Christmas gift exchange ideas
So you’re part of a Secret Santa gift exchange, or maybe you want to propose a gift exchange among your friends or coworkers. It sounds like a good idea in theory, but where do you even begin?
Don’t sweat it; we’re here to help you narrow down your options with some of our favorite Christmas gift exchange ideas.
Gifts under $25
You can’t go wrong with candles, especially during the holiday season. Not only do they smell wonderful, but they also add warmth, ambiance, and extra cozy vibes to the home and dinner table. We love this pine-scented candle that smells like a fresh Christmas tree and doubles as rustic holiday décor.
Wine bottle stopper
With a price tag under $10, this wine bottle stopper pairs well with their favorite bottle. And the message on this stopper? Definitely priceless.
Adult coloring books are having their moment. After all, everyone could use some stress-relief. This coloring book includes pages with fun designs and inspirational words. Plus, the perforated 8 x 10” pages let you detach your art creation and frame it.
The perfect gift for a longtime friend, a memory jar is both heartfelt and very affordable; in fact, it will really only cost you some time. Jot down a long list of your favorite memories with your friend. (If it’s someone you’ve known for many years, this list has the potential to be long!). Write or type each memory on small pieces of paper, fold them up, and place them in a large mason jar.
If you’re looking for a gift for an avid traveler, consider a travel journal. This gift exchange idea includes inspirational travel quotes and lined pages for documenting adventures.
Trinkets and keepsakes
Gift ideas with a theme
Beer, wine, and cocktails
The rules for this one are pretty simple: anything that has to do with beer, wine or cocktails. This could be anything ranging from their favorite bottle of wine to a gift card for a brewery. You could even pair the gift with something like a wine glass and corkscrew set, drink stirrers, or a martini shaker.
Exchanging ornaments is a fun, inexpensive way to give a gift with some character. There’s pretty much an ornament out there for every hobby and interest, and there are plenty of retailers and small business owners who offer personalized ornaments.
These three letters can be scary if you don’t consider yourself much of a homemaker, but the possibilities are endless. Bake some homemade cookies (bonus points if they’re Christmas cookies!). Make a photo collage with your favorite memories of you and the recipient. Or follow this tutorial to decorate a makeup bag using tissue paper.