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Best Secret Santa gifts: Ideas for every budget

Best Secret Santa gifts
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The best Secret Santa gifts are thoughtful, unexpected, and they prove how much you really know that person. It's a tricky task to find the right gift, especially if you're on a budget or your or your group of friends or team has set a specific cost cap - often it's a challenge to find worthy gifts that are under $10, under $20, under $30, under $40, or even under $50. 

We've compiled what we think are the best Secret Santa gifts you can buy. Even if Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over, you can still snag some great deals on top-of-the-line items we've recommended all year. And even if you don't find the perfect gift through us, check out retailers' websites to check out any new deals for your Secret Santa gift - you may even find a little special something for yourself or for someone you love. 

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The best Secret Santa under $10

The best Secret Santa gifts under $20

The best Secret Santa gifts under $30

The best Secret Santa gifts under $40

The best Secret Santa gifts under $50

What is a Secret Santa gift exchange?

A Secret Santa gift exchange is a tradition in which many people, especially companies and corporations, partake in the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. This tradition dictates that those who volunteer to participate will purchase a gift for a colleague not of their choosing, while sticking to a budget. Often, names are written on slips of paper and individuals pull them out of a hat. The Secret Santa then purchases a gift under a certain amount dictated by the company, team, or corporation. This amount is usually under $30 to $40, so small gifts of more or less equal value are given to ensure fairness. The budget can be more or less, but that can vary across team. After all, it's a tradition that's supposed to be fun, and there are no set rules!

What makes a good Secret Santa gift?

Like for any gift you'd give to a friend or loved one, a good Secret Santa gift is one that demonstrates how much you know about the gift recipient and how much you appreciate them. While buying a gift that checks those boxes can be hard when you can't spend over a certain amount, there are thousands of items and products that your Secret Santa gift recipient can appreciate. Even if you don't know your colleague that well, there are Secret Santa gifts that are not just fun, but functional. Think about small tech products or a personalized trinket - these are the things that will show that you put some thought into your gift, even if you just consulted this list!

Sophie Kaemmerle

Sophie is TopTenReviews’s Hobbies and Lifestyle Editor. She is a born and bred New Yorker who, paradoxically, loves being in the great outdoors. Her favorite pastimes include running, baking, and writing. She also spends her time volunteering and leading volunteer projects with the Good+ Foundation and Achilles International when not providing information on the best deals, products, and services on the internet to TopTenReviews readers.