21 Cheap Secret Santa Gifts You Can Find at Target For $25 Or Less
Why is Secret Santa such a stressful concept? Oh, I know. It's because you're forced into this weird social but also personal tradition of buying a present for a coworker (whom you might not know at all), and it has to be something meaningful, but also within a set dollar limit to make it fair for everyone. It’s also going to be presented to your recipient in front of all your coworkers before your identity is revealed, so you better make sure the gift is ON. POINT. And don't get me wrong, the dollar limit certainly makes it easier. It just feels like added pressure because it's a rule, and therefore it must be obeyed. However, when it comes down to it, Secret Santa is really just the giving and receiving of gifts, so maybe we should all calm down.
There is one place that makes Secret Santa a little less terrifying though. It's the place you enter with a short list and exit with an overflowing cart. Yup, you guessed it — Target. You can never go wrong with Target. Especially when you're looking for an item that costs no more than $25. It doesn’t matter what your shopping needs consist of, Target will most certainly have it. Imagine Stefon and his shiny shirt when I say the following: "This place has EVERYTHING. . . . "
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Burt's Bees Beeswax Bounty
Women's Knit and Fur Ear Muffs
Jenga is THE BEST. You will win the award for most amazing Secret Santa ever if you give the gift of Jenga. And once the wrapping paper comes off, gather around and play. It’s a great ice breaker and takes extreme concentration, so it’ll bring the team closer together for sure.
Why are earbuds so easy to lose? And why are they always a tangled mess? Backup earbuds are perfect for this reason because one set is usually missing or tied in knots. These JLab earbuds also have a tangle-resistant cable and they have a mic, so that’s pretty rad.
Holiday Mug Gift Set
TOMS for Target Bracelet Set
Water Bottle with Pocket
It doesn’t matter how many water bottles you have or how dependable and spill-proof they are, you could always use another one, right? Am I just a bottle hoarder? It’s nice to have a backup bottle in case your main container squeeze starts to leak. And this one has a pocket to hold IDs, cash, and bank cards, so it’s handy for exercise and everyday life.
Quirky Salt and Pepper Shakers
Classic Etch A Sketch
Your coworker could be 20 or they could be 40, and they will appreciate this gift. Why? One word: Nostalgia. Every human can have a connection to an object via nostalgia, and since this toy has been around since 1960, most of us have played with it growing up. Plus, it’s just fun to play with a classic toy as an adult. No swear word is off limits now. Just don’t let HR see!
Stainless Steel Kettle
Stout Glass Set of 2
Unique glass sets are exciting gifts to receive, because they’re never items you prioritize for yourself. Unless you can get them as gifts from family members or as part of a registry, you’re probably not going to unwrap cool glass sets. And even if the style of glass doesn’t exactly fit your adult beverage taste, they’re always great for guests.
Archer Farms Sea Salt Caramel Hot Chocolate
The only thing better than hot chocolate? Hot chocolate with sea salt and caramel mixed in. Archer Farms has the ultimate mix to cozy up to this season. Why not share a little bit of this heaven with whoever you draw for Secret Santa? Who knows? They might even share.
Metallic Jeweled Cell Phone Case
Knit Tassle Throw Blanket
The days are getting colder and the sun is going down earlier and earlier. The only way to survive the bleakness that comes with winter is with a warm blanket and some Netflix binging. Seriously. It’s the only way. So give the gift of comfort, and your Secret Santa buddy will love you forever.
Mustache Ceramic Coffee Mug
Women's Cable Knit Beanie
Pick up one of these for your Secret Santa recipient, and then pick up one of these for yourself. At just $14.99, you can get one in every single color.
Women’s Cable Knit Beanie, $15, Target
Orla Kiely by Gaiam Linear Stem Sunflower Yoga Mat
If this isn’t the perfect gift for any yoga enthusiast in your office, then I don’t know what is. This pretty patterned mat is amazing on so many levels.