Secret Santa Gifts

Secret Santa Gifts
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The holiday season is upon us, and that means it's time to start preparing for the office holiday party. Maybe you're just looking to spread a little holiday cheer, or maybe your office throws a big Secret Santa gift exchange every year — either way, shopping for your co-workers is not always easy.

If you're not sure what to get your co-workers this year, don't worry. Here are 25 fun, unique and totally work-appropriate gifts that your co-workers will love. And the best part? Every item on this list is $20 or less. 

Ramen cooker

Ramen cooker
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Is your co-worker constantly spilling their Cup Noodles in the office microwave? Help them upgrade their lunch and save the office kitchen with this microwavable ramen cooker. This practical and thoughtful gift is an easier and more effective way to cook noodles, and it's dishwasher safe — so cleanup is just as quick. At Urban Outfitters. ($10)

Monogrammed bottle stopper

Monogrammed bottle stopper
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Any wine lover will certainly appreciate a custom monogrammed bottle stopper. It's both practical and creative, and with several text, frame and color options to choose from, this wine stopper makes a great gift for anyone. If you really want to step it up a notch, include a bottle of wine, too. At Etsy. ($11)

Personal library kit

Personal library kit
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For the literature-loving co-worker who's always lending everyone books, this personal library kit from Knock Knock is a great gift option. Complete with a date stamp and ink pad, 20 self-adhesive packets and matching checkout cards, this is a fun way to keep track of your favorite novels. At Amazon. ($12.05)

Cookie gift box

Cookie gift box
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When in doubt, food is the answer. Your co-worker will certainly appreciate a sweet treat like these cookie gift boxes from Pacific Cookie. For your gift box, you can choose two different cookie flavors from options like ginger spice, chocolate chip, lemon drop and snickerdoodle (among several others). At Pacific Cookie. ($19.95)

Lemon tea infuser

Lemon tea infuser
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If your co-worker is never seen in the office without a teacup in hand, this lemon tea infuser is a practical and adorable gift. Shaped like a lemon, this silicone tea infuser holds loose-leaf and bagged teas for easy brewing so your co-worker can sip in style. At Urban Outfitters. ($9.99)

Bike multitool keychain

Bike multitool keychain
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Is your co-worker a cycling enthusiast? This keychain and multitool is the perfect gift for the co-worker who rides his or her bike to work every day or is always talking about taking long rides on the weekend. While it's shaped like a bicycle, it can be used in various ways during an emergency situation and even includes a bottle opener. At UncommonGoods.com. ($16.50)

'Tequila Mockingbird' recipe book

'Tequila Mockingbird' recipe book
Whether your co-worker loves books or drinks, this quirky recipe book from ModCloth is sure to impress. "Tequila Mockingbird" (Running Press, 2013) includes 65 cocktail recipes with literary pun-filled names like the "Gin Eyre," "Gone with the Wine," and "Moby Drink." At Amazon.com. ($10.73)

TV memo pad

TV memo pad
For the co-worker who's always forgetting to write things down, this adorable color- TV memo pad is an inexpensive but useful gift. Shaped like a vintage TV with sticky-notes in six different colors, this memo pad is a fun addition to any desk. At Fancy.com. ($9)

Truffle tasting set

Truffle tasting set
Everyone can appreciate a good piece of chocolate. This six-piece "ultimate dessert" theme truffle tasting set from Godiva features truffles in the following flavors: chocolate éclair, crème brûlée, red velvet cake, chocolate lava cake, tiramisu and strawberry crème tart. At Godiva. ($16)

Ticket stub diary

Ticket stub diary
Have a co-worker who's constantly going to concerts or games? A ticket stub diary can help him or her keep track of event mementos. This book is made from 100 percent recycled paper and has space to preserve ticket stubs and write comments. At UncommonGoods.com. ($12)

Personalized business card holder

Personalized business card holder
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Give your co-worker a simple but classy way to carry and display his or her business cards with a custom business card holder. These maple-and-rosewood business card holders can be engraved with a personal message or name, so this gift is as thoughtful as it is functional. At Etsy.com. ($12)

Dinosaur desk organizer

Dinosaur desk organizer
Help your co-worker never miss a memo again with this playful dinosaur desk organizer. Shaped like a Tyrannosaurus rex, this organizer features a spring-loaded mouth to hold memos as well as a space to hold pens. It also comes with a notepad, which can be easily stowed away in the back of the organizer. At Amazon.com. ($11)

Smartphone Micro Stand

Smartphone Micro Stand
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We all have that one co-worker who is always on the phone. This Micro Stand works with any iPhone and most smartphones, giving your phone-obsessed co-worker a more easily accessible place to put his or her device without fear of it falling and breaking. At Amazon. ($16.88)

Tree trunk planter

Tree trunk planter
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Cubicles are boring, but this teakwood tree trunk planter will liven up your co-worker's desk, and it's certainly more interesting than a typical planter. This is a great gift for the co-worker with a green thumb. At Anthropologie. ($16)

Vanishing vase

Vanishing vase
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If your co-worker loves to have fresh flowers in the office, this vanishing vase is a fun and unique way for him or her to show them off. And don't worry, it works even for the clumsiest co-workers — it looks like glass, but it's actually made of durable plastic. At MoMA Store. ($20)

Hand-shaped office organizer

Hand-shaped office organizer
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Lend a hand (literally) to your co-worker with this unique desk organizer from Vat19. It features a place to hold all of your colleague's pens and other office supplies as well as a magnetic back that's perfect for storing items like paper clips. At Amazon. ($17.89)

Bourbon marshmallows

Bourbon marshmallows
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These bourbon-infused gourmet marshmallows are guaranteed to be a hit with the recipient, whether your co-worker is a foodie or an alcohol enthusiast. You can get a box of 16 for $7.95. And if you're not sure about the booze, don't worry — you can always go with other flavors like honey pear, pumpkin pie and chai. At Wondermade. ($7.95)

Voodoo note pad

Voodoo note pad
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Let's face it: Work is stressful. This voodoo doll notepad from KnockKnock.com is a cute gag gift for the co-worker who's always complaining. Plus, you're almost guaranteed to be hex-free for being so thoughtful. At Amazon. ($6.33)

Gourmet tea pods

Gourmet tea pods
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If your office K-Cup selection doesn't have much for the tea lovers, a box of these single-serve gourmet tea pods from The Republic of Tea would make a great grab-bag gift. The company's One Cuppa line features seven of its most popular flavors. Each box comes with 12 biodegradable pods, which are compatible with most popular brewing machines. At The Republic of Tea. ($11.88)

Scrabble coasters

Scrabble coasters
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Logophiles will love this Scrabble coaster set from Wild and Wolf. The 56 cardboard coasters include two full alphabet sets and come packaged in a decorative tin. If you can persuade the recipient to keep the coasters in his or her desk, you can take over the conference room table and hold an officewide Scrabble tournament. At Amazon ($16.88)

Cider-infused caramels

Cider-infused caramels
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Chocolates have always been a popular holiday gift. If you want to try something different from the standard truffles or molded chocolate, give your co-worker these apple cider-infused caramels from Lake Champlain Chocolates. This seven-piece gift set of milk-chocolate-covered caramels is made with Vermont-brewed Citizen Cider and Happy Valley Orchard apples. At Lake Champlain Chocolates. ($15)

Stylus pen set

Stylus pen set
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It seems that everyone has a smartphone and tablet these days, and a stylus pen is a great gift for someone who's constantly using a mobile device, especially in the office. Like regular pens, stylus pens are often misplaced — this pack of 11 multicolored pens from Mobling ensures that your co-worker will always have one pen handy.  At Amazon. ($12.99)

Mug warmer

Mug warmer
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Do you have co-workers who make their tea or coffee in the morning, only to rush off to a meeting and come back to a cold beverage? With this mug warmer from Mr. Coffee, they won't have to waste time running to the office microwave to heat their drinks. They can plug in the warmer right at their desk and let their mug warm up while they work. At Amazon ($7.99)

Office emergency kit

Office emergency kit
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Headaches, chipped nails and stains happen in the office all the time, and yet many workers are unprepared for these little emergencies. With this "Minimergency" kit (targeted to women) in her desk, your co-worker will be ready for anything. This convenient pouch includes pain relievers, hairspray, clear nail polish, a sewing kit, lip balm and more. Don't worry — there's a kit for the men in your office, too. At Pinch Provisions. ($16)

Engraved luggage tags

Engraved luggage tags
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If you have co-workers who are constantly going on business trips, these engraved luggage tags will help them easily keep track of their suitcases at the baggage claim. The silver-plated tags with leather straps are more durable than paper or cardboard tags, and your colleague will surely appreciate the personalized engraving. At Pottery Barn. ($12)