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10 Secret Santa gifts under $30 that won't get thrown away

Enough with the gag gifts already! These are all actually useful (and under budget!)

These are such great gifts, they'll think you went over budget. Credit: Popsockets / My Audio Pet

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Is your office or group of friends doing a Secret Santa gift exchange this year? It’s tempting to buy something silly or a gag gift for this type of holiday game—especially because there’s often a strict spending limit—but it can feel wasteful to buy something you know will be thrown away as soon as the recipient gets home.

This year, why not buy something fun, thoughtful and useful for your Secret Santa recipient? The following items make great gifts because they're fun, functional, and highly rated. And they range in price from under $10 to $30, which should be perfect for most Secret Santa budgets.

1. Under $10: A super-handy phone mount

WizGear Car Magnet
Credit: WizGear

Everyone could use a phone mount for their car.

Not only is it unsafe to futz around with your phone while driving, it’s now also illegal in several states. Give your recipient the gift of safety this year with a highly-rated magnetic phone mount for the car! This little gadget from WizGear can mount to any smooth surface, and then you just put the corresponding magnet in your phone case.

Get the WizGear Universal Flat Stick On Dashboard Magnetic Car Mount on Amazon for $6.99

2. Under $15: An outdoor wine glass

Coleman Wine Glass
Credit: Coleman

Take your vino on the go!

Whether they’re an avid camper or just enjoy drinking on patios, your recipient is sure to get use out of this insulated stainless steel wine glass. It can keep beverages cool for up to six hours, and reviewers love how spacious the interior is!

Get the Coleman Claret Insulated Stainless Steel Wine Glass on Amazon for $10.75

3. Under $15: A fun party game

5 Second Rule Game
Credit: PlayMonster

This inexpensive game is a whole lot of fun.

Who doesn’t like a good party game? If you're sick of Apples to Apples, 5 Second Rule is a great pick for just about anyone, no matter their age (they suggest 10 and up)! During gameplay, each person is read a category and has five seconds to name three things in it. It’s wickedly fun and surprisingly addicting, especially when you play in groups.

Get the Playmaster Match 5 Second Rule Game (New Edition) on Amazon for $11.44

Wreck This Journal
Credit: Perigee Trade

This journal will spark anyone's creativity.

Everyone has a creative side, whether they know it or not, and there’s no better way to tap into it than with this unique journal. Wreck This Journal is filled with a variety of weirdly fun activities that will help get your creative juices flowing and allow you to unwind a little.

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Get Wreck This Journal Everywhere on Amazon for $9.00

5. Under $10: Popsockets

Credit: Tile

This is perfect for anyone who wishes their phone was practically glued to their hand.

If you picked the klutz of the office or your cousin who's never had an uncracked phone screen, Popsocket is the perfect gift. It sticks to the back of any phone or phone case and makes it easier to hang on to a phone with just one hand. If you've got a higher limit, check out some of the fun styles they have. Otherwise, one of these solid color ones will do.

Get a Popsocket on Amazon for $8.37-$9.99

6. Under $20: A fun indoor gardening kit

Nature’s Blossom Herb Garden Kit
Credit: Nature's Blossom

This kit has everything needed to grow herbs at home.

Who doesn’t like fresh herbs? It’s always a blast to plant seeds and watch them sprout into happy little plants, which is why this indoor herb garden kit makes a great gift. Bonus points if you give it to someone who likes to cook!

Get the Nature’s Blossom Herb Garden Kit on Amazon for $19.99

7. Under $25: Eco-friendly glass straws

Hummingbird Glass Straws
Credit: Hummingbird Glass Straws

These straws are our favorite!

As more restaurants phase out plastic straws, glass alternatives are becoming a must-have item for those who eat out regularly. Get your Secret Santa recipient a useful, eco-friendly gift with these glass straws, which we deemed the Best Reusable Straws in our testing.

Get the Hummingbird Glass Straws on Amazon for $24.99

8. Under $25: A real, live aloe plant

Aloe Plant
Credit: Costa Farms

This live plant can help treat small burns.

You can get anything on the internet these days, including live plants. Switch things up at Secret Santa this year by gifting a real aloe plant complete with a decorative ceramic pot. Not only do plants spruce up an indoor space, but aloe is incredibly soothing when applied to burns.

Get the Costa Farms Aloe on Amazon for $24.99

9. Under $25: An adorable animal speaker

My Audio Pet
Credit: My Audio Pet

These little speakers are surprisingly powerful!

How sweet are these mini Bluetooth speakers? They come in a variety of animal shapes, and reviewers say the sound is surprisingly high-quality and loud for such a little device. They’re perfect for parties, beach days, hanging out—really whatever!

Get My Audio Pet on Amazon for $24.99

10. Under $30: An ingenious popcorn popper

Whirley Pop
Credit: Whirley Pop

This pan makes it easy to pop perfect popcorn.

It’s a known fact that popcorn tastes better when it’s not cooked in a bag, but making your own popcorn on the stovetop can be tricky—until now. The Whirley Pop has a neat patented stirring system that lets you make a big pot of perfectly popped popcorn in just three minutes! No burnt pieces, and no kernels left behind.

Get the Red Whirley Pop Stovetop Popcorn Popper with Popping Kit on Amazon for $29.99

Prices are accurate at the time of publication, but may change over time.

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