Tuesday, November 22, 2011

DIY Secret Santa Drawing Gift Tags with Wishlist

As an annual Thanksgiving tradition, my family does a Secret Santa drawing. The rules are simple.

  • No picking yourself.
  • No picking an immediate family member or spouse (meaning I can't pick my brother or husband). 
  • Stick to the minimum.
  • Write a list of 5 items you would like.
  • Keep who you drew quiet until after all the gifts are opened.

We usually just write our names on a slip of paper or print out so I wanted to try something a little different this year. I searched all around for ideas on how to do the drawing but couldn't find a thing. I wanted something that was credit card-sized so that you could carry the list around with you in your wallet when you are out shopping. I also wanted something where you could hide the name from prying eyes as the names are drawn. This is what my cousin Q and I came up with.

Secret Santa drawing gift tag with a Santa belt belly band: 

The Santa Belt can be slipped off to reveal the name you drew underneath:

How the card looks opened:

All 36 tags ready to go:

As you can see by the number of tags, we have a BIG family that is constantly growing. Imagine having to buy for each cousin, niece and nephew. We would all go broke. Now I have to think of five items for my wishlist. I know I'll be tempted to list items for Gabby but she'll have her own tag this year. Hmm... any ideas for around $25?

UPDATE NOV-2014: for the free printable of this tag, please click here.


  1. Thanks! They were a big hit for our drawing.

  2. Hi, I was wondering if you have a template for this design? My family and I decided to do secret santa this year and I want to have something cute to pass out. I love this design!

  3. can you give us instructions on where you bought everything

  4. I would love to get the template for this. Is it possible for you to provide for us?? PLEASE!!! :)

  5. Please share the template. This is an awesome idea.

  6. Can you please share how to instructions so I can make them for my family.

    1. Hello,

      Did Big K every reply to your comment??? I', looking to get this for my job.

  7. did anyone get the template yet?

  8. Hi everyone! Thank you for your interest on the tags. I just updated this post to include the link to the free printable template. The link is at the bottom of the post. Enjoy!

  9. Hi! I was not able to get the printable template. Can anyone please send me the link?

  10. did this last year could not find template. everyone asking if we can get these again in the office. this year we are adding the bands...lol

  11. Super cute idea!!! Could you share the template?

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