25 Secret Santa Gifts You'll Genuinely Want to Keep
Secret Santa gifts are tricky territory to navigate, but that's why we're here to help. Whether you're doing a gift exchange with your family or a group of friends, it can feel nerve-racking if you end up with the one person you're not especially close to. Plus, Secret Santa gift exchanges usually have a price cap, which limits your shopping even more. But, not to fear: these 25 gifts are all $50 or less, so you don't have to stress.
Every one of these gifts is general enough that you could give it to your cousin you don't know so well, but still thoughtful enough to give to your best friend. There's something for plant-lovers, beauty-lovers, and everything in between. Whether you're looking for a kit where they can make their own hot sauce, an at-home face mask kit, or a cool, high-tech notebook, there's a present in here that will make anyone smile. They're so cute, you might even want to buy one for yourself, on the off chance that your Secret Santa didn't read our gift guide. Keep on reading to shop our top picks!
— Additional reporting by Lauren Harano
A Fun Game For Everyone: Game of Phones
This modern take on the classic scavenger hunt requires your favorite possession — their smartphone! Game of Phones ($25) asks players to engage in a smartphone scavenger hunt in which only the fastest players will survive (just kidding, they'll win points).
A Reusable Notebook: Rocketbook Everlast Reusable Smart Notebook
This Rocketbook Everlast Reusable Smart Notebook ($20, originally $30) contains only 36 pages, but they can be wiped clean with a damp cloth and be exported to Slack, email, Google Drive — you name it. It's a genius gift they'll use all the time.
A Drinking Game: These Cards Will Get You Drunk
These Cards Will Get You Drunk ($16) will be a hit at any party. It's super easy to learn, and will be one your friends want to put to use ASAP. Just make sure the person you're gifting actually drinks before you go with this present.
For the French Fry Lover: Maad "Fries on the Fly" Multi-Purpose Universal Car French Fry Holder
We don't trust anyone who doesn't like french fries. This Maad "Fries on the Fly" Multi-Purpose Universal Car French Fry Holder ($13) might be the best invention ever. It'll keep their french fries from being lost in the dreaded abyss between the middle console and the car seat.
Something You Have to See to Believe: Unicorn Head Squirrel Feeder by Archie McPhee
This Unicorn Head Squirrel Feeder by Archie McPhee ($19) is weirdly amazing. If they've got a backyard with squirrels, they're going to be obsessed with this. This feeder is so fun, and will make anyone smile, making it the perfect gag gift for Secret Santa.
For TikTok Food Lovers: The Unofficial TikTok Cookbook
If there's someone in your life who's obsessed with TikTok food videos (we want to try that viral salmon bowl recipe!), they will appreciate this The Unofficial TikTok Cookbook ($10, originally $18). You all can have fun making some of the recipes together.
For People With Long Hair: Slip Pure Silk Skinny Hair Tie Paparazzi Holiday Bauble
This Slip Pure Silk Skinny Hair Tie Paparazzi Holiday Bauble ($27) is a coveted gift that comes in cute packaging. It holds hair in place without that annoying dent that comes with traditional rubber bands, and contains four hair ties.
A Crowd Pleasing Gift: Gray Malin At The Parker Playing Card Set
Everyone loves cards, and this Gray Malin At The Parker Playing Card Set ($35) is a definite upgrade from the classic deck. We'd be playing spades all day long, and it will be a welcome present for the holiday season, when there's lots of family time on the horizon.
For the Road Trip Fan: Pinch Provisions Holiday Survival Kit
If you know someone who's nervous about going home for the holidays, this is a great gift. The Pinch Provisions Holiday Survival Kit ($26) will be a beloved kit they actually use this year. It has a static remover, breath drops, hand cleansing wipes, boot wipes, lip balm, cuticle oil, facial tissue, hand lotion, a lint brush, and an alcohol wipe.
For the Astrology Obsessed: Glow-in-the-Dark Zodiac Art
How dreamy is this Glow-in-the-Dark Zodiac Art ($36)? If they're obsessed with astrology, they'll love looking at these pieces. It's a fairly compact print, so it's easy to carry, and easy to display pretty much anywhere. Simply charge it by placing it in a well-lit area for a few hours, and then watch it glow in the dark!
For the Person Who Loves Candles: DIY Candle Kit
When in doubt, buy someone a candle, right? Well, now when in doubt, buy them this DIY Candle Kit ($38), and concoct the perfect scent together. It makes three different candles, and if you can't pick a favorite scent, you can try a few different options!
For S'mores All Year Round: Prep Solutions by Progressive Microwave S'mores Maker
This Prep Solutions by Progressive Microwave S'mores Maker ($17) makes s'mores a year-round treat. No campfire needed! It's such a fun gift, and will make anyone smile. If you also bring the marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers, it makes for the perfect present.
For the Person Who Loves to Repurpose Products: Bottle Stopper Garden Kit
This Bottle Stopper Garden Kit ($19) turns old wine bottles into a growing garden. It's great for the DIY lovers in your life. There are two kits available, one of cosmos, marigold, and zinnia, and one of sweet basil, dill, and parsley.
A Great Stocking Stuffer: Wine Condoms Wine & Beverage Bottle Stopper
Meet the ultimate gag gift, and one that will make your recipient do a double take. This Wine Condoms Wine & Beverage Bottle Stopper ($15) is both funny and smart. It's a great way to preserve your bottle, and it'll give anyone a laugh.
For the Hot Sauce Lover: Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit
This Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit ($42) is such a fun, interesting gift. If they're a hot sauce fan, they'll be thrilled to make their own concoction. Plus, if they're obsessed with "Hot Ones," this will be the best way to create your own customized blend, and see if everyone can handle the heat.
For the Wine Lover: Rabbit Automatic Electric Corkscrew
This Rabbit Automatic Electric Corkscrew ($48, originally $60) is great for wine-lovers. It takes all the work out of opening the bottle, and is something they'll actually use; it won't end up collecting dust in the corner. If you're looking for something simple and universal, this is a good gift.
For the Skin Care Lover: Skin Renewing Masks
Everyone will have fun doing these Skin Renewing Masks ($25). It's a project and some self-care all in one gift. Choose from the glow kit or the detox kit depending on what kind of skin the person has, and if you're unsure, get both! It'll still come in at $50.
For the Coffee and Alcohol Lover: Bourbon Infused Coffee
They'll say yes to this Bourbon Infused Coffee ($22). I mean, who wouldn't? It's important to note that this coffee is infused with bourbon, giving it a rich flavor, but does not actually have any actual alcohol content, so it's safe for anyone who consumes caffeine, even if they're under 21.
A Pretty Planter: MoMA Design Store Self Watering Pot
This small MoMA Design Store Self Watering Pot ($40) is useful and cute. If you're going out of town, or are a new plant parent, this is such a welcome present. Gift this to anyone in your life, and they'll be blown away by how unique this gift is.
For the Amateur Gardener: Blooming Lollipops
These Blooming Lollipops ($20) are so aesthetically pleasing. Plus, they make gardening as easy as can be. It's a great gift if you've got a bunch of friends who garden, or know someone who wants to start growing plants. You eat the lollipop, and then plant the stick, which will grow a variety of different plants.
Cozy Slippers: Parachute Classic Slippers
If they love spa-inspired slippers, get them the Parachute Classic Slippers ($39). Once they put them on, they won't want to take them off. Plus, these slippers come in XS-XL sizing, so if you don't know their exact shoe size, you can still get in a good range.
A Cool Puzzle: Votes for Women Puzzle
A puzzle is a great Secret Santa gift because it's fun, crowd-pleasing, and affordable. We could spend hours doing this Votes for Women Puzzle ($22). We also love that it's a circular puzzle, which is so cool and unique. It's a 500-piece puzzle, so it'll take them a minute to do.
For the Person Who Loves to Drink: BigMouth Inc Ultimate Wine Bottle Glass
You can choose from several different versions of this BigMouth Inc Ultimate Wine Bottle Glass ($20). It really is the perfect gift, and is a great option if your Secret Santa gift exchange leans toward gag gifts. Add a wine bottle to this for the full effect.
A Fun Flask: Santa's Flask
Santa's Flask ($13) is the best kind of stocking stuffer. This is one stocking they'll want to hang all year round, and it'll be the most popular present at the Secret Santa gift exchange. If you're really feeling generous, bring something to fill it with, too!