20 Cheap Secret Santa Gifts Under $20, Because Holiday Miracles Do Happen

The holiday season is officially underway and by now, you’re probably just beginning to enter that panicked and overwhelmed gift shopping mode. Braving store crowds and mall madness to try to find the perfect Secret Santa gift for a friend, relative, or co-worker is difficult enough on its own, but it can be even more challenging when your Secret Santa pool requires you to stay under a low price point. While sticking within a specific range may be great for your bank account, it can also make it tougher to find the right present. After all, it’s not easy to find a practical, fun, and enjoyable gift for $10 and under. Luckily, you don’t need to stress about it — we did the legwork for you.

From cute accessories to beauty must-haves, these items are sure to be a hit with those in your Secret Santa circle. In fact, these picks will have everyone wishing you drew their name. But the absolute best part? All of these options are so ridiculously affordable, it’s almost hard to believe those are their actual prices.

by Michelle Regalado


Whether a makeup pro or a beauty beginner, every woman can appreciate a good nude matte lipstick.

NYX Matte Lipstick, $5,

Tea Mix Travel Tin

Tea lovers will enjoy this holiday travel tin, which consists of six natural tea bags. From the Republic of Tea, the tin is filled with black tea, cinnamon, clove, and apple.

Joy Love Cheer Holiday Tea, $5.95,

Ring Set

This versatile set consists of three different ring styles: one in solid gold, one with multiple pearls, and one with a single pearl. The recipient can wear them stacked, one at a time, or mix and match with other rings.

Set on You Ring Set, $9.00,


A simple but colorful vase like this is the perfect gift to help dress up any office or apartment.

Decorative Vases, $15,

Scented Candle

The small rosemary and thyme-scented candle smells delicious, and it looks good sitting on any surface.

Scented Candles, $11,


Any chocolate lover will love this 4-piece box, which consists of a mix of dark, milk, and white chocolate candies.

4 pc. Godiva Signature Chocolate Truffles, $15,

Bow Earrings

These chic gold bow earrings make for the perfect finishing touch to any ensemble.

Tiny Pearl Bow Stud Earrings, $18,

Beauty Eye Book

This eyeshadow palette features a range of everyday colors, from light shadows to brighter hues, as well as an eyeliner, a shadow brush, and a small mirror. The inside cover also features specific instructions for how to use each shadow.

e.l.f. Beauty Eye Book - Everyday, $7,

Knit Hat

A cute knit hat that’s both stylish and practical — perfect for helping a pal stay warm during those cold winter months.

Knit Hat, $4,

Wine Coasters

What better gift to give to the wine lovers in your life than these adorable coasters?

Save Water Drink Wine Coasters, $14,


For the writer friend or the organizer who’s always scribbling to-do lists, a fun notepad like this one makes for the perfect, budget-friendly present.

Kate Spade New York Gold Dot Notepad, $10,

Hair Ties

Every girl uses hair ties. This set of sparkly, colored, or patterned ties will add a little pizzaz to even the simplest of hairstyles.

Femme Hair Tie Set, $9,

Body Lotion Set

These mini body lotions are travel staples and are super festive, thanks to their happy holiday fragrances.

Holiday Traditions Body Lotion Trio, $17,

Slipper Socks

Help a friend stay comfy and warm during those cold winter months with these cute and colorful shea-infused fuzzy socks.

Neon Polka Dots Socks, $9-$13,


This pretty compact features both a magnifying mirror and a regular mirror, and it’s the perfect size to stick in a handbag for quick touch-ups.

Handmade Flowers Compact Mirror, $19,

Lip Balm

This lip balm refreshes and keeps lips moisturized all day, but what makes this gift even better is the adorable owl-shaped container, which is sure to make you smile anytime you pull it out of your purse.

Owl-Shaped Lip Balm, $5,

Funny Book

A funny book like this one, based on the blog of the same name, includes DIY diagrams, sarcastic letters, and snarky checklists about being in your 20s.

‘I’m In My Twenties’ By Emma Koenig, $9.95,

Nail Polish

This nail cube is packed with 10 different fun colors, from bright shades to holiday-appropriate reds and glittery hues.

e.l.f. Nail Cube - 12 pc, $10.00,

Candy Cane-Flavored Pop Rocks

Give your Secret Santa recipient the gift of nostalgia with this throwback holiday treat.

Candy Cane-Flavored Pop Rocks, $20,

Helvetica Playing Cards

Perfect for the design-obsessed in your office.

Helvetica Playing Cards, $8.10,