Gift-giving hacks: Fun ways to play Secret Santa

Your friends, family, and co-workers will love these great twists on the holiday tradition. We’ve got the gifts covered.

Searching high and low for the perfect present can turn your holiday spirit into holiday stress. Whether you’re shopping for friends or family, we’re here to take the guesswork out of gift-giving and help you find something wonderful for everyone on your list. Our Holiday Guide is here to help you find a gift for everyone on your list. And when you check out with Amazon Pay, it’s always fast and easy, so you can focus on the holiday cheer — and never the holiday hassle.

One of our favorite traditions at Amazon Pay is Secret Santa, the anonymous gift-giving game that’s become a staple among families and friends. You know the rules: Each person draws a name from a hat to find out who their secret giftee will be, without telling anyone whose name they picked. But while the classic version is plenty of fun, these jolly twists on Secret Santa can make the holidays even merrier. Give one a try this year — we’ve got the gifts covered.

The Yankee Swap

To play Yankee Swap, each participant contributes a gift that would appeal to anyone, usually within a set price range. Taking turns one by one, each player can then either select a wrapped gift from the pile or take one that a previous player has already chosen. The last player always has the pick of the litter! Here are some great gift ideas guaranteed to make yours the one everyone wants.

Versace Mini Variety | FragranceNet.com

Show your great taste with Versace Mini Variety. The set features five unisex mini eau de toilette sprays that are sure to please — the popular Man Eau Fraiche, Signature, Bright Crystal, Yellow Diamonds, and Eros. Each comes in a handy 0.17 oz vial, perfect for travel.

BELIEVE Bracelet | MantraBand

Add a touch of inspiration to this year’s Yankee Swap with a beautiful BELIEVE bracelet. The stylish statement piece comes in silver, yellow gold, and rose gold finishes. Made from hypoallergenic, lead-free, and tarnish-resistant stainless steel, it’s fully adjustable, lightweight, comfortable, and durable.

Raedia | Vanity Planet

The men on your gift list will look their best with a Raedia face and body brush for deep yet gentle cleansing. Its four interchangeable brush heads remove stubborn grime and soften rough patches. The dual-speed, battery-powered brush has an ergonomic, nonslip handle, is water-resistant for use in the shower, and comes in a sleek matte black travel case.

Grab Bag

The traditional Grab Bag game is simple to play, but don’t be fooled. Players each wrap a gift and place it with the others on a table or in a box. One by one, the participants choose a gift. The trick to playing Grab Bag is wrapping the gifts in silly and deceiving shapes so their contents remain a mystery until they’re opened.

Scratch Off Map of the World Poster Print | Landmass Goods

Bring a sense of adventure to the party with a Scratch Off Map of the World Poster Print. Intrepid travelers can scratch off the foil to show where they’ve been in bold colors and plan their future trips on the Travel Tracker Map. Measuring 17 inches by 24 inches, the world map comes with 210 flags of the world, island outlines, and state or province outlines for Australia, Canada, and the United States.

California Glow Enzyme Face Scrub | Kopari Beauty

Brighten up the occasion by giving a gift of the California Glow Enzyme Face Scrub with pineapple and papaya enzymes. The combination of fruit enzymes and fine biodegradable exfoliants makes skin smooth and radiant. The scrub is made with coconut milk and vitamin B-5, which hydrates and soothes the complexion.

Men’s Engravable Geometric S-Knot Bead Bracelet | Jewlr

Mix in a sense of style with a Men’s Engravable Geometric S-Knot Bead Bracelet. The sleek, contemporary piece comes with black onyx and lapis lazuli beads, with an adjustable sliding knot for easy comfort and fit. The sterling silver accent bead can be engraved for a special added touch.

Left, Right, Left

It may sound like a military march, but Left, Right, Left is actually a version of Secret Santa that’s great for kids — and grown-ups will get a kick out of playing along. Everyone brings a wrapped gift and sits in a circle while a story is read aloud. Every time the word “left” or “right” is spoken, the gifts are passed in that direction. Like musical chairs, when the story ends, the players get to keep the gift they are holding. Almost any story will do, especially a holiday tale, just make sure there are enough “lefts” and “rights” in the text to play the game — or add a few of your own.

Custom Cardboard Puzzles | Printerpix

Puzzles and pictures — two things kids love — come together in this endlessly entertaining photo jigsaw puzzle. Custom Cardboard Puzzles transform your favorite picture, whether it’s a family memory, a group of friends, or a shared occasion, into a puzzle that everyone will enjoy putting together. The puzzles can range from 60 pieces for the little ones to 1,000 pieces for a bigger challenge.

Custom Face Socks | Budsies

Warm up the holidays with Custom Face Socks featuring the faces of your family and friends. Just upload as many as four photos and have them made into custom socks. Pick from design motifs such as golf, soccer, tennis, football, snowflakes, Christmas, Hanukkah dreidels, and lots more, including holidays from Valentine’s Day to Halloween. The socks are knit with a seamless reinforced toe and heel from a blend of polyester, nylon, and elastane.

Scribble Scrubbie Pets Mega Tub Playset | Crayola.com

Bring a dozen new pets home for the holidays, without hours of clean up. Crayola Scribble Scrubbie Pets are washable toys that can be colored with the Scribble Scrubbie Washable Markers (a dozen markers come with the set), then cleaned off with the included Scrub Brushes and Scrub Tub. The toy pets — dogs, cats, a guinea pig, and rabbits — will be a big hit with kids. Parents will love that the markers can be washed off skin, most washable clothing, and most painted walls.

Scavenger Hunt

In this extra-secret twist on Secret Santa, players must find the gifts themselves. Hide the wrapped gifts around the office, house or yard, provide a few clues to their location, and let the hunt begin! Players drop out once they find a gift to make sure everyone gets one.

BlendJet 2 | BlendJet

Make drinks on the go with the BlendJet2, which allows you to mix up smoothies, shakes, margaritas, or baby food almost anywhere. The lightweight, durable blender is portable and compact, with the strength of a much larger appliance. Take it in the car; use it at the gym, beach, or work; bring it on vacation; or just enjoy it at home. You scavenger hunters will love the choice of 17 vibrant colors.

Custom Pet Phone Case | PetCanva

Finding your phone becomes a lot easier when the face of your favorite pet is on the cover. Upload a photo of the family dog, cat, or other beloved critter, choose from dozens of backgrounds, and get a slim, lightweight PetCanva protective phone case. It brings a smile to everyone’s face.

Sofia Necklace | GLDN

Spread love and appreciation with this eye-catching personalized pendant featuring tiny, initialized hearts. The Sofia Necklace is made of sterling silver, 14k gold filled, or 14k rose gold filled on a graceful cable chain. Each disc can be personalized with up to 15 characters, while each heart can fit one initial, and you can add up to five.

Find the perfect gift for everyone on your list with the Holiday Guide. Who says you can’t please everyone? From the hard-to-shop-for family member to close friends, these gift-giving hacks will get you on everyone’s good side and fill the season with joy. Ready to make some holiday wishes come true? Between us, you don’t even need to check your list twice — buying gifts with Amazon Pay is so quick, easy, and hassle-free, you can be sure you made the right choice.