Secret Santa Gifts that Don't Suck | Seersucker Sass

Monday, November 7, 2016

Secret Santa Gifts that Don't Suck

I know I'm preaching to the choir when I say that the holidays are a stressful time.  Between all of the holiday parties that don't quite feel optional to traveling to visit family, and rounding out Q4 at work or preparing for finals on top of all of that, tensions are high, and time, money, and patience are running low.  Then, everyone's favorite thing happens - Secret Santa.  Because if you weren't already stressed out enough about the holidays, you have at least one more person on your list... yay. (Bonus points if it's someone you barely know, don't know at all, or if it's a white elephant situation where it will be pulled from a pile.)

If this is a situation that sounds familiar, I have your back.  I've picked out 10 gifts, all $25 or under, that are perfect for a plethora of situations!  To make things extra simple, you can actually shop just by clicking the collage!

Fringe Textured Wrap ($23.40)  •  This is a good gift for just about any woman in your life.  Wraps are versatile and can be thrown over anything from a basic top & a pair of jeans to a formal dress.  (Why are formal events always so cold?!)  If you're looking for something even more budget friendly, check out this similar $5 pashmina.

Smashbox Gloss Set ($25)  •  I love little sets like this one because you can gift it as a set or you can break the set, pair the glosses with another small, related gift, and you have gifts for five people!  (I like to do this when I'm gifting to my girlfriends around the holidays.  I'll buy a few sets and break them up depending on which items best suit each gal.)

Beaded Y-Stone Necklace ($19.20)  •  This is a great gift for the girl with the perfect "cool girl" bohemian style.  (Anyone else find those women super intimidating to shop for?!)

Faux Leather Round Flap Clutch ($12.49)  •  How is this clutch only $13?!  It's a nice little wardrobe staple at a fraction of the price you would expect to pay for it.  I've always been told that it's tradition to gift purses and wallets with money in them, so if your budget allows, pop in a $5 Starbucks gift card.

Kiehl's Dry Relief Set ($16)  •  This is a great gift for anyone, but specifically someone who travels a lot or someone who is practical to a fault.  Lip balm & hand cream aren't exactly the most exciting gifts, but Kiehl's brand is much more luxurious than just picking up a tube of lip balm or some hand cream at the drug store.

Tassel Band Floppy Hat ($23.40)  •  This gift is perfect for your blogger bestie, the trendy gal in your office, or any fashionistas you know!  It comes in three colors - tan, black, and blush - and you cannot beat the price tag.

Philosophy Set ($20)  •  I grew up receiving Philosophy gift sets each Christmas, and it's a gift that I always look forward to.  I don't know about y'all, but holiday scented products really put me into the Christmas spirit. Gift this to someone who needs a little self pampering.

Square Stud Earrings ($9.98 for two pair)  •  These remind me of the classic Kate Spade studs that everyone loves... except these are five dollars a pair!  There are so many colors to choose from that there truly is something for everyone.  If I had an intern, I'd be snatching these up as part of her gift.

Stainless Steel Water Bottle ($24.99)  •  Does it get any trendier than a white, stainless steel water bottle covered in gold pineapples?!  This is an awesome gift for your workout obsessed friend or the lady in your office who's obsessed with getting her 64 oz every day.

Silk Scarf ($16.80)  •  I was drawn to this piece because it gives the vibe of "effortlessly fabulous."  If you're trying to shop for the lady in your office who's so chic that you're almost afraid of her, I think this is a good choice.  

What do y'all think?  Did I help you cross anyone off your list?

(PS - I promise that my site will not be loaded down with gift guides this holiday season.  I love helping people shop for gifts, so I'm genuinely excited to post a few!  If there's someone you struggle to shop for, let me know, so I'm sure I'm posting gift guides y'all actually want.)


  1. I usually hate secret Santa because so often you're buying a gift for someone you don't really know or you're receiving a generic or weird gift you will never use. It can feel like such a waste of money! These gifts are such cute secret Santa ideas though, they're actually cute gifts I would want to receive and at an affordable price point!

  2. Those are such cute ideas and a great gift for a great deal. Secret Santa's can be tricky with price limits this is such a great guide to get around that!

  3. Thanks for sharing your gift guide! I have so many wonderful people to shop for this year and sometimes it can be a bit stressful but seeing their faces as they open their gift is the best part!


  4. I would love all of these for secret santa. Especially that hat!

    Greta |

  5. That water bottle though... SO CUTE! I've never done a secret santa exchange before, but they always seem so fun!!
    Amy | Pastel N Pink

  6. I'm loving that pineapple bobble bottle! It's so cute! Love all of your picks!!!

  7. Since I adore pineapples I would have to get the stainless steel bottle for my bestie. We always buy any and everything with pineapples.

  8. Such good options! It's always so hard buying secret gifts!

    xo Kylie

  9. These are such great ideas!!! I love that water bottle.

  10. I am loving the Smashbox lip glosses! I would love getting any of these as gifts :)

  11. I completely agree that secret santa gifts can not be so exciting. But these gifts would definitely excite everyone! Love them :)

  12. these are all such cute gift ideas! I love the scarf! x, kenz

  13. These are all great gift ideas! Loving the water bottle. I desperately need a new one. Hint Hint fam jam ;)

  14. It is the best items for gift which you have got by santa. I like all and These are important and usable, I like this white water bottle most which is best in looking. You can also buy Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottles online at best price.