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 $27!) that anyone will be happy to receive.

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November 17, 2020

Whether it's for your coworkers, friend group 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, gals, old and young. And the best part? They won't take a big chunk out of your Christmas budget.

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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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 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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You really can't go wrong with a candle, but the packaging and luxe seasonal scents make these feel extra special.

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Because if there was ever a year to gift luxurious hand soap, it's this one. Scents of warm vanilla and amber mixed with bright lemon and apricot elevate this 2020 essential. Once the sturdy glass bottle is emptied, it can be refilled again and again.

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Everyone needs an extra set of earbuds. (Why is it so hard to keep up with them?) These waterproof, wireless ones have seven to nine hours of play time and are available in eight different colors so you can find the perfect shade for your Secret Santa.

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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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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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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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$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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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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If there's one thing everyone has been doing more of this year, it's cooking. The Barefoot Contessa's latest release comes packed full of homey, comforting recipes to help a lucky recipient mix up their routine and get through the dregs of winter.

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Light up the room and display favorite pictures at the same time with these whimsical string lights that include photo clips. It's an easy and creative way to personalize a room.

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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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Always a crowd-pleaser, this classic holiday album is the perfect gift for a vinyl lover that will continue to delight for years to come.

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$18 - $24

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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$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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A multitool is always handy to have in a pocket or purse, and this one resembles different animals as you switch between the tools. Made of beech wood and stainless steel, this seven-in-one device has a bottle opener, knife, screwdriver and more.

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Update her current cardholder with this classic leather wallet. The envelope-style fold-over-flap closure creates a slim silhouette that easily fits in her purse or can be carried on its own.

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