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.

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November 16, 2022

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.

Upgrade their movie night with a gourmet popcorn kit. With three different types of kernels and five seasoning blends, they can customize their at-home popping to their exact tastes.

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Turn their shower time into a spa-like experience, even if they’re rushing out the door. This set of four shower steamers fills the air with peppermint and rosemary essential oils — helping to reduce stress and keep their mind sharp.

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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 for them to celebrate their birthday all year long.

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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.

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Did you draw the novice plant lover? Gift them this box of houseplant care cards. Each card has top tips, from basic plant care to more advanced advice, so they can start perfecting their green thumb.

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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. 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.

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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 they want. 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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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, in our opinion, 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. You'll probably want to grab one for yourself, too.

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These high-quality ceramic bowls will take their lunch game to the next level. The roomy bowl is perfect for packing salads, grain bowls and pasta and is topped with a BPA-free plastic and silicone lid to take on the go.

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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, the 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 they're 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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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 scent will help you unwind after a busy day, too.

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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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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. A rubber sole and memory foam footbed make these slippers ideal for wearing around the house.

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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. Available in 20 different colors, 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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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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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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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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Get them in the holiday spirit with a candle that mimics a fresh pine tree. The soy wax blend candle boasts three wicks with 40 hours of burn time and a beautiful golden print on a green glass jar.

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