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Secret Santa Gifts You Won’t Hate

Find a Secret Santa gift that's perfect for all types of people. Whether for work or family, you can't fail.

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Buying for someone you don’t know well or who has everything is always daunting, but these Secret Santa gifts will be great for everyone.

Hosting family and friends for the holidays this year? Find decor inspiration, gift ideas, hosting tips, and more here.

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Tile Mate

We all know that person who always needs a little extra time to find their keys. Maybe it’s you!  That’s a thing of the past with the Tile Mate.

Just attach it to your keys, your phone, shopping bags, water bottle or anything else that’s easy to lose. To find it, just check the Tile app or ask whatever smart assistant it’s connected to, and you’ll know instantly where it is.

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Lodge 10.25 Inch Cast Iron Skillet. Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet Pan for Stovetop of Oven UseAmazon / Lodge

Lodge Cast Iron Skillet

A cast iron skillet lasts a lifetime and can handle the stovetop, oven and grill. This 10-1/4-inch skillet comes pre-seasoned so you can get cooking right away. You might not find a gift someone will love and use more than this one, and it costs less than $20.

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Slobproof Paint Pen

Here’s a great gift for the DIY painter on your list. The Slobproof Paint Pen gives them an easy way to touch up nicks and dings on the wall or anything else they’ve painted with a few strokes.

No need to hassle with opening an old paint can that might be dried out anyway. Just load the pen with matching paint and snap on the cap. Later, when you’ve got a ding to touch up, give the pen a few shakes and go to it.

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Carhartt Knit Beanie

Give the gift of warmth with the ever-popular Carhartt beanie. The knit fabric keeps the chill off the ol’ noggin for anyone outside shoveling the driveway or just looking cool on the city streets. It’s available in 14 colors.

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Stanley MaxSteel Adjustable Wrench

Versatile tools like this adjustable wrench are the real MVPs in any toolbox. This one has a tapered jaw design, great for working in tight spaces. Its wide-capacity jaw is helpful for a wide range of fastener sizes. It even has a laser-etched standard and metric jaw scale for easy size adjustments.

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Cuisinart 13-Piece Wooden Handle Tool Set

Everyone who cooks outside needs a good set of grill tools, whether they’re replacing their existing set or looking for a backup to take on a camping trip. This grilling tool set by Cuisinart is perfect for pros or aspiring pit masters.

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Bacon Bandages

Hammers slip, nails pop out and cuts happen. A little blood is just part of life in the shop, so you might as well have a delicious way to keep the mess contained and start the healing process. These bacon bandages will be holiday hit.

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Garden Gnome Cat Statue

Who says garden statuary has to be stuffy and boring? This hand-painted statue from Mark and Margot features a cat gobbling up garden gnomes. It’s a fun piece to stash in your flower bed. And it’s not so big that it dominates the landscape — just enough to start a conversation.

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Faux Silver Duct Tape Coffee Mug

DIYers love duct tape because it can do anything.  This duct tape coffee mug, made with fake tape, will fit right into any shop or garage and draw some good laughs.

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Microfiber Cleaning Cloths

Microfiber cloths are another of those do-it-all household items we rave about here. So this season, share the love with a 12-pack of these smaller microfiber cloths. They’re great at home, the office and even the car because they’ll clean screens, glasses, camera lenses, phones, jewelry and so much more.

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Emergency Flashlight, Blackout Alert and Night Light

Don’t get caught in the dark again. The Blackout Buddy gives you an emergency LED flashlight, blackout alert and nightlight in one convenient package. You’ll appreciate it the next time an ice storm blows through and the power goes out. It gives you four hours of battery life, and lights up automatically during a power outage.

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HexFlex Multi-tool

They’ll never be without a screwdriver if they’ve got this snowflake-shaped multi-tool. It functions like 15 tools in one, including a Phillips screwdriver, flathead screwdriver, Allen wrench and more. There’s even a bottle opener to celebrate a job well done. Plus, it’s got a pretty good grip to it, so it’s easy on the hands, too. Stash one in the car and with camping gear.

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Yeti Rambler

Yeti’s 20-oz. rambler double-wall vacuum insulated tumbler is one of the most popular gifts season after season. And why wouldn’t it be? It keeps hot drinks hot and cool drinks ice cold for hours so you’re never coming back to a lukewarm beverage.

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Reusable Heavy-Duty Shopping Bag

Plastic bags are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Besides, they’re a hassle to deal with once you get them home and unpack the groceries. So kick the habit with this Hemp Go Green Heavy-Duty Shopping Bag.

The sturdy 100 percent hemp canvas is so durable it’s got a lifetime guarantee. Plus, it’s built to the same size and height as a tall paper grocery bag, so it holds plenty.

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USB Compatible Cover Plate

This outlet cover plate with a built-in USB charger keeps your phone, tablet or other electronic devices ready for use while leaving the plugs free. Like any cover plate, it’s easy to install, even for the novice DIYer. Just shut down the power, unscrew the old plate and screw on the new one.

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Toilet Bowl Night Light

There’s nothing worse than stumbling into the bathroom for a late-night emergency and stubbing your toe on the counter — or, worse, missing the target, if you know what I mean. But when the toilet has this handy night light, there’s no issue.

If you really want to get funky, put it on carousel mode so it rotates through all 16 colors! And with a built-in motion sensor, it only lights up when someone enters the bathroom.

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Ryan Van Bibber
Ryan Van Bibber is a senior editor at Family Handyman. He learned DIY helping his father, a carpenter, at home and on job sites over the years, putting those skills into practice as a homeowner. A resident of Santa Fe, New Mexico, he is especially proud of his aptitude with a swamp cooler, repairing stucco and engineering makeshift shade. As a career journalist, Ryan covered the NFL for more than a decade, worked as a senior editor at Outside as well as writing and editing buying guides and product reviews for several national publications. When he’s not working, you can find him on the trails with his family and two very good dogs.