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Christmas 2016: Secret Santa ideas for work

Published 9 December 2016 by

Your workplace is likely to transform over the next couple of days – tinsel will start to appear around the office, emails for Christmas jumper day will circulate and Secret Santa draws will take place. 

It can be tricky to know what to get someone when you’ve only got a small budget. But don't worry, even with only £10 to spend, you can still find something to make your Secret Santa smile. To help, we've put together a list of Secret Santa gift ideas for under a tenner*. 

Office mug

An office mug is the ideal gift to get any coffee or tea drinker. In particular, this 'Today is the Day' mug from notonthehighstreet.com could be just the thing to get a particularly stressed out co-worker this Christmas. 

It's likely to put a smile on your Secret Santa's face and yours, as it sits under budget at just £9.50. 

Stationery set

There's always someone in the office that has a passion for stationery. For this person, you could pick up this Cat Stationery and Sticky Note Set from Primark. The two sets come to just £8 together – so you'll still have some change spare to spend on a box of choccies!  

Ladybird books for grown ups

For the office clown, you could pick up one of the Ladybird books for Grown Ups series, a tongue-in-cheek take on the popular children's series. There's a wide selection to choose from including the Ladybird Book of the Hangover, the Ladybird Book of the Zombie Apocalypse, and the Ladybird Book of Boxing Day.

All good options for someone who likes to laugh – and at £3.49 each, you could pick up a few!  

Grow Me Beer

This Grow Me Beer kit from notonthehighstreet.com is likely to suit someone that's into their beer. The box comes with everything you need to grow beer hops – the first step towards brewing your own beer.

The set comes with a packet of beer hop seeds, a coconut husk starter pot, a coconut husk compost disc and a wood plant marker. Not bad for just £4.99!

Lush bath set

It can be tricky to know what to get someone you're not too familiar with – but there's nothing wrong with playing it safe. Something like this Blooming Beautiful box set from Lush could do the trick. 

The set comes beautifully packaged and features two different bathroom items – a bath bomb and “bubbleroon” bubble maker. At just £9.50, you won't even need to buy any wrapping paper!

Bow tie and handkerchief

There's always one particularly sharp dresser in the office so why not get them this snazzy bow tie and handkerchief set from H&M. The dark blue polka dot handkerchief is great for everyday wear, while the bow tie is perfect for a specific occasion – maybe the office Christmas party? 

At £9.99, it comes in just a penny under budget!

Ted Baker Set

The key to a good Secret Santa is to get something appropriate and special – but something the person wouldn't get round to buying themselves. With that said, this Ted Baker Double the Dazzle Berry set is perfect for someone with a love of all things beauty.

This sleek little set includes a Berry Nail Polish and a Tinted Lip Balm and is only £8 at Boots (or 800 Boots Advantage Card points).

So there you have it – we hope we've given you ideas for your Secret Santa. For the rest of the people on your Christmas list, check out our gift ideas for men, our gift guide for women and our rundown of the top toys for Christmas 2016.

*Prices correct at time of writing – 08/12/16

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