It can be quite the challenge to find the perfect present for someone you may or may not know that well. It’s a fun way to celebrate this festive time of year but it can also be stressful looking for just the right thing. So we’ve taken all the work out of coming up with a thoughtful gift idea while you get all the credit. Best of all: they won’t even set you back $20. You’re welcome — and happy shopping!
20 awesome secret Santa gifts for under $20
Hudson's Bay Company Multi-Stripe ApronNothing screams "Canadian" more than HBC's signature colours and what better way to prepare meals than by adding the iconic pattern to your kitchen? The colours work for men and women, it's sized big enough so that it can tie in the front and it has a useful pocket.
$17.50 at The Bay stores and onlineThe Bay
Personalized Guitar PickIt may be small but these custom copper or silver pewter guitar picks are stamped by hand and made to order which means no two pieces are the same. Now that'll score you some cool points with your musical Secret Santa.
$13.93 on EtsyEtsy
FOME Extendable Self Portrait Selfie Handheld StickIf you haven't perfected the art of taking the perfect selfie, this should help. Compatible with smartphones and digital cameras, the extender can be stretched to 42 inches away so you too can get in the photo.
$12.99 on Amazon.ca Amazon.ca
Cabin Leg WarmerThese versatile "socks" can be paired with high boots for an extra pop, or slipped on after a yoga or Pilates class when you're still warm but the weather isn't. No one will turn these down.
$16.50 at Roots stores and online Roots
Knix Knax Luggage TagsIf you happened to pick a jetsetter's name out of the hat, this might be the best way to ensure his or her luggage gets treated with love and respect, and not get tossed around like trash.
$16 on cafepress.ca cafepress.ca
Fine Gauge Knit Sleep Mask FauxIdeal for that family member or co-worker who complains about how little sleep they've been getting, not to mention the action they aren't interested in.
$16 at Indigo and Chapters stores and online Indigo
Snake Eyes Men's Cool Weather GlovesThose golfers who are still on the links on cold — but dry — November days won't be able to resist these gloves. And even though they're in the men's section, grab a small for those avid lady golfers out there.
$19.99 at Golf Town stores and online Golf Town
BinnBox Camera Lens Coffee MugWhether it's for the office or commuting to and from it, this eye-catching stainless steel mug comes with a drinking lid for those bumpy rides. And it looks like a lens! Très cool.
$16.99 on Amazon.ca Amazon.ca
Cupecoy Pivot FrameUp to six photos can fit in this movable frame, and will look lovely on any table, desk or mantle. If it's someone you really like, you can even put the pics in for them. If not, they can do all the work.
$14.99 at Kitchen Stuff Plus stores and online Kitchen Stuff Plus
Native Union Retro POP Bluetooth HandsetFor those paranoid people concerned about cellphone radiation or they just miss the old school ways, this retro handset (inspired by the '50s Bakelite phone) comes in blue, red and black, works with any Bluetooth-enabled phones and reduces background noise.
$14.97 at Future Shop stores and onlineFuture Shop
I Heart Bacon 2015 Mini CalendarThose who have it bad for bacon will enjoy this calendar that is the perfect size for the office or the fridge. It's full of bacon facts, trivia and, most importantly, recipes. Your Secret Santa will eat this up. Come on — who doesn't love bacon?
$8.99 at Calendar Club stores and online Calendar Club
CraniumBy giving someone this game, you're implying they have the artsy, musical and impersonating skills to take this on. See — it's complimentary AND fun at a party.
$19.99 at Toys "R" Us stores and online Toys "R" Us
Lava Motion LampWhoever didn't have a lava lamp wanted one. So what better way to make a person's dream come true than by giving them this classically old-school lamp that is both funky and relaxing?
$14.98 at Walmart stores and online Walmart
Bang Buster HeadbandThe last thing any woman wants to worry about during a workout is her hair. This wide, reversible headband not only keeps the sweat from beading down into our eyes but keeps the stray strands off our drenched faces.
$18 at Lululemon stores and onlineLululemon
Kikkerland Design Cat Butt MagnetsCat lovers will fall hard for this adorable set of six magnets, while the dog people in their lives will walk past their fridge and filing cabinets with a look of disgust.
$14.99 at Bed Bath and Beyond stores and onlineBed Bath and Beyond
Mobile Phone Bike MountA universal mobile phone mount — for their bike! They can play music loud enough for everyone on the streets to hear, or scope out their mapped out routes on their smartphone, all done safely.
$16 available online at Urban OutfittersUrban Outfitters
Men's Rockies Boot SockWhat better way to spice up an outfit than with a pair of fun socks? These winter-themed boot socks come in green and red and will have those tootsies getting all kinds of attention.
$16.50 at Roots stores and onlineRoots
Vintage Playing Cards SetPerfect for staying in with family or friends, in your living room or at the cottage, this is a classic set for a classic game night.
$12 at Indigo and Chapters stores and onlineIndigo
Dangle EarringsThey're matte, gold-plated and totally homemade. And just think, she'll have you to thank for all the compliments she'll be receiving.
$16.02 on EtsyEtsy
Bluetooth Wireless Remote Control Camera Shutter Release Self TimerFor those who are a little embarrassed to bust out a giant extendable arm for the perfect selfie, here's the next best thing. This hand-held timer allows everyone to be in the shot — just palm the remote and snap! Best part? Free shipping — all for under five bucks.
$4.89 on Amazon.caAmazon.ca