You want to know one of the best parts of the holidays? Not Secret Santa parties. There's nothing exciting about being randomly assigned a person to buy a gift for and watching as they pretend to love what you bought them — that is, of course, unless you grab them one of these last-minute Secret Santa 2017 gifts that people will actually enjoy opening up. It won't even matter that you can't stand Carol from the front desk and would rather give literally anyone else a gift.
We don't know for sure the origin of Secret Santa parties. It's a common western tradition where, instead of buying everyone a present (like all of your coworkers), you draw a name from a hat and pick one person to anonymously buy a gift for, typically within a certain price range. This means you spend less and, importantly, stress less, unless the person you're shopping for is a complete you-know-what. (I'm talking about you, Carol from the front desk.) The tradition of Secret Santa may have been influenced by Larry Dean Stewart, a philanthropist who used to do random acts of kindness for others — a behavior that was eventually coined, "Secret Santa."
If you're partaking in any Secret Santa festivities this year, here are some ideas to inspire you, all under $30.