6 homemade, inexpensive Secret Santa gift ideas (that work for just about anyone!)

Here are some inexpensive ideas for a Secret Santa gift exchange! All of these presents semi-homemade or better, and they’d be nice gifts for neighbors, teachers, friends, or co-workers of just about any age. They come together in a snap so they’re perfect as last-minute gifts or stocking stuffers, too!

1. Make homemade hand warmers via V and Co – all you need to make these are fabric scraps and rice! A quick spin in the microwave and they’ll keep hands toasty warm.

2. Whip up some 15-minute caramels via HowDoesShe – no one will guess how easy these were to make!

3. Reindeer root beer via Life of a Modern Mom – this takes an inexpensive store-bought gift to a whole new level of cute.

4. Paint a green ornament with a whimsical winter scene (no artistic skills required!) via Better Homes and Gardens.

5. Make fudge in Christmas cookie cutters via Betty Crocker – your Secret Santa will enjoy the fudge now, and use the cookie cutter later. (For another cookie cutter fudge idea, here’s a vanilla fudge snowman.)

6. It just takes white sugar, olive oil, coconut oil, and peppermint extract to make a spa-worthy candy cane sugar scrub via Jacolyn Murphy (the photo is from here).

Chickabug Christmas party theme paper goods & printables

Shop for Christmas theme paper goods and printables here.
Or, check out more Christmas ideas on Pinterest or here on my blog!


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  1. 1
    Tuesday, December 18th, 2012 at 1:59 pm
    Rachel says:
    That candy cane scrub looks (and sounds) amazing... I just might have to make some for myself! And those reindeer rootbeers - how cute! My niece and nephew would love those!
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      Tuesday, December 18th, 2012 at 3:12 pm
      Heather says:
      Aren't they so cute?? It's such a brilliant idea, I only wish I had thought of it!
  2. 2
    Friday, November 29th, 2013 at 10:52 pm
    Cheryl says:
    All such adorable ideas. I'd like to try the root beer reindeer. That's so clever and my husband is a Pepsi-aholic so this would be great for him under the tree Christmas morning.
    • 2.1
      Monday, December 2nd, 2013 at 12:22 pm
      Heather says:
      I bet your husband would love them! : )
  3. 3
    Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 at 10:56 am
    Jacqui Odell says:
    I love the rootbear bottles! So cute! Thanks for linking up to Party Time on Moms & Munchkins and we hope to see you next week.
    • 3.1
      Friday, December 13th, 2013 at 3:31 pm
      Heather says:
      Thank you, Jacqui! : )