The holiday season is fast approaching, which means lots of food, gifts and games to be shared among friends! One of the most popular gift giving games played this time of year is Secret Santa. To play, write the names of everyone who wants to participate on slips of paper and have each person draw one. The name of the person you drew buy a gift! After each gift is opened, the recipient guesses who bought the gift for them. It’s a fun time for everyone!
So what gift do you buy if you don’t know the person whose name you drew very well? You could go the general route and play it safe, or you could ask lots of questions to get ideas for the best gift. Whether you want to ask people close to your gift recipient to lower their suspicions, or you want each participant to fill out a questionnaire to play, we’ve got the perfect list The 30 Best Secret Christmas Questions for you to choose from!
30 Secret Christmas Questions
These requests will make it easier to choose the best gift ever.
1. Which hobby do you enjoy the most?
Knowing what a person likes to spend time doing when they’re not to have doing so offers a pretty good glimpse into the kind of life they lead and could provide you with the perfect gift idea!
2. What is your favorite music?
Whether that translates into concert tickets or a homemade mixtape (hey, the ’90s are making a comeback, right?) is a great question for music lovers to ask.
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3. Who is your favorite artist?
This could affect musicians, painters, directors and the list goes on. Leaving this one open could give you more ideas than you know what to do with!
4. Do you have a favorite movie?
Movies aren’t for everyone. But for those who like a good movie, they surely have one close to their hearts. Luckily, there are plenty of movie merchandise options to choose from for your secret Christmas gift.
5. What is your favorite soccer team?
This question could be split in two by asking both their favorite pro team and their collegiate team. Sports enthusiasts love to let the world know who they’re cheering for!
6. What’s your favorite color?
Let’s assume her answer is orange. You could buy them a basket and fill it with orange items like candy, flowers, nail polish, a coffee mug, a shirt, and other orange items that you think they would like. Seeing the smile on their face when they open all their favorite things in their favorite color will be priceless.
7. Which candy or dessert do you prefer?
Not everyone loves sweets, and some people just don’t like cake. With this question you will find out what type of person your recipient is and you can shop or bake accordingly!
8. What do you like to eat?
Maybe not everyone loves sweets or cakes, but it’s almost a crime not to love snacks. Buying individually wrapped snacks for your secret Santa will make him think of you every time he reaches for one.
9. Do you collect anything?
Knowing what your recipient is collecting is a great way to look for a new item to add to their collection. This gift will surely remain unforgettable!
10. What is your favorite book?
You could also ask who her favorite author is. Maybe that author has published a new book that your gift recipient has yet to buy!
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11. What do you like to drink?
Whether hot chocolate, ginger ale, tea or something a a little stronger, your recipient will love receiving a Christmas gift to enjoy with others.
12. What is your favorite color to decorate with?
This is a great question for someone you know who has recently moved. It goes for everyone, of course, but gifting decor in their favorite color makes extra sense for someone who may not have a lot of decor already.
13. What is your favorite piece of jewelry?
If their answer is earrings, you could either get them a new pair of earrings or a necklace to match a pair you know they already have. This way they get a gift that they might not buy for themselves.
14. What is your favorite holiday?
If they answer St. Patrick’s Day, you could gift them the perfect shamrock shirt to wear next year. For Valentine’s Day, you could give them a pair of socks decorated with hearts. The possibilities are endless!
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15. Which perfume or cologne do you like?
Who doesn’t like smelling good? Since most perfume and cologne bottles are on the small side, you know they will eventually run out and you could get them similar options.
16. Which candle scent is your favorite?
Candles are small luxury items that simply make life more pleasant. The days are at their shortest during the winter season, so give them a gift that will help bring light into their lives.
17. Do you have a favorite fast food restaurant?
If your recipient loves to eat fast food, giving a gift card makes the perfect secret Christmas gift!
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18. Where is your favorite place to go on a date?
Another gift card idea, but this time they offer more of an experience than just a quick lunch on the go. They might even invite you to dinner!
19. What was the best vacation you’ve ever taken?
You might find the perfect photo book or picture frame for your favorite vacation spot.
20. Do you have a cinema that you like to go to the most?
Offering a gift card to that particular cinema is a nice addition to that date night gift!
21. What is your fondest childhood memory?
If you’re going the nostalgic route, this is a good question. Taking bits of her childhood and presenting them in gift form is sure to make her smile!
22. What game do you like to play?
Whether it’s board games or sports, there are plenty of gift ideas that come from their answer. If they like to play chess, you can get them a personalized chess set. If they prefer to shoot a few hoops, you could get them a new basketball.
23. What is your favorite TV show?
There are loads of items for sale that show different aspects of almost every TV show – like gifts for yellowstone fans or gifts for Gilmore Girls fans!
24. Do you have a favorite flower?
Giving fresh flowers is a classic gift idea. You can also give them a necklace or picture of their favorite flower to keep for years to come.
25. What do you do in your free time?
Deviating from her favorite hobby, this answer tells you how your recipient prefers to relax. Who doesn’t love a cozy item to help them unwind at the end of the day?
26. What is the best gift you have ever given?
There’s a bit of reverse psychology going on with this question. With their answer, you can estimate what to give your recipient based on the gift they were most looking forward to.
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27. Do you have pets?
If their answer is yes, chances are they love getting items that contain their pet! A toy for your dog is also a gift for you. Quality time spent together is the best gift!
28. What is your birth month?
There are many gift options that include zodiac signs, and giving one this year could make your gift feel even more personal.
29. Do you have any allergies?
This question is a little less fun than some of the others, but it’s good to know if you plan to buy them candy or bake them treats!
30. What is your shirt size?
Practicality at its finest. It’s one thing to know what their favorite TV show is to get them the perfect sweater. But also in the perfect size? This is a win-win situation!
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