A Secret Santa is a holiday tradition, with different names in numerous countries. In it, there's a system of secret picks, where a group of people pick names of someone else in the group and give each other gifts without saying who it came from.

It's often played straight, but there have been a number of times where someone sneaks their name in as the only one for the group. HilarityEnsues. May result in one or more characters engaging in ConvenienceStoreGiftShopping.

In some cases, the exchange itself is still the same but with a different name, like "Holiday Helper," to be more respectful to non-Christians, since SantaClaus is traditionally associated with Christmas, and not everyone celebrates Christmas. Another common Christmas-affiliated name for it is "Kris Kringle"; while this is another name for Santa Claus, if it's used it's normally in the context of a Secret Santa arrangement.

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* Junie B. and her class are assigned to do this in ''[[JunieBJones Junie B., First Grader: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells (P.S.: So Does May)]]'' and Junie B. is less than thrilled when she's assigned be the [=Secret Santa=] to her nemesis, May.
* In ''Literature/PlanetTad'', Tad's class participates in one of these, with Tad as a secret Santa to a girl that he likes. It bombs badly when he chooses chocolate as his gift and she thinks that her Santa is trying to make her fat.
* ''Secret Santa'', a teen romance novel by Sabrina James, is all about this. It's about a high school in a small suburb of [[BigApplesauce New York City]] called North Ridge that does a school-wide Secret Santa gift exchange. There's tons of mishaps but everything is solved by the night of the school's Winter Wonderland dance.

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* Done in ''Series/{{House}}'', where he slips his name as the only one to mess with his team. They figure it out quickly, but he ends up getting gifts from all of them anyways.
* Also in the 2012 Christmas episode of ''Series/PawnStars'', when Chumlee, who is organizing the company party, puts only his name in the Secret Santa hat. The others figure it out, call him out on it at the party, and do a proper Secret Santa.
* In ''TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'', Maddie organizes the Tipton staff Secret Santa and makes sure that London picks her name, hoping for an expensive gift.
* ''{{Monk}}'' had an episode called "Mr. Monk and the Secret Santa". Stottlemeyer forgets to buy a gift for his Secret Santa, so he regifts a bottle of port someone had sent him. Then the bottle turns out to be poisoned...
* Happens in a Christmas episode of ''TheOffice''.
** And again, though not as a major plot point.
* Happens in season four of ''{{Friends}}''. By the end of the episode, pretty much everyone knows who got who.
* In ''{{Glee}}'', Sue slips her name in as the only one.
* ''TheBabySittersClub'' has the club play this in one TV episode. At one point they all go to the same store.

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* Organized by DiV, of all people/electronics, in ''PennyArcade''...except that the only name in the hat is DiV.

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* ''WebVideo/HardlyWorking'' created a BlackComedy version called "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQIQCDND9ZE Kovert Krampus]]," named for TheKrampus, a holy jolly goat beast of Alpine folklore, who travels alongside Santa, maiming and punishing the naughty children. Rather than buying gifts for each other, the staff punish each other for their lies and transgressions, with a $20 spending limit.

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* A ChristmasSpecial of ''HeyArnold'' uses this as the basis for his difficulty in finding a gift.
* This is a plot point in an episode of ''{{Braceface}}''. [[TheProtagonist Sharon]] pulls [[AlphaBitch Nina Harper]]'s name, and is morally torn between getting her a nice present and not getting her anything at all (which is actually kind of understandable, given how mean Nina is to people).
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': In "'Tis the Fifteenth Seasons", Homer gets an extravagant present from his secret Santa (Carl). Homer forgets to bring something for Lenny, since he's Lenny's secret Santa, so he goes to a snack machine and [[ConvenienceStoreGiftShopping buys him some Certs]].

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