We love Secret Santa gift exchanges. They’re a great way for a group to share some holiday fun, without breaking the bank on gifts for everyone. The “secret” is part of the fun. Maybe you know your recipient so well that you immediately think of the perfect present. But maybe you drew the name of someone you’re looking forward to getting to know a little better. In that case, we’re here to offer a little help with your Secret Santa gifts.
If your budget is $5 or $50, we have the perfect Secret Santa gift for you.
$5 Secret Santa Gift Ideas
The $5 Secret Santa gift is tough. It’s nice to make sure that everyone can participate without stretching their budget, but it’s hard to find a meaningful gift for five bucks – other than a Starbucks gift card. For this small amount, we recommend toys and desk accessories. No matter how old you are, there’s still a little time to play.
$10 Secret Santa Gift Ideas
Ten bucks is still a little tight, but there are great options out there. Add on a coupon code and you’ll be able to snag a great gift in your $10 budget.
Card games and puzzles are always a welcome gift.
While something living isn’t always the first thought for a Secret Santa swap, we think this succulent would look lovely on anyone’s desk.
Writerly and creative types would appreciate a new journal or a lovely pencil set.
$20 Secret Santa Gift Ideas
You can have some fun with a $20 Secret Santa Gift. You’re not so constrained by price, and you can think more about who this person is, and find something they will really appreciate.
Threadless has a hip T-shirt design for every interest. The best thing is most designs come in men, women and kids sizes, along with tote bags, phone cases, mugs, and more.
The multitool may not seem like the most exciting of Secret Santa gifts, but the first time your gift recipient texts you after taking advantage of the tweezers and screwdriver for the same project, you’ll feel the glow of a job well done.
This gift takes a little bit of detective work, but you can pick up an album frame for less than $10 and then fill it with a record from the used record store for the year your Secret Santa match was born.
Zazzle is the place to go for tote bags, coffee mugs, mouse pads, Post-Its, and more items decorated exactly as you want. Click on the “Under $20” page and you’ll find such gems as the Cookie Monster Notebook, “Good to be a Gangster” card deck, and the Snow Leopard kitchen towel set.
$50 Secret Santa Gift Ideas
Fifty bucks is pushing our comfort zone with workplace gifts, but if these gifts are a big deal for your office, you want to impress. We’re going to circle back around to toys because every office and home needs a remote control helicopter.
An edible gift is always welcome, but we prefer our sweets in the form of fruit. Two boxes of Harry & David pears will run you just under $50, and you can use a coupon code to score free shipping to your home or office.
Whether it’s a $5 Secret Santa gift, or a $50 budget, there are so many great gift ideas beyond the standard gift card. Have some fun this holiday season, and make sure to share this gift guide with your Secret Santa crew.
Have another great idea? Tell us about it in the comments.