Is Secret Santa Still Happening This Year Here Are Some Great Gifts For Under 20

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This is normally the time of year when we start thinking about holiday parties, the kind with Secret Santa or white-elephant gift exchanges. But thanks to , this is the opposite of a normal year, so these traditions might be on hold -- or perhaps transforming in some way. (Zoom Santa? Quarantined elephant?)
Whatever the case, you may find yourself in need of affordable gifts for in-person or remote delivery. I've got you covered: Below you'll find some great options, all priced $20 or less. This is an update of last year's guide, so there may be some repeats -- but I've also got some terrific new additions. If your budget is , we've got more great suggestions including wireless headphones and Roku streamers, too. Have more ideas? Share them in the comments, as always!

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Pour-over coffee is better than pod-based coffee. Like, way better than. It's not only a lot cheaper in the long run and better for the environment, it just tastes better. I'm a newfound fan of Oxo's dripper, which is a fast, easy, super-affordable option.

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There's a reason this game is a classic: It's easy to learn but challenging to master, and just about any age can play. Plus, show me a person who doesn't react with glee when a pile of blocks topples over.

Last year, Jenga was selling for as little as $5, but the demand for quarantine-friendly games has pushed the price up quite a bit. At this writing, it's $13. Hopefully it will come down again, but even if it doesn't, it's a great choice.


What could be better than an ultra-thin string of LEDs that can light up in all sorts of modes and colors? This peel-and-stick strip can be used for bias lighting behind a TV, mood lighting in a kitchen or bedroom or anything else you can think of.

It's "smart" too, controlled by remote or app. You can program it to go on or off at certain times, "dance" in response to music and much more. If this particular strip is sold out (or the price has jumped past the current $18), you should be able to find something similar for around the same price.

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Shopping for someone who's getting a first home or apartment? Get them started on the smart-home path with this smart bulb. The 800-lumen LED fits in any standard lamp and can be controlled by app, Alexa or Google Assistant -- no hub required. 

At only $8 apiece, you could actually get two of these and stay under $20 -- though shipping will bump your total closer to $25.