25 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.
Whether it's for your co-workers, 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 co-worker 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? These Secret Santa gift ideas won't take a big chunk out of your Christmas budget.
Some of our minds just don’t love numbers. For the artistic brain that enjoys taking on a good puzzle, this reinterpretation of Sudoku will be right up their alley. The included gamebook will guide them through setting up each board with the colored wooden balls. Plus, everything packs away neatly in the box so they can take it with them on the go.
Puzzle love plus the chance to play detective? This is a fun combo to gift to the person on your list. They'll 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.
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 they want. Its petite size makes it easy to store, too.
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.
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.
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.
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.