10 Secret Santa gifts under $30 that won't get thrown away
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So you decided to participate in Secret Santa this year, but now time's running out and the only ideas you've got are a six pack of beer and a Chipotle gift card. Woof.
I mean, sure, most of us would be happy with free beer, but it would be in the spirit of the season to make it a little more personal—even if you don't quite know the person to which you've been assigned.
Fear not: We spend all year testing products and separating the good stuff from the bad. Let us help you make this the best Secret Santa to date. (Or, at the very least, let's make it slightly less awkward.)
1. For the person who loves cute stuff: Manatea silicone tea infuser
Don't let its adorable looks fool you: The Manatea tea infuser from Fred & Friends is more than just a novelty gift. When we set out to test and rank the best tea infusers on the market, the Manatea topped our list thanks to its easy-to-clean silicone body, its secure grip, and of course, its undeniable charm.
If your Secret Santa recipient is a tea-loving soul who appreciates the cuter things in life, the Manatea tea infuser is sure to please.
2. For that on-the-go someone: Zojirushi stainless steel travel mug
When we tested a whole slew of travel mugs for our round-up of the best travel mugs you can buy, this little number from Zojirushi came out on top. We love its incredible heat retention, its easy-to-secure lid, and its sleek form.
Plus, there's a ton of color options at your disposal, so you can pick the one that best suits your recipient's style.
3. For the person who enjoys the simple things: InnoGear essential oil diffuser
Essential oil diffusers are an easy way to elevate the mood of any room, and our search for the best essential oil diffuser was an exhaustive one. After thorough evaluation, this 150ml diffuser from InnoGear came out on top—and quickly became a favorite among our staff and our readers.
It's got seven different LED settings, a locking lid to prevent leaks, and it couldn't be easier to use. Gift it to the friend who likes to set a mood.
4. For your eco-conscious friend: Hummingbird glass straws
The rise of eco-friendly plastic straw alternatives is upon us, and this year, we took it upon ourselves to figure out which is the best. When the cups were cleared, this set of four glass straws from Hummingbird wound up claiming the top spot in our final round-up of the best reusable straws.
These suckers come with a cleaning brush and their glass build makes them safe for dishwashers, too. And while they're technically not indestructible, we found them to be remarkably durable—and therefore quite portable.
5. For the person who can't stop listening to podcasts: Anker SoundCore portable Bluetooth speaker
When it comes to testing and reviewing tech products, one of our most competitive categories is portable Bluetooth speakers. In our latest round-up of the best portable Bluetooth speakers you can buy, the ultra-affordable Anker SoundCore earned our spot for the speaker with the best value.
If your Secret Santa gift recipient loves listening to podcasts while doing dishes or freshening up in the bathroom, they'll love the SoundCore's IPX7 waterproof rating, which protects the speaker from splashes partial submersions.
Plus, we found the Anker SoundCore's audio output to be much more bass-friendly than other speakers in its price bracket.
6. For the foul-mouthed friend: Bards Dispense Profanity card game
Bards Dispense Profanity is exactly what you think it is: a Cards Against Humanity-style game where every card features a reference to the works of William Shakespeare. There's not much more to say about them, really, and that's fine—brevity is the soul of wit, after all.
7. For the whimsical friend: Bottle stopper garden kit
Why should the fun stop after the bottle of wine is empty?
This delightful little kit will turn your Secret Santa recipient's favorite empty wine bottle into a miniature garden. The process is as simple as drinking all of the wine (duh), then adding a soil capsule and some seeds. In a matter of weeks, there'll be a new plant friend jutting triumphantly out of a wine bottle. Cute!
8. For the person who deserves a good night's sleep: Nidra Deep Rest eye mask
When we were getting to the bottom of the best sleep masks you can buy, our editor described the Nidra Deep Rest eye mask as "like having personal blackout curtains for your eyes." Yes, please!
If your Secret Santa recipient is in perpetual need of some rest after a long day's work, treat them to the best eye mask we've ever laid eyes on.
9. For the person with a competitive streak: Codenames
With close to 3,000 total Amazon reviews and an average rating of 4.8 stars, Codenames is both a slam-dunk party game and a slam-dunk Secret Santa gift.
The premise is fairly simple: Two rival spymasters square off in a competition to deliver the secret codenames of 25 spies. It's sort of like the game show Password, but with more players involved. We love it, our readers love it, and you'll probably love it, too.
10. For the person who loves spicy food: Yellowbird hot sauce combo pack
As a lover of hot sauce, I cannot recommend this combo pack from Yellowbird enough. These tasty sauces feature a hefty dose of heat, but none of them are gnarly enough to leave you winded.
Made in Austin, Texas, Yellowbird hot sauces are vegan, gluten-free, and made with 100% natural ingredients. If your Secret Santa recipient is a hot sauce aficionado, they'll find something to appreciate with this Yellowbird combo pack that features the company's habanero, jalapeño, and serrano pepper hot sauce varietals.
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