20 Can't-Go-Wrong Secret Santa Gifts Everyone Will Want

No stressing this season with these thoughtful and wallet-friendly buys (they're all under $30!) that anyone will be happy to receive.

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November 24, 2021

Whether it's for your coworkers, best friends or family, a Secret Santa gift exchange is a time-honored way to spread Christmas cheer and keep your shopping list to one lucky person instead of buying for the whole group. But when the bowl is full of names, it's the luck of the draw. Will you be buying for a close pal, your favorite cousin, the uncle you only see once a year or the coworker that just started a month ago?

No matter who you draw, we've got you covered with an array of gift ideas for guys, and gals, old and young. And the best part? They won't take a big chunk out of your Christmas budget.

Sprinkled with blooms from your recipient's birth month, these gorgeous glasses are a lovely addition to their kitchen cabinets. The personalized gift is a thoughtful way to celebrate their birthday all year long.

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Puzzle love plus the chance to play detective? This is a fun combo to gift to the person on your list. Start off by reading the mystery — either the case of The Clairvoyant's Convention or The Missing Will — and then finish the jigsaw puzzle, which provides all the clues to uncover the culprit.

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It's not only Leslie Knope who has a passionate love for waffles. Don't most people? Gift this mini (and completely adorable) waffle maker so that your Secret Santa recipient can have the perfect breakfast any time she wants. Its petite size makes it easy to store, too.

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We didn't leave sourdough in 2020. Bryan Ford's book walks through the whole process, from starter to Cuban muffins, challah and pretzel buns. His simplified process and creative approach to breadmaking is the perfect gift for someone who loves to try out new things in the kitchen.

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Up their appetizer game with this stoneware brie baker. Designed with integrated handles and a ventilated lid to release steam, this all-in-one dish allows them to bake and serve up delicious brie recipes.

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Movie night just got so much better (and sans all those chemicals found in prepackaged popcorn bags.) This handy popper makes homemade popcorn and melts butter all at once so that they can make their theater snack just the way they want. Throw it in the dishwasher afterward for easy cleanup.

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Prep your giftee for a warm night in or with the ability to fend off the sniffles with this charming gift set. The Cup of Sunshine tea is paired with an oversized classic white mug and honey spoons that stir sweetness right into your drink.

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Everyone's favorite beagle makes an appearance on this stoneware mug, which is safe for both the dishwasher and microwave. Pair this with a hot chocolate or an apple cider mix to set your Secret Santa up for a warm and cozy night.

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This is hands down the best hot chocolate. Instead of powder, it's made from actual chocolate shavings that melt in warm milk for the ultimate cozy winter drink.

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If your recipient is a lover of avocado toast (and who isn't?), this is the perfect gift they'd never buy themselves. Made of pure Shetland wool, this fuzzy cover speeds up the ripening process so their avocado will be ready in about 24 to 48 hours.

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This personal ice cream maker means he's only 30 minutes away from a homemade pint. Keep the cooling bowl in the freezer and when ready for a frozen treat, fill it with a yummy concoction and simply push the button.

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$21.95 (Set of 2)

Catch a golden snitch by freezing it. These two-piece molds create large ice balls in the shape of the elusive object from the wizarding world's favorite game: Quidditch. The oversized ice cubes melt slowly so drinks don't get watered down.

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Yep, it's like a facial sheet mask but for your feet! This foot exfoliant softens calluses and hydrates skin that is often neglected by your daily moisturizing regimen. The lovely botanical scents will help you unwind after a busy day, too.

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This double-walled chilling glass keeps drafts at the optimal temperature, and a removable cork base serves as both a coaster and koozie. Cheers to that!

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A pair of plush, padded slippers won't go unused, and these look way more expensive than their budget-friendly price tag.

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Not just for camping (although perfect if you got an outdoor enthusiast), the YETI Rambler keeps cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot all day. This mug is a guaranteed hit for anyone on your list.

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This cheery holly berry and floral printed towel will add festive charm to their kitchen or bathroom for the holiday season and into winter.

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$13.99 (Set of 2)

Think beyond food storage with these handy multipurpose bags. The mini size is perfect for stowing charging cords, lip balm, keys or any other loose-but-necessary essentials.

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Give the gift they never knew they needed. This extremely handy kitchen tool takes the guesswork out of cooking, instantly reading the temperature of meat, sweets and more.

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You drew the guy that loves to explore, and this fun, personal gift embraces adventure. Pick from either a world or U.S. map, and he can chart his travels by coloring in the places he's visited. After each trip, color in the location and then pop in the oven to permanently update the map.

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