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The Ultimate List of Thoughtful Christmas Gift Ideas Below $20 For Secret Santa

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The year 2020 has been a strange year but it shall not stop us from celebrating Christmas this year.

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With Christmas, we are nearing to the end of the year where we can finally throw this year away officially.

But on the other hand, with Christmas, comes the Secret Santa Gift Exchange.

Secret Santa Gift Exchange On Christmas

Christmas is always a good time to catch up with friends, family, and long-lost relatives.

This joyous occasion is usually a perfect time to reconnect with people whom we have neglected over the entire year.

While the idea of a Christmas gathering sounds great, it can be a huge CHORE if that gathering involves a Secret Santa Gift Exchange.

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Getting a random Christmas gift is easy.

But getting one that is practical and thoughtful is the real challenge.

Need some ideas?

Here’re our suggestions for awesome Secret Santa gifts that are below $20

What Are The Rules For Secret Santa?

They’re pretty straightforward:

  1. Make sure everyone knows how to do Secret Santa (confirm got some bodoh not sure what to do…)
  2. Set a budget that everyone can agree on
  3. Know your giftee (or allow people to swap, but limit the swaps)
  4. Avoid personal gifts
  5. Have a healthy sense of humour
  6. Have fun!

So… What Do You Give Someone For Secret Santa?

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The biggest problems when it comes to choosing the perfect Secret Santa Christmas gift are:

  • The stated budget is too small to get anything really good
  • The gift will be opened in the presence of everyone, so anything cui (Hokkien: lousy) is not a good reflection of your character
  • The fact that you might not know who the recipient that well… Does she like coffee? Tea? What if I give him candles and he throws them away?! Headache sia

Have no fear!

Here are…

Best Christmas Gift Ideas Below $20 For Singaporeans

1. Xiaomi Mi Power Bank Gen 3, 10,000mAh

Charge on the go to make it through the busiest and longest of days!

$18.99 from Lazada

2. Cath Kidston Travel-Size Hand Cream 30ml Trio Set

Who doesn’t like pampering themselves with some luxurious and long-lasting, perfumed hand creams and moisturisers?

$15.90 from Watsons

3. Evoke Blossom Trio Set (Shower Gel, Body Lotion and Body Scrub)

Something that might come in handy when we can travel again! If not, we can always use them at home for a week.

$9.50 from Watsons

4. Spaa Retreat Foot Care Set

About time we pamper ourselves this Christmas.

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$14.90 from Watsons

5. Noodle Bowl

Because Nissin Tom Yam Seafood is life!

$17.99 from Cotton On

6. Water Bottle For Gym/ Office Use

It’s important to drink lots of water.

Remind your giftee to do so with an aesthetic water bottle – more likely to drink from it since it looks so good.

$14.99 from Cotton On

7. A Box Of Durian

Well… it’s DURIAN!

Now that’s a Singaporean Christmas with a good twist.

$10/kg onwards from various durian vendors

8. Sunglasses

A practical gift since Singapore is always so damn sunny!

$14.99 from Rubi

9. Ukelele

Maybe it’s about time someone picks up a new hobby…


$19.87 from Lazada

10.  A Gift Box From Daiso

Simply pick 9 different value for money items from Daiso (could be snacks or etc.) and put them in a gift box (which you can also get from there). And… it’s $20 exact.

$20 Self-Made Giftbox from Daiso

11. Scented Candle

Aromatherapy to de-stress.

$18 from naiise

12. Sleep Routine

Dream your night away with this sleep routine.

$17.64 from iHerb

13. Mug

For our daily Kopi-O Kosong!

$20 from Sephora

14. Notebook

Sometimes writing stuff down helps us to remember things better – like making time for friends and family.

$19.99 from kikki.K

15. Whiskey Ice Ball Mould

You’ll never know you needed this till you receive one.

You don’t even have to use it for whiskey. Use it to keep your Ice Milo, iced tea, or iced coffee chilled without diluting it.

$11.39 from Lazada

16. Cotton Face Hand Bath Towel

There is nothing more practical than this especially if you’re concerned about the expiration date of everyday common household items.

$12.90 from Redmart

17. Shopping or Food Vouchers

So that you no longer have to risk getting a gift which ends up in the trash bin.

In $5, $10, or $50 denominations from CapitaLand

18. Salted Egg Fish Skin

The perfect snack to pack on the festive weight this Christmas.

$16 from IRVINS

19. Truffle Potato Chips

Trust me on this one.

It’ll turn any Camp Salted Egg supporters to Camp Truffle.

$10 from Aromatruffle.com

20. Mask Gift Set

The perfect gift to just close your eyes. relax. And unwind this Christmas.

$15 from The Body Shop

21. Books

Only recommended if you know the giftee well. If it’s one of those random Secret Santas where everybody picks a gift at random, choose a title which most people will appreciate.

Varies from Bookdepository or your nearest bookstore

22. Body Care Treats

With notes of orange flower, fresh jasmine and rose petals, it’s the aroma of winter this Christmas.

$18.00 from The Body Shop


23. Phone Stand

Watch Netflix on your phone without straining your wrist.

$13 from Urban Outfitters

24. Tea Cup Tea Ball

Perfect for tea-lovers.

$16 from 1872 Clipper Tea

25. USB Cup heater

Perfect for tea-lovers or those whose office air-con is permanently set to -18 degrees celsius.

$19.00 from Urban Outfitters

26. Fine Aroma Instant Coffee

Smooth medium body and elegantly acidic character, rounded off with a delicate aroma for a mild taste.

$10.95 from Redmart


27. Kopibag Mug

” Uncle, kopi bao (Hokkien: takeaway)!”

$20 from Naiise

28. Bakes From Social Enterprises

Adds an extra meaning to this season of giving.


$12 from MINDS

29. Personalised Pouch from Taobao

Useful, personalised, and cheap!

$10 from Taobao

$15.90 from Shopee

30. Face Mask

You should have seen this coming. All thanks to Mr COVID.

$15.00 from the Art Faculty by Pathlight

31. That Dinosaur Mini Pouch

Fit everything into this adorably sized pouch.

$12.00 from the Art Faculty by Pathlight

32. Bamboo Fibre Cup

If you wanna do your part for the environment.

$18 from the Art Faculty by Pathlight

33. Wax Seal Set With The Giftee’s Initials

If your giftee’s into calligraphy, letters and stuff.

$10.99 from Etsy

34. Ikea Jar Filled With Yummy Homecooked Food

The jar from Ikea will cost you $1.90. Use the rest of the budget on the ingredients to make a no-bake tiramisu or even a one-pot pasta.

$1.90 from Ikea

35. Accessories Holder

For your giftee to, you know, put a ring on it.

$18.00 from Naiise

36. Bottles Of Various Essential Oils

The recipient to receive 4-5 small bottles, each with a different blend of essential oil for different purposes (eg. headaches, stress, flu)

$10.80 from Lazada

37. Bluetooth Portable Speaker

When music is life!

$19.90 from Lazada

38. Coffee Grinders

This one’s for the coffee lovers

$11.00 from Qoo10

39. Handmade Soaps

Handmade and at a really affordable price, all without compromising on quality.

Cedar Woods soap at $9.50 from Rough Beauty

40. ArtScience Museum Ticket

Discover creativity at its best.

$16 from ArtScience Museum

41. McDonald’s Gift Certificates 

Who wouldn’t like to receive McDonald’s gift certificates amiright?

Gift Certificates from McDonald’s

42. Chicken Vaccum Packed Bak Kwa

Since Chinese New Year and Christmas aren’t that far apart…

$19.80 from Bee Cheng Hiang

43. Alcohol-Free Hand Sanitizer

Keep your hands clean. Keep the COVID-19 virus away.

$13.40 from iherb

44. Localised Keychain From Naiise

If your giftee is a visitor from overseas, this should tickle their fancy.

$10.90 Ice Cream Sandwich Keychain from Naiise

45. Cup Holder

Reduce plastic sleeves in a fashionable way!

$8 – $12 from The Sustainability Project


Receiving gifts is great and all BUT ultimately, it’s the thought that counts.

Make time for your friends and family this Christmas…

Everything else can wait.


About Ming Feng
A stint in Bloomberg gifted me with a beer belly, which only grew larger when I moved on to become a Professional Trader. Now I turn caffeine into digestible finance-related content.
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