wrapped Christmas present and Christmas cookies

Anyone who tries to pretend that gift-giving is an easy task clearly has had too much eggnog. The holiday season can be pretty stressful and, at times, finding the perfect present for loved ones feels next to impossible. Throw a Secret Santa into the mix and things can really take a turn for the worse.

The playful holiday gift swap is certainly not without its challenges: from setting a price range to finding that special something that’s universally beloved. Heaven forbid you and your crew begin to swap and steal, then the holiday party can get even messier.

However, there’s a reason they say, “The way to the heart is through the stomach” (I can personally confirm the validity of this statement). Keeping that in mind, you can wow all of your guests with a fun Secret Santa present that will be the talk of your Christmas get-together. With a variety of options (and price ranges) here are a few last-minute food items that make for a lovely Kris Kringle gift.

Candy Bento Box

candy bento box from Sugarfina


Sugarfina, the mastermind behind liquor-infused gummies, is giving you a variety of indulging options this season thanks to the Merry Christmas eight-piece Candy Bento Box for $65. Some flavors include Sugar Cookies and Chocolate Berry Basket, classics for this time of the year. But the company ups the ante with the likes of Jamaican Rum Snowballs—an absolute must. Bento Boxes aren’t reserved for your sushi dinner, and you’ll be grateful for this innovative idea.
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Doughnut and Hot Cocoa Kit   

homemade donut kit


These seasonal goodies (which are $9 each) further prove why Target has been titled  “Greatland.” This simple kit will have you making your favorite glazed and sprinkled doughnuts in no time.
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homemade hot chocolate kit


Of course, a bite of a doughnut requires a sip of something warm, so a hot cocoa mix is the perfect accompaniment. Pass the marshmallows and peppermint, please.
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Apple Cider and Mulling Spices

apple cider with mulling spices


If you’re looking for a cozy drink by the fire, Williams Sonoma has you covered. This apple cider with mulling spices—a mixture of cinnamon chips, orange rind, whole allspice, whole cloves, cinnamon oil, and orange oil—makes for a lovely evening in. Chances are you’re not going to want to give this bad boy away, so stock up on this combo for yourself, too. Just note that the $33 item is currently only available for in-store pickup, so call your local Williams Sonoma before making a pit stop.
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All Peppermint Everything

‘Tis this season to be pepperminty, so you might as well indulge. Anyone stuffing their hand down Santa’s Christmas bag will be happy to select these treats from Sur La Table. These are guaranteed to make you the go-to gift giver (should you choose to spoil the Secret Santa surprise).

peppermint marshmallows

Sur La Table

Peppermint Marshmallows ($9.95)
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peppermint hot chocolate mix

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Peppermint Hot Chocolate ($21.95)
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peppermint bark cookies

Sur La Table

Peppermint Bark Cookies ($19.95)
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Bean Box Sampler

Bean Box coffee subscription sampler

Bean Box

What’s more beloved than a warm cup of joe? Treat your Kris Kringle recipient to a taste of Seattle’s best roasts with a Bean Box for $24. Not only is it guaranteed to be delicious, but it’ll last well into the winter season. Whoever receives this present just might be inclined to sign up for a monthly subscription box.
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Classic Gift Box

Harry and David gift basket with pears

Harry & David

Harry and David is pretty much synonymous with Christmas, and gift boxes of fruits, cheeses, nuts, and other treats will be perfect for anyone in search of something delicious this holiday season. Customers are also able to select appropriate sizes and prices based on what they’re looking for.
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Amish Popcorn Library

Amish popcorn sampler


Nothing beats a movie night, and this popcorn library for $32 will make you look forward to winter nights at home with a good flick. All you need now is a new favorite from Netflix.
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Kumsi Tea Voyage Tea Travel Set

Kusmi tea gfit set sampler


These sweet flavors ($39 for the pack) will make a detox an everyday habit. Irish blends and a green tea and lemon are two of the crowd pleasers in this set. A spot of tea? Comin’ right up.
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For more tips, hacks, and recipes, check out our Ultimate Guide to Christmas and Holiday Entertaining Headquarters.

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