20 Eco-Friendly Secret Santa Gifts for Coworkers under $25 (2023)

Every year, the ritual of Secret Santa kicks off. Amidst the hum of regular office chatter, we find ourselves drawn into a whirlwind of secretive glances, whispers, and, ultimately, the suspense-filled revelation day. Oh, the thrill! But, how often have we unwrapped our gifts to discover a quirky mug, or perhaps a dubious scented candle that oscillates between lavender and vanilla fragrances?

My point? These gifts, as well-intentioned as they may be, often end up as what I lovingly call “shelf decor” (read: dust collectors). I have a whole cabinet of these—the mug has friends like a tiny succulent that succumbed to a lack of sunlight, a keychain that broke before it could hold any keys, and a mysterious ‘stress-relief’ ball that honestly just stresses me out more. So this year, I thought, why not shake things up a bit? What if our Secret Santa gifts were not just Instagrammable but also Earth-friendly?

What Makes a Gift Eco-Friendly?

I’m glad you’re wondering—because it’s not just slapping a green label on something and calling it a day. An eco-friendly gift thinks about its life cycle—from production to eventual disposal. Does it biodegrade? Can it be recycled or upcycled? Is it something that replaces a disposable item, cutting down on waste? And yes, it also thinks about its carbon footprint. So, when we’re talking eco-friendly gifts, we’re not just being ‘on-trend.’ We’re talking about gifts that genuinely have less of an environmental impact—gifts that are more than just a ‘like’ on social media, but a ‘love’ from our planet.

The Heart of Thoughtful Gifting

Here’s food for thought: a gift’s value isn’t solely in its eco-friendliness, but also in its desirability. Consider this—what’s more wasteful? A slightly less eco-friendly lava lamp that’s adored and used daily? Or an ultra-green, handcrafted item that’s unwanted and destined for the donation bin? This sentiment rings true: “The lowest waste gift is something people actually want.”

In this blog post, while I’ve aimed to highlight eco-friendly options, the real emphasis is on gifts that strike a balance—those that are kind to our planet and are likely to be appreciated. You will find gifts that fall under 3 categories, under $10, under $15 and under $25. Happy reading! 

Gifts Under $10

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Pizza Cutter

 The Lil Slicey Pizza Cutter supports small business and is built to last with its stainless steel blade. A removable blade means it’s easy to clean and less likely to be tossed out. Quality and longevity reduce its eco-footprint, making it a gift that’s as good for your pizza nights as it is for the planet

from $9.99

Chefs Knife

A high-quality chef’s knife is durable and stays sharp, making meal prep efficient. This isn’t some dollar-store knife that’ll go dull in a week; it’s built to last. And here’s the thing: everyone cooks, at least occasionally.

from $9.99

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Beeswap wrap

This reusable food wrap is a game-changer in the kitchen. Not only does it reduce the need for single-use plastic wrap, but it also keeps food fresh for longer. It’s an eco-friendly swap that any home cook would appreciate. Perfect for wrapping up leftovers or packing a snack, this gift gets daily use and helps lower plastic waste.

from $9.99

Basic Notebook

A bit cliché I must admit but If you are on a limited budget, you can’t go wrong with a basic notebook. Stay away from notebooks that really stand out unless you really know the receipient. 

from $6.99

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Touchscreen Cleaner with spray

Touchscreen Cleaner with spray

The recipient is going to thank you every time they look at their smudge-free screen. This gadget is practical, easy to carry, and universally useful—whether they’re a student or an office worker, everyone has a device that needs cleaning. Plus, it’s safe and non-toxic, so no worries there. This is the kind of gift that silently says, “I care about the small details in your life.”

from $9.99

Reusable beauty pads

This is not just another beauty item; it’s an eco-saver. Imagine ditching all those disposable cotton rounds for these reusable ones. They’re washable, durable, and gentle on the skin. The gift that keeps on giving, both to your giftee and Mother Earth.

from $9.99

Reusable beauty pads
Reusable K cups

Reusable K cups

Now, why should this be on your Secret Santa eco-friendly gift list? First, these cups cut down the immense plastic waste from single-use pods – they’re the unsung heroes in the battle against unnecessary landfill contributors. Made to last, these K Cups won’t be joining the throwaway culture any time soon.

from $8.99

Gifts Under $15

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Organic Cotton Grocery Bag

Now, why is this a Secret Santa gift that won’t just end up as another “shelf decor” item? First off, it’s made from 100% cotton canvas, making it biodegradable—unlike those pesky plastic bags. The material is heavy-duty, meaning your giftee won’t have to replace it anytime soon, reducing waste in the long run. Plus, its extra-large size is genuinely practical; it screams ‘one-trip grocery hero.’

from $14.99

Fair Trade Organic Coffee

Consider gifting a bag of Fair Trade, organic coffee. It’s more than just a caffeine fix—it directly supports ethical farming and is pesticide-free. Plus, it’s consumable, so no waste and no “shelf decor” destiny.

from $12,25

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cotton socks gift idea

Organic Cotton Socks

Organic socks are a gift that combines quality and comfort. They’re durable, meaning they won’t wear out quickly, and they offer a high level of comfort that anyone can appreciate. This makes them a practical and thoughtful Secret Santa gift that will actually be used, not just stored away.

from $13.00

Assorted Specialty Teas Box

The Taylors of Harrogate tea box is a no-fail gift option. With its assorted mix, it appeals to everyone. Even if the recipient isn’t a tea drinker, it’s a practical item to have on hand for guests. It’s a simple yet thoughtful gift that ticks all the boxes—elegant, versatile, and universally appreciated.

from $12,49

Assorted Specialty Teas Box
Desk Vaccum​

Desk Vaccum

Okay, this one’s a game-changer. A portable desk vacuum tackles all those annoying crumbs and bits of paper that mysteriously appear on our desks. It’s practical, space-saving, and let’s face it, kind of fun to use. It’s the sort of thing people don’t realize they need until they have it—then they can’t imagine their workspace without it.

from $11.98

Cloth Produce Bags

Cloth produce bags are reusable, durable, and an eco-friendly alternative to single-use plastic bags. They’re lightweight, easy to carry, and often come in various sizes to accommodate different produce.

from $13,94

Cloth Produce Bags​
Macaron Soap Gift Set​

Macaron Soap Gift Set

While it might not be the poster child for eco-friendliness, it undoubtedly stands out as a gift worth giving. Not only does it serve up a visual treat, reminiscent of those darling French macarons, but its elegant packaging exudes sophistication.

from $11.98

Reusable cap sleeve

 Ever thought about the number of paper sleeves you’ve used to protect your hands from that piping hot latte? With each cup, it adds up, right? Those seemingly small choices can pile up. But here’s a solution that’s both stylish and sustainable: the reusable cap sleeve. Beyond jazzing up someone’s daily brew, it offers an eco-friendly twist, minimizing waste one cup at a time. 

from $11,99

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Gifts Under $25

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Loop Earplugs

Loop Earplugs are another stellar Secret Santa gift that’s both eco-friendly and practical. Designed for reusability, these earplugs cut down on the waste associated with disposable foam plugs. The best part? They’re super effective at noise reduction without sacrificing comfort.

from $24,95

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Hydro Flask All Around Stainless Steel Tumbler with Lid and Double-Wall Vacuum Insulation

The Hydro Flask Bottle cuts down on single-use plastic bottles, contributing to less waste. Plus, its vacuum-sealed technology keeps beverages at the desired temperature for hours. It’s a gift that’s both eco-friendly and money-saving, making it an all-around smart choice.

from $19.95

Gourmet Sauces

 Gourmet sauces like Queen Majesty’s are usually the things people hesitate to buy for themselves but love receiving as gifts. It’s a win-win; you’re nudging someone to break out of their culinary comfort zone while supporting a small, local business. And hey it’s kosher, vegan, and sugar-free.

from $19,95

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japanese snacks from amazon

Japanese Surprise Snack Box

If your giftee enjoys trying new things, especially in the snack department, this box is a win. With 30+ items, it’s like a snack adventure waiting to happen. And if something isn’t to their taste? Well, it’s bound to liven up the office’s shared snack shelf.

from $19.70

Transformable Pillow-Blanket

This is not just another pillow. It’s a two-in-one deal that unfolds into a blanket when needed. Especially handy for flights and commutes, it cuts down on carrying extra baggage. Made for convenience, it easily goes back to being a compact pillow after use. As a Secret Santa gift, it’s practical and thoughtful, catering to anyone who’s often on the move.

from $23,95

transformable pillow blanket

Final Thoughts on Choosing the Perfect Sustainable Secret Santa Gifts

So there you have it, folks! The ultimate list to master the art of eco-conscious Secret Santa gifting. Who knew being Santa could be this sustainable and this cool at the same time? With gifts that are as good for your recipient’s daily life as they are for Mother Earth, you’re ticking all the right boxes this holiday season. 


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