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34 Under-$25 Gifts That'll Make You The Star Of Your Secret Santa Exchange

Just be sure to buy two cat-shaped cheese boards because you'll probably want one for yourself as well.

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1. A 100 movies scratch-off poster for the movie buff who really wants to put their Netflix account to good use and take on this journey.

Poster grid; hand scratching one square to reveal iconic art from the movie
Uncommon Goods

Promising review: "This was a gift for my roommate, he loves movies. It seems like he likes it! He has 'drama' night with his friend, so it'll help them if they can't decide what to watch when they can't think of anything." —GB

Get it from Uncommon Goods for $15.

2. These delicate midi rings so you can give them a ~helping hand~ with their accessory game.

A hand with small gold rings halfway between the fingertip and knuckle
TinyBoxJewelry / Etsy

Promising review: "The rings are perfect, dainty, and very well made. I highly recommend because they’re worth it. Will definitely come back for more!" —ihadaneel

Get it from TinyBoxJewelry on Etsy for $9.90+ (available in sizes 3.5–5, three finishes, and in sets of up to four).

3. A little screaming goat who's sure to brighten their day every time they give him a press and he belts out a little yell.


Promising review: "This little guy has put a smile on the face of everyone who has met him. Affectionately known in our house as 'Scruffy,' this item was a wonderful gag gift for anyone who loves goats or has a good sense of humor. The book is entertaining and surprisingly well-made and designed. Perfect stocking stuffer or just-because surprise." —Faith Marlow

Get it from Amazon for $7.40.

4. This moon lamp that'll leave them feeling ~mystified~ by its calming glow.

the small globe light that does look like the moon, balanced on the included stand

Promising review: "Absolutely lovely! I recently moved bedrooms in my house and trying to theme my bedroom more for relaxation. This light is just gorgeous and looks like a real, miniature moon when it glows. When I sleep I like my room to be completely dark and without any noise besides some white noise. I use the warm light mode because it's pretty and dimmer than the white light mode. Lovely, lovely, lovely!" —Tabitha

Get it on Amazon for $16.99+ (available in three sizes).

5. An urban map glass showing their favorite city (or the city they grew up in) if they're no longer there and can't take a physical walk down those familiar streets.

Three clear glasses with maps of Los Angeles, Chicago, and NYC in white
Uncommon Goods

Plus, they're dishwasher safe!

Promising review: "This is the perfect unique glass that subtly pays homage to your home city. The perfect gift for anyone who loves one of the cities listed. Love love love!" —Rin

Get it from Uncommon Goods for $16 (available in 20+ cities).

6. This dishwasher-safe airtight cold-brew maker if they always have an iced coffee in their hand (even in the winter). Now, they can make their own at home!

The cold-brew maker filled with coffee.

Promising review: "I received my first Takeya cold-brew maker as a gift for Christmas. I like it so much I bought another. It's easy to use and very easy to clean, plus it makes my morning coffee more palatable. It was well-packaged, has easy-to-follow instructions, and will get lots of use at my house. One of the best features is that it can be turned upside-down with no leakage." —J. Lloyd

Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in two sizes and three colors).

7. This heart-shaped wooden cooking spoon so they can say their meals are literally made with love.

Wooden spoons with heart-shaped heads
Uncommon Goods

Promising review: "Hard to resist saying how 'heart-warming' this spoon is! My mother-in-law, a great hostess, was delighted to receive this useful gift with the built-in reminder that she is loved. She showed the spoon to friends over a Zoom call and looked forward to using it in future potlucks when all can safely assemble again." —COOKING ALONG

Get it from Uncommon Goods for $20.

8. A cheese board that's purr-fect for the cat lover who wants to make cheese and crackers on a Friday night feel extra sophisticated (and Insta-worthy).

A cat-shaped wood cheese board with a small nose and whiskers on it
Urban Outfitters

Promising review: "I loved this cheese board so much, after buying it for a friend for Christmas, I recently decided to buy one for myself! It really is adorable!" —rlba

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $18.

9. This One Line A Day journal — each page has an entry for the five next years, so the recipient can reflect on how much they've really grown and changed over the course of their journey.

Chronicle Books

I bought this book for myself at the start of the year. It's super simple and straightforward (nothing too flashy), but the real power of this journal is in its sentiment. I use it by thinking about my day and jotting down one or two standout events or feelings (even if it's just about me getting a new piece of workout equipment, or spending the day watching movies).

Promising review: "Exactly what I wanted and very cute. I had the same book and filled it, and this one was identical but prettier and less expensive! There's room for a few lines (if you write small) every day for five years, and the same dates each year are stacked on each page, making it easy to recall important dates and memories." —minnie

Get it from Amazon for $10.25.

10. A sloth planter so they can give their succulents and tiny plants a cute home to grow in.

A planter that looks like a sloth with its feet in the air with a rope between them and a plant in the opening in the stomach
Urban Outfitters

Promising review: "This planter is the cutest thing ever! It arrived super quickly, and it was packaged so well that it came in perfect condition!! If you are on the fence about buying this, here is your sign to just go for it!! You will not regret it!!!" —dinodia

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $14 (originally $18).

11. This scratch-off world map for the recipient whose passport has seen quite a number of stamps over the years. They can scratch off all the countries they've traveled to so far, and the ones they will travel to in the future.


Promising review: "I love this map. I have always wanted to keep track of the countries/states/provinces I've traveled to and this is the perfect way for me to see what next adventure I need to head off to. I saw this at my nephew's home and he gifted it to me. It's a great gift to give to a young adult not only to understand countries and locations, but also to allow them to dream and as they begin their travels to remind them of where they've been. A truly great product!" —Pat Obuchowski

Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in two sizes).

12. A set of My Favorite Murder-inspired stickers if they're always giving you a recap of the true crime stories they hear on the podcast.

Stickers that say "SSDGM" "Murderino" "You're in a cult call your dad" "Stay out of the forest" and "fuck politeness"
HaleyDWD / Etsy

Promising review: "Love them! They're all gonna go to good use. The quality and design are wonderful." —Kadiesha

Get it from HaleyDWD on Etsy for $5.75.

13. Or this MFM-inspired baseball cap they'll want to wear almost immediately.

A black faded baseball cap with white stitching that says "ssdgm"
PersonalizedByJenni / Etsy

Promising review: "I LOVE my hat! I have never had a hat with the adjustable clip before and it is super comfy. I do need to adjust the bill to my liking still, but overall, I would recommend this store for all, as well as for other Murderio's!" —amandahall166

Get it from PersonalizedByJenni on Etsy for $24 (available in 12 hat colors and 13 thread colors).

14. An LED-light essential oil diffuser to envelope their space in a soothing aroma and coax the recipient into a more relaxed mood.


You can also throw in a gorgeous set of essential oils they can use in their diffuser.

Promising review: "I am delighted with this diffuser. It came quickly, was packed securely and efficiently, with easy-to-open packaging. The specs say that it runs about three hours on the continuous setting (it can also run intermittently), but when filled completely, I've found it lasts through the night. I have it set on my nightstand and it's perfect for unwinding at bedtime (or with some sinus-clearing essential oils on a headache day)." —BookBelle

Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in four colors).

15. This unicorn-inspired ring holder because their room is practically a jewelry jungle and they're always losing parts of their favorite stack.

A rose gold unicorn statuette with a horn for stacking rings

Get it from ModCloth for $13.

16. This avocado tree growing kit perfect for the person who eats avocado with almost anything. They can try their hand at growing their very own personal avocado tree (and make you avocado toast as a 'thank you').,

Promising review: "Though I was skeptical, this is exactly what we needed to finally grow an avocado plant. We tried the toothpick and solo cup thing numerous times and we always had issues. This little boat is the best idea and is soooo easy to use. Tip: Use a deep enough container for the roots to grow. We used a 6-inch deep bowl and it worked wonderfully. We stored it on top of the fridge so it got a little extra heat and was away from the cats. I recommend this to anyone who wants to try growing avocados. We are ready to plant our first one and start the next one." —Chris G.

Get it from Amazon for $10.95.

17. A Mario Badescu skincare set so they can show their skin a little extra ~love~.

The products inside bottles
Urban Outfitters

The set includes the rose lip balm, facial spray with aloe, herbs, and rosewater, witch hazel and rosewater toner, and rose hips nourishing oil.

Promising review: "You get a lot for the price you pay. The drying lotion will have your pimple dramatically smaller in a matter of hours. Also, the lip balm is the best I’ve tried!" —gis3ll3

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $22.

18. The Unofficial Disney Parks Cookbook to help them bring the culinary magic of Disneyland into their kitchens.


Promising review: "This cookbook brings Disney Magic to your kitchen! If you have grown up going to the Disney parks or discovered them as an adult easily one of the greatest aspects is the food. I always wanted that food when I got home and now I can. This book is so comprehensive covering the best dishes organized by park. It is a beautiful book that will bring our family magic for years to come!!!" —Jason M. Bernhisel

Get it from Amazon for $13.43 (also available as a Kindle version).

19. A pack of shower steamers that'll wrap their shower in the relaxing scent of citrus, eucalyptus, lemongrass, or lavender. In other words, shower time will basically become self-care time.

The small disc-shaped shower steamers
Uncommon Goods

Promising review: "We love that these shower steamers are generously sized and long lasting. They typically last three to four showers, and the fragrance is as beautiful at the end as it is in the beginning." —ROOM MOM

Get it from Uncommon Goods for $14 (available in four scents).

20. This Dash mini waffle maker so they can enjoy all the perks of brunch right from their kitchen.

The mini waffle maker in blue

Promising review: "Definitely one of the best purchases I have made on Amazon so far. Just as described, it is a mini waffle-maker. Because of its size, it works more quickly than a normal-sized one so even though you can only make one small waffle at a time, each waffle should be done in about a minute or two. The interior is also nonstick so it is really easy to clean, which was a huge bonus for me. On top of that, it comes with a little instruction pamphlet that tells you how to use it and and includes recipes and recipe ideas! Personally, I love it; it’s what I wanted and more." —Cristal M.

Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in nine colors and four styles).

21. A canister of Cadbury drinking chocolate they'll enjoy immediately upon opening. If they start missing your calls, just know that it's probably because they're busy wrapped in a blanket sipping a cup of this stuff in front of the TV.

The canister of drinking chocolate

Promising review: "We drink this almost nightly and we do it year round. When I die, cremate me and put me in a Cadbury Drinking Chocolate tin." —Majombaszo

Get a pack of two from Amazon for $17.99.

22. Or!!!! A handheld electric milk frother that'll basically transform their sad, bland cup of coffee into something that looks like it came from a fancy coffee shop. Cold foam is just a few minutes away.

A mason jar with iced coffee and thick foam

It's battery operated — just run it in some soapy water for an easy cleaning!

Promising review: "Love this little thing! I have every thing you can think of at home for making coffee and espresso... Well I love the Starbucks pumpkin cream cold brew with foam. I set out to make my own. Well I can now make cold foam thanks to this little tool. Love it!" —Gav's mama

Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in five colors).

23. A ~foxy~ planter because they'll immediately want to transfer all their little green babies out of the plain, boring planters they've been growing in.

An orange planter with the face of a fox designed on it, including the ears, and a succulent coming out of the top

Get it from ModCloth for $18.

24. This ~beautiful~ cashmere-esque blanket scarf they'll actually want to wear every time they step outside.

Model wearing the scarf with tassels in light mauve

Promising review: "Extremely impressed with the high quality and great price of this scarf. DOES NOT look cheap...I own an Acne Studios wool scarf ($250 retail) and would say while this one is a bit lighter weight (still super warm and cozy) it is comparable in style, color and quality to my Acne scarf. Would definitely buy again, both for myself and as a gift." —Natalie

Get it from Amazon for $15.99 (available in 16 colors).

25. A festive and customized silly straw to make sipping their favorite beverages feel *extra* special. Get ready to see their Insta posts using this straw in practically anything — even a can of sparkling water.

The Custom Name Straw in green
SipHipHooray / Etsy

Promising review: "Absolutely a great purchase! Legible and surprisingly easy to drink out of! I get a real kick each time I use it :) It is heavy though so use a taller, weightier cup!" —Martzi Campos

Get it from SipHipHooray on Etsy for $13.04+ (available in up to 10 letters and in nine colors).

26. This sloth photo stand they can use to keep their favorite photo of the two of you front and center on their desk.

A wire sloth coming out of a cube-shaped platform and holding a printed photo in its arms
Urban Outfitters

Promising review: "Such a cute decor for my space. I have two different ones to hold my postcards and polaroids and they are super perfect for what I was looking for. They hold everything well and are made of great material for such a great price. Totally should get!!" —Al0i

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $12.

27. A Versed gift set so they can basically give themselves an at-home facial right at home. They'll want to use the willow bark extract serum and provitamin B5 eye mask daily, but the real treat is the ~luxurious~ facial massage via the frozen cooling globe. It's meant to calm inflammation and promote lymphatic drainage.

the serum, eye mask, and blue cooling globes

Promising review: "I have been using the Versed Dew Point moisturizer for a while now. I saw an ad on Instagram for this kit and I decided to order it. I am completely taken away by the quality and the results that this kit brings. The cooling wand is a great value and is a great pairing with the serum especially when it has been refrigerated. The serum does a great job with oil control and keeping my skin free of blemishes. Versed Skincare is now my go-to and I highly recommend it!" —Penguin97

Get it from Versed for $16.99.

28. This mini cake pop maker for the person who's always buying the cute ones from Starbucks by the dozen. This lightweight gadget uses nonstick baking plates so they can whip up to nine bite-sized treats at a time.,

Promising review: "This was a gift for my 8-year-old who loves to cook. We also purchased the Babycakes cake pop cookbook and have had a wonderful time testing out breakfast recipes. They cook up quickly and well. It's super easy to use and not difficult to wipe out when we're done." —Michael Pendrak

Get it from Amazon for $20.96.

29. A glass teapot with a built-in stainless-steel infuser so the tea-loving recipient can brew and pour their tea from the same elegant-looking vessel.

A reviewer showing the glass teapot with tea inside

Promising review: "This is a beautiful little pot. It's the prefect size for one or two people. It's surprisingly lightweight, but not fragile. I was afraid to pour hot water in it at first, but no need to worry. I've never had a glass teapot before, and now, for the first time, I can really see the beautiful colors of my favorite teas. I love seeing the tea in the spout. the infuser allows for a perfect brew. I'm looking for a pretty base that will do it justice and enhance the lines. It's perfect for that late evening relax before going to bed quiet time cup of tea. Highly recommended." —Elvira

Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in two sizes).

30. This awesome beginner's guide to calligraphy that'll help them upgrade their penmanship game and find a rad new hobby. This guide will teach them five different alphabet styles and uppercase and lowercase letters. It also dishes out some design and composition tips.

Lettering and Modern Calligraphy: A Beginner's Guide

You might want to bundle it up with a beautiful calligraphy pen set or a set great for beginners.

Promising review: “I LOVE this book!! I’ve wanted to improve my penmanship and learn modern calligraphy and lettering for a long time. I thought I’d give this book a try, and I’m so confident in my lettering now. I’m excited to create my own projects and show off my new skills!!” —KHenderson

Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (also available as a spiral-bound version).

31. A four-shade eyeshadow palette with colors that are perfect for a subtle, everyday look.

The palette with light, pink, nude, and brown shades. The palette has a mirror and an eyeshadow sponge

Get it from Forever21 for $18.

32. This box of 10 bestselling British candy bars any chocoholic would immediately tear into (and thank you for in between chews).

The box and full-size candybars

It comes with a Flake, a Picnic, a Crunchie, a Starbar, a Dairy Milk, a Dairy Milk Caramel, a Double Decker, a Wispa, a Twirl, and a Curlywurly.

Promising review: "Seriously, these candy bars are amazing! My personal favorite so far was the Starbar — peanut butter, caramel, rice crispy pieces, chocolate... What's not to love, really? Why the heck don't they sell these in America, dammit?! I threw mine in the fridge as soon as I got them. I pull one out about a couple of minutes before I eat it, so it's still cool and doesn't melt all over the place." —So & So So & So

Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (also available in a bag).

33. A rechargeable LED ring light to help them up their food photography game and rake in those 'likes' on Insta. It clips right onto their smartphone, and can be used for selfies and any other types of photos.


You charge it with a USB, and it has three different light settings so you can always adjust it to the perfect level.

Promising review: "Right out of the box it was easy to use and I was taking amazing pictures with my iPhone like I never had before. A lot of power in a tiny package; it's easy to slip into my purse or pocket and I take it with me everywhere my phone goes so I'm always ready to grab the perfect shot. Love it!" —Allison C.

Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

34. And, this pocket-sized drawing journal filled with 642 prompts to help them discover the artist that lies within them (or pick back up on a beloved hobby they've forgotten about over the years).

A reviewer showing the book cover

Promising review: "Bought this for my very artistic 13-year-old daughter. She's forever asking, 'What should I draw?' I crossed my fingers when I ordered this, as we've tried many other books to inspire her that didn't. When I gave it to her, I was expecting a lukewarm response. However, as she thumbed through the book, she started giggling and smiling and couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I even got a spontaneous hug. She ran to the door when her dad got home to show him the book. And I think that the 642 options may just keep her inspired for a few weeks! ;) Any book that can charm a 13-year-old girl is a keeper in my mind!" —Fascinated viewer

Get it from Amazon for $7.69.

Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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