Christmas will soon be upon us and that means it’s nearly time for you to tear your hair out choosing a secret Santa gift for a colleague or loved one! Secret Santa is an age-old tradition that’s still going strong in the UK. In a recent poll of 2,000 Brits, two-thirds confessed to taking part, and what’s more is that nearly half admitted to really enjoying it. Despite this, most people agree that buying Secret Santa gifts can be something of a minefield. Here are our Secret Santa Gift Ideas to help you find the perfect present.
Tips for choosing a secret Santa gift
Secret Santa is meant to be fun, but many people become anxious about selecting the right gift. After all, if when you pull a name out of the Christmas hat, it’s someone you don’t know very well, you may wonder what on earth you could possibly get them. Do you choose a funny gift? (or will they be offended?) Or do you go personalised? There are so many things to consider! Most people find colleagues and employers the most difficult people to buy for. It can be tempting to quickly pick up a bottle of wine or chocolates, however, this doesn’t show that you’ve put much thought into it. Here are our top tips for buying secret Santa gifts this Christmas.
Stick to the budget
The first thing you will need to do is agree on a budget with your colleagues or friends. Usually, this will be around the £5-10 mark. As much as you may think that buying an expensive gift will make you popular (well, with one friend at least), in reality, it’s not so simple. No good will come from one person receiving a £50 gift whilst everyone else’s cost £10. You’ll either make people jealous of your gift or lead them to worry that they haven’t spent enough on theirs. Going too far under the price limit should be avoided too, particularly if you don’t want to gain a reputation as the office cheapskate!
Do your research
Whilst you may get lucky and pull your best workmate’s name out of the hat, there’s always the chance that you’ll get someone you’ve only ever said hello to at the water cooler. If all you have in common is your need for iced H2O on a workday, you’re going to have to work a little bit harder to find a gift they’ll love. Find out all about them by speaking their workmates or scan their desk for hints about what they might like. You can also take a look at their social media pages if you want to delve deeper into their personality. You can discover if they have pets or which football team they support, giving you some good ideas for gifts.
Choose handmade presents
If you want to show that you’ve put thought into your secret Santa gift this year, why not put your creativity to the test and make your own? There are so many great ideas for handmade presents, from bath bombs you can make in your sink at home to mugs you can personalise using nail polish. It really can be quite easy if you think outside of the box. All you need is some creativity, an idea and an abundance of Craft Supplies! Alternatively, you could always look for an independent seller who can create something more bespoke and special?
Recycle old gifts (but be careful!)
With many people looking for greener ways to dispose of unwanted presents from past Christmases, re-gifting is becoming more popular. So, don’t be afraid to recycle your old pressies by giving them to your secret Santa recipient. Not only will it help the environment, but it will also save you money too – it’s a win-win! It might be that the pink fluffy jumper you received from an auntie is more suited to your colleague’s tastes than yours, in which case passing it on is a great idea. Just make sure the gift won’t be recognised by anyone in the office. Definitely don’t return it to the person who gave it to you!
That’s a wrap!
One of the best tips for making our low-cost secret Santa gift look more appealing to its recipient is to wrap it up attractively. Add pretty tissue paper under the wrapping and finish with hand-tied bows of ribbon or twine. Even just spending a little more on some luxury wrapping paper can add a touch of class to a budget gift. However, if you don't want to splurge on wrapping paper then lucky for you we have a great selection of affordable Christmas Wrapping to choose from. Just remember, if it looks pretty, they’re less likely to care what is on the inside!
At the end of the day, secret Santa is just a bit of fun – an office gimmick designed to bring a smile to everyone’s faces. So, don’t overthink it or cause yourself too much stress as you ponder what to get your colleague. Your budget is low, and most people will have low expectations too! Follow these tips for secret Santa success this Christmas.