50 Hilarious Dirty Santa Gift Ideas

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Ho, Ho, Ho-ld on, we’ve got the greatest Dirty Santa gifts that could give the man in the red suit a run for his money.

We heard you were on the naughty list last year because you brought a lame gift for your office gift exchange.

Don’t worry! We’ll get you back on the nice list with one of these unique and creative options your coworkers are guaranteed to steal as many times as possible!

We’ve got everything you need to wow them during White Elephant, Yankee Swap, Dirty Santa, or whatever other name you call it, from hilarious gag gifts to useful gadgets!


50 Best Dirty Santa Gift Ideas

Spread Christmas cheer with one of these hilarious and cool Dirty Santa gifts.

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Funny Coffee Mug

  • Send A Not So Subtle Message To Your Supervisors

  • $$$$$
  • Homegoods

Has anyone else noticed that managers and bosses, for some reason, believe pointless meetings are the best way to engage with their staff and promote productivity when really the best way to keep employees working hard is to just let them do their jobs without a million distractions? Okay, I’m glad we’re all on the same page about this. Instead of actually saying something to your boss, you can just give this dirty Santa gift that will hopefully be opened in front of them. Once your boss sees how all your coworkers laugh in agreement, maybe your ridiculous meeting schedule will start to clear up!


Toilet Golf

  • A Hole In One Gift!

  • $$$$$
  • Entertainment, Novelty

Try not to blame us when everyone’s bathroom breaks suddenly take twice as long, and then, subsequently, when toilet golf gets banned from your office. We’re sorry we introduced everyone to such fun toilet-time activities, only for it to be taken away. Hopefully, you’ll be allowed to take it home, but if not, you might want to order two sets so you can have a backup. After all, how else will you conveniently work on your putting during the day?


Burritos Tortilla Blanket

  • Get Cozy

  • $$$$$
  • Comfort, Homegoods

Every day when we wrap ourselves up in our regular old blankets, we think about how incredible it would be to turn ourselves into a full-on burrito. Sadly, most of us will never experience the warmth of being wrapped up in a warm tortilla unless, of course, you give this blanket to someone as a Dirty Santa gift. We strongly suggest tossing the blanket into the dryer or towel warmer (if they’re fancy enough to have one) for a few minutes in order to capture that warm, smothered burrito feeling.


Smell My Nuts Scented 13 oz Mason Jar Candle

  • A Sassy Scented Candle

  • $$$$$
  • Homegoods

Gag gifts are great, but more frequently than not, they end up sitting unused in the recipient’s house, gathering dust until they can be re-gifted at the next appropriate event. If you want to give a gift that’s funny and will actually be used, consider this candle. The label gives it a fun splash of humor, while the luxurious scents of banana bread, toasted coconut, and hazelnut will keep their office or home smelling like a gourmet bakery.


Funny Novelty Coffee Mug Compatible with Lego

  • Build An Office Escape

  • $$$$$
  • Novelty, Homegoods, Entertainment

Everyone needs a fun little distraction from work every once in a while. Instead of getting up and heading over to the water cooler for the twentieth time that day, your coworker could enjoy a few minutes of child-like entertainment at their desk. It is an excellent choice for the goofball of the office – that one colleague that you know never really grew up or grew out of playing with toys.


Poo-Pourri Before-You-go Toilet Spray

  • Potty Humor With A Purpose

  • $$$$$
  • Novelty

Honestly, we can’t decide if this would be better suited as a Dirty Santa gift or if you should just casually place a few bottles in every bathroom stall in the vicinity of your office. Whichever path you choose, we hope these scented sprays can lead to a more pleasant bathroom experience for all of your coworkers! These bottles are designed to help minimize any unpleasant odors before they occur; just tell your coworkers to add a couple of sprays into the toilet before they go!


Drunk Stoned or Stupid

  • That's What We Call An Ice-Breaker

  • $$$$$
  • Entertainment

You might think you know everything there is to know about your coworkers, but do you know what they’re like after they clock out at 5 pm? This fun game could be a very interesting way to unearth your colleagues’ shenanigans, or they can just take it home and play it with their non-work friends. How does the game work? A player pulls a card with a funny or embarrassing situation on it, such as “Wake up with half a burrito in bed” or “Have a 20-minute conversation with Siri” and all the players vote on which one of you is most likely to fit the description.


I Do It For The Hos Sweatshirt

  • Ugly Christmas Sweater Winner

  • Comfort, Novelty

What’s a more appropriate Dirty Santa gift than a sweatshirt with a slightly dirty Santa? This on-theme number is available in five colors and sizes up to 5XL, making it suitable for a wide range of office party participants.


Wine Glass Bottle Topper

  • It’s Wine O’Clock Somewhere

  • $$$$$
  • Novelty

What do you do after a rough day at work? Wine about it. This Dirty Santa gift is budget-friendly as well as absolutely practical for those of us that enjoy a glass (or bottle) of Trader Joe’s wine after a challenging day in the office. Plus, we promise even the least tech-savvy of your coworkers will be sending funny selfies drinking out of this comical wine glass to all their friends on social media.


Elephant Tea Mug

  • Perfect For Tea Parties

  • $$$$$
  • Homegoods

Full disclosure: one of our old bosses gave us this mug, and we use it all the time. It’s perfect for tea-drinkers that don’t want to over-steep their tea but are too lazy to get up and throw out their finished tea bags. Yes, we absolutely just revealed our own level of laziness, but we hope some other people out here can potentially relate. Plus, it holds 15 ounces of whatever life-sustaining beverage they choose, almost enough to make their nine to five bearable, we hope.

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Knit Mitt Beverage Insulating Beer Glove

  • Solving First World Problems, One Silly Gift At A Time

  • $$$$$
  • Novelty

From football games to Mardi Gras parades, we can think of so many times this all-in-one glove and beer koozie would be incredibly helpful. Okay, well, at least two times that it would be useful. However, this glove could come in handy if the recipient enjoys a cold brew but dislikes a cold hand. If you’re a knitter looking for some homemade gift inspiration, this could be a fun, although possibly challenging, project to undertake!


Drunken' Tower Adult Party Game

  • Get This Party Started

  • $$$$$
  • Entertainment

Some of you might have seen similar versions of this game at your local dive bar, with hand-scribbled dares or rules written on the wooden blocks. If you have, then you might already be aware of just how fun the adult version of this favorite childhood game can be. This set is designed specifically as a drinking game and even comes with four shot glasses to really set the stage for a good time. We hope your office party allows drinking because then you can have a chance to play this game before the recipient takes it home!


The Original Wine Condoms

  • Funny And Functional

  • $$$$$
  • Novelty, Gadgets & Gear

Useful gag gifts can be challenging to find. Useful gag gifts that are also slightly uncomfortable might be even rarer. But here it is, we finally found the perfect awkward yet functional gag gift: the wine condom. Realistically most of us shouldn’t be finishing entire bottles of wine by ourselves (or I guess with others if that’s how you live your life), but it’s almost impossible to keep it from going bad before you finish it. This bottle stopper can keep the recipient’s wine fresher for longer and get at least a few awkward chuckles out of them when they unwrap it.


Prank Pack | Wrap Your Real Gift in a Funny Prank Gift Box

  • Guaranteed To Get Some Laughs

  • $$$$$
  • Novelty

Speaking of unwrapping, we might have found the perfect alternative to the classic gag-gifts: gag-gift boxes. These funny prank gift boxes allow you to wrap up your completely normal gift in a hilarious spoof present packaging. Your coworkers will get a hoot out of the hilarious packaging, only to realize later that they don’t have to try to figure out how to put dust boots on their dog or cat. However, if anyone has actually put dusting shoes on their dogs, please send us videos; we’d love to see how that went!


Flip Top Fruit Infuser Water Bottle

  • Hydrate Deliciously

  • $$$$$
  • Homegoods, Food & Drinks

Drinking the recommended eight glasses of water a day can be challenging for some people, especially those of us who just think water tastes bland. Instead of reaching for another sugary beverage, this infusion water bottle encourages users to enhance their water with fruit’s natural sweetness and flavors. Staying hydrated never seemed so easy or delicious until now!


That's Bullshit Button

  • Call It As You See It

  • $$$$$
  • Novelty, Gadgets & Gear

Using this button in the office may or may not get your co-workers fired, depending on the situation. But if they go down, we’re sure it will be a hilarious descent into the flames. Or, they can just take it home and hit it whenever they think about being called in for mandatory overtime or being passed over for a promotion they were over-qualified for. Let’s all be honest with each other; most jobs have some level of bull shark associated with them, so this button will be appropriate for all of your colleagues!


Punderdome: A Card Game for Pun Lovers

  • Suns Out Puns Out

  • $$$$$
  • Entertainment, Novelty

We already know all the dads in your office Dirty Santa gift exchange will desperately try to steal this game to show off their incredible pun skills. But you don’t have to be a dad joke connoisseur in order to have fun with this game! Anyone willing to be silly and make bad jokes will have a blast playing Punderdome. It could be a particularly fun choice of gifts if you work for a communications, writing, or PR company— people that work with their words might really enjoy clever wordplay!


Funny Coasters For Drinks- Set of 6

  • Rings Belong On Fingers, Not Tables

  • $$$$$
  • Homegoods, Novelty

Help your colleagues prevent water stains on their wood furniture in the funniest way possible with this set of six novelty coasters. Each one has a different sarcastic saying on it, ranging from “Use an effing coaster (please)” to more adult phrases our boss would not approve of (you’ll just have to click and see for yourself). Don’t worry, though; there is a PG-rated “Home Sweet Home” coaster to cover up the office inappropriate ones with when your boss walks by.


Just Smoked A Pound Of Weed Mints

  • Keeping It Fresh

  • $$$$$
  • Novelty, Food & Drinks

Will this gift go down well with all your colleagues? Probably not, unless you work in Colorado or at a dispensary. If that doesn’t describe your working situation, then buy these at your own risk (and it’s not our fault if you get in trouble with HR). To be fair, these are just completely normal wintergreen mints, so hopefully, your coworkers will find them just as funny as we do!


Pooping Dogs 1000 Piece Puzzle

  • What A Puzzling Choice

  • $$$$$
  • Entertainment, Novelty

If you can get past the fact that one of the “pooping dogs” pictured in this puzzle is a fox, then this could be a hilariously awkward Dirty Santa gift for your office pals. If you can’t get past it, then we’re sorry we even brought this item to your attention. Please, continue reading as we try to regain your trust with more weird gifts.

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Desktop Boxing: Knock Out Your Stress!

  • A Knock-Out Gift

  • $$$$$
  • Entertainment, Novelty

Most jobs generally don’t let you leave in the middle of the day to go to a kickboxing class in order to deal with your work-related stress. We know, that’s super inconsiderate of them. But, thankfully, we might have found a solution for your most wound-up colleagues. This desktop punching bag allows them to release some of their workplace tension from the convenience of their cubicle!


Sloth Dreams Patience Putty

  • Squeeze The Stress Away

  • $$$$$
  • Entertainment, Novelty

If you’re looking for a less aggressive but equally as stress-relieving gift for your office Dirty Santa or white elephant gift exchange, this squeezable putty could be the answer, especially for sloth lovers. Plus, at less than $10, it’s a pretty cheap (but still entertaining) gift that is eligible for Amazon Prime shipping if you need a last-minute option.


Pack of 3 Sushi Socks

  • Sock It To Them

  • $$$$$
  • Comfort

We love a creative packaging moment, and this pack of sushi socks might just take the cake. This set includes three pairs of patterned socks rolled up to look like classic sushi delicacies. The fun and colorful patterns will look super sleek, peeking out from under your coworkers’ suit pants. Just to clarify, they are technically men’s socks, so it might be a good choice for those who work in a male-dominated office.


'Fries on the Fly' Universal Car French Fry Holder

  • Making Fast Food Even More Convenient

  • $$$$$
  • Novelty

This french fry holder is less than $10. We repeat this french fry holder is less than $10. We could not stop thinking about how many fries could have been saved from the bottom of our car if we had only had this convenient french fry holder. It is sized to fit in most standard cupholders and is an excellent choice for anyone that enjoys a little fast food on their way home from work. If you’re looking for a cheap, gender-neutral, and unique gift or your office gift exchange, we can’t think of anything more appropriate than easy access to fries.


Barbuzzo Original Spin the Shot – Fun Party Drinking Game

  • For Party People Only

  • $$$$$
  • Novelty, Entertainment

Do your office Christmas parties have a reputation for getting a little bit wild? If so, then make sure this gift gets unwrapped before everyone is too far gone to use it! Anyone familiar with spin the bottle will understand the basis for this game. Simply pour some alcohol into the included shot glass and spin the arrow to see who has to drink it! We take no responsibility for how the night goes after this is unwrapped, but we hope you all have fun!


Singing Dancing Christmas Tree: Animated Christmas Character

  • Deck The Halls

  • $$$$$
  • Novelty

Do you remember the early 2000s when singing novelty goods we’re all the rage (i.e., that singing wall fish everyone seemed to have?). Well, everything from the noughties is coming back into style, so we may as well bring back singing, animatronic gifts as well. This fuzzy creature sings and dances along to “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree,” a very fitting choice for a Christmas tree to sing, in our opinion.


TriceraTaco Holder Ultimate Dinosaur Taco Stand

  • Lets Taco-Bout It

  • $$$$$
  • Homegoods

Let’s taco-bout Tuesday night dinners, shall we? In many major cities and homes across the country, Tuesdays are synonymous with one thing— tacos. We, however, would like to petition everyone to start eating tacos every day, not just on Tuesdays. To make it easier, we thought we would introduce this triceratops taco holder that fits not just one but two tacos and officially might be our favorite thing on the planet.


Wearable Blanket with Sleeves and Pocket

  • Get Cozy

  • $$$$$
  • Comfort, Homegoods

When it comes to winter weather, many of us just want to curl up at home and watch movies on the couch with a cut of hot chocolate. You could help make that cozy night possible with this impossibly soft wearable blanket.

Seriously though, we know these were kind of a joke of the 2010s, but now that a decade has passed, can we finally admit that they’re super convenient? Generally, we roll ourselves up like a burrito in our blankets, but then we have to remove our arms from the safety and security of the burrito in order to use our phone or drink a beverage. Thankfully, this blanket has sleeves, meaning the recipient’s arms can stay warm and still reach for the remote to change the channel.


Mexican Hot Chocolate - Artisanal with Organic Cacao Beans

  • A Winter Staple

  • $$$$$
  • Food & Drinks

No Christmas season is complete without at least 20 million cups of hot cocoa, and no, we are not exaggerating. Okay, we are definitely exaggerating, but you have to understand hot chocolate is one of the few things that can make winter weather more bearable. This artisanal and organic hot chocolate mix creates a decadent treat that all chocolate lovers will enjoy.


Bath and Shower Acrylic Cupholder for Wine, Beer, and More

  • Three Cheers For Shower Beers

  • $$$$$
  • Homegoods, Novelty, Gadgets & Gear

From drinking their coffee while taking a morning rinse to unwinding with a glass of wine in the bath, we’re sure the recipient of this gift will find at least a cup-le of reasons to use it. It could also potentially fit phones for those who want to scroll through Instagram while indulging in a decadent bubble bath. Or for guys that don’t want to miss a second of the game when they take their evening shower.


Multitool Pen

  • Ready For Anything

  • $$$$$
  • Novelty, Gadgets & Gear

If you’re looking for a gift that’s a bit more functional than silly, then this pen might just fit the bill. The functional pen comes with four ink refills, a ruler, level, touch screen stylus function, screwdriver head, and more. This nifty little gadget could be the most useful tool on the recipient’s desk, except for maybe their computer.


Party Flasks- Santa Drink Beverage Dispenser

  • Deck The Halls!

  • $$$$$
  • Novelty

There are many ways to spread Christmas cheer. Buddy the Elf might have suggested singing loud for all to hear, but we’re going to depart from Will Ferrel’s hilarious Christmas classic and instead suggest passing around a Christmas stocking full of booze. Do you want to give that gift that everyone will steal and swap for during your Bad Santa, Yankee Swap, or White Elephant party? You might want to purchase the four-pack of this silly stocking just in case everyone starts fighting over it!


Carhartt Men's Knit Cuffed Beanie

  • Stay Warm And Stylish

  • $$$$$
  • Comfort

Do you work with a large number of young people and want to seem effortlessly cool in front of them, so they help you export your word documents to PDFs? Carhartt beanies have become a staple of millennials and older gen z-ers. You’ll see them all over Instagram, from downtown skaters posting videos of their tricks to engaged couples taking semi-professional photos at pumpkin patches. We suggest going with one of the classic colors to keep the gift gender-neutral and appropriate for any recipient. After all, no one likes frost-bitten ears in the wintertime!


Funny Dish Towel, Every Now And Then I Fall Apart

  • For Clean Ups When Everything Falls Apart

  • $$$$$
  • Novelty, Homegoods

Dish towels are always useful, at least for people that spend time cooking or cleaning in their kitchens. There is no shame for the take-out food people reading this, but you might not be inclined to use dish towels. Either way, this novelty dish towel reminds us that it’s okay to fall apart every once in a while. After all, if tacos can fall apart and still be one of the most wonderfully delicious foods on the planet, then all of us can have some breakdowns and still be awesome, boss babes and bros, right?


Tipsy Tubes Hidden Sunscreen Lotion Flask

  • Funny And Functional

  • $$$$$
  • Novelty, Food & Drinks

Some of you might look at this and immediately think, why are they promoting sunscreen in the winter? First of all, you should be wearing sunscreen all year round to protect your precious skin. Second of all, these are fake sunscreen tubes! They’re actually sneaky flasks, perfect for picnics in the park, sunny days at the beach, weekend festivals, or anywhere else that you’re technically not supposed to be drinking (or where they charge $15 for drinks).


Cute Cable Protector

  • Adorable And Protective

  • $$$$$
  • Novelty, Gadgets & Gear

You don’t deserve to deal with fraying computer, tablet, phone, or headphone cables, and neither do any of your colleagues. Spare everyone the annoyance of broken cables with this set of adorable, cartoonish cable protectors. We are currently looking at the little crack in our laptop charger cable, wondering why we didn’t know about these things sooner. We’re particularly fond of the avocado wearing a beret, but the entire collection is absolutely adorable!


Sock Keeper- No Sock Left Behind

  • Solving Weird Problems One Sock At A Time

  • $$$$$
  • Novelty, Gadgets & Gear

Is anyone else constantly perplexed as to where all your socks have gone? We’re roughly 67% positive a little gnome lives in our dryer and consistently steals single socks, leaving us with dozens of unpaired loners in our sock drawer. Thankfully, you can help protect your friends and coworkers from the same fate with these sock savers. Simply slide your pair of socks through the bear to keep them together throughout the wash and dry cycles. If this doesn’t help save the recipients’ socks, then we’re 100% positive about that dryer gnome.


Digital Coin Bank Savings Jar

  • For Penny Pinchers

  • $$$$$
  • Gadgets & Gear

Keeping track of loose change just got significantly easier. Finally, instead of just floating around at the bottom of your coworker’s couch or cupholders, they can not only have a designated place to keep all their coins, but they can keep track of how much they have. Will it be enough for an all-inclusive week-long vacation in the Bahamas? Probably not. Will it potentially be enough to upgrade their coffee from grande to venti? We think so.


Handheld Battery-Operated Electric Milk Frother

  • For The Latte Connoisseur

  • $$$$$
  • Gadgets & Gear, Food & Drinks

We know at least one of your coworkers is consistently late because they have to pick up their favorite caffeinated beverage in the morning, and they never allow enough time to get through the line and get to work on time. Now, your colleagues can make their bougie oat milk cappuccinos from the comfort of their own home and maybe even manage to clock in on time! Okay, they’ll probably still be late, but we can dream.


Rechargeable Reading Light

  • For Bookworms

  • $$$$$
  • Gadgets & Gear

You could light up a room— or at least, light up a book with this handy rechargeable reading light. Many bookworms encounter the same problem when it comes to nighttime reading: do you risk falling asleep with your light on and running up your electric bill, or try to squeeze a bedside lamp onto your table that’s already covered with books? This easy-to-use and portable reading light could solve this challenging dilemma and hopefully help keep your favorite reader’s electric bill down.


Dash Mini Waffle Maker Machine

  • Bite-Sized Happiness

  • $$$$$
  • Gadgets & Gear, Food & Drinks

Excuse me, mini waffle maker, why weren’t we aware you existed? As a huge fan of breakfast food but not a big fan of eating in the morning, this little waffle maker could be the answer to all of our problems. Or at least the breakfast one. These mini waffles are perfect for making waffle breakfast sandwiches or easy make-and-go snacks, especially if the recipient has some pre-made waffle mix sitting around. This is what meal prep is all about, right?


Our Adventure Fund, Wooden Vacation Shadow Box

  • Use That PTO!

  • $$$$$
  • Homegoods

Despite what our bosses might think, all of us worker bees could definitely benefit from a few more days off or even actually using all that personal time off you’ve accumulated over the years. Give your coworkers a little reminder that it’s okay to take vacations with this cool adventure fund shadow box. From a lovely weekend at a bed & breakfast to a cross country road trip, this adventure fund box could help keep your colleagues on track for their travel goals!


Mini Portable Charger for iPhone

  • Keep Electronics Charged With Ease

  • $$$$$
  • Gadgets & Gear

Have you ever met anyone that is so on top of their game, their phone never drops beneath 30% charged? We haven’t either. It might be a universal truth that our phones always seem to die at the most inconvenient times, i.e., when there is no charger or outlet to be found. This mini portable charger could save the day for your friends and their phones. It is compatible with all iPhones, and you don’t even need a cord to use it!


Acupressure Mat and Pillow Set for Back/Neck Pain Relief

  • Post-Work Relief

  • $$$$$
  • Gadgets & Gear

Sitting hunched over a desk all day isn’t good for anyone’s back, but sadly, it is the reality many of us face at our office jobs. However, you could offer your friends and coworkers a bit of relief by throwing one of these acupressure pads into the Bad Santa gift pile. The mat is designed to relieve muscle tension and tightness by lying on it for 10 to 30 minutes a day.


Butter & Cheese Huggers

  • Protect The Cheese!

  • $$$$$
  • Food & Drinks

Odds are at least one of the people participating in your friend or office gift exchange is obsessed with cheese. To be fair, you probably already know exactly who it is (cheese lovers aren’t exactly a subtle group, are they?). These food huggers are perfect for keeping their cheese fresher, longer and preventing that dreaded mold from taking their beloved snack away.


Spiced Wine Mix

  • ‘Tis The Season for Wine!

  • $$$$$
  • Food & Drinks

Like eggnog, candy canes, and sugar cookies, mulled wine is a Christmas staple for many people. This mix makes it easier than ever to make delicious spiced wine, and it has helpful information for portioning out individual servings! Whether you’re looking for Bad Santa or Secret Santa gifts, this seasonal delicacy is sure to please the recipient and the crowd they make it for.


Olde Thompson Everything Bagel Seasoning

  • Trader Joe’s Dupes For The Win

  • $$$$$
  • Food & Drinks

If you haven’t tried everything bagel seasoning, you might want to consider picking up a pack for yourself as well. This mix of deliciousness adds the perfect touch to an incredible variety of foods, from avocado toast to salads. We swear this seasoning can make your most basic breakfast look and taste like a five-star gourmet brunch.


Upgraded Waterproof Shower Phone Holder

  • For Some Shower Entertainment

  • $$$$$
  • Gadgets & Gear

Some of the men reading this might not understand why women take so long in the shower. Between washing your hair and shaving your legs, somehow 40 minutes have passed, and you still haven’t even rinsed out your conditioner yet. To be honest, we always take our phones in the shower if we’re undertaking multiple grooming activities, and we know we’re not the only ones. This phone holder is specifically designed for people that want to be able to watch their favorite showers or scroll through Instagram while they relax or painstakingly try to navigate the contours of their knee caps (it’s not easy, y’all!).


Beehive Crystal Honey Jar

  • It’s The Bee's Knees

  • $$$$$
  • Homegoods

You don’t have to break the bank to give a luxurious gift. This crystal beehive honey jar looks like it belongs in a celebrity’s super curated kitchen but would look just as stylish in any of your colleagues’ or friends’ houses. It holds roughly 12 ounces of delicious honey and comes with a wooden wand for serving.


Cotton Linen Throw Pillow Case - Dwight, You Ignorant S...

  • $$$$$
  • Homegoods, Comfort

We guess not all of your coworkers may be fans of The Office, but we’re almost positive at least one of them has watched every episode at least five times (except the last season, which was hard enough to watch the first time). This hilarious pillowcase will be a welcome addition to any Office-aficionado’s home decor and will definitely make a bold statement! The pillow insert isn’t included, but that just makes it easier to wrap the gift!


Dirty Santa Gift FAQs

What Is the Difference Between White Elephant and Dirty Santa?

Overall, White Elephant, Dirty Santa, and Yankee Swap are all pretty much the same basic gift exchange game. To play, all participants purchase a gift within an agreed-upon price range, then wrap their gift with no names or identifiers and place it in an agreed-upon location. Participants draw numbers to determine the order in which they pick gifts. The player that picked #1 picks any gift they would like from the pile. Then, player #2 can choose to steal the gift from player #1 or select a new gift. If the gift is stolen from player #1, they can choose a new gift from the pile; however, they can’t immediately steal back the present that was stolen from them. Each gift can be stolen a maximum of three times.

Do You Wrap Dirty Santa Gifts?

You should definitely wrap your Dirty Santa gifts! Part of the fun of Dirty Santa is the players have no idea what is in the present that they choose, so wrapping your gifts is necessary to keep the items mysterious.

How Many Times Can a Gift be Stolen In Dirty Santa?

In order to keep the gift exchange fair, most people implement a rule that players cannot steal gifts more than three times in Dirty Santa. Some people also play a version of the game where a person cannot be stolen from more than three times.

How Do You Zoom Dirty Santa?

It is totally possible to host a Dirty Santa gift exchange over zoom, all you need is a little bit of planning and a pad of paper for note-taking! You’ll have to invite all your attendees to a zoom or google hangout at an agreed-upon time to get started. Decide on a price limit and have everyone wrap their gifts (or a picture of the gifts) and have it in view during the video chat. As the host, you’ll have to do some note-taking to keep track of all the gift swaps and exchanges. We suggest setting up a table with all of the participants’ names, where you can record their assigned number for the drawing order, the gift they brought for the game (once it’s been opened and revealed), then columns for the first recipient, and up to three “stolen” columns. To get your game started:

  1. Use a random number generator or pull numbers out of a hat to assign all the participants an order for gift selecting. As the host, you’ll want to record which participant was assigned which number.
  2. As usual, #1 is allowed to select their gift first. With everyone’s gifts in view, #1 chooses a person to unwrap their present, and the host should record what gift #1 selected.
  3. Then, participant #2 can choose to steal the gift from #1 or select a new person to unwrap their gift. The host should record the results in the appropriate column to keep track.
  4. If someone’s gift is stolen, they can not immediately steal the gift back (where’s the fun in that?), but they can choose an unopened present or steal a gift from another player.
  5. Players can steal gifts up to three times. If participant #1 ends up with their first gift at the end of the game, generally, they are given another chance to steal a gift from another player.
  6. Once all the gifts have been assigned, everyone will mail or deliver their presents to the appropriate participant!
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Carly Schwarz

Carly Schwarz is a part-time conservation biologist, part-time creator of funky crafts, and full-time goofball writer for Gift Rabbit. She earned a degree in Environmental Biology from Tulane University in New Orleans and has worked on conservation projects worldwide since. Before she entered the world of online writing, Carly was the Research Coordinator of an elephant sanctuary in northern Thailand.