20 Cute Secret Santa Gift Ideas for $10 and Under

It’s no *secret* that these are the best budget-friendly Secret Santa gift ideas out there!

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From holiday parties to cooking delicious meals, the holiday season gives us plenty of fun and meaningful traditions to look forward to! However, one of my favorite holiday traditions is Secret Santa. I just love the fun of trying to guess who picked your name. More importantly, I love that fuzzy feeling you get when your recipient genuinely loves the gift you got them.

However, finding the perfect Secret Santa gift idea can be a challenge — doubly so when you’re on a tight college-student budget. (Seriously though, is it just me, or do things keep getting more expensive every year?!)

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Luckily, I’ve searched the web and found 20 of the best Secret Santa gift ideas that your recipient is sure to love! The best part? They all cost $10 or less! Moreover, because of their low cost, these items are also great options for stocking stuffers/add-ons/little thinking-of-you gifts for others (or yourself, I won’t judge!) as well!

So, just keep scrolling to see them all!


1. Lush Golden Pear Soap

If you want to give your recipient a little bit of luxury this holiday season, you can’t go wrong with Lush’s Golden Pear soap!

Not only does it smell absolutely delicious (without being overpowering); its cute pear shape will make it something that they’ll look forward to using and keeping on display.

2. Ruled A5 Notebook in Blue

Anyone who loves writing/journaling–or just wants to make school note-taking feel a little chicer–will certainly appreciate this ruled A5 notebook.

This cute little secret santa gift idea comes in seven different colors, but personally, I’m partial to this cheery sky-blue hue, which is sure to make your recipient smile every time they reach for it!

3. China Glaze Nail Lacquer with Hardeners in “Bring on the Bubbly”

We all have that one friend whose manicures are always flawlessly on point, so it only makes sense to give them this fun and festive glitter polish by China Glaze!

Because the glitter is suspended in a clear base, it can easily be worn alone, or layered with other shades for a bolder look.

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4. Polar Bear Luggage Tag

If your recipient is planning a holiday getaway this season (Lucky them!), they’re sure to appreciate this adorable fuzzy polar bear luggage tag! (It also comes in three other designs.)

The perfect cute-yet-practical secret santa gift idea, this tag also has the benefit of helping their bag stand apart from others at the baggage claim.

5. TONYMOLY I’m Real Sheet Mask in Green Tea

Sheet masks are a great way to quickly give your skin some extra benefits, and this popular TONYMOLY I’m Real Sheet Mask is no exception!

I chose the Green Tea version to show here. However, this mask actually comes in a ton of other versions, from hydrating to caring for pores, so you can choose a mask (or mix and match multiple masks) to suit your recipient’s needs.

6. Knit Hat with Pompoms in Light Beige

Everyone can think of at least one friend who dreads the cold weather every year. So, make the winter season a little easier on them with this chic knit pompom beanie, which will go well with just about any color they choose to wear it with!

(BTW, if beige isn’t your giftee’s favorite, this hat is also available in three other versatile shades.) This is such a great secret santa gift idea, I highly recommend it for anyone who is hard to shop for.

7. Red Plaid Performance Fleece Blanket

Anyone who lives in a chilly climate will appreciate this cozy plaid fleece blanket (which also comes in three other prints), whether they use it for sleeping or just cuddling up on the couch to watch Netflix on a snowy night.

Plus, thanks to its large size, they’ll probably assume that you spent way more than 10 bucks on it!

8. Sephora Collection Mystic Aura Eyeshadow Palette

Warm neutrals have long reigned supreme in the makeup world. Lately, though, the trends have been shifting towards cooler color stories, like the one seen in this gorgeous Sephora Wishing You Eyeshadow Palette.

I love this secret santa gift idea because your recipient will definitely get lots of use out of these flattering shadows, whether they’re using it to glam up for festive holiday parties, or just want to *sleigh* their everyday makeup look!

9. Velvet Flip Clip Set

Hair clips continue to reign supreme in the world of accessories, and this vintage flower hair clip set is no exception! They’re so 2000s and fun.

These clips would look equally stylish worn together or alone, and are sure to add some cute flair to even the simplest of outfits.

10. Gold Glitter Mini Zip-Top Wallet

Though some people think that glitter is just for the holiday season, I’m of the opinion that it can — and should — be used all-year-round! That’s why I’m a big fan of this fabulously festive gold glitter mini wallet. (It’s also available in three other designs.)

This accessory is not only the ideal size for smaller bags and clutches, but is also sure to bring your recipient lots of holiday cheer, even long after the holidays are over!

11. Cactus

Anacampseros Sunrise Succulents

If you have a friend or family member who loves cute decor, then why not give them a cactus for Secret Santa this year? Cacti make great gifts because they are low maintenance and easy to care for. Plus, they add a touch of personality to any home or office. This one is so cool because it changes color from green to pink when exposed to light. 

12. Comfortable Throw Blanket

Comfortable Throw Blanket

If you’re looking for a secret santa gift that’s both practical and affordable, look no further than this comfortable throw blanket. It’s perfect for anyone who loves to snuggle up with a good book or take a nap on a cold day. Plus, at under $10, it won’t break the bank.

13. Natural Silk Sleep Mask

Mulberry Silk Sleep Eye Mask

Made from 100% pure silk, this super cute sleep mask is gentle on the skin and helps to promote better sleep. Plus, it comes in a beautiful box that makes it perfect for gifting. This is one of my personal favorite sleep essentials that I use every night; I would be psyched to receive this one!

14. Fuzzy Slipper Socks

Give the gift of fuzzy slipper socks as a unique and affordable secret santa gift. Not only are they cozy and comfortable, but they’re also sure to put a smile on your recipient’s face. Best of all, they can be found for a super affordable price on Amazon.

15. Winter Warm Plaid Large Scarf

This Winter Warm Plaid Large Scarf makes a great Secret Santa gift that gives off all the fall and winter vibes. Made of soft and cozy fabric, it’s sure to keep your loved one warm all winter long. And at under $10, it’s a great value too!

16. Stainless Steel Water Bottle

Sports Water Bottle with Chug Lid

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For under $10, a stainless steel water bottle makes a great secret santa gift. It’s a practical and useful gift that will come in handy for anyone who likes to stay hydrated on the go. Plus, it’s eco-friendly and reusable, so it’s good for the environment too. Oh, and it comes in 12 stunning colors!

17. Cosmetic Case

A cosmetic bag or case is a great option for secret santa gifts under $10. It’s both practical and stylish, and it’s sure to please any recipient. Plus, it’s a great way to show your own personal style.

There are tons of different cosmetic cases on the market, so finding one to fit your budget shouldn’t be a problem. Just make sure to choose one that’s durable and well-made, so it can withstand repeated use. I love this giant makeup bag from Amazon because it has insanely good reviews and comes in a bunch of colors.

18. Canvas Tote Bag

Consider a canvas tote bag as a secret santa gift that won’t break the bank. These versatile bags can be used as grocery bags, beach bags, or even overnight bags. The best part is that they are relatively inexpensive and easy to find. Just make sure to choose one that’s durable and stylish for a gift that will last.

19. Leather Key Chain Bottle Opener

A leather key chain bottle opener is the perfect secret santa gift idea for the man who likes his booze. It’s simple, functional, and under $10. Plus, the leather key chain adds a touch of class.

20. “Ugly” Christmas Shirt

We had to include a gag gift in here! You can’t go wrong with this Christmas shirt as a Secret Santa present under $10. It’s simple, festive, funny, and most importantly, affordable. Plus, it’s sure to please anyone on your list who loves Christmas as much as you do.

What do you think of these secret santa gift ideas?

Are you participating in a Secret Santa this year? Has this list helped you decide what you’re getting your recipient(s) for Secret Santa/the holidays in general? Which of the items on this list would you most like to receive as a gift?

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