20 for $20: Best ideas for your holiday gift swap

Stumped on what to buy for around the $20 mark? Look no further

Whether it’s for a work function, a family get-together, or just some fun amongst friends, there’s always a chance each holiday season that you have to come up with a decent gift for a white elephant-type exchange. Or play Secret Santa (which is similar, but usually in that case, you’ll know who your recipient is). Or partake in a gift grab.

Whatever you want to call it, we want to help you brainstorm some solid gift ideas. Because although some white elephants are for the sole purpose of exchanging tacky, useless gag gifts, most are not. And it’s safe to say you don’t want to be the person who shows up with the lame banana slicer (which is really a thing. Why? Is it hard to slice a banana? Someone send help). So let’s err on the side of caution and come up with some timeless presents anyone would want to receive -- no matter your budget.

How about …

-- A cool/atypical bottle opener or corkscrew

You could even pair this with a six-pack of local beers (the mix-and-match kind are fun to assemble!) or a bottle of wine. If you add drinks to the gift, you might be running just past the “around $20” mark, but you can probably get thrifty here! Don’t splurge for the fancy pack of IPA, or pick a bottle that breaks the bank, and be sure to check Amazon for openers. I just found one that can sit in your wallet next to your credit cards, and it’s only $1.50.*
*Assuming you and your white elephant counterparts are of legal drinking age, of course.

 

 


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