The internet has made shopping for Yankee Swap gifts easier than ever. Whether you’re looking for something funny or just plain cool, you can likely find it online – that is, as long as you have the patience to sort through the myriad options. The really tough part is snagging a gift in the right price range, which for most gift exchanges is somewhere around $20-25.
Most of the gift ideas on this site cost less than that, so you can always mix and match to hit your price target. However, if you’re looking to reach the sweet spot with a single gift, here are some outstanding choices.
Under $20 Ideas
Tacky items and gag gifts have their place, but somebody’s got to bring some nice gifts for people to fight over. It might as well be you. Electric wine bottle openers such as the Ozeri Nouveaux pictured here are great gifts for any occasion, but their price makes them a particularly good choice for a Yankee Swap.
Tacky decorations like this Tiki Head tissue box cover are always polarizing items at holiday gift exchanges. Some people find them endearing and swap-worthy, while others avoid them like the plague. The only thing everyone agrees on is that they’re hilarious.
There’s plenty of candy going around at Christmastime, so if you’re going to buy chocolate, you’d better make it something special. A Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup that you have to eat with a knife and fork should to the trick. Whoever winds up with this super-sized candy bar is going to be very happy (and later on, perhaps a little sick to their stomach).
Is your holiday gift exchange infested with geeks? If so, you might want to consider bringing a gift related to Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, comics, or some similarly geeky subject. That certainly gives you lots of merchandise to choose from, but we really don’t think you can do better than this pizza cutter designed in the shape of the Star Trek Enterprise. Cheese me up, Scottie.
The Barack Obama Chia Pet has been around since 2008 and will probably continue to be a popular gag gift until, say, 2016 (call it a hunch). This might not be the best choice for an office party where politics are taboo, but in a group of friends, it should be a big hit. Alternatively, you can skip politics altogether and choose one of the many other cheesy Chia Pets on the market.
Looking for more cool gift ideas? You can find a lot more – in all price ranges – throughout this site.