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It should be easy, but sometimes finding a gift within a certain price range that is still thoughtful can be difficult. Let us help.
Finding the perfect Secret Santa gift is more difficult than it seems. First, if you're buying for someone specific, you want to gift to be thoughtful—but that can be difficult if you only have a limited budget. And that's the thing about the budget—you need the gift to be less than, but close to, your budget (whether it's self-imposed or part of a larger secret santa mandate). Plus, sometimes you don't know who your secret Santa is! And shopping for a mystery person means you need to get something that will appeal to pretty much everyone.
Got it straight? No? Don't worry. We've compiled some of our favourite gifts to give that fit into your Secret Santa budget—whether it's $5 or $30.
Gifting beauty is always a good idea if you ask us. These face masks are inexpensive so feel free to pick up a few.
Patches are a great way to personalize your style—but they're also creative and compact expressions of art.
This item combines two of our favourite things—the Toronto Blue Jays and lapel pins! Not a sports fan? Luckily there are plenty of lapel pin options to make sure you find the right one for your giftee.
We know not everyone is a fan of slippers—but these ones are so cozy and a steal at $15!
Colouring books have shown to relieve stress and help people meditate—they're also super fun!
Having a hand cream in your bag all winter long is necessary to avoid dry, cracked hands. A practical gift has never been so indulgent!
Cloth napkins are a much more environmentally-friendly pick than their paper alternatives—and super chic around the holidays.
Give the gift of a cozy home. We especially love this limited edition scent from Canadian brand Province Apothecary.
Everyone loves a scented candle—especially a rich, warm scent that makes staying in that much better.
A calendar for the new year is something we always forget to pick up in December. Make sure to find one that suits your giftee's personality.
Having a notebook on hand is a requirement for many people. This fun pack is Pantone-coded!
It's a problem if you don't have a hat come December. The Drake General Store wants you to wear your provincial pride on your head with these colourful picks.
In his first children's book, former International Space Station commander Chris Hadfield (author of An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth) revisits his childhood desire to become an astronaut. In the story, nine-year-old Chris spends all his time pretending to travel to space—but he's actually terrified of the dark. Moody and magical illustrations are the perfect accompaniment to this inspiring tale about overcoming your fears and accomplishing your goals. — Andrea Karr
The Darkest Dark (Tundra Books) by Chris Hadfield, illustrated by The Fan Brothers, $23.
An unreal thriller
This fascinating new novel from the author of Atonement and The Children Act is written from the point of view of a hyperintelligent fetus who, on the cusp of birth, overhears his mother's schemes to commit murder. It's subtly hilarious (the fetus's voice is endearingly akin to that of a pedantic professor) and a little slapstick in its absurdity. Guaranteed, it's like nothing you've ever read. — AK
Nutshell (Knopf Canada) by Ian McEwan, $30.
A murder mystery
Equal parts meditative and suspenseful, this murder mystery follows the Nows, a Newfoundland family plagued by everyday tragedies—a broken economy, a deceased son and a cancer diagnosis. But when the abusive husband of matriarch Addie's best friend drowns after being assaulted, leaving behind only his shirt and a smear of blood on the Nows' dock as evidence, the family must put grief aside and band together—even though one of their own may have committed the crime. — Stacy Lee Kong
The Fortunate Brother (Viking Canada) by Donna Morrissey, $25.
An alternate reality
Imagine there are infinite versions of your reality: In one, you never met the love of your life; in another, climate change has turned your city into a frozen wasteland. That's the premise of this page-turner by Blake Crouch, author of the popular Wayward Pines trilogy. Protagonist Jason Dessen is a husband and father with a middling career as a physics professor at the local community college. But one day, he wakes up in a life he doesn't recognize. His address is the same, but the house is not; expensive appliances and minimalist furniture have taken the place of his cozy, familiar belongings. His wife and son are nowhere to be found. And, apparently, he has a flashy, well-paid job at a scientific research firm—the key to these strange circumstances. Desperate to find his way back to his family, Jason must unravel a mystery with roots in his own past. A smart, fast-moving thriller, Dark Matter delves into themes of identity, second chances and love, without sacrificing a single twist or turn. — SLK
Enter for your chance to receive one of four prize packs with all seven of this month's top picks from Penguin Random House Canada.
The following prize is offered:
7 books from Penguin Random House (PRH)
Swing Time by Zadie Smith
The total prize value is: $204 CAD
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