28 Secret Santa Gifts Under $15 for Teens and College Students

Even though I try to start my shopping early, inevitably, I’m trolling the aisles of Target on December 24th, looking for Secret Santa gifts, stocking stuffers, and the last-minute presents that I know my teens would love (read: the gifts I didn’t know they wanted until they said something on December 23).

All these items are under $15, which means you can stock up so that when your son or daughter comes home, telling you at the last minute that they need a gift, you’ll be the cool mom with the one you already have in the house.

BTW, many of these gifts would also work well for your own Secret Santa needs for friends, office mates, or small Christmas Gifts for relatives.

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Secret Santa gifts

1. Supergoop! Play Lip Balm 

You can never go wrong with lip balm as a Secret Santa gift; this one gets great reviews. It has a fruity Acai scent, an SPF of 30, and a super-winning brand name that will appeal to the inner child of anyone.

Supergoop play lip balm

2. Taco, Cat, Goat, Cheese Pizza

A wildly-popular card game that is easy to learn, fast and fun to play.

taco goat cheese pizza

3. Metog Unisex Foldable Ear Warmers 

They are the number one rated earmuffs on Amazon and have so many great colors.

ear warmers

4. Shower Speaker

Lots of great reviews for this speaker you can listen to it anywhere, shower, beach, pool…no problem for this little guy.

shower speaker

5. Adjustable Cell Phone Stand

This adjustable stand can be used with the phone in a vertical or horizontal position and is available in five finishes. This makes it easy to use the phone hands-free.

phone stand

6. The Laundress Stain Bar

For the neatnik friend in the group, here is a stain soap bar that can spot clean clothes.

Laundress stain bar


7. Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea Tin — Black Tea with Orange & Sweet Clove 

We have recommended this tea to many, and all agree you don’t need dessert with this tea because it’s that delicious by itself.


8. Christmas Mad Libs

Christmas fun with Mad Libs. Fun for the whole family.

Mad Libs

9. Terrycloth Lined Shower Cap

We rarely buy a shower cap for ourselves, but we may use it almost daily. This one is so pretty, too.

shower cap

10. Left Center Right 

This game is a Grown and Flown favorite and perfect for anyone on your Secret Santa list.

Left Center Right

11. Mario Badescu Facial Sprays

Check out this duo of these super-popular facial sprays.

Mario Badescu sprays

12. Waterproof Holder for Phone

Where would our teens be without their phones, and how many of them have ruined a phone by dropping it in the water? Here is the solution for safely keeping a phone near a pool, lake, or boat.

waterproof phone holder

13. Tea Drops Party Pack

On-the-go, lightly sweetened tea. No teabag mess; pour the water, and you’ve got your tea ready to drink. And 74% of the 6000 ratings are five stars.

tea drops

14. Burt’s Bees Travel Size Lotions

We are big fans of Burt’s Bees lotions and cleansers, and this travel-size set includes some best-sellers. This makes a great Secret Santa gift.

Burt's Bees travel

15. Notes to Self Socks 

This is our absolute favorite brand of socks, and we love the one-word bit of positivity our teens can start their day with when they wear them.

notes to self socks

16. 100 Movies Scratch Off Wall Art

How fun is this? It’s a movie “scratch-off” poster. It lists 100 popular movies and after your teen watches one of them, they can scratch off the box to learn a little bit of trivia about the movie. Perfect for that film buff on your list.

scratch off movie poster

17. Microwave Popcorn Popper

I haven’t yet met a teen who doesn’t like popcorn, and this microwave popper is a favorite in our house. And bonus: they can take it to college for that late-night binging session.

microwave popcorn popper

18. Magnetic Bookmarks 

These are great for everyone in the family. You’re not going to lose your place anymore.

magnetic book mark

19. “Clout” Goggles

You’ll earn major points by suggesting these nifty Clout glasses as a Secret Santa gift. And protip: it’s goggles, not glasses.

clout goggles

20. Make Your Bed

We are big fans of this slender book of advice, and it would be a great Secret Santa gift for ANYONE.

Make your bed

21. Magnetic Paper Towel Holder 

If your recipient is a college student, this magnetic paper towel holder is perfect for adding to a mini-fridge.

paper towel holder

22. Journal Pens

This set of journal pens is very popular with G&F parents. It would make a fantastic Secret Santa gift, especially for anyone who loves drawing and journaling in multi-color fashion.

Pens for journaling

23. Traveling Jewelry Case 

This petite jewelry case is so well-priced and comes in eight pretty colors.

mini jewelry box

24. Mini Clip String Lights

Any teen would love these string lights with clips for photos or cards with rose gold-tone hardware.

Target clip lights

25. Make Up Brush Set

It’s a real treat to get a new set of makeup tools and pitch old ones.

make up brushes

26. Olive & June Nail Art Stickers 

We love these adorable nail art stickers!

nail art stickers

27. Jenga

The one and only Jenga!


28. Socks 

New socks can make a great gift to replace well-worn ones.


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