12 surprisingly affordable secret Santa gifts under $30

Secret Santa can sometimes be a bitter sweet relationship. On one hand, you get an extra present during the holidays which, yay, is always a win in our book. But, on the other hand, it can also be a little stressful. I mean, we’ve all been there, either we’re stuck searching for the right present for a classmate we don’t really know, or we’re completely stumped on what to get one of our besties. Throw budgets into the mix, and you can totally be left scratching your head, completely clueless what to get your Secret Santa.

Because we relate to ya, here are some A+ gift ideas for any budget that are guaranteed to take your frustration level from a strong 9 down to about a 0. Even better, you can snag all these goods at a discounted price with your UNiDAYS account … which can just be our little secret.

$10 and Under

If you’re worried that a $10 budget will mean a lame-ish gift, these gift ideas will make sure that doesn't happen and give you the most bang for your buck. For the ladies out there, the 2018 Small Spiral Planner from Typo is equal parts fun and functional, and will keep your Secret Santa organized going into the new year. If your looking for something a little more beauty oriented, the Fold Up Travel Mirror from Boohoo is a great choice. It’s perfect for glam stations in cramped dorm rooms and is super handy for holiday travels.

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Gifting for a fellow? You might want to try this Eyes on the Enterprise Ice Mold from Modcloth. It’s a cool novelty item that nobody else will have, and it’ll make for some impressive ice spheres at all his future parties. The Mini Desktop Table Tennis game from Typo is another great gift in the $10 limit that’s sure to be his and his roommate's go-to study break entertainment.

$20 and Under

If your budget falls somewhere in the middle of the road, we’ve got some solid gift options for you too. If your Secret Santa is more of a Mrs. Clause, this super cute Alpha Drink Bottle from Typo is for sure going to be appreciated. It’s chic, personalized and way practical. I mean, everybody’s gotta hydrate! If you’re looking for something a little bit different, you can never go wrong with some fuzzy socks. The Starstruck Fuzzy Crew Socks from Aeropostal are seriously cozy and seriously cute, a winning combination for the wintertime.

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But, if you’re shopping for a Mr., try the World’s Smallest Walkie Talkie Set from Urban Outfitters. These fully-functional 2-way walkie-talkie radios are guaranteed to get a smile out of your Secret Santa. The nostalgia factor is at 100 with these little guys, and they’re way more fun for roomie-to-roomie convos than a text message. Or you go for the Holiday Flow Ring from American Eagle. This fidget toy is built for endless relaxation and will definitely come in handy when your secret santa needs to A.) take a mental break from studying for finals, or B.) procrastinate on studying for finals.

$30 and Under

For all you big spenders out there, these are the gifts you’re gonna wanna pick up for your Secret Santa. If it’s a girl your shopping for, the Splattered Enamel Table-Top Organizer Set from Urban Outfitters will shoot you straight to the top of her nice list. Not only is it super stylish room decor, but it’s also ideal for holding and sorting jewelry, change, candies, or anything else she may have lying around her room. Of course, you could always opt for the I Fought the Law coffee table book from ASOS that will make her and all her friends laugh. Plus, this book pairs some pretty cool pictures with its list of ridiculous laws, so it’ll add some major style points to her dorm or apartment, which is always an added bonus.

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For all the guys out there, the super unique and unconventional AANDERSSON Shapes Mug from Urban Outfitters would be a great gift. These mugs put an artsy twist on the classic drinkware, and are perfect for some spiked hot cocoa by the fire. Or, if your buying for the cass clown, gift him the What Do You Meme Game from Urban Outfitters. It’s a guaranteed good time, and your Secret Santa will be so thankful, you’ll probably get invited to a few holiday kickbacks.

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