Secret-Santa Gifts Under $30 That Everyone Will Love

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Secret Santa, in a word, can be… awkward. Though we respect everyone we work with, we don’t always know them on a personal level. When we’re shopping for our besties things are easy—but, as hard as it is to believe, not everyone out there shares our love for liquid matte lipstick and minimalist jewelry. And a gift from that new Urban Decay “Naked 4Some” holiday vault might not go over so well with Paul in HR. (Or maybe it will. Who knows?) So how the hell do we pick something for someone we barely know? Just pull trigger and pray they like it?

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While it’s tempting to just pick up something easy, cheap, and preferably edible on your way into work, we propose you put in just a teensy bit more effort this year and choose something no one else will have bought. With a little forethought, you, my friend, will be the master of Secret Santa, the guru of gift exchange, the wizard of white elephant. Your other coworkers will seethe with envy—or at least be a little miffed you didn’t pull their name.

No matter who you’re buying for, you can’t go wrong getting them something to gussy-up their desk, like twinkly lights or a fancy pencil cup (if it’s an open floor plan, bonus: you benefit, too!) Condiments are an unexpected break from the barrage of sweets this time of year; try Hot Honey for spice fans, or a bottle of grown-up balsamic vinegar for desk-salad devotees.

MORE: Rihanna Revealed Fenty Beauty’s New Holiday Collection, and We’re Stoked

In the gallery, shop 25 Secret-Santa gifts so good, you’ll want to get them yourself. (Hint: forward this around to your office and you just might.)

Originally published November 2016. Updated November 2017.

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Brilliant Secret-Santa Gifts Under $30 That Everyone Will Love

Geometric Concrete Mini Planters, set of 3 for $24.99 at Etsy

Brilliant Secret-Santa Gifts Under $30 That Everyone Will Love

Typo Twinkle Lights, $29.95 at Cotton On

Brilliant Secret-Santa Gifts Under $30 That Everyone Will Love

2018 French Bulldog Desk Calendar, $14.95 at Papyrus 

Brilliant Secret-Santa Gifts Under $30 That Everyone Will Love

Mike's Hot Honey, $20 at Food52

Photo: Food52
Brilliant Secret-Santa Gifts Under $30 That Everyone Will Love
Brilliant Secret-Santa Gifts Under $30 That Everyone Will Love

Aloe + Rosewater Balance Mist, $16 at Little Barn Apothecary

Brilliant Secret-Santa Gifts Under $30 That Everyone Will Love
Brilliant Secret-Santa Gifts Under $30 That Everyone Will Love
Brilliant Secret-Santa Gifts Under $30 That Everyone Will Love

Bodum Pour Over Coffee Maker, $19.99 at Target

Brilliant Secret-Santa Gifts Under $30 That Everyone Will Love

Game of Phones, $20 at Uncommon Goods

Brilliant Secret-Santa Gifts Under $30 That Everyone Will Love
Brilliant Secret-Santa Gifts Under $30 That Everyone Will Love

Astrology Pin, $15 at Deerdana

Brilliant Secret-Santa Gifts Under $30 That Everyone Will Love

A Calling Card Collection, $22 at Compliments Of

Brilliant Secret-Santa Gifts Under $30 That Everyone Will Love
Brilliant Secret-Santa Gifts Under $30 That Everyone Will Love
Brilliant Secret-Santa Gifts Under $30 That Everyone Will Love

Set of 5 Cord Tacos, $29.95 at CB2

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Brilliant Secret-Santa Gifts Under $30 That Everyone Will Love

Striped Diamond Ankle Socks, $10.50 at Madewell

Photo: Madewell
Brilliant Secret-Santa Gifts Under $30 That Everyone Will Love

Heart Hands, $11 at Jules Kae

Brilliant Secret-Santa Gifts Under $30 That Everyone Will Love

Horn Pencil Cup, $24 at Perch

Brilliant Secret-Santa Gifts Under $30 That Everyone Will Love

Good Natured Soy Candle, $18 at Anthropologie

Brilliant Secret-Santa Gifts Under $30 That Everyone Will Love
Brilliant Secret-Santa Gifts Under $30 That Everyone Will Love

Hashtag Wall Art, $5 at Etsy

Brilliant Secret-Santa Gifts Under $30 That Everyone Will Love

Game Night in a Can, $25 at Uncommon Goods

Brilliant Secret-Santa Gifts Under $30 That Everyone Will Love

California Mission Fig Balsamic Vinegar, $18.95 at Williams-Sonoma

Brilliant Secret-Santa Gifts Under $30 That Everyone Will Love

Sriracha To-Go Bottle Keychain, $8 at Urban Outfitters

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  • Brilliant Secret-Santa Gifts Under $30 That Everyone Will Love
  • Brilliant Secret-Santa Gifts Under $30 That Everyone Will Love
  • Brilliant Secret-Santa Gifts Under $30 That Everyone Will Love
  • Brilliant Secret-Santa Gifts Under $30 That Everyone Will Love
  • Brilliant Secret-Santa Gifts Under $30 That Everyone Will Love
  • Brilliant Secret-Santa Gifts Under $30 That Everyone Will Love
  • Brilliant Secret-Santa Gifts Under $30 That Everyone Will Love
  • Brilliant Secret-Santa Gifts Under $30 That Everyone Will Love
  • Brilliant Secret-Santa Gifts Under $30 That Everyone Will Love
  • Brilliant Secret-Santa Gifts Under $30 That Everyone Will Love
  • Brilliant Secret-Santa Gifts Under $30 That Everyone Will Love
  • Brilliant Secret-Santa Gifts Under $30 That Everyone Will Love
  • Brilliant Secret-Santa Gifts Under $30 That Everyone Will Love

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