Gift Ideas: Gorgeous & Inexpensive Gifts for Your Secret Santa


Hilary’s Picks: Gifts with Impact


Looking for the perfect gift? One that says volumes about who you are, and the amazing, conscious person you think they are? Mission-driven gifts are the next big thing in gift giving. We’ve rounded up some serious gorgeous gift ideas, made by artisan women around the world:

Hilary’s Picks: Gifts with Impact

Raven and Lily necklace and Prosperity Candle

Silver Leaf Necklace by Raven and Lily

Raven + Lily’s Ethiopia collection transforms what was once meant for harm into beautiful jewelry while empowering HIV+ women living near the Entoto Mountain. Their handmade pieces benefit at-risk women suffering from homelessness and disenfranchisement. Artisans craft jewelry with upcycled metal – empowering at-risk women. Their Almaz Silver Leaf Necklace is $64 and handmade in Ethiopia of recycled silver, copper, and brass.

Silver Scented Candle by Prosperity Candle

Prosperity candles are hand-poured, delicately scented, and artfully crafted by women artisans who are building brighter futures for themselves and their families in western Massachusetts after years in refugee camps. Every candle comes with the name of the woman that made it so you can look up her story on our website and even send her a note. I especially love their modern, Stockholm Collection candles, including the silver Osby votive candle, which is $22 (and I fully plan on storing jewelry in it once I’ve burned up the candle). I’m usually very picky with scents, but I love all of Prosperity’s fragrances, which are made using essential oils. Make sure to ask for their beeswax and soy wax filling (call and request it), since it’s free of paraffin.

Hilary’s Picks: Gifts with Impact

True Moringa body oil and Ajiri Tea

Body Oil by True Moringa

If you haven’t already gotten on board the moringa oil train, it’s high time. Their paraben free, sulfate free, all natural facial and hair serums are lightweight and easily absorbed, locking in lasting moisture and preventing signs of aging with antioxidants and unique moisturizing agents. Not to mention they provide a sustainable livelihood to over 1,000 small farming families in Ghana. Get (my favorite) peppermint infused True Moringa body oil for only $29.

Tea by Ajiri Tea

Exceptionally full-bodied and smooth, award-winning Ajiri Kenyan Black Tea ($9) is grown in the Kisii Hills of western Kenya, an area known for its abundant rainfall and fertile soil. Each comes in a decorative box made from dried banana leaves, with a little bag tied with handmade beads inside. Everything is handmade by women in Kenya, and 100% of profits support education for orphans.

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A writer, artist and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary spends most of her time in France, but still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC and has traveled extensively around the world, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and brands to bring to Urbanette readers.


  1. Jae Medina

    At times it is very difficult to find some good gifts when you don’t have some good budget. But i think these gift ideas you shared are really inexpensive and cute!

  2. Sonja FALLOW

    So many good ideas! Unbelievable that wecan get them for such reasonable prices! 🙂

  3. Kimberly Thompson

    Gifts never means big budget. It is something related to heart and feelings. If you can put it all, then definitely the outcome will be best. Very nicely done and well presented. Completely inspiring for anyone, who wishes to gift their loved ones but have a small budget. ?

  4. Amanda Roberts

    I really enjoyed this post. It was helpful. I’m picking a few things out of this list. Keep on posting! 🙂

  5. Frances Seifert

    Love them all, Hilary! Thank YOU for all your awesome gift ideas! XO

  6. Roberta Bennett

    So many cute ideas! Thanks ❤️

  7. Lynn Hayes

    Your blog (I think that is the term you use) is the best blog I’ve seen in such a long time, it is so full of brilliant and practical ideas. =]

  8. Diana Hewitt

    Always looking for new ideas for gifting, thank you! Very cool nice ideas. 🙂

  9. Sabrina Grattidge

    Some pretty cool stuff here. I actually found a gift for my sister in that list! 🙂

  10. Jennifer McSween

    These are great ideas for gifts! The thing I love most about them is that they are gorgeous yet inexpensive. t just goes to show that you don’t need to spend a lot of money to give a meaningful gift.

  11. Sasha Rosswell

    Loved your gift ideas. Seen lots of things I would like to buy as gifts. 🙂

  12. Kim Hartford

    Thanks! I might use some of this ideas for Christmas presents for my friends and family.

  13. Amelia Beckons

    Really good ideas. Thanks a lot. That Earthfrendz metallic clutch is to die for!

  14. Evelyn Sandler

    The most unique gifts ever! Thanks so much! Especially for the discount codes. 🙂

  15. Sydney Nowak

    Hello, Hilary! Thanks for the great gift idea collection and wonderful article. I would like to suggest everyone to read these ideas atleast once before going for gifts.

  16. Shannon Bradley

    These are all such awesome ideas! Thanks!

  17. Anna Kaplan

    Wow, I love all of these! Great list and so many of them are very thoughtful gifts.

  18. Betty O'Leary

    Love this article! Great post. This article has given me a lot of inspirations! Thank you very much.

  19. Ayla Pennington

    Thanks a lot for providing such wonderful ideas at one place! Wishing you a wonderful new year.

  20. Molly Twain

    Thank you so much, Hilary! You have saved Christmas for me. I couldn’t afford to buy expensive gifts this year, but I found several things I could afford on this list. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas as you have made mine. Thank you again. 🙂

  21. Sabrina Wellington

    What a great list!!! Thank you for a great round up of such inspirational ideas.

  22. Melissa Princeton

    Some really nice ideas for Christmas, thanks for sharing. <3

  23. Julia MacLean

    I love this collection of ideas and I’ve not only shared your post but I’ll be buying a few of them. Thank you!

  24. Celine Carter

    Thanks for so many great ideas! Handmade Christmas gifts are my favorite. 🙂

  25. Franny Pimms

    Wow! what a great roundup!! I’m so excited! I just found Christmas gifts for my kids teachers. I love your site 🙂

  26. Susanna Milton

    Wow! This is the Christmas Gift idea jackpot. I cannot wait to try some of these out… and not just to give as gifts 😉

  27. Matilda PARKER

    SO many great gift ideas in one spot – PINNING!! 😀

  28. Felicia Stewart

    Amazing list of gift ideas! I’m pinning this!

  29. Lana Urie

    Those are all so fun!! Thanks for including discount codes!! xoxox

  30. Monica CONOVER

    This was a great list! There are a few things I plan to buy! Thanks! 🙂

  31. Marina Henderson

    Awsome love all these idas!!!! I have some ideas now what to get for my family!

  32. Colleen Frasier

    Awesome ideas! Thank you! Very useful. 🙂

  33. Cassi Braun

    Unique and fabulous ideas! Thanks so much for taking time to share them with us!

  34. Danielle Wilson

    I’m so getting that bangles set! 😀

  35. Esther Earl Harris

    It is really hard to budget money especially this holiday season and guides like this is what we really need. i still haven’t bought a single item to gift because of busy schedule but i have a list. if you will ask me i love to give gifts that will last a lot longer. i love the gifts you’ve picked and i’m sure your secret santa will love them. Thank you for always sharing wonderful and helpful articles.

  36. Lena Dzeko

    So creative, and super cute! Love them all. Will definitely be buying some of them:)

  37. Kimberley Foulkes

    I am AMAZED! So many great items! It’ll be hard to stick to my to-buy list, cause I want them all!

  38. Hazel Collins

    It’s officially that time of the year again, making our gift list. thank you for helping and giving us a head start with your Gift ideas. I’m sure that i will find something to give to my loved ones. i have a habit of giving others things that i think they will get a lot of used from it. I think giving scented candles in a beautiful wrapper/box is perfect.

  39. Great picks! A lot of these I never heard of and I appreciate that so much than the big branded giants. The tea are great gifts for elders.. I’m always searching for recommendations on teas. And the pact over the knee socks sound like a really good deal. thanks!

  40. Hannah Mayers

    Wonderful!!! These are the type of products that I would like to patronize. I really love supporting mission-driven brands. Now, I’m off to their websites to check more of their products. But I would admit, Brave Collection really got me!

  41. Another great list from Urbanette! There’s nothing wrong if I should give myself a gift first, right? 😉 I’d like to try that body oil from True Moringa. I really would like to keep my skin moisturized. And it feels good to know that if I buy products from True Moringa, I’m helping provide a sustainable livelihood to small farming families 🙂

  42. Kimberly Vigil

    this is really great! i think that scarf is a must have. i’m really thankful that I’ve found this magazine. thanks for always helping people like me who are really stressing out in picking what to give this xmas. i can’t really get over that scarf after seeing it, i want to have one. i think it’s not wrong to say to my secret santa that i would love to receive new scarf.

  43. Kimberly Vigil

    this is really great! i think that scarf is a must have. i’m really thankful that I’ve found this magazine. thanks for always helping people like me who are really stressing out in picking what to give this xmas. i can’t really get over that scarf after seeing it, i want to have one. i think it’s not wrong to say to my secret santa that i would love to receive new scarf.

  44. I am very glad that you have this list! Aside from the fact that you’ve given us, your readers, great gift ideas for the holidays, you’ve helped these artisans/entrepreneurs promote and market their products! I’m definitely sharing this article.

  45. Cornelia Green

    This guide and gift idea is really interesting. I just want to say that you have really good taste picking out gifts. i love your gift selection, all of them. thinking of buying that brass necklace and necklace for myself, a treat for myself this Christmas(giggles).One of the reasons why i really love urbanette.

  46. Courtney Watson

    Wonderful gift ideas! I’m not only buying stuff for family and friends but for myself as well… LOL Tiklari earrings caught my attention, I think they’ll look good on me…

  47. Thanks for these ideas! It’s fun to spend when you know that your money goes to great causes! I want scented candle.

    • Gabrielle Williams

      Yeah, it’s great to know that you’re hard-earned money is not wasted or spent to nonsense things… Wonderful article to start my Friday especially that I’m really having a hard time thinking what gifts to give my family and friends…

  48. Wow! Thanks for sharing! My shopping cart is now full! I’m buying Earthfrendz products! They look very nice!

  49. Ashley Moore

    WOW! i love this! thank you so much for sharing this wonderful christmas gift ideas with us. i’ve always planning on giving my classmates handmade bracelets but i’m worried if they will not like it. Maybe i’ll do it and give it this coming christmas and i do hope they will love them and wear them everyday. I love receiving gifts from other and i don’t mind if it’s cheap, i’m always thinking that they made an effort giving it to me, remembering me. I would love to receive colorful socks this christmas, i think they are really kawaii! :3

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