Christmas is coming in fast, too fast, and I have done a whole lot of nothing so far. Anyone else feeling the same way? I love Christmas, but it can be stressful. There are way too many holiday events, family drama, and it’s expensive! Deep breaths, we got this.
One of the best ways to reduce your Christmas expenses is to limit the gifts you need to buy for the people in your life. And how do you do that? Secret Santa! Sometimes Secret Santa gets a bad rap for trashy gag gifts that end up in the garbage, but it doesn’t have to be that way. There are plenty of good (and still cheap) presents that your friends and family will love, and you’ll be thrilled to stay on budget.
Reducing expenses is important to me, but so is supporting local. An easy way to do that is by shopping through Etsy. You still get the simplicity of online shopping, but you’re supporting small businesses. I also like to narrow down the options to only Canadian based sellers. Christmas shopping feels better when you avoid big box stores.
So, without further ado, here are ten made in Canada Secret Santa gift ideas that don’t suck!
Cold winters mean hot beverages, that’s a fact. So why not lift your giftees spirits every time they pour a cuppa with a funny and cute mug like this one. Add a bag of local coffee beans or loose leaf tea, and you’ve got the perfect gift for a co-worker, neighbour or friend.
Socks might be a lame gift when you’re a kid, but they’re pretty great as an adult. You have to step it up a notch though. A bag of Walmart socks isn’t going to cut it. These socks are made in Calgary and are perfectly mismatched. They also have a ton of different designs for men, women, and kids. I’ll be grabbing a pair for the bf’s stocking. He loves socks so much I bought him a monthly subscription last year!
Ever since I was a little kid I loved getting lotions and potions as gifts. My standards may have gone up, no Lip Smackers anymore please, but I still love trying out new products.
This sampler pack of mini soaps comes with six different scents, from classic lavender to key lime pie. Yum!
How cool is this ornament? Seriously! I love getting Christmas ornaments as gifts because I get to enjoy them year after year, but they aren’t just added clutter. Every year we add a few new decorations to our collection, and it makes our tree that much more personal. I think this would make a perfect Secret Santa gift idea for just about anyone you may have on your list.
I was obviously obsessed with Friends when it originally aired and would love a print like this to add to our gallery wall. Buying art for someone can be a challenge, but there’s way less pressure when it’s a cheap print. I would add a frame so that it can be hung right away. There’s nothing worse than receiving a gift you have to put money into! Pro tip: check your local thrift store for a frame.
Every girl I know owns five thousand lip balms and still never has one on hand when they need it. Trust me; lip blam is never a bad gift. And these are so great. I bought this exact set last year and still use them regularly. They are hydrating, and the scents are lovely.
Have a spice lover on your list? This gift set will be a hit. You can never have enough hot sauce. And I say that as someone who must have at least seven different kinds in my fridge right now.
I’ve seen these cross stitch kits around a lot lately, and I think they’re such a fun idea. Cross stitching is on my list of crafts to learn, and a kit like this would be a great starting point. There are a bunch of different options, but I’d obviously start with the avocado. #typicalmillennial
Statement jewelry might be trendy, but there are two problems. It’s not for everyone, and it can be expensive. Instead, opt for something simple that will appeal to anyone. This set would make a thoughtful gift for your mom, sister, or girlfriend.
Pet lovers are probably the easiest people to shop for because you can always buy something for their critters. Ther market for pet products has grown like crazy in recent years, so there is no shortage of gift ideas. I think this bandana is super cute. It’s not something I would spend the money on for my own dog, but if I received it as a gift, she would be wearing it non-stop. This plus a tasty bone or toy would make any pet owner happy.
Need even more Secret Santa gift ideas? Check out this Etsy Gift Guide, where everything is under $30.
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