49 Best Secret Santa Gifts Under $20 To Give Your Friends & Co-Workers In 2021

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When it comes to secret Santa and trying to pick out the right gifts to buy for your friends, the process can be a bit overwhelming, especially if there is a certain budget to stick to.

Even though $20 can usually be the right budget for a white elephant or secret Santa gift exchange, finding something that is both within the price range and also something that your friend will love is the hard part.

You don’t have to experience the heavy amount of anxiety that often comes with picking out a present with this list of gifts that are all under your allotted budget.

Here are 49 best secret Santa gift ideas that are under $20.

For the plant lover who lacks a green thumb.

The Bloom Times 2 Pcs Fake Plants

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We all have that one friend who can’t keep a plant alive to save their life. Instead of buying them a real plant that will probably be dead within a day, these fake plants can be the better option.

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For the ponytail lovers.

Pure Silk Skinny Hair Ties

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Where to buy: Nordstrom, $20.00

Get your friend who always wears their hair in ponytails a better option for their hair with a hair tie that is made out of silk. They prevent frizz, breakage, all while keeping your hair in place.

For music lovers.

AirPods case

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If your friend has a pair of AirPods, a perfect gift might be a case for them. They come in different covers, and the attached clip helps ensure that your friend will not lose them.

For the ice cream lovers.

Nostalgia 4-Quart Electric Ice Cream Maker

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Where to buy: Walmart, $19.96

This fast and easy ice cream maker is perfect for the friend who cannot live without the dessert. All you have to do is add your ingredients into the aluminum canister, place in the middle of the bucket, layer with ice and salt, and let the electric motor do the rest.

For the one who likes to stay cozy.

Plush Blanket

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Where to buy: Target, $20.00

This cozy gift can easily become a favorite for your friend. It comes in a few different colors and can even act as a decor piece in their home.

For succulent lovers.

Mini Cactus Humidifier

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If you have that friend who is always complaining of a dry nose or stuffy air, this humidifier can be the perfect gift for them. 

For the person who loves to blast music.

Mini Wireless Speaker

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Where to buy: Walmart, $12.99

A bluetooth speaker is always the perfect gift for that friend who is always listening to music. They can take it to the bathroom to blast their music while showering, or leave it in their room to listen to a podcast.

For the coffee lover.

Bean Box - Gourmet Coffee Sampler

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For the friend who shows up to every occasion with a coffee in hand, this variety pack of coffee grounds will probably make their year.

For the people who want soft feet.

Plush Fleece Indoor Slippers

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The comfort of these soft, fuzzy, indoor slides, are great for the friend whose feet are always cold. 

For the spice fanatic.

Fly By Jing Zhong Sauce

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If your friend is addicted to adding spice to their food, this gift might be perfect for them. The ingredients are 100% natural and create a unique, authentic and mouth-watering condiment.

For the mixologist.

Woodford Reserve Spiced Cherry Bourbon Barrel Aged Cocktail Bitters

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This bourbon barrel-aged bitter has a fine taste that was aged to perfection. It can be added to any classic cocktail for the perfect drink.

For the non-morning person.

Own Your Morning: Reset Your A.M. Routine To Unlock Your Potential

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The best gift for the friend who has a hard time waking up in the morning, this book is packed with advice on how to maximize your morning routine with tips from Women’s Health editor-in-chief, Liz Plosser.

For the artist.

Beeswax Skin Tone Crayons

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This set of crayons are meant to inspire diversity, and are perfect for your secret Santa who will appreciate adding these to their art set.

For the ones who love Oprah (and staying organized).

Oprah's The Life You Want Planner

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This Oprah-approved planner is perfect for the friend who is either looking to become organized or is already obsessed with it.

For the wine drinkers.

Stainless Steel Wine Tumbler

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This stainless steel tumbler has nothing but positive reviews on Amazon and comes in many different colors so whoever you give this gift to can drink their wine in style.

For the person with an extensive skincare routine.

SheaMoisture African Black Bar Soap

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Where to buy: Target, $5.89

This Black Soap Bar is blended with Fair Trade Organic Shea Butter to cleanse your skin while absorbing excess oil. It also helps calm and clear blemishes and troubled skin.

For the room decor lovers.

Echo Glow

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Even though this smart lamp is designed for kids, everyone can benefit from some cool mood lighting. It pairs with any compatible Alexa device to control color and brightness with your voice.

For the tech lover.

Lenovo XT89 Wireless Earbuds

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Where to buy: Walmart, $16.78

This affordable tech gift is high quality and offers the best kind of sound that is compatible with all smartphones.

For the hair accessory lover.

Tortoise Print Hair Clip

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With the rise of early 2000s hair clips back in style, this accessory is both fashionable just as much as it is practical.

For the skincare lovers.

Rose Quartz Gua Sha Tool

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This skincare tool is easy to use and is great for de-puffing and sculpting the face. It’s the best addition to your friend's skincare routine.

For the ones who love working out.

1.5lb Ankle Weights

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These comfy and easy-to-use ankle weights are the best gift for your secret Santa that loves to workout. 

For the one who loves taking baths.

Bath Bomb Set

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Where to buy: Target, $10.00

This set of bath bombs come in assorted holiday-inspired designs and colors. It’s perfect for the friend who enjoys taking baths and enjoys the colorful effect of bath bombs.

For the ones who love game night.

Do You Know Me? Adult Party Game

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Where to buy: Walmart, $19.99

This card game is the perfect gift for that friend who enjoys game night. It’s the best way to test your knowledge of your friends and reveal things you never knew about them. 

For the ones who love to party.

Inflatable Rainbow Cloud Drink Holder

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This blow-up drink caddy can keep their wine, beer, or seltzers nice and cool while they are enjoying time in the pool. 

For the skincare fanatics.

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion & Rose Facial Spray Duo

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Where to buy: Sephora, $19.00

This limited edition set features Mario Badescu's iconic Drying Lotion and cult-favorite Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater. 

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For the candle lovers.

Glade Cookie Caramel Rush Candle

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Where to buy: Target, $7.39

This scented candle is the best way to sweeten the air. It sets the festive mood of Christmas and is perfect for the friend who is always obsessing over candles.

For the ones who love essential oils.

Multi-Purpose Oil

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Where to buy: Sephora, $5.00

This multipurpose oil is enriched with super ingredients to pamper your face, body, and hair. The benefits include nourishing, purifying, and soothing skin and hair.

For the hot drink lovers.

Stainless Steel Whistling Tea Kettle

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This stovetop kettle is perfect for tea, coffee, and matcha-lovers alike. With the flip-up spout cover it makes for safe and easy pouring.

For the person who pushes their body to the limit.

Round Foam Roller

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If your secret Santa is an athlete, this gift is perfect to alleviate their soreness from working out. It’s ideal for balance, strengthening, flexibility, and rehab exercises.

For the coloring book lovers.

World of Flowers Coloring Book

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This coloring book has dozens of beautiful flower designs that your secret Santa will enjoy coloring in. Doesn’t matter how old they might be, everyone can enjoy the simplicity of coloring in a picture. 

For the one who loves to travel.

Smart Luggage ID Tag

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If your friend is someone who is always on the go, they will absolutely love this new luggage tag that can actually help them track down a missing or stolen suitcase. 

For the hair clip lovers.

Tortoise Shell Hair Barrettes

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This six-pack of tortoise hair barrettes is the perfect gift for your fashionista friend who enjoys matching their hair accessories to their outfits.

For the beer lovers.

Swag Brewery Store Beer Soap

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This fragrant soap is made with ingredients like orange peel, crushed oats and real hops that truly nourish skin, as beer is full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids. 

For the amatuer artist.

Painting with Bob Ross

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Bob Ross is, of course, always on-trend, and this mini numbered art set comes with three pre-printed canvases to paint just like the legend himself.

For the gadget lovers.

Anker Wireless Charger

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Anker’s Wireless Charger is the necessity that your secret Santa didn’t know they needed. All they need to do to charge their phone or earbuds is to place them in the middle of the PowerWave Pad, no plugs or cables necessary.

For movie lovers.

Dizaul Mobile Phone 3D Magnifier Projector Screen for Movies, Videos and Gaming

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The screen magnifier is pretty much a movie projector for your phone screen, creating a 12-inch screen so you can watch movies and videos in full HD on a bigger, better screen. 

For the aspiring basketball player.

Mini Desktop Basketball

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This gift is perfect for your secret Santa who loves to procrastinate from doing their work. It can also help relieve stress and improve hand-eye coordination and folds up for easy storage.

For the person with a green thumb.

Sower’s Source Indoor Herb Garden Starter Kit

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This indoor herb garden kit includes everything you need to start your own little garden and also makes a great addition to an expert gardener’s collection.

For the puzzle addict.

Ugly Holiday Sweater Puzzle

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Where to buy: Uncommon Goods, $18.00

This 1,000-piece puzzle features a couple of holiday classics: “ugly” holiday sweaters in the form of gingerbread cookies.

For the person obsessed with getting their beauty sleep.

Nidra Deep Rest Eye Mask

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Help relieve the stress from your secret Santa’s inability to get a good night’s rest. This eye mask is lightweight and blocks out all visual stimuli to create complete darkness anywhere.

For the at-home chefs.

Bear Hands Oven Mitts

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Who doesn’t love a cool and funky pair of oven mitts? They’re also insulated with paw pads made from heat-resistant silicone to protect your hands from even the hottest dishes.

For the ones with sensitive noses.

Beeswax Candle

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Not everyone enjoys an extremely scented candle. This hand-rolled pillar candle is made from 100 percent beeswax, meaning it’s all-natural and perfectly safe for any nose. 

For the ones who never miss Comic Con.

The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains

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This book, ‘The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains: Oddball Criminals’ from Comic Book History, profiles over one hundred of the strangest, most cringe-worthy villains in comic book history.

For the ones who struggle with drinking enough water.

Motivational Large Water Bottle

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If you have a friend who struggles with drinking the appropriate amount of water each day, this water bottle is the perfect gift for them. There are a number of markings on the bottle to instill positive messages to keep one sipping with time stamps to help them along. 

For the ones who always drop their phones.

Lovehandle Phone Grip

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The Lovehandle phone grip offers a small finger strap to keep your phone securely in-hand and works for nearly every smartphone.

For the avocado addicts.

Avocado Huggers

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For your secret Santa avocado lover, this gift is perfect for them. The avocado huggers wrap around a half avocado to keep it fresh for avocado toast the next morning or guacamole days later.

For the puzzle lovers.

The New York Times Crossword Puzzles

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This book features 50 New York Times crossword puzzles and includes Monday through Friday puzzles that get difficult as the days progress.

For the ones who don’t want to stink up the bathroom.

Poo-Pourri Before-You-Go Toilet Spray

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Probably the best gift of all. All you have to do is spray Poo-Pourri in the toilet before you use it, and the smell isn’t as bad. It also doubles as a really funny white elephant gift.

For the budding photographer.

Apexel Phone Photography Kit

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The lens in this photography kit snaps directly onto your smartphone to enhance image quality and make your pictures look much more professional.

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