Secret Santa gifts are the absolute worst. You might be buying for someone you barely know, and there's always a dollar limit. I mean, what do you get for that one guy in accounting who always tries to pick girls up at Happy Hour by showing off his mad Klingon skills? Or the woman in payroll with the porcelain doll collection on her desk? Well, with a little creativity, it doesn't have to be awful. There are a ton of secret Santa gifts for under $5 so you can spread some cheap Christmas cheer.
Last year, I was a part of a hilarious secret Santa where I was working at the time. The person who drew my name knew I love romance novels, and binge on them like most people binge on Netflix. Netflix and chill? Nah. Harlequin and get handsy. Anyway, they bought me an 18-inch tall rooster. Yup, they bought me a big, hard ... you know. I laughed so hard I thought I'd pee my pants. If you're buying a gift for someone you know well, like they did, it can be easy and fun. However, it's likely you'll be buying the secret Santa for someone with whom you're not well acquainted, and that can be kinda weird. With this list, however, it doesn't have to be.
1. Winter Slouchy Beanie
Who knew you could get cute, handmade stuff on Amazon for $5? I certainly didn't. But this beanie hat with pom fits the bill, and is totally worth it if you ask me. I live in Brooklyn and let me tell you, I live in beanies from November until April. Not only are they cute and warm, but they also have the added benefit of covering my winter-dry hair.
2. Concrete Letters
At $2/each, these concrete letters from SlaughterHausStudio are so unique. You could get their first and last initial for their desk or bookends, plus they're really cute and lots of people would love them. I can also picture these being really cute in a garden or as a doorstop. Bonus points if you spell out a dirty word.
3. Mrs. Doubtfire Sticker Pack
You tell me honestly that you wouldn't love a Mrs Doubtfire sticker pack. Oh wait, you can't, because of course you want one. This is an especially good gift for the planner enthusiast among your friends and co-workers. Oh, you can't think about a Mrs. Doubtfire-related planner need? Obviously, it's when the babysitter has the kids.
4. French Vanilla Goat's Milk Lip Balm
These artisanal lip balms come in strawberry and vanilla, and their all-natural ingredients will lure any product lover. A pack of three is enough to get you through the cold, dry winter months. This is perfect for the Carmex addict on your floor. While the medicated balm is a delight, these smell way better.
6. Blown Glass Teardrop Ornament
7. Fair Trade Paper Bead Two-Piece Envision Bracelet
BeadforLife Paper Bead Bracelets, $5, Amazon
These BeadforLife paper bead bracelets are fair trade from Africa, and they're so delicate and pretty, I know I would love getting them. (In fact, I may order some for myself.) You should have a reasonably good idea of someone's style before buying these, but these will work for a lot of people. They're super cute arm candy without being bulky.
8. Sleep Mask
9. FEJKA Potted Plant
10. Pearl Etude Paper Beauty Mask
Etude House Sheet Masks, $4, Amazon
Do you know someone with a love of all things beauty? A few Etude House sheet masks may seem silly, but to die-hard K-beauty fans like me, it's a great pick. They're a hit with pretty much everyone who tries them.