Christmas gift exchange ideas

Image with two women exchanging Christmas gifts

 

 

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

Candles

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. 

Coloring book

Adult coloring books are having their moment. After all, everyone could use some stress-relief. Choose a coloring book that includes pages with fun designs and inspirational words. Plus, the perforated 8 x 10” pages let you detach your art creation and frame it. 

coloring book including pages with fun designs and inspirational words

Memory jar

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.

Travel journal

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

Know a teacher or someone who loves grammar? A small porcelain dish can serve as a decorative piece or tray for small odds and ends or jewelry. Similarly, this tiny trinket box features a stamped sentiment and detachable lid for storing small treasures. 

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.

Martini shaker next to a shot, drinks and sliced cucumber

Ornaments

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.

Home décor

There are tons of ways to find a gift for a home décor theme, from frames to art prints and so much more. Even seasonal home décor like tassel garland or holiday countdown blocks work well for this one.

25 days untill christmas countdown blocks

DIY

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.


Whatever you decide, don’t forget to pair it with a Christmas greeting card and some fancy Christmas wrapping paper. Happy gifting!

Man and woman holding home made Christmas greeting cards

Buy a Digital Gift Card

In a rush? No time to visit stores in search of the perfect gift? Pair a digital gift card with a personalized Christmas ecard, for fast delivery to the recipient. Simply select the retailer you’d like to purchase a gift card from then you’ll enter the name and email of the recipient and send. If you’re an AG member you only pay the amount of the egift card. We also have a checkout as guest option for a $1.99 fee. Browse our selection of retailers to choose from including Sephora, Nike, Starbucks, Fandango, Target, and more!

Christmas gifts

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