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The Best Secret Santa Gifts Under $25 (That You Can Buy on Amazon)

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Secret Santa exchanges should, in theory, be a lot of fun, because who doesn’t like getting presents? But whether you’re playing with family, friends, or co-workers, drawing the name of someone whose interests you barely know — or someone you really want to impress (e.g., the big boss) — can pose a daunting gifting challenge. To help you navigate your Secret Santa shopping this year, we put together a list of gifts for every type of co-worker, family member, and neighbor — from the cousin who loves matcha to the grandparent who is also a cat parent and everyone in between.

For the roommate who always oversleeps

For an instant running-out-the-door latte, all they have to do is add a single tablespoon of this concentrate to their alt-milk of choice.

For the girlfriend who binges Bravo

For the boyfriend on DoughTok

This stainless-steel press, which comes in three different sizes, makes ravioli, dumplings, pierogi, and empanadas.

For the daughter with a Hormone Monster

A set of “goo-getter” acne patches designed to drain and diminish whiteheads.

For the tween niece with a ’90s obsession

For the son who hates cooking

You can’t go wrong with fancy canned mussels.

For the little brother trying to make gains

Pocari Sweat
$14 for 6

Pocari Sweat, a favorite of jeweler Ben Baller, is the Japanese equivalent of Gatorade (with much better packaging).

For the brother-in-law you barely know

For the friend who bakes misshapen cakes

These Matryoshka measuring cups were the hit at the last Strategist Secret Santa.

For the friend who wakes and bakes

Fifty flavored pre-rolls with a sweet fruit taste and pattern of your choice.

For the neighbor who’s always waiting for soup season

A bag of hot-pot base from Fly by Jing will be just the thing to get them through the winter.

For the sibling who’s a Timothée Chalamet stan

‘Dune,’ by Frank Herbert

So they won’t be as confused during their tenth rewatch of Dune.

For the mom who has reluctantly given up on paper straws

These pasta straws won’t disintegrate mid-drink while still being kind to the planet. Bonus: They’re gluten free.

For the grandpa who loathes new things

For the co-worker who snacks through lunch