If you’re panicked because you have no idea what to get the person whose name you drew out the hat for a Secret Santa exchange, we have you covered. All these gifts are available near campus and cost $20 or less, which is usually the price limit for these types of exchanges.
Wine Glass Writers (Set of 3) – $9.95
Most of us have probably lost track of our glasses at “Wine Wednesday” before. But with these wash-off markers, your friend will never misplace his or her drink again. Once the ink dries, your friend’s name stays written on the glass for the entire party and washes off easily with water at the end of the night.
Available at: Paper Source, 3019 M St. NW
Brookstone Swivel Speaker – $19.99
With this portable Bluetooth speaker, your Secret Santa can bring the party anywhere. Swivel it up to play music in every direction and twist it down to a compact size for transport when you’re done.
Available at: Macy’s, 1201 G St. NW
Firefly Clips String Lights – $20
No college dorm room is complete without some twinkly lights. These firefly lights strung on copper wire will add a soft touch of light to any space, and they have clips on them to hang photos of friends or loved ones. They’re the perfect way to personalize and brighten up any room.
Available at: Urban Outfitters, 3111 M St. NW
Starbucks Reserve Roastery Subscription – $19 per month
You can’t go wrong giving a college student coffee. While most students will welcome a quick and easy Starbucks gift card as a gift, spice up the idea a little by giving the coffee connoisseur in your life a monthly coffee subscription. When you gift this subscription from Starbucks, your friend will get a special delivery of a unique 8.8 ounce bag of freshly roasted coffee beans each month.
Available at: Starbucks, 2130 H St. NW
This article appeared in the December 5, 2016 issue of the Hatchet.