The best Secret Santa gifts for Christmas
Finding good Secret Santa gifts can be tricky. It’s a weird one. It can be a family thing or a work (family) event.
Family ones are great. And easy. If you don’t know what to get your sister/brother/uncle/auntie/step-dad/dad/cousin/mum/step-mum/mum’s special friend from next door/that one you call your cousin but actually they’re just an old family friend/nanny etc by now then you don’t really deserve a family.
Sorry, that’s just how we/they feel.
However, work Secret Santa can be a little harder.
Maybe you work at a lovely place where you know everyone and genuinely like (dare we say even LOVE) them. This means buying a Secret Santa gift is a joyous opportunity to surprise them with something unusual. Whilst looking cool to your other colleagues.
However, maybe you work at the opposite end of the spectrum, where you quite literally don’t know anyone’s name (or care too) and you walk around trying desperately to avoid eye contact or being cornered in the communal kitchen by that weird one you tell your mates about.
Either way, you’ll likely want to avoid the Gareth Keenan (investigates) attitude of ‘a tenner in an envelope’. It’s a chance to show people you don’t just ‘dial it in’ and in fact have a wicked eye for the perfect present for cherished workmates/strangers you share a toilet with. You never know it could be the event that finally gets you accepted into the gossip clique you’ve always feared you’ve been the target of (trust your instincts, they really do talk about you).
That’s why we’ve made our Secret Santa Gift Guide to help you win this Christmas peculiarity.
Even if you privately think of your lycra-clad colleague dominating the lift with his/her fold-up bike is a bit of a bike-w*anker, you can still have an eye for safety. Protect your colleague on their night-time cycles with a fun, bright and exceptionally dangly pair of Bike Balls. Chuckle, chuckle.
Everyone’s a sucker for a Disney reference, it makes them think of simpler times when they didn’t accidentally display their (dodgy) search history on the big screen during a board meeting and gasp ‘tw*tting hell’ in horror. Everyone knows workplace mugs are competitive. Gifting this deeply sentimental and adorable Beauty and the Beast Chip Mug is tantamount to saying ‘I care about you an appropriate yet touching amount, such that I’m giving you a significant leg up in the office mug wars’.
Enough said. Well, is it? This Secret Santa gift is saying so many things. Firstly – ‘I’m rather clever at finding amusing yet office-y Secret Santa presents’. Secondly – ‘I think you need help appearing smart in meetings because I think that actually you’re totally vacuous and need to be told in fetching teal and lemon tones’. Done and done.
This is the easiest and least creepy way of telling a colleague you think about them in the bath, and you’d like to make your (colour changing) presence known to them whilst they bathe, hence keeping yourself front of mind before the wonderful moment you yourself will be sitting (uncomfortably) on the bath plug (and in the bath…with them).