The Best Gifts Under $30 For All Your Secret Santa Swaps
It's that time of year — the streets are lined with twinkly lights, Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" is playing on a loop at the grocery store, and, as usual, you don't have a present for your upcoming Secret Santa gift exchange. Yup, we've all been there.
Luckily, we're not strangers to uncovering the best gifts on the market. We know exactly what is takes for someone to say, "This is seriously the best gift I've ever gotten," which is why we created this guide of incredible presents for every kind of Secret Santa gift swap, from the one your boss makes you do with your coworkers to the annual one you've been doing with your best friends for as long as you can remember. Oh, and did we mention all of these gifts are $30 and under? That's because you don't need to go overboard when it comes to finding a good gift — you can leave that part to us.
Ahead, we've curated a list of thoughtful, practical, useful, and creative presents for everyone you might be shopping for. These gifts are a bit more sophisticated than the kind you might find at a white elephant exchange, since Secret Santa is all about surprising your recipient with the best gift of all. Go on, check out the best Secret Santa gifts under $30 now.
Cozy Gift: Stars Above Cozy Feather Yarn Wide-Leg Pants
We firmly believe that these Stars Above Cozy Feather Yarn Wide-Leg Pants ($30) are the perfect dupe for Skims loungewear. They're soft, cozy, and warm, and they come in four cute colors (cream, brown, charcoal gray, and mauve).
Nostalgic Gift: Juicy Couture UO Exclusive Quarter Sock 3-Pack
You heard it here first: Juicy Couture is back. The beloved brand teamed up with Urban Outfitters to showcase some of its hottest products, and this Juicy Couture UO Exclusive Quarter Sock 3-Pack ($20) stole our hearts. These plush socks are not only comfortable, but they're also super cute.
Fun Gift: Minute Mimosa Sugar Cube Trio
Take their glass of champagne to the next level with this Minute Mimosa Sugar Cube Trio ($30). All you have to do is drop one of these little cubes into their glass of bubbly, and watch as it turns into a mimosa or bellini. Choose between two flavors: Citrus Trio (featuring orange, grapefruit, and lemon) or Peaches and Berries Trio (featuring strawberry, raspberry, and peach).
Self-Care Gift: Pinch Provisions Self-Care Set
This Pinch Provisions Self-Care Set ($22) comes with everything they need to unwind, relax, and get some serious beauty sleep. It includes a luxe velvet sleep mask, a stone gua sha, a silky pink scrunchie, a lavender shower steamer, and a habit-tracking journal.
Home Gift: Subtle Art Studios Checkered Glass Tile Coaster
This Subtle Art Studios Checkered Glass Tile Coaster ($18) will instantly upgrade their coffee table. Not only will it add a pop of color, but it will also protect their furniture from water stains. Plus, it comes in a variety of different shades and hues.
Zen Gift: Sounds Palo Santo Incense Sticks
They'll be able to rid their space of bad vibes with the help of these Sounds Palo Santo Incense Sticks ($19). To use these sustainably harvested wood incense sticks, they just have to light them and allow the wood to burn for about a minute. The best part: these sticks can be relit countless times.
Winter Gift: Stars Above Paris Crossband Faux Shearling Slippers
If they're always complaining about being cold in the winter, we have a quick fix for that. These Stars Above Paris Crossband Faux Shearling Slippers ($10) are super cozy, meaning their feet will stay warm all season long. Plus, these pair well with all kinds of loungewear.
Useful Gift: Disco Ball Bottle Opener
This Disco Ball Bottle Opener ($20) is sure to get the party started. When it's not in use, it doubles as a cool bar-cart accessory. But we suggest that they keep this somewhere close by, because trust us, they'll be reaching for it.
Relaxing Gift: Serenity Oil Diffuser
This Serenity Oil Diffuser ($16) features notes of peppermint, sage, and basil oils, all of which give off a crisp, earthy scent. They can either put it in their bedroom so they can get whiffs of it before they drift off to sleep, or they can place it in their bathroom so they can unwind while they do their skin-care routine.
Kitchen Gift: Blume Electric Milk Frother
The only way to make a good matcha is by having a reliable frother. Luckily, this Blume Electric Milk Frother ($25) can provide all that and more. It has three different speed settings, so they can make their drink as frothy as possible. It also comes with two detachable whisk attachments: a double-headed whisk that will give them puffy, rich froth and a larger whisk attachment that acts as a beater or hand mixer.
Foodie Gift: Dash Express Mini Donut Maker
This Dash Express Mini Donut Maker ($23) can make a batch of mini donuts in minutes. Yes, they can nosh on delicious, homemade donuts in the comfort of their own home! What we especially love is that this little device is easy to use thanks to the nonstick coating and dual surfaces that heat food evenly.
Astrology Gift: "Seeing Stars: Harness the Power of the Zodiac"
If they're into astrology, we know they'll love "Seeing Stars: Harness the Power of the Zodiac" by Stella Andromeda ($9, originally $12). You can get them the book on their sign and maybe another one so they can start a collection. It makes for fun decor or a cute coffee-table book as well.
Timeless Gift: Fujifilm Fujicolor QuickSnap Flash 400 35mm Camera
They'll be able to make memories last with this Fujifilm Fujicolor QuickSnap Flash 400 35mm Camera ($24). It takes 24 photos, so they can snap pictures whenever they please. Once they take all 24 photos, they can either get them printed out and frame them, or they can put them in a scrapbook.
Beauty Gift: Let It Shine Juicy Tube Set
Keep their lips hydrated all season long when you surprise them with this Let It Shine Juicy Tube Set ($10). It comes with seven nourishing coconut lip oils that feature a range of gorgeous shades. Not to mention, these little tubes make for great stocking stuffers.