It’s Secret Santa time again, and that means you’ll need to find some inexpensive gifts for the secret recipient(s) in your life. Did you forget and you need something fast? Or, are you short on cash this year? Fortunately, you don’t have to bust your budget, and you can get inexpensive Secret Santa gifts from the dollar store. Here are 15 of the best dollar store Secret Santa gifts to pick up
15 Great Secret Santa Gifts at the Dollar Store
Cheap gifts don’t have to be terrible and useless. Whether you need to pick one up for someone you work with or go to school with, the dollar store is perfect for Secret Santa gifts. Plus, you can grab anything you need for your own celebration while you’re there, usually for just a dollar or less.
1) Christmas Ornaments
Every dollar store in the country has plenty of Christmas ornaments in stock right now, and what better gift for your Secret Santa partner than an ornament for their tree?
2) Luxury Soap
Buy a bottle of nicely scented hand soap or some scented bar soap and pop it into a gift bag with some tissue paper and ribbon. Voilà, the perfect Secret Santa gift!
3) Decorative Candles
Every dollar store sells scented candles. Brighten up your secret recipient’s holiday with a lovely scented candle.
4) Tire Pressure Gauge
Does your recipient check his or her tire pressure regularly? Inspire him or her with a tire pressure gauge to make sure he or she is optimizing his or her tire pressure and fuel efficiency.
5) Fluffy Socks
Nothing makes the winter months quite as cozy as a thick, soft, fuzzy pair of socks. Grab a pair of one-size-fits-all fluffy socks for your secret Santa partner this year.
6) Spa Gift Box
Grab some dollar-store soaps, facial masks, lotions, and bath salts to put together a spa gift box or bag. Who couldn’t use a little pampering these days, after all?
7) Nail Polish Set
Are you buying a Secret Santa gift for a person of the feminine persuasion this year? Grab a few colors of coordinating nail polish to bring some color to your recipient’s life. Throw in some nail polish remover, a toe separator, and some nail files, too.
Candy makes life a little sweeter. Grab some chocolate, candy canes, or other sweets to treat your Secret Santa partner. Don’t be afraid to repackage some wrapped sweets in a personalized bag with a cute message.
9) Bath Bombs
Bath bombs are a great, relaxing gift for anyone who loves to pamper themselves. Throw them in with the spa gift box, or give them separately in a gift bag with some tissue paper.
10) Winter-Themed Kitchen Towels
At this time of year, your local dollar store will be a treasure trove of winter- and holiday-themed kitchen towels, oven mitts, aprons, and assorted linens. Go crazy!
11) Christmas Gift Basket
Got a few bucks to spend? Trying to reach that $10 limit? Your nearest dollar store will have everything you need to put together a Christmas gift basket, including the basket. Look for chocolates, hot cocoa mix, candles, bath bombs, Christmas ornaments, or other knickknacks and doo-dads to fill your recipient’s basket.
12) Desk Sets
Notepads, calendars, pens, and desk sets are popular gifts for Secret Santa exchanges. Everyone could use a notepad, daybook, or set of colored pens or Sharpie markers.
13) Holiday Potpourri
Tie a festive ribbon around a bag of cinnamon potpourri, or choose some other holiday-themed scent for your Secret Santa gift. Other options include essential oils, room sprays, scent diffuser sticks, or incense.
14) Wrapping Paper and Tape
This is a practical Secret Santa gift that your recipient will be glad to have when it’s 2:00 a.m. on Christmas Eve, they’re dog-tired, and three of the kids’ gifts haven’t been wrapped yet. Even if they don’t get around to using it this year, there’s a good chance it’ll come in handy someday.
15) Kitchen Utensils
Every dollar store keeps a display chock full of whisks, slotted spoons, measuring cups, and other kitchen brick-a-brack. Tie a ribbon around that spatula or stuff that whisk full of chocolate kisses or Reese’s cups. Now you’ve got a Secret Santa gift!
The worst part of participating in a Secret Santa gift exchange is trying to pick out a gift for your recipient – you don’t want to disappoint them, but you also don’t want to spend a ton of money either. Hit up your local dollar store for gifts that will cost just a few bucks. Worried you’ll seem cheap? No problem – just throw a few gifts together for a gift box or basket. Not sure? Here are some things you should never buy from the dollar store.
What’s your favorite dollar store gift idea? Share with us in the comments below!