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Gifts Under $35 for Secret Santas & Yankee Swaps

Every year I do a Secret Santa and every year, I am boring. I always go the gift card route. This year, I have decided to try something different: Be creative. I’ve been on the look out for cute but unusual presents. Nothing says, “Happy Holidays” like a gift that proves that you’re thinking of the recipient — and that you can be fun with a side of quirky for less than $35.


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1. USB Cassette Mixtape 

Perhaps the mixtape isn’t a thing of the past. Milktape’s version allows the owner to drag and drop songs to a USB drive, which is in the shape of a tape.



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2. Groove iPhone Stand

Help a friend or a colleague keep his iPhone in plain sight with this stand.



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3. Cool, Calm and Connected Bento Box

Packing a lunch can be a chore. This bento box makes it fun again.



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4. Retro Nintendo Controller Soap

Be nostalgic and play Mario while in the shower.



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5. Snackeez

I’ve seen one of these in action. You put munchies in the top, a beverage in the bottom. No lie, I kind of want one of my own. Help a friend take their snacking to a new level.



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6. Harry Potter House Logo Flask 

You can decide if your friends and colleagues are more Slytherin or Hufflepuff. Let the recipient choose the beverage.



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7. Sea for Two Tea Infuser

Put a smile on the face of the tea drinker in your life with the help of this adorable manatee tea infuser. His name is Fred, by the way.



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8. The Fox and the Sound Earbuds

Tell your coworker to keep his or her music down in an adorable way.



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9. Star Wars Themed Shot Glasses

A set of four shot glasses for your favorite geek.

$33 for set of 4,


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10. Hand-Lettered Greeting Notecards

Nice, quality notecards are always needed and appreciated.


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Heather Barmore

Heather Barmore is an avid C-SPAN viewer, former education lobbyist and an occasional blogger. For the last nine years she has been writing about her life at No Pasa Nada and politics at Poliogue: The Art of Political Dialogue. She has also been a contributor to, The Guardian, and a host of other sites. When she isn't writing, she is speaking about women of color, politics, education policy and using social media for political engagement and advocacy. She resides in Washington, DC with the world's worst cat. You can follow Heather on Twitter at @Poliogue.

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