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Secret Santa Gift Ideas <$10

Postby Kaelri » Sat Dec 06, 2008 6:23 am UTC

This is rather pathetic, and the only reason I've made a whole damn thread for it is that I figured your suggestions might benefit others in equally pathetic positions.

The title says it all: I made the foolish mistake of signing up for a Secret Santa thing within the sphere of my college dorm. $10 spending limit. Now, I'm terrible at gifting, I'm plenty neurotic about appearing too cheap or lazy, and I don't know anything at all about the recipient except that her name is Sabrina, she's from Poland and she's kissing a cardboard cutout of Barack Obama in her Facebook portrait.

Any assistance would be delicious.

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Re: Secret Santa Gift Ideas <$10

Postby thefiddler » Sat Dec 06, 2008 6:43 am UTC

Handmade gifts are fun!

I, personally, am a fan of hemp jewelry. I make some kickass necklaces. Just as Boy. :)

You could also do beaded jewelry, etc.

If you are super crafty, you could make some artsy picture frames and mosaics and the like.

Personally, I am a fan of making things like picture frames and then using hemp to make the hanging part with cute beads and knots. The picture frames can even be made using a spare frame laying around and then glue and jewels and cloth and string. In the end, they actually look pretty cool.

If you can knit or crochet, you could make a scarf or a hat.

There are all sorts of things you could do. :)

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Re: Secret Santa Gift Ideas <$10

Postby Flying Betty » Sat Dec 06, 2008 6:54 am UTC

The beauty of spending limits is that you have the cheap part taken care of. As to the other, your options are basically get something generic or stalk her/ask her friends/roommates what she likes.

TheFiddler's crafty ideas are good. I like making things but not everyone does. Bath stuff is a pretty classic generic female gift. You might be able to get a little tiny gift set from Bath and Body Works for ten bucks (not my favorite but I also don't like scented stuff).
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Re: Secret Santa Gift Ideas <$10

Postby Meowgan » Sat Dec 06, 2008 6:59 am UTC

Knit her an iPod cosy with their favourite Star Wars character on it. Or Obama.

Unless, you can't knit.

Or sew one together out of felt with a big star on it.
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Re: Secret Santa Gift Ideas <$10

Postby Osha » Sat Dec 06, 2008 7:01 am UTC

You could go for $10 of chocolate, or even better... jelly beans!
Or a boomerang. <-- choose this one!
Or some socks (socks are always good)
Or an awesome looking poster.
Or a hat.
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Re: Secret Santa Gift Ideas <$10

Postby fyrenwater » Sat Dec 06, 2008 10:36 am UTC

Things I've learned this holiday season:
# Felt is super cheap.
# So are sewing kits.
# Free sewing patterns on the internet are awesome.
# Sewing is a lot easier (and more fun) than expected.

That being said, small palm-sized plushies make awesome gifts. Something as simple as two halves sewn together to make a pillow-like plushie works. And I haven't come across a single recipient who hasn't gone "Oh me yarm this is adorable! :3" and utterly loved it.
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Re: Secret Santa Gift Ideas <$10

Postby Meowgan » Sat Dec 06, 2008 11:45 am UTC

fyrenwater wrote:Things I've learned this holiday season:
# Felt is super cheap.
# So are sewing kits.
# Free sewing patterns on the internet are awesome.
# Sewing is a lot easier (and more fun) than expected.

That being said, small palm-sized plushies make awesome gifts. Something as simple as two halves sewn together to make a pillow-like plushie works. And I haven't come across a single recipient who hasn't gone "Oh me yarm this is adorable! :3" and utterly loved it.
Especially if you make a Mario star.

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Re: Secret Santa Gift Ideas <$10

Postby Devilsaur » Sat Dec 06, 2008 10:27 pm UTC

I got my secret santa chocolates, not very imaginative and semi-generic but I think suitable for someone I don't really know or share interests with. I wrapped it very nicely, left it at her desk at work (so she would find it with the rest of her co-workers there, making her feel special I guess) and addressed it to her in her native language (while also looking up 'beautiful' while at it >.>).

I think she liked it and hopefully it made her day =)

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Re: Secret Santa Gift Ideas <$10

Postby CVSoul » Sat Dec 06, 2008 10:49 pm UTC

I personally prefer White Elephant, because you can be funnier there without making an ass of yourself. I once got a novelty beer bottle from Big Lots-- it was three feet tall and filled with popcorn -- for 5 bucks. People laughed when they opened it, and nobody said anything else about it.

However, in that scenario, the best gift is always just ten dollars cash.

Secret Santa is weirder. All I know is to not buy a small rodent, or low-priced goldfish, from your pet store.
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Re: Secret Santa Gift Ideas <$10

Postby kinigget » Sun Dec 07, 2008 12:13 am UTC

yes, I agree, white elephant gift parties are fun. Once, somebody brought a roll of bubble wrap as their gift. And I will never forgive whoever it was who brought a prank set including itching powder that one time, as it led to my friend putting itching powder down my sleeping bag.

I don't think I've ever done secret santa before, but there is one rule to remember in any gift-giving circumstance: gift cards are your friend.
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Re: Secret Santa Gift Ideas <$10

Postby '; DROP DATABASE;-- » Sun Dec 07, 2008 12:20 am UTC

An LED flashlight strikes me as a decent gift for that price. They're very useful and reliable since LEDs have such long life (many years), low power consumption, and are durable. A good functional gift. Though probably not everyone would be so glad to receive one. :P

I like the gift exchange system we used at my first job. Everyone brings a wrapped gift worth about $20 and puts them all on the table. One at a time you can either go up and grab one and open it, or take someone else's and they go get another. Maximum two swaps per item. It works pretty well, and you don't have to worry about "will they like it?" because you don't even know who will get it.
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Re: Secret Santa Gift Ideas <$10

Postby joeframbach » Sun Dec 07, 2008 1:51 am UTC

$10 is always a great gift. Always.

Birthday? $10.
Wedding? $10.
Christmas? $10.
Funeral? $10.

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Re: Secret Santa Gift Ideas <$10

Postby Space Dog » Sun Dec 07, 2008 2:03 am UTC

joeframbach wrote:$10 is always a great gift. Always.

Birthday? $10.
Wedding? $10.
Christmas? $10.
Funeral? $10.


I guess I won't be inviting you to my funeral then
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Re: Secret Santa Gift Ideas <$10

Postby cephalopod9 » Sun Dec 07, 2008 3:28 am UTC

Quasi copout- Gift Card + something interesting from the dollar store.
thefiddler wrote:If you can knit or crochet, you could make a scarf or a hat.

There are all sorts of things you could do. :)
Do you have any good patterns? I found a book of hair-ties/ pony-o's*, and I used to have one of snowflakes (or maybe that was from the library...)

*that word looks pretty weird no matter how I type it, and the main pattern is sc around a hair band and then (or else you can start with) sc,ch 7.
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Re: Secret Santa Gift Ideas <$10

Postby Meowgan » Mon Dec 08, 2008 12:45 pm UTC

cephalopod9 wrote:Quasi copout- Gift Card + something interesting from the dollar store.
thefiddler wrote:If you can knit or crochet, you could make a scarf or a hat.

There are all sorts of things you could do. :)
Do you have any good patterns? I found a book of hair-ties/ pony-o's*, and I used to have one of snowflakes (or maybe that was from the library...)

*that word looks pretty weird no matter how I type it, and the main pattern is sc around a hair band and then (or else you can start with) sc,ch 7.

http://www.ravelry.com

I am pretty sure it has patterns that haven't been written yet.

http://www.crochetpatterncentral.com/ and http://www.knittingpatterncentral.com/ are good too.

I'm a big fan of the handmade present.
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Re: Secret Santa Gift Ideas <$10

Postby reishka » Mon Dec 08, 2008 1:39 pm UTC

We do secret santa here with both my family and Boy's family. While our limits are higher than 10$, here's some cheap ideas:

Giftcards to cute places online
Homemade bath fizzys/salts
Homemade spa kit
Pound of coffee from a specialty coffee shop
Homemade jams/pie fillings
Homemade chocolate/caramel popcorn
Something small from a DIY Hardware store (maglites, drills, little saws) for the crafty
Video game peripherals (extra controllers, cables, etc)
Video-game themed keychains/homemade plushies/t-shirts

A lot of this lists homemade... I'm on a huge homemade kick because of being unemployed this year.

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Re: Secret Santa Gift Ideas <$10

Postby Moo » Mon Dec 08, 2008 1:59 pm UTC

Fudge; choc tiffin (pic); my mom's choc "truffle" balls ; date squares - these are all things that are very easy to make (I can supply recipes) and when placed in a nice (but cheap) container like a cute cookie jar or all-purpose jar,
- looks nice
- is a safe bet for most people
- is cheap
- is homemade, thus screaming "I went to a lot of trouble for I am cool"
- leaves them with a jar they can use again.

Other suggestions rely on knowing something about the gift recipient - what do you have in common? You go to the same dorm, so presumably the same teaching institution. So you know they're a student: stationary (nice pen? nice pencil case?); or something from the institution (I don't know about yours but at my university there was a shop with uni branded stuff like scarves and tshirts, which would have made a good and safe gift for anyone who went there).

Otherwise a gag gift is the only thing I could really think to give someone I know that little about. Like something from http://www.iwantoneofthose.com (such as this or this).
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Re: Secret Santa Gift Ideas <$10

Postby 3fj » Mon Dec 08, 2008 3:49 pm UTC

Booze.

Failing that, something hilariously random. I once got my brother a cactus :D
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Re: Secret Santa Gift Ideas <$10

Postby Fledermen64 » Mon Dec 08, 2008 10:44 pm UTC

The one thing i want is a home made beard hat.
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Re: Secret Santa Gift Ideas <$10

Postby Senefen » Thu Dec 11, 2008 4:30 am UTC

Ferrero rochers, there's not a person alive who doesn't like them.
Bracelets are usually pretty safe too.
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Re: Secret Santa Gift Ideas <$10

Postby Rinsaikeru » Thu Dec 11, 2008 4:50 am UTC

Last time I was in a $10 Secret Santa I made the recipient a stocking:

Dollar store stocking--$1
Chocolate--$1-3
Pair o Socks or Mittens--$1-2
Candy Cane--$0.50
Wind up Toy--$1
1 Orange for the toe (which is family tradition for me)--$1

Re. Ferrero Rocher--I'm gluten intolerant and can't eat them--so everyone else loves them cept me. I loathe them because they are delicious and unattainable.
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Re: Secret Santa Gift Ideas <$10

Postby Pizzashark » Thu Dec 11, 2008 4:52 am UTC

A pack of AA and AAA batteries. No, really. Batteries are always useful and you almost never have them when you need them.
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Re: Secret Santa Gift Ideas <$10

Postby Rinsaikeru » Thu Dec 11, 2008 4:53 am UTC

I'd personally hate a flashlight or batteries as a christmas gift. Practical? No! No practicality in Christmas gifts...also no appliances.
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Re: Secret Santa Gift Ideas <$10

Postby Pizzashark » Thu Dec 11, 2008 8:06 am UTC

Why would you want a gift you'd never use? Scarves are worthless - I'd never wear it.

But a pack of boxers or a cigarette-lighter phone charger for my car? Great gifts.
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Re: Secret Santa Gift Ideas <$10

Postby Rinsaikeru » Thu Dec 11, 2008 8:11 am UTC

But see, I like AND use scarves. Also since the OP is looking for a gift for a female...I doubt boxers are the answer.

For a secret santa you often don't know the recipient very well--so giving them something practical can be very difficult. General use things that are practical but still fun are a better bet than say...batteries.
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Re: Secret Santa Gift Ideas <$10

Postby Zak » Thu Dec 11, 2008 8:21 am UTC

That's it. I'm getting everyone underwear for christmas. And it's not even going to be gender or size specific. Just like 50 pairs of the same pair of boxers.
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Re: Secret Santa Gift Ideas <$10

Postby Rat » Thu Dec 11, 2008 8:27 am UTC

you could try some ideas from last year's secret santa thread

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Re: Secret Santa Gift Ideas <$10

Postby Probably Human » Thu Dec 11, 2008 9:27 am UTC

I got my secret santa fake chest hair, but I'm thinking that you probably shouldn't do the same. Gift cards are always useful, you could always give her an i-tunes (Did I spell that right?) gift card, if she likes music.
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Re: Secret Santa Gift Ideas <$10

Postby Pizzashark » Thu Dec 11, 2008 9:29 am UTC

Rinsaikeru wrote:But see, I like AND use scarves. Also since the OP is looking for a gift for a female...I doubt boxers are the answer.

For a secret santa you often don't know the recipient very well--so giving them something practical can be very difficult. General use things that are practical but still fun are a better bet than say...batteries.


A sack of quarters is a great present. Everyone needs a good, solid bludgeon that can be quickly disassembled.

That said, Z.A.K.'s got the right idea. Boxers or tampons.
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Re: Secret Santa Gift Ideas <$10

Postby rnew » Thu Dec 11, 2008 9:42 am UTC

Some Asshole wrote:A pack of AA and AAA batteries. No, really. Batteries are always useful and you almost never have them when you need them.

That's brilliant.

Based on the fact your bound to get gifts from other people that require batteries, but they didn't think to buy them aswell.
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