Children are generous and giving by nature. They enjoy selecting and giving presents to the people they love, but often cannot do so because they don’t get to shop alone. This is why Secret Santa Shops at schools are so popular! Parents are assured that their children can shop in a safe, sheltered environment, and students can experience the joy of giving a thoughtfully selected gift to someone they care about. Keep reading to learn how easy and fun it is to set up a Secret Santa Shop at your child’s school.
Secret Santa Shops are often run by parent volunteers, but school groups could also run a shop to raise funds for their programs. The simplest and most cost effective way to stock your school’s Secret Santa Shop is to buy items in bulk. Select items that will sell well (more on that in a minute!) and save money by purchasing this merchandise in bulk. It’s quick and simple to create a new account with Darice to take advantage of our bulk pricing savings! If your school or program has a tax exempt number you can save even more money.
Popular Items for Secret Santa Shops
Multiple items are popular with kids ever year. Jewelry for mom, toys for friends and siblings, and gifts for dad are always top sellers. Here are ten popular items you should consider stocking up on for your school’s Secret Santa Shop.
Keychains: These popular shop items are perfect for kids to give to the adults in their lives. This sleek and stylish keychain would be loved by any mother, aunt, or big sister! Offer a variety of keychains for shoppers to choose from.
Jewelry Charms: Charms are always popular, and they are a great way to deliver a message with a gift. You could sell the charms alone, or add them to a chain to create completed bracelets that can be purchased.
Pendants: These are larger than charms and look great on a necklace chain or cord. Your Secret Santa Shop can opt to sell the pendants and chains or cords separately, so students can mix and match to create their own custom gift. Darice offers a huge assortment of pendants that are perfect for all genders and ages.
Flameless Candles: Candles are always top sellers at Christmas, and beautiful flameless candles are perfect for children to gift to parents, grandparents, and other loved one. Students will feel very grown up about selecting a beautiful piece of illuminated home decor as a gift.
Coffee Mugs and Tea Cups: Kids know that moms and dads love their coffee and tea, so mugs and tea cups are big sellers. You can buy both mugs and beautifully decorated tea cups in bulk from Darice for your Secret Santa Shop.
Decorative Table Signs: If you have shopped anywhere in the last year then you know how incredibly popular wood signs are. Decorative table signs are wonderful gifts to give and receive, as they can be displayed on counters, mantles, and table tops, to name a few options.
Animal Figurines: Everyone loves animals, which is probably why animal figurines are so popular with children as gifts to give adults. Polyresin bird figurines fit in with a wide variety of home decor, and are small and sturdy enough for a child to carry home in their back pack. Plastic animals and figurines for children are also available in bulk from Darice.
Garden Decor: Decorative cement stepping stones and other garden accents are another popular Secret Santa Shop item. Children will be thrilled to see the gift they purchased proudly displayed in a grandparent’s garden!
Small Toys: Students will be shopping for their friends and siblings, so be sure to include some small toys for sale in your school’s Secret Santa Shop. Darice has a vast assortment of small toys that you can purchase in bulk, such as these fun light up puffy sports balls.
Craft kits: Darice offers a huge variety of craft kits for kids that are packaged individually. Even though you’re buying in bulk, each individual kit is sealed and comes with instructions, ready to sell.
Secret Santa Shop Decor
Welcome students to your school’s Secret Santa Shop with a festively decorated room. Here are several inexpensive items that will help you quickly turn any space into a holiday wonderland.
Red and green plastic tableskirts are a quick way to turn any table into a festive Secret Santa Shop booth. Sort your shop items and arrange them on the tables.
Hang canvas tote bags at the entrance of the shop for students to use as shopping bags while they make their selections. Hang the bags back up when students check out, and reuse them again and again.
Darice’s red paper bunting is easy to assemble and hang up. This pop of color will add to the festive mood in the Secret Santa Shop.
Festive tabletop signs at the entrance and next to the cash register add holiday cheer to the shop’s decor.
The volunteers at your Secret Santa Shop can be easily identified if they wear unique hats, like these plush Santa hats. Let children know to find an “elf with a hat” if they need help with an item or help checking out.
With a bit of planning and the value-added saving of bulk buys, your school’s Secret Santa shop can be a huge success! For more ideas of what to stock at your shop, click here.
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Morena from MorenasCorner.com is the kind of girl who would rather have paint on her fingers than get a manicure. Morena’s passion is using thrifted and inexpensive finds to craft designer inspired creations, and she enjoys creating colorful, bold pieces of home decor. The Italian-American daughter of two DIYers, she and her husband strive to pass the tradition and value of handmade to their four children.