CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS
Top Secret Santa and White Elephant gifts under $10, $20, and $50
If you’ve been invited to participate in a gift exchange with family, friends or workmates. Here are some ideas from the sensible to the funny.
Finding the right gift for the occasion and the person can be difficult and with the Christmas crush here, you may be looking for a few ideas to give at that last minute Christmas get-together. AS took a look at what is out there to give you some ideas whether it’s a standard Secret Santa exchange or you need a fun gift for a White Elephant party.
Regardless of the budget established for your gift exchange, you’re sure to find something that will meet the occasion. AS also put together a Christmas list for that soccer fanatic in your life. Here’s a look at what is out there.
Major retailors have a gift for you
The major retailors Amazon, Target and Walmart have already done some of the leg work throwing together a collection of their wares that will put holiday cheer into your gift. To help you find the right gift you can narrow your search by who the gift is for and the kind of gift you are looking for.
Fun gifts for the child in all of us
Whether there are children taking part in the gift exchange or the participants are young at heart, here are some fun toy ideas.
For less than $15 you can bring a little bit of the "Force" to your holiday celebration with a Baby Yoda Bop It! for kids of all ages, recommended for those 8 and up, available at Walmart.
Another gift that is listed for $20 at Walmart, but currently in the $15 range, is this talking deer head pong game. Provided the recipient is willing, it can provide some entertainment for after the all the gifts have been exchanged.
If you are looking for a very economical gift this classic Mr. Potato Head can be picked up for just $5.00.
Fun reading that won’t task the mind, too much
For those looking to put a little humor in to a white elephant party or that family member or friend with a sense of humor here are a couple of books available at Amazon that should get a few laughs.
Those who need a gift under $10, this activity book will help pass the time while taking care of business on the toilet. It includes funny facts, potty humor, puzzles and more.
This book will come in handy the next time you want to share “the wildest, oddest, funniest facts about history, science, food, animals, and more!” It’s available for $12.60.
Getting the house in the holiday spirit
Here are a couple ideas to bring an aroma to the house during the holidays that can be found at Walmart.
For fans of the Coronel and his chicken with that addictive seasoning “that makes ya crave it fortnightly,” this fire log infused with those 11 secret herbs and spices will make the perfect gift for just over $15.
If, however, you want a more traditionally scented holiday season this Yankee Candle holiday gift set will do the trick. List price is $30 but is currently on sale for $12.
For gift exchanges that have a higher spending limit here are some gifts that will have people wanting to break the stealing rules for a white elephant party.
This LCD projector will turn any room into a home theatre for less than $50 from Walmart. It also comes with a 100-inch screen.
Take your cable and streaming apps with you wherever you go with this Chromecast digital media player. Originally $70 but on sale for $39 at Walmart.
For those aspiring YouTubers, TikTokers or someone who thanks to the pandemic needs to use Zoom on a regular basis and doesn’t have good lighting in their “home office” this ring light with a phone mount will brighten up those videos. It was $40 but the price has been lowered to just under $30.
Gifts for the beverage oriented
The holidays are a time to get together with friends and family and the thirst quenchers need a place to go or be opened, here are some ideas to that end…
This handy portable stainless steel tool for the DIY enthusiast on your list will let them handle those odd jobs around the house and yard, and crack open a beverage when the job is finished. Available from Amazon for $7.99.
For those who need someplace to keep things cool and don’t have much space or are on the move, this 4-liter fridge can hold up to 6 cans. Its available at Walmart originally $49.99, currently reduced to $29.00.
Outdoor parties always have the drawback of what kind of drinkware to use. Paper cups and plastic cups, besides not having the aesthetic one may want, can be flimsy and glass has a bad habit of breaking in outdoor settings. Tru Blu stainless steel stemless goblets for $20 cover all the bases.