Day 10 of #BLOGMAS :: Secret Santa / White Elephant Gifts / Mainly Marta :: A Motherhood + Lifestyle Blog



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Day 10 of #BLOGMAS :: Secret Santa / White Elephant Gifts

An awesome thing about the holiday season is the fact that a lot of Secret Santa / White Elephant parties happen and they can be a lot of fun -- if you don't stress about finding the perfect gift for the person you ended up with. Granted, if you don't know the person very well, it can get a little stressful.  Here are three things I keep in mind when shopping for those type of gifts.

  1. Stay Under The Budget If Given One. I feel like this one is super important because when time comes to open the gifts, you don't want to seem like you're "outdoing" anyone. The point of these games is to get everyone into the giving / holiday spirit and you don't want anyone sliding into their seat because the budget was 10$ and someone was just gifted a 40$ make up palette. 
  2. Your Trash Is Someone Else's Treasure. Now this one can be tricky because I'm not advocating for terrible gifts. Don't give anyone your half used bottle of lotion, but try to keep in mind that people have different tastes and something you may not like, someone else could love. White Elephant parties are great for these sorts of gift exchanges because that ugly picture frame you received from your distant cousin Margaret can finally be given to someone who will cherish it foreverrrrrr. 
  3. Small, Bundled Gifts Are Always A Hit. This is my number one motto for Secret Santa / White Elephant exchanges. A little basket filled with bath goodies, self care items or amazing chocolate is what I usually go for because little sets are just so cute. Not to mention that it's a nice way to say "even though this was just for fun, I put time and effort in curating this little gift for you." It takes the "its the thought that counts" to a whole new level. 

I usually shop for Secret Santa / White Elephant gifts at World Market, Marshalls, Target, Home Goods, Bath and Body Works, Forever 21, Nordstrom Rack, The Dollar Store (for cute holiday packaging), LUSH, The Body Shop, and TJ MAXX. These stores have great little things for reasonable prices. I don't typically buy everything from one store, I pick a theme and shop around until I feel like my little gift is complete. 

Here Are Some Small Items That Make Great Gifts 
  • Mini Candle 
  • Small Bottle of Lotion 
  • Bath Bomb 
  • Gift Card -- usually pay for one or two cups of coffee. 
  • Small Packet of Bath Salts 
  • Pens / Festive Pencils 
  • Chapstick or Lip Balm
  • Bar of Soap 
  • Little Bottle of Body Oil 
  • Chocolate Bar 
  • Mug 
  • Hand Sanitizer 
  • e.l.f make up brush 
  • Deodorant 
  • Nail Polish 
  • Pretty Hair Clips
  • Cute Pencil / Small Bag 
  • Socks 
^ these gifts are typical things I look for when creating a mini gift set. 

Have you ever participated in a Secret Santa / White Elephant Gift Exchange? How'd it go? What did you get / give? I'd love to hear your experience in the comments!

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