11 Secret Santa Christmas Gift Ideas For Those On A Budget – Under $20

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It’s that time of the year again and by now you would’ve probably pencilled in several Christmas to-dos! Need some secret santa gift ideas? We’ve whittled down the items you can get on a budget (less than $20 to be exact!) But do try to do some detective work on your santee beforehand — we can only guess as much!

Secret Santa Gift Ideas For Her

1. For the planner

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Even if you don’t know her too well, you can’t go too wrong with a pretty planner or notebook! If you’re not sure what her design or colour preferences are, then choose a low-key, minimalist notebook to play it safe. Pick a Life Planner and let her fill in the dates and days on her own! If you want something more glitzy, then pick a rose gold spiral notebook (available on Lunarbaystore Stationery & Lifestyle). If she appears even the tiniest bit quirky to you, then she will definitely love the cute avocado and egg designed monthly planners above!

2. For the beauty junkie or fashionista

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Secret santa gift ideas for the fashionista is not as scary it seems! Start at jewellery and accessories for they are truly a girl’s best friend! Not sure what kind of jewellery to get her? Then head straight for earrings and get a pair of these cute tassel earrings — she’ll be pleased to know they’re currently in fashion too!

Now which girl doesn’t love some makeup? We understand makeup can be subjective and there’s no telling what she’d like or avoids. Even though the world of makeup may seem to befuddle a man (and even some women), there’re still some holy grail products and brands you can’t go wrong with!

Everyone who’s tried NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream swears by it. It goes on silky smooth, is long-lasting and comes in a variety of shades. Pick a neutral colour and you’ll be safe. If lipsticks are something you’d prefer to avoid then pick a beauty blender (available on beautyaffair). These nifty sponges blend out foundations and concealers so flawlessly and are a must-have for all women!

3. For the fitness lover

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Is your santee a fitness junkie? Or someone who wants to incorporate simple exercises into their daily routine? We’ve got a great secret santa gift idea for you then! Get her an abdominal exercise fitness gym resistance band that promises to give a full lower body workout! Your fitness junkie friend will also love you for gifting her a foldable and collapsible water bottle. Once finished with her drink, she can fold it and easily stow it in her bag or even pocket!

4. For the creative

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Is your secret santee a hand lettering fan? Then she’ll love you for getting her calligraphy tools, like some brush pens! These are even great for those new to calligraphy and will help in mastering that cursive font we all so admire!

Another secret santa gift idea for her could be a packet of instax film! If she has a polaroid camera then she’ll thank you for these as we all know instax film can be expensive and cumbersome to replace. Choose from plain or character based frame designs like the cute Hello Kitty design version above!

Secret Santa Gift Ideas For Him

1. For the gym junkie

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One of the most common secret santa gift ideas for men is exercise equipment. Push up bars build the upper body and back muscles and ensures you’re doing your workout the proper way. Get one for your secret santee for them to use at home or even in the office!

You could also choose to gift foam rollers. Using a foam roller is pretty much the same as getting a massage except that here, you’d do it yourself. It aids in muscle recovery, allowing them to recover quicker especially after a strenuous exercise session. Your santee will definitely thank you for this! Worried that the foam roller and the push up bar will be too bulky for you to carry to the gift exchange party? Fret not, both are incredibly lightweight!

2. For the groomer

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Is your santee a slicked-back or mussed-up kinda guy? Either way, he’ll love this pomade by Ubersuave. With its natural finish shine and maximum hold, his hairstyle will be sure to last the whole day — yes that includes under Singapore’s hot and humid weather.

A subtle way to inject some style into an outfit is through a pair of cufflinks, making them great secret santa gift ideas! Is he a marvel fan? Then get him a pair of superhero cufflinks. Choose from cufflinks reflecting his other hobbies as well – football and music. If you aren’t sure of his interests, play safe and get him a pair of cufflinks of his initials (available on babybox.sg)!

3. For the gamer/tech geek

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If your santee is a gamer then he’ll adore this Nintendo switch hard shell case (available on BUBM). With a stand included, he’ll be able to bring his Nintendo switch on the go and prop it up if he finds himself with nothing to do while waiting. If your santee isn’t much of a gamer then get him a pair of Bluetooth wireless earpieces! This is the perfect secret santa gift idea because just about everybody plugs in to listen to music, watch a video or to exercise!

4. For the organised (or needs to be organised)

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Phone card holders are a practical secret santa gift idea! These are great for those who want to travel light with just their phone and cards. Phone card holders can be easily stuck on to the back of phones and store one to two cards.
Is your secret santee a traveller? Then get him a toiletries bag. This handy bag will come in useful in storing both his shower gels and grooming accessories! He may not be overjoyed with this item but trust us, his partner will thank you for it!

5. For the coffee/tea lover

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Often see your secret santee sipping on coffee or tea? Ditch the idea of getting him a generic coffee mug and surprise him with a Pod Labs Asian Coffee & Tea Capsules Gift Box instead. Find Singaporeans’ beloved Kopi-O and Teh-O in rich and aromatic flavours, evocative of the familiar Kopitiam taste. Also included are favourites like Green Tea and Thai Tea — he’s bound to like at least one for sure! For the affordable price point, these are one of the classiest secret santa gift ideas on our list!

Secret Santa Vouchers & Tickets for a First-Date

Are you also secretly interested in your secret santee? We may be speculating here but if you want to use the secret santa gift idea opportunity to impress him/her, then do so with vouchers or tickets to a place you can go to on your first date! Though slightly above the budget of $20 per person, it will be something you wouldn’t mind paying a little extra for.

1. Chope Vouchers

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Having a meal is always the natural first-date preference for most couples! Take your pick from the variety of cafes and restaurants from our Chope vouchers page and treat them to a meal and some witty banter! We suggest starting off with some Mexican at Vatos Urban Tacos and if the night goes on well then continue the conversation with ice-cream and waffles at Sunday Folks!

2. Travel and attractions

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Instead of a romantic, quiet date place why not opt for the Great Big Outdoors and buy tickets for the Luge and Skyride at Sentosa! It’s one of the most exhilarating activities to do on the island and will give both you and your date a chance to interact and form impressions of each other.

Have a higher budget? Check out our gift guide for Singaporean men for more secret santa gift ideas and learn how to beautifully wrap presents with our gift wrapping ideas! Instead of buying Christmas gifts, why not buy experiences instead and spend some quality time with family and friends! Just remember, ‘tis the season to be jolly, so go out and have some much-needed fun!


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