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Any Secret Santa gift ideas?

Asked by rockfan (2441 points ) December 9th, 2013

My family does a Secret Santa gift exchange every year, and we draw names randomly out of a hat. This year, I’m going to buy a present for my cousin’s fiance. (The price limit is 30 dollars). I’ve talked to her many times during family reunions, but I don’t know alot of her likes or dislikes. And she doesn’t have a Facebook page to get any clues.

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WestRiverrat's avatar

A gift card to would cover most of your bases.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Hey, you put this in social. A rabbit vibrator. I want to see that unwrapping.

Seek's avatar

^ Ha! Beat me to it!

Judi's avatar

In cases like this I try to get something perishable like flowers, food, or candles. That way if they hate it they have an out to say “it was lovely and I used it up quickly” instead of worrying that you will be offended if you never see it in their house or see them wear the scarf or sweater.

DWW25921's avatar

Pez dispensers and socks wrapped up all pretty in one of those charming little bags.

zenvelo's avatar

A personalized metal water bottle from LL Bean. A head torch flashlight! Or any of a dozen gizmos from REI. And socks to round it all up to the right price range.

Smitha's avatar

Winter scarves, Bath & Body Works or Body Shop Christmas gift sets, tasty treats or a Special woman musical box.

Lorna's avatar

We are doing this. I bought a jewellery box, but she’s my best friend so I know what she wanted. I normally get wine, chocolates or some smellies.

longgone's avatar

How about some body lotion/ bath balls/etc.? Do you have Lush in your area?

ragingloli's avatar

Tachikoma figurine.

Seelix's avatar

I’d spend the $30 on a bunch of little things. Some ideas: fuzzy socks, chocolate, some yummy-smelling lip balm or lotion (ask a female friend to help you choose if you’re not sure – sample-size things are a good bet in case she doesn’t care for the scent), a $5 or $10 gift card at Starbucks or someplace like that, scented candles (again, maybe just a couple of votives in case she doesn’t love the scent), a $10 iTunes card… y’know, things that most people would at least appreciate if not love. Don’t stress too much about it.

Edit: No offense intended, @Smitha, but I’d be a little creeped out if my fiance’s cousin whom I hardly know gave me a “special woman music box”.
If you want to go with something in that vein, I’d suggest the monogrammed keepsake box instead.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Flash drives. They are about a buck a gig now and cheap to post. And just about everybody needs one. You can put a little something personal on them as well.

Cupcake's avatar

I hate impersonal gifts. Can you check with her cousin… or at least run a few ideas by so that you can be as personal as possible??

cazzie's avatar

I make a really amazing salt scrub she would like. Talk to @Seek_Kolinahr. She can make you one for $30.00.

Valerie111's avatar

Gift card
Wedding scrapbook
Victoria Secret lotion set
Find out her favorite perfume

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