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40 Gifts Under $20 for Secret Santa, Teachers, Kids and More

Cool gifts under $20 for Secret Santa, teachers and more, these are affordable gifts

You don’t have to splurge to show the teachers, co-workers, neighbours and friends on your list that you care. From kitchen gadgets to décor and beauty finds to hot toys, there’s something here for all the people who deserve a special little gift this year.

In this guide
1. For gift exchanges
$ 13.97

Foam Therapy Ball Set

They’ll be able to say “so long” to holiday stress and work out all the kinks with these two therapy balls for deep-tissue massage.

$ 19.96

Bell + Howell Tac Tool 18-in-1 Multi-Tool

Ideal for camping, keeping in the glove compartment or stashing in the garage for quick fixes, this 18-in-1 gadget has the tool for every job, from a bottle opener and knife to flathead screwdriver and two types of pliers.

$ 12.97

Lip Smacker Lip Balms Party Pack

With a lippie for every pocket and desk drawer, they’ll have a well-moisturized pout all winter long. Not a fan of candy flavours? No prob! There are soda flavours, too.

$ 15.97

Brookstone Himalayan Crystal Salt Night Light

Made of natural Himalayan salt, this night light has the same soothing glow as the full-sized lamps, but it’s mini!

$ 16.38

Hemu Fashion Fitness Tracker

Whether they’re jogging, strolling or dog walking, this little step counter gets the job done. The screen is easy to read, the band is soft and it’s waterproof, so it’s fine to leave on while swimming.

2. For sending by mail
$ 19

George Women’s Scarf and Toque

If Secret Santa’s got you stumped, you can’t go wrong with a neutral scarf-and-hat combo—especially in Canada.

$ 17.99

Thor Movie Metal Mjolnir Hammer Keychain

Bestow them with the greatest power of the gods: The ability to never lose their keys again! This detailed metal keychain really is big enough to never get lost in a bag, coat pocket or purse.

$ 12.97

Metaltex Star Cookie Cutters, Set of 4

If you’re doing family baking over Zoom again this year, why not send a few supplies ahead of time, along with a copy of Grandma’s cherished sugar cookie recipe?

$ 9.97

Kiss Gel Fantasy Collection Press-On Nails

They can skip the salon manicure and get an on-point look at home with this set of adhesive nails.

$ 14.97

Lulujo Mommy & Me Matching Hair Tie Scrunchies

Does your friend or family member have a mini me? Then they’ll definitely swoon over these matching scrunchies.

3. For kids
$ 7.96

Oral-B Kids' Battery Toothbrush, Star Wars The Mandalorian

This electric toothbrush featuring “The Child” is perfect for keeping your child’s teeth sparkly clean. It’s the ultimate in cute-and-useful gifts.

$ 19.98

For You Vlogging Kit

Your budding YouTube star will be able to hit all the right angles with this flexible ring light (with three light modes!) and phone-holder kit.

$ 14.98

National Geographic Dino Fossil Dig Kit

Get ready to create your very own dinosaur dig site with this hands-on STEM toy. Kids can use the dig tools and magnifying glass to uncover a real T. rex tooth replica and more.

$ 12.99

Inflatable Flamingo Ring Toss Game

This sweet, simple game of gold old-fashioned ring toss can be played by the whole family. Best of all, the winner gets to wear the flamingo as a hat!

$ 10

Barbie Doctor Doll

This doll comes with a white coat and stethoscope for patient checkups. She’s just one of the Barbie career dolls, who inspire kids to dream big and aim high.

4. For teachers
$ 6.50

Holiday Time Dog Toy Stocking

If your favourite teacher has a pet, they’ll love this stocking filled with toys for their furry companion. There’s even one for cats.

$ 20.60

Walfront Rose Quartz Face Massage Roller

Your child’s teacher deserves a lot of pampering. A LOT. This versatile crystal roller, which can be used for relaxing face and eye massages, is a great start.

$ 12.98

Bulldog Sensitive Skin Shave Kit

This shave set, including a bamboo razor, shave gel and moisturizer all targeted at sensitive skin, is a practical gift that he’ll appreciate.

$ 19.73

From the Ashes

An award-winning debut memoir by Canadian writer Jesse Thistle, once a high school dropout and now an Indigenous scholar, From the Ashes will be on every teacher’s must-read list.

$ 8.98

Hallmark Harry Potter Stacked Books Christmas Ornament

Great educators inspire our kids to love reading. This adorable Harry Potter books ornament is a fun addition for the Christmas tree.

5. For hosts and hostesses
$ 17.96

Plush Velvet Throw

It’s impossible to have too many throw blankets. That’s just a fact. We love this buffalo plaid print, but you could go extra-festive, more neutral or even feminine, depending on the host or hostess.

$ 12.97

Air Wick Scented Oil Kit

A woodland scent works for the holidays but will smell beautiful all season long. This plug-in oil warmer is adjustable with five fragrance levels for just the right amount of ambiance.

$ 9.77

The Pioneer Woman Ceramic Measuring Bowls, Set of 4

These pretty measuring bowls with hand-painted designs are decorative and functional. The host will especially love that they’re dishwasher safe.

$ 4.27

Hershey’s Pot of Gold Milk Chocolate Collection

Arriving at a dinner party or cocktail soiree with a box of chocolates is a classic move for a reason: you cannot go wrong with chocolates.

$ 11.98

Brilliant Caps Off Beer Opener

This beer opener is one of those fun little items that the host might never buy, but will really appreciate receiving as a gift. Add a six-pack of bottled beer or soda and you’re set.

6. For colleagues
$ 19.97

Borne True Wireless Stereo Earbuds

An extra pair of earbuds with microphone and charging case is a practical gift that your work bud will actually use.

$ 10.34

Funko POP! Marvel Comics Invisible Girl Vinyl Figure

Hello, cute desk décor! Whether they’re into Marvel or collecting Funko POP! figures (or both!), we’re sure they’ll make space for this bit of kitsch.

$ 19.98

Truu Design Decorative Terrazzo Concrete Round Planter

Basically, everyone has amassed a full collection of houseplants over the past year. A pretty planter might be just what they need to refresh their WFH set-up.

$ 14.98

Mead Rio Floral Medium Planner 2022

Some people just prefer paper—and those people love yearly planners. This one spans 15 months, comes with reference calendars, holiday lists and monthly tabs for quick flipping.

$ 14.97

Vaseline Cocoa Care Gift Set

Take their desk skin-care routine to the next level with this set of nourishing body lotion, body butter and lip balm.

7. For neighbours
$ 7.97

Ferrero Fine Assorted Chocolate and Coconut Confections

These chocolates are a classic that everybody loves. Keep a few boxes on hand for those inevitable gift exchanges with the neighbours.

$ 14.36

Air Wick Essential Mist Fragrance Oil Diffuser Kit, Lavender & Almond Blossom

This fresh, herbaceous lavender scent will refresh their home in no time with its gradual, intermittent misting.

$ 16.97

Libbey Premium Stemless Glasses, Set of 12

A boxed set of stemless wine glasses is perfect for any occasion, including a toast to the unofficial neighbourhood watch.

$ 20.02

The New York Times Weekend Warrior Crosswords

The quiet neighbours who enjoy lazy Sunday mornings on their front porch won’t let this book of crosswords go to waste.

$ 13.94

Holiday Time Double-Wall Tumblers, Set of 2

The neighbour who shovels out the bottom of your driveway in winter, picks up your mail when you’re away and stops to talk about more than the weather will truly appreciate these insulated tumblers.

8. For friendly acquaintances (e.g. babysitters, school bus drivers)
$ 15

George Women’s Glinda Slippers

A pair of slip-on slippers in a festive pattern are sure to give her all those seasonal warm fuzzy feelings.

$ 11.97

Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza

This game delivers all the silly fun that the name implies as players race to slap a match between a card and spoken word. It’s way more difficult (and hilarious!) than it sounds.

$ 16.67

Toastmaster Personal Blender

If you’ve got a smoothie person in your circle, this personal blender that comes with a to-go lid is exactly what they need.

$ 19.97

Nicci 2-in-1 Touch Glove with Wristwarmer

Literally everyone can use an extra pair of warm gloves—especially if they have touch-screen friendly fingers.

$ 7.97

Libbey Coffee Mugs, Set of 2

A set of sturdy coffee mugs with adorably cheeky java-themed sayings is that item they’ll never buy themselves but will be delighted to unwrap (and use!).

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Karen is an award-winning journalist who writes about health, parenting and a variety of lifestyle topics. Her work is frequently published in Today’s Parent, Best Health and Canadian Living. As a busy Toronto-based mom of two, Karen runs on lattes (a lot of them!) and, as it happens, running.

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