Whether it's in your office, with your book group, or among friends, chances are you are going to find yourself involved in one or more gift exchanges this holiday season. If you're lucky, the price limit will be on the lower end, and you'll need to find cheap secret Santa gifts for under $10. But, what can you really get for so little that isn't totally lame? Surprisingly, a lot of things.
While secret Santa is meant to be a fun way to celebrate, it inevitably becomes yet another stressful task to add to your ever growing holiday to-do list. You want to find a cool gift that is personal and original, all while staying on budget, but it isn't always that easy to find the perfect gift. We've all been on the other side of things, so you know what it's like unwrapping a gift from your secret Santa to find something positively impersonal, impractical, or just plain boring. Don't let that happen to your secret Santa this year.
Here are 39 gifts for under $10 that your secret Santa will actually like. Oh, and shout out to whoever my secret Santa is — feel free to pick from this list.
1. Charging Cable
Give the gift of a fully-charged device with this universal charging cable, which works on both Apple and Android products. We all need a friend or co-worker who always has a charger, so this is technically a gift for you too.
2. Phone Ring Holder
Whether your secret Santa uses it as a phone holder, a stand, or a vent mount, this rose gold ring makes your phone look like it's wearing jewelry.
3. AirPods2 Case
Available in every color you can imagine, this AirPods 2 case gives your secret Santa a stylish home for their favorite headphones.
4. Etched Square Catch-all Dish
If your secret Santa is constantly looking for a place to toss their keys or put their jewelry, a decorative catch-all dish is not only cute, but it's practical, too. Whether they take it home or leave it by their desk, this is a secret Santa gift that will actually get used.
5. Eyelet Socks
Sure, you could go with fuzzy winter socks for your gift exchange, but if your secret Santa is into fashion, then opt for something a little more, well, fashionable. These eyelet socks are a cool, original accessory that will keep your secret Santa warm and fabulous.
6. Mini Spa Gift Box
We've all gotten those holiday-themed bath sets, but does anyone actually want gingerbread-scented body wash? Instead, get your secret Santa a spa kit they'll actually use (and probably love), because everyone needs a little pampering around the holidays.
A plant that even the laziest owners probably can't kill, a cactus is a great secret Santa gift for someone in your office. It will brighten up their fluorescent-lit lives, and just look at how funky they are. Everyone loves cacti, right?
8. Nail Set
For the one who likes to do themself, a set of nail polish is a great gift. Pick one that comes with some festive colors as well as some neutrals, so your secret Santa can use their gift for the holidays and long after that.
9. Wine Stopper & Charm Set
10. Jewelry Holder
Another practical yet adorable gift, a jewelry or ring holder is something everyone can appreciate. Whether your secret Santa puts it next to their bed, by the sink, or on their vanity, they will love the decorative touch it adds to their life.
11. Simple Cardholder Wallet
You can never have too many wallets, right? Get your secret Santa a small wallet or card holder, and watch them incorporate it into their wardrobe ASAP.
12. Cuff Bracelet
Diamonds may be your best friend, but they are not a friend to your $10 budget. That doesn't mean that you have to write jewelry off entirely. A small bracelet, like this adjustable one, can easily be found for less than $10, and all other secret Santas will be green with envy over it.
When in doubt, go the nostalgic route, especially when it comes to gift giving. And since every '90s kid was obsessed with their digital pets, why not remind your secret Santa of their childhood? It's fun, it's original, and it is only $6.
14. Passport Holder & Luggage Tag
For those secret Santas with constant wanderlust, a travel-themed gift, like a luggage tag and matching passport holder, is always a great go-to. It is something that your secret Santa will actually use, and who knows? It might inspire them to go on a trip that much sooner.
15. Temporary Tattoo Set
Another funky gift that will remind your secret Santa of childhood, a temporary tattoo set is a fun way of saying "Happy holidays!" There are tons of designs out there, most for under $10, so make sure to pick something personal that says you actually know your secret Santa.
16. Single Ladies Dance Poster
Who doesn't like Beyonce? Furthermore, who isn't still obsessed with the "Single Ladies" dance? This poster is perfect for every secret Santa out there who has a Queen Bey alter ego.
17. States Mug
Show your secret Santa how well you know them by getting them a mug from their home state. It's cute, sentimental, and useful for anyone who drinks coffee or tea. So basically everyone.
18. Fashionista Poster Set
Another decorative item for the home or office, a poster aimed at your secret Santa's interests really says you know the person you are giving the gift to. Plus, it will brighten up their apartment or cubicle, and everyone could use a home or office makeover every once in a while.
19. Donut Sticky Notes
If your secret Santa exchange is with people you work with, then office supplies are a good way to go. Forget lame pens and boring organizers, and instead go for something fun and unique, like these donut sticky notes. It will make your secret Santa's day at the office that much prettier.
20. Macaron Lip Balm
Lip gloss + macarons = the perfect secret Santa gift. It's cute on the outside, and what's inside will make your secret Santa feel cute, too.
21. Assorted Coasters
For the secret Santa who loves sending you Someecards on the reg, these NSFW coasters will make a great addition to their home. They're hilarious, and they will save your secret Santa's coffee table from getting rings on it, so really, it's a win-win.
22. Lantern Candle Holder
Everyone loves candles, but if your secret Santa is like me, they have plenty of candles, and not enough holders. Instead of picking a holiday-themed candle holder, get them one they can incorporate into their decor and use all year long.
23. 2020 Planner
Help your busy secret Santa stay organized into the New Year with a planner that acknowledges their eternal mood.
24. Antler Ring
Small, delicate, pretty, and inexpensive, a ring is another jewelry-related option that makes a great secret Santa gift. You can stay on the safe side and get a simple decorative band, or go with something a little funkier, like this antler one, that will stand out from the rest of the rings on your secret Santa's fingers.
25. Phone Power Bank
A phone power bank is a great gift that will actually get used regularly, and it will save your secret Santa from having to ask the already busy bartender to charge their phone.
26. Burt's Bees Essential Gift Set
Get your secret Santa prepped for the winter months with this gift set that includes travel-sized deep cleansing cream, hand salve, body lotion, foot cream, and lip balm.
27. Pocket Notebooks
If your secret Santa is a writer, likes to make to-do lists, or journals regularly, then they are probably always in need of a new notebook (I know I am). Get them some pocket-sized notebooks with a beautiful design on the cover, and they will absolutely love filling up all of its pages.
28. Pug Hand Warmers
Make Doug the Pug proud and fans of his happy with these adorable doggy hand warmers. Whether your secret Santa is hitting the slopes or just waiting for a train, these cute little guys will keep them happy and warm.
29. Harry Potter Coloring Book
Since your secret Santa already has all the Harry Potter book in the series, get them a HP-themed coloring book instead. It's filled with page after page of magical drawings just waiting for them to fill in with color.
Candles do a lot — calm you, make your home smell better, set the mood — so get your secret Santa one that they can take with them wherever they go. Whether it's to a hotel or at their significant other's house, they can bring these candles with lids wherever they go, and calmness will be sure to follow.
31. Sleep Set
Just because your secret Santa is an adult doesn't mean they don't appreciate a good nap. Get them a warm, fuzzy sleep set that will help them hibernate through the rest of the cold, snowy winter.
32. Ode to Alcohol Mad Libs
Games and activities make great secret Santa gifts, and not just for kids. This adult-themed Mad Libs books, which is perfect for the morning train ride or a trip to the airport, will have your secret Santa actually laughing out loud.
33. Infinity Scarf
Scarves are a great accessory, and one you can never have enough of. You can easily find one for under $10 with a print, color, or pattern that your secret Santa will like.
34. Beer Or Wine
You can never go wrong with booze at a secret Santa gift exchange. Pick a bubbly wine or a festive beer, and if you're lucky, the person who gets your gift will feel like popping it open that night.
35. Winter Hat
If this winter is anything like last year, then your secret Santa will probably be in need of a warm winter hat. This cute winter-themed one from Forever 21 will keep ears toasty and outfits fashionable.
Like wine and beer, almost everyone loves chocolate. Since we're adults now and (probably) don't get stockings anymore, your secret Santa will appreciate getting a sweet holiday treat.
37. Cactus Grow Kit
For those people who can't keep a house plant alive, this cool cactus grow kit will give them a chance to know what it's like to have a green thumb. Like those science kits you wished for as a kid, this is a fun activity with funky, beautiful results.
38. Style Emergency Kit
We've all been there — a broken elastic at the gym, a blister at the beginning of a night out, a deodorant stain you didn't notice until right before a meeting. Whoever your secret Santa is, they will love this kit that has the answer to all of life's fashion emergencies.
39. Vino Marker Metallic Wine Glass Pens
For the secret Santa who's always hosting at their place, these wine glass pens will surely come in handy.
Additional reporting by Michelle Toglia and Eden Lichterman.
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