Themes For Dirty Santa

GAG Gifts

One of the most popular Dirty Santa gift themes are the novelty GAG items. These are the gifts you can buy online, are fun to unbox and really funny. You will often find guests stealing and swapping GAG gifts from each other. It’s a great theme for the party.

Dirty Pound

Everyone must bring a gift that weights one pound. It could be anything at all as long as it weighs one single pound. A pound of brown sugar? Why not, as long as it weighs one pound and is well wrapped it’s good to go!

Inappropriate Cookies

These are some of our favorite, because not only is it fun to open them and laugh when you see what funny creating bakers came up with, it’s also a lot of fun thinking about what to make and actually baking them. Inappropriate cookies could be oddly shaped cookies that resemble certain body parts. Obviously a great thing within friends, but take caution if these are for the work party.

A great example of these cookies is animals. You can create animal shaped cookies that are baked on top of each other making a scene of animal mating. You can even make colored cookies. A red rocket dog (you would have to google that) is one popular inappropriate cookie that everyone laughs when seeing.

Obviously, this theme would be appropriate for adults only parties.


Books are great for Dirty Santa parties, because they offer such flexibility. You know what to expect (a book) yet the gift is still unexpected. There are many books with funny titles that would be a perfect match for a Dirty Santa exchange.

Funny T-shirts

Now who does not love a funny shirt? We all have owned one. It’s really a GAG gift, but the great thing about funny shirts, is that these days you can have one designed, printed and shipped online! This way, you can create a shirt with your bosses picture on it and ave everyone either fight over it or have fun avoiding it!

Ugly Sweaters

Everyone’s all time favorite. They are worm, they are practical, you can wear them at Christmas and they are funny. What’s not to love about this Dirty Santa theme? With the amount of ugly sweaters sold online, you will not have a problem finding something unique and laughter inducing.

Penny Pincher

Frugal folks will appreciate a Penny Pincher Dirty Santa theme. Usually these gifts are worth $5 or less, and if you think you won’t find any good gifts that cost only 5 dollars, think again! There are a lot of gift ideas that are a perfect fit for the Penny Pincher Dirty Santa exchange and you can find them on our gifts page

Recycled Christmas

Using recycled theme is very common during Christmas parties. What it means basically is that you would wrap and bring something from home that you do not need. A gift that you received that you didn’t like or find useful, an item you bought but aren’t using.

It’s a general rule of thumb however to bring something that’s new or lightly used. You don’t want to bring worn out gifts to the Dirty Santa Exchange!

Funny Ornaments

If your group is skilled in making funny ornaments for the Christmas tree, this would be your time to shine! Funny self made Dirty Santa ornaments are a great idea for a frugal, self made gift exchange.

Self Made Gifts

You don’t have to stop at the ornaments either. A theme can be a general DIY (do it yourself) items. Anything that guest can put together would work here. It is advised to encourage the participants to make these items funny, which adds to the positive atmosphere of the evening!

Edited Photos

If people in your group are computer savvy, one fun theme is caricatures or funny edited photos of coworkers. With Photoshop, a printed picture and a cheap frame, you have yourself a perfect Dirty Santa present!

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Dirty Santa Facts

You don't have to stick with regular Dirty Santa gifts and can set a theme as part of the game rules. For example a theme could be "Funny Mugs", "Candles", "Funny Clothing" or just about anything.

When planning a Dirty Santa Party, the organizers must set a maximum amount allowed to be spent on a gift. The most common amount set in rules and spent happens to be 20 dollars.

Unveiling a gift can be as fun as the gift itself, this is why as a trick, people love to wrap a gift many many times to make unwrapping pain in the butt for the recipient. Frustration on the face of the giftee can be priceless.