Secret Santa gifts for every budget
Whether you’re stuffing a stocking or buying for your Secret Santa, we can help you out with some sweet and simple gift ideas The best part is, you don’t need to break the bank to knock their socks off. There’s no better feeling than watching someone rip open the wrapping paper to reveal a thoughtful gift that shows you’ve taken their hobbies, habits or personal style into careful consideration.
Here are the best Kris Kringle gift ideas of 2020, under $15, $25 and $50.
For the $15 budget
Fifteen dollars isn’t going to get you that far when it comes to helping people fulfil their dreams, but it could buy them a gift that nudges them in the right direction. A sketchbook, a set of watercolours, a note pad, a stopwatch – all of these are inexpensive items that can really show someone that you listen when they talk, and that you support their dreams. Head to Whitcoulls, Creative & Brave or Kikki K.
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Fancy sauces, flavoured salts and oils, not only look beautiful but can be low-cost gift ideas for food-loving friends. Some of our favourites can be found at David Jones or Countdown. Add in a gorgeous spoon or dish from David Jones, Le Creuset or Farmers to complete the present and they’ll think of you every time they use it.
Have a bit more time up your sleeve? Try dehydrating fresh citrus in the oven to make the perfect cocktail garnish. You can package a handful of the dried citrus in a reusable jar or container. There are plenty of affordable options available at Farmers, J Mart or Countdown.
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For the $25 budget
Have they been talking about an upcoming holiday or do they enjoy downtime at home on the weekends? They’ll appreciate easy-to-play games that bring together family and friends. You’ll find plenty of trivia and card games coming in at $25 and under at Whitcoulls.
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This year has thrown everyone a curveball, so now’s a great time to show that someone a little extra TLC. A face mask or bath bomb from MECCA, Life Pharmacy or Chemist Warehouse will send them into a state of pure bliss, ready for the new year! Chances are you'll find Christmas-themed gift packs hitting the shelves from mid-October. Need more inspo? A mini candle or beautiful mug filled with their favourite tea will feel like a hug to the heart. Check out the options available at Redcurrent, Farmers or Whitcoulls.
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There are so many options for trendy everyday items in store, like printed drink bottles, patterned umbrellas or colourful tote bags from Country Road and Farmers. All things that can be boring or beautiful. This is an area where you can really identify a need and fill it. So for your workmate who always brings lunch from home, gift a pretty lunch box from Farmers. For the person who drags everything around in reusable shopping bags, get them a beautiful oilcloth or canvas tote from Bed Bath N' Table.
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For the $50 budget
Personalisation is huge right now. A lot of stores like <insert retailer like David Jones, Kikki K, Myer, Cotton On (if doing Milo tins or similar this year)> have options for personalised gifts, from t-shirts to wine glasses, wallets to beach towels. This is a great way to show someone that you have put thought and effort into buying for them, and it’s also not the type of thing that people ever get done for themselves, so that makes it extra special. If the store doesn’t offer personalisation, head to Mister Minit to find out more about their engraving services.
With a $50 budget, you can have a lot of fun putting together a hamper to inspire new hobbies! And one of the best ways to do this is to pick a theme and run with it. For someone who likes gardening from buy them a pair of gardening gloves from Countdown. Home cooks will love a cheese making kit and platter board from Farmers or David Jones. Beach bums rejoice! Summer is on the horizon. Bundle together with an affordable sunscreen from Life Pharmacy or Chemist Warehouse, a mini portable speaker from Noel Leeming like and a towel from Country Road, Farmers or David Jones.
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The coolest coworker
Forget gimmicky gifts that are often re-gifted or stashed away at the back of the drawer. Give your colleague something they'll want to flaunt around the office. Inspire productivity with headphones from Noel Leeming. Add a pop of personality to their uniform with Happy Socks from David Jones. Know someone who needs at least one cup of coffee before 9am? Reach for a reusable cup from Bed Bath N' Table or Flo's Home.
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