift, but a gift card to the local salad spot simply won't do.
Avoid Obvious Stores
We know Zara's affordable prices may lure you in, but try to visit a specialty shop that gives your gift a story.
No Gift Cards Allowed
Unless they specifically say they want one, don't do the gift card. If they really wanted to put $25 toward Juice Press, they'd probably just spend their own money.
Creatively Wrap It
This one's key! Make your gift stand out from the pack with unique wrapping paper or even a non-traditional bow, and you might just see your present make its way onto the good ole Instagram.
Shop Our Secret Gifting Suggestions
A little humor never hurts.
For the whiskey enthusiast.
Perfect for the gal on the go.
Any gym fan will thank you.
Available in sizes XS to XXL.
This desk accessory is one the entire office can appreciate.
The kind of unique and pretty accessory that makes everyone ask, "Where'd you get those?"
A gift to charm their socks off… or on.
Not your average desk calendar.
You know it's time for a beanie upgrade.
What's more alluring: the incense or the packaging?
A bit of poetry to feed the soul.
What’s the best secret gift you ever received? Leave it in the comments below.
This post has been updated by Gina Marinelli.