Stocking Stuffers, Secret Santa and Sneaky Self-Gifts — Our $50 and Under Xmas Gift Guide

Secret Santa gift guide

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For many, though joyous, the holiday season can also be a stressful time of the year as you spend hours in the lead-up to Christmas hunting down the perfect gifts.

In particular, it’s the presents for those you don’t know all too well that may be the hardest to buy. The gifts for the barista at your local café, your kids’ school teachers and the colleague you drew in Secret Santa that you want to be thoughtful, but, at the same time, affordable too.

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Fortunately for you, if that’s what you’re after, we’ve got the list for you. We’ve scoured the online shops and handpicked our top presents that fit that exact bill. Ahead are the best under-$50 gifts to consider giving for stocking stuffers, acquaintances or even yourself this Christmas.

Who Is Elijah HIS | HER, $45

Who Is Elijah His | Her is a fragrance is a gender-neutral scent, balancing sweet, spicy and fresh. The giftee just needs to apply it to their pulse points. Another great-smelling scent from the brand, just released this November, is Eau, a blend of pear stems, coconut milk and black fig. A 2ml bottle of the fragrance is just $12.

Who Is Elijah

Venroy Kasbah Logo Cotton Cap, $50

Any giftee will appreciate this 100% cotton, Dad-style cap that’s equal parts relaxed and chic. It’s unisex and one-size-fits-all with an adjustable strap.

Venroy Kasbah cap

Bondi Wash Mist Spray, $18

This mist spray was created with powerful essential oils that kill airborne bacteria and disinfect all surfaces, including fabrics. The giftee can place it in their bathroom to keep it pleasant-smelling or next to their bed so spray on their pillows before bed.

Bondi Wash Mist Spray

Ikea Fulltalig Candlestick (set of 3), $19

This set of three matte black candlestick holders at varying heights will suit nearly any home decor style, so would work great as a Secret Santa gift. Bonus: the set looks a lot more expensive than it is.

IKEA candlestick holder

Jurlique Hand Care Treats Set, $50

This hand care set includes three 15ml Jurlique Rose Hand Creams and three 15ml Lavender Hand Creams, both of which will help to hydrate and nourish hands, rebalancing skin dryness and restoring smoothness.

Jurlique hand care

Freixenet Prosecco, $26

With this textured gold bottle, these bubbles would work equally well as a New Year’s gift, if you’re heading to someone’s home for the night. Made with grapes from Freixenet, Italy, the drink tastes fresh and fruity.

Freixenet Prosecco

Palm Beach Brown Sugar Candle, $44.95

Candles are included in gift guides time and time again for good reason — you really can’t go wrong giving them as presents. With a base of vanilla and top notes of brown sugar and caramel, this candle with an 80-hour burn time will have a home smelling like a delicious dessert in no time.

Brown Sugar Palm Beach

Mirosuna Wellness Journal, $38

Start someone’s healing journey with this vegan leather journal to help with meditation and reflection. Every purchase comes with complimentary access to a 30-day mindful journaling program, delivered digitally so your giftee can move through at their own pace.

Monopoly Travel World Tour With Dry-Erase, $29

Any game lover will appreciate this board game, which made Amazon Australia’s Annual Top 100 Toys list. It’s Monopoly with a twist — properties are destinations from around the world.

Monopoly Travel World Tour

Jaye Invisible Hydration Treatment, $39.99

This leave-in hair mask with argan and avocado oils was developed by Jaye Edwards, founder of one of Australia’s most well-known hair studios Edwards and Co. It works on all hair types, so would be suitable to give anyone as a gift.

Jaye Invisible Hydration Treatment

Heaps Normal 4-Pack, $15.99

Non-alcoholic drinks are all the rage these days, and Heaps Normal is one of the main brands known for it. Recently awarded the best non-alcoholic beer in the world, the tasty brew will be a winner in any Christmas stocking or Secret Santa wrapping — plus, it’s HR-approved. A 24-pack will set you back $61.95.

Heaps Normal


JSHealth Gua Sha, $29.99

A self-care routine that’s been around for centuries, using a gua sha can boost overall skin health, support lymphatic drainage of the face and neck and improve the skin’s tone and texture. In short, it’s a great gift for someone who loves to feel pampered, but also likes looking good.


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