By Christine Song

22 Inspiring Ideas for Good Secret Santa Gifts Under $30


Find the perfect gift for your office or family holiday gift exchange.

On the hunt for good secret santa gifts this holiday season?

We searched high and low for good secret santa gifts, so no matter who you’re paired up with and buying a gift for, we have ideas for you (that won’t break the bank either!).

If you draw the name of a coworker or family member who you're not particularly close to, finding a good secret santa gift can be quite the challenge.

No need to panic, though; just use our gift guide below to get you started!

    Your guide to finding good secret santa gifts

    Our ideas below are all under $30, so you'll be able to find a quality gift without breaking your group's secret santa budget rules!

    For the organizer, planner, minimalist, or coordinator…

    These are for the person that loves order and has everything in its place. This is for the person who actually enjoys to-do lists and who is always planning events, activities, or trips down to a “T.”

    • Ink+Volt Planner Tabs. Perfect to go with the Ink+Volt Planner, but these tabs can be used by anyone who uses a basic planner or bullet journal to add a little oomph to their personal organization. This set includes 36 tabs for organizing by month, subject, priority, and 4 blank/reusable tabs.
    • Twistable Cord Ribbon 10”. No one likes when cords running wild and become a tangled mess. This gift is more than just a twistable cord – it is a future headache-reliever that saves time and energy. Perfectly sized and priced to be an add-on with a larger gift.
    • Capotto Stackable Pen Organizer. This multipurpose pencil cup/phone-holder/secret-item-stasher keeps any desk or counter sleekly clutter free. Beautifully designed with thoughtful details (like a foam-lined bottom to keep pencils from breaking), this desk organizer is a total winner.
    • Ink+Volt Dashboard Desk Pad. Super flexible use and elegant gold foil details make this project manager deskpad a fit for anyone’s desk. Plus, it will keep them organized, productive, and inspired.
    • Large Felt Bedside Caddy. The bedside can easily become a hectic place. What better way to corral all of those things people like to keep within easy reach while they’re in bed, without cluttering a nightstand. Soft gray felt makes this piece feel extra cozy.

    For those whose creativity knows no limits…

    Music lovers, writers, artists, and anyone aspiring to be one or all of the above will love these gifts that encourage and foster their creative journeys.

    • Ink+Volt Inspirational Coloring Book. Coloring is a perfect way to relax and sink into a moment of mindfulness. This coloring book is extra special because each page contains an inspiring phrase or quote to chew on too. Pair it with a set of pens or markers for a completely perfect gift.
    • Wake Up Your Imagination: A Journal for Creative Play. Anyone with creative block or who enjoys discovering new ways to be creative will love this sweet, whimsical book.
    • Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen. For the writers out there, the gift of a lovely pen can express your support for their creativity and projects. This pen is great for anyone from first time fountain pen users to fountain pen experts. Up anyone’s writing game with the Metropolitan.
    • 642 Things to Draw. Whether they're a talented artist or just a daydreaming doodler, this book is a perfect gift for inspiring their creative practice. If they're more of a writer, consider these books from the same family: 642 Stories to Write or 642 Things About Me.
    • Koi Coloring Brush Pens. For those who love lettering, coloring, or drawing, these pens work on many levels and come in a variety of beautiful colors. Crafts, cards, and even coloring books (adult or otherwise) will become well loved.

    For the fitness enthusiast, outdoorist, exercise fanatic…

    Does your colleague have their gym bag with them every day? Do you know someone that gets outside every weekend, sharing their adventures and excursions on social media? Well, these secret santa gift ideas will be right up their alley and highly appreciated by the adventurer in your life.

    • Ink+Volt Fitness Planner. An undated, 3-month planner designed to help you achieve your fitness goals. Help them achieve their New Year's Resolution with this expert-designed fitness planner!
    • Run Fast. Eat Slow: Nourishing Recipes for Athletes. Everyone has to refuel, so why not refuel your body with marathon runner Olympian Shalane Flanagan and chef Elyse Kopecky? Tons of tips and information, plus recipes, for a healthy life.
    • Yoga Mat Bag with Pouch. Give the gift of a pretty and functional cargo yoga mat bag, so that they can head to the studio with their keys, phone, and other essentials in tow -- without an extra bag to remember.
    • Stainless Steel Water Bottle. Staying hydrated is a must and one can never have too many reusable water bottles to do just that. With a variety of styles and color options, you can find a gift that will fit anyone’s style.
    • Body Back Buddy Trigger Point Therapy Self Massage Tool. A 60 minute massage would easily exceed anyone’s secret santa dollar limit, but this inexpensive alternative can bring relief to the constantly sore. Help them relax for the holidays!

    For the host, cook, foodie, or homebody…

    Here are 7 gift ideas perfect for the giftee who loves simplicity in the home, who hosts parties for any and every reason, or who is always talking about the great recipe they just found.

    • Boyajian Assorted Pure Citrus Oil Box. For the chef who loves trying new things, this sampler box is a great way to try new oils great for sauces, dressings, and more.
    • Watering Globe. For the person who loves some green in their life (not of the cash variety), this watering globe plants stay perfectly watered. A pretty and unobtrusive touch, this pretty vessel gives their houseplants an extra touch of luxury and hydration.
    • Ceramic Lotus Nesting Bowls. Beautiful and easy to store, these pretty watercolor inspired bowls will beautify anyone’s home.
    • Cook Tea Towel. Not just any tea towel (because everyone has the basics), this tea towel speaks to you. Super cute and absorbent, the message is simple at the end: “serve, enjoy.”

    For the animal lover or the pet owner with pet photos galore…

    Spread the animal love with these fun and unique gift ideas.

    • Dog Wash Adhesive Pads. Adorable sticky notes perfect for making your page in a book, adding a note to a document, or just brightening up a bad day.
    • Custom Pet Stickers. Got a photo of their beloved pet? Turn it into a custom sticker that is sure to bring a smile to their face!
    • Custom Dog Christmas Ornament. If you know their pet's name, you can turn it into a delicate Christmas tree ornament that is sure to stick with them for years to come. Perfect for a small, affordable gift that still packs a ton of heart and meaning.

    With this many good secret santa gifts on your list…

    …this year’s gift exchange is sure to be a great success! No matter who you’re getting a gift for, we hope these 25 good secret santa gift ideas make shopping a breeze.