Secret Saxton

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The Secret Saxton is an action item. It is represented by a yellow present with a red ribbon.

When used, it randomly gifts an item to another player in the same server. This item can only be used if the user has a premium account, and cannot be used while untradable.


Upon using the Secret Saxton, a random player in the current server is selected to receive a random item as a gift, and a notification is displayed to all players in the server (prompting applause and cheering sounds). The gifted item is then placed in the recipient's backpack.

The Secret Saxton can be used by equipping it in the Action slot, then pressing the "Use Item in Action Slot" key (default key: H). Alternatively, selecting it in the backpack and clicking "Use" achieves the same effect. It is possible for the Secret Saxton to be used in a server with only one other player, guaranteeing that the other player receives the random gift. The user of the tool never receives a gift from their own Secret Saxton.

This item can be obtained through purchase from the Mann Co. Store, by trading, through another Secret Saxton, a Pile o' Gifts, or when it is distributed to all premium players for special events. For instance, a Secret Saxton is distributed to every player with a premium account at the start of each annual Smissmas event.

A player who owns the Spirit of Giving can increment its rank by using Secret Saxtons to grant random gifts to other players.

Additionally, the Gifting Man From Gifting Land is given every day to the person worldwide who gave out the most gifts the previous day.


Items acquired through the Secret Saxton are marked as gifts from the user and timestamped with the receipt time and date in their descriptions. Most items normally found via the item drop system (such as weapons, cosmetic items, and some tools) can be obtained from opening a gift. All gifts received are tradable, usable in crafting, and have the Unique item quality.

Update history

September 30, 2010 Patch (Mann-Conomy Update)
  • [Undocumented] The Secret Saxton was added to the game.

October 6, 2010 Patch

December 21, 2011 Patch

  • Gifts from Secret Saxtons and Piles o' Gifts now have a chance to grant a gift in addition to whatever item they would have granted normally.
  • [Undocumented] The Spirit of Giving and Secret Saxton have been distributed to all premium players.

March 28, 2012 Patch

  • Added daily periodic reward hat for gifts given.

December 22, 2014 Patch (Smissmas 2014)

  • Premium Players will receive a Secret Saxton to give to another player.

November 21, 2017 Patch

  • Due to fraudulent use, temporarily untradeable giveaway gifts (e.g. Pallet of Crates, Secret Saxton, key gifts) cannot be used until their tradability restriction has expired.


  • If a Secret Saxton is gifted to a player who was going to find an item normally via a random drop, that item is considered to be a gift as well.


  • The name "Secret Saxton" is a reference to the Western tradition Secret Santa in which someone is randomly assigned a person to whom they anonymously give a gift.

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