Genius Ways To Keep Your $10 Secret Santa Gift Under $5
Start writing a post

Genius Ways To Keep Your $10 Secret Santa Gift Under $5

Money doesn't grow on trees

Genius Ways To Keep Your $10 Secret Santa Gift Under $5

The holiday season is officially upon us, which means cozy sweaters, snowflakes, spiked eggnog, and Secret Santa. Ah, the dreaded Secret Santa. It seemed like a good idea at the time, a heartfelt activity among friends, but as the date of the gift exchange draws near, you realize you have no idea what to buy and you definitely can’t afford a $10 gift. I’m in the same boat, pal. Here are some genius ways to keep your $10 Secret Santa gift under $5.

If you’re feeling particularly festive, you should give your person a table setting from your dining hall. Find the cleanest plate and the shiniest utensils, wrap them in Flat Hats, and you’re good to go. A gift that would otherwise cost upwards of $20 comes complimentary with your meal swipe. It’s a meaningful way to show you care and to help your friend make their home feel more like Sadler.

You could go to a local bakery and purchase a bag of yesterday’s baked goods. Most places sell their old food at half price. With this sweet deal, you can get your person $10 worth of pastries for only $5. Nobody would suspect a thing.

Sort your products on Amazon from “Price: Low to High” and sally forth. With an eager mind and open heart, you can discover truly thoughtful gifts like these 100 Pink Paper Elephants:

Or these flirty toilet seat stickers.

If you find a couple quarters on the ground, you could even give your friend this artificial banana.

Or this stunning portrait of Cosmo Kramer.

If Amazon isn’t your shop of choice, choose any Category of eBay that tickles your fancy and set the price range from $0-$5.

You can snag some swaggy items that will be the envy of every Secret Santa participant, like this extraordinary Eagle Mini Miniature Figurine Ceramic Collectible.

Or this lusciously fragrant Benedictum St. Martha Perfume.

If you’re willing to splurge a buck or two, you could even get your person this new and sealed version of “Richard Simmons: Sweatin’ to the Oldies 2.”

Oh, you poor soul. If you had acted quickly enough, you could’ve purchased this treasured Vintage Mrs. Butterworth’s Aunt Jemima syrup bottle. Perhaps next year.

You can also order this Xbox360 for $4.99.

It’s probably just the cardboard box the console came in originally, but the initial happiness on your friend’s face is worth more than money could ever buy.

If none of the above options speak to you, here’s what you should do: Go to your local dollar store, buy some cheap wine glasses, paint them ombre, and shower them in gold and silver sparkles to add dimension to your art. Next, visit a nearby street fair and purchase a few handcrafted rings. Take these rings to your friend who drives an Uber and doubles as a blacksmith. Have her mold the rings around the wine glass stems. (She owes you money, so she’ll do this for free.) Once the metal has cooled, create an Amazon Prime account, purchase a Canon DSLR, and wait one business day for it to ship. As soon as your package delivers, create an Etsy account, use your new camera to take artsy pics of the wine glasses beside profiles of sliced grapefruit, and sell them online for $5 a pop. After your first sale, you will have exactly enough money to purchase these crochet water bottle holders for your friend:

Follow these genius guidelines, and you’ll be sure to give your Secret Santa person a gift they can never forget, all while saving yourself five bucks! It pays to be frugal, my friends.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

college students waiting in a long line in the hallway

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less
a man and a woman sitting on the beach in front of the sunset

Whether you met your new love interest online, through mutual friends, or another way entirely, you'll definitely want to know what you're getting into. I mean, really, what's the point in entering a relationship with someone if you don't know whether or not you're compatible on a very basic level?

Consider these 21 questions to ask in the talking stage when getting to know that new guy or girl you just started talking to:

Keep Reading...Show less

Challah vs. Easter Bread: A Delicious Dilemma

Is there really such a difference in Challah bread or Easter Bread?

loaves of challah and easter bread stacked up aside each other, an abundance of food in baskets

Ever since I could remember, it was a treat to receive Easter Bread made by my grandmother. We would only have it once a year and the wait was excruciating. Now that my grandmother has gotten older, she has stopped baking a lot of her recipes that require a lot of hand usage--her traditional Italian baking means no machines. So for the past few years, I have missed enjoying my Easter Bread.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments