Finest white-elephant and Secret Santa items for lower than $20 in 2020

This story is a part of Vacation Reward Information 2020, CNET’s reward picks with professional recommendation, critiques and suggestions for the newest tech items for you and your loved ones.

That is usually the time of yr once we begin occupied with vacation events, the type with Secret Santa or white-elephant reward exchanges. However due to COVID-19, that is the alternative of a traditional yr, so these traditions may be on maintain — or maybe remodeling ultimately. (Zoom Santa? Quarantined elephant?)

Regardless of the case, you might end up in want of reasonably priced items for in-person or distant supply. I’ve bought you coated: Under you may discover some nice choices, all priced $20 or much less. That is an replace of final yr’s information, so there could also be some repeats — however I’ve additionally bought some terrific new additions. In case your price range is nearer to $30, we have got extra nice solutions together with wi-fi headphones and Roku streamers, too. Have extra concepts? Share them within the feedback, as all the time!

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Pour-over espresso is healthier than pod-based espresso. Like, approach higher than. It is not solely lots cheaper in the long term and higher for the surroundings, it simply tastes higher. I am a newfound fan of Oxo’s dripper, which is a quick, simple, super-affordable choice.

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There is a purpose this sport is a traditional: It is easy to be taught however difficult to grasp, and nearly any age can play. Plus, present me an individual who would not react with glee when a pile of blocks topples over.

Final yr, Jenga was promoting for as little as $5, however the demand for quarantine-friendly video games has pushed the worth up fairly a bit. At this writing, it is $13. Hopefully it should come down once more, however even when it would not, it is a fantastic selection.


What may very well be higher than an ultra-thin string of LEDs that may mild up in all kinds of modes and colours? This peel-and-stick strip can be utilized for bias lighting behind a TV, temper lighting in a kitchen or bed room or anything you possibly can consider.

It is “sensible” too, managed by distant or app. You’ll be able to program it to go on or off at sure occasions, “dance” in response to music and far more. If this specific strip is bought out (or the worth has jumped previous the present $18), it is best to be capable to discover one thing related for across the similar worth.

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Looking for somebody who’s getting a primary house or residence? Get them began on the smart-home path with this sensible bulb. The 800-lumen LED matches in any customary lamp and could be managed by app, Alexa or Google Assistant — no hub required. 

At solely $eight apiece, you could possibly truly get two of those and keep below $20 — although delivery will bump your whole nearer to $25.

Learn our Wyze Bulb assessment.


Is there something extra satisfying than a Nerf-gun battle? Or simply ambushing an unsuspecting buddy or co-worker with a dart barrage? Clearly: no. This easy shooter holds six bullets in its rotating quick-fire drum. For below $13, it is an superior reward. 

To make it even higher, contemplating including 100 rounds of Nerf ammo for simply $10 extra.

Telephone Loops

My single favourite cellphone accent within the historical past of cellphone equipment, the Telephone Loop has developed with tons of cool new patterns and colours (you possibly can match them to your ugly Christmas sweater!), eco-friendly packaging and a brand new elastic choice should you want one thing just a little stretchy. No matter you select, they match any cellphone case and make it easier to hold a safe, cozy grip. Meaning no extra dropping your cellphone within the toilet and having a panic assault when it virtually falls in the bathroom. Plus, they add no bulk or weight and do not intrude with wi-fi charging. Excellent.


That is one among my favourite new issues of 2020. It is a retractable ping-pong web that may arrange nearly wherever: eating room desk, picnic desk, convention room desk and so forth. You additionally get a pair of paddles, some balls and a drawstring case to hold all of it. Presto: Desk-tennis to go.

The button under will take you to a set from Amazon vendor RuRuYunYe, which presently has a $3-off coupon on a $22 set. If that is now not accessible, there are numerous different variations of this in the identical worth vary. At this writing, for instance, here is one for $19.97, one for $18 and one other for simply $16.

Jackbox Video games

In the event you’re on the lookout for a humorous reward, and are sick of giving folks Playing cards Towards Humanity, you want Quiplash, one among my favourite group video games ever. It is type of like an digital model of Apples to Apples — however a lot, a lot funnier. It is designed for 3 to eight gamers, who take part by way of cellphone or pill, however even spectators can vote on their favourite solutions.

The sport takes place round a pc or TV; Quiplash is suitable with Home windows, Mac, sport consoles, Apple TV and Amazon Hearth TV. The one catch is there’s nothing bodily to really give, no field or the like. 

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