Each year, as Christmas rolls around again, we start to worry about what to get our family and friends for presents. Christmas present lists start to make the rounds and, more often than not, we’ll know exactly what are nearest and dearest will really love (whether it’s a surprise or not!). But when it comes to the dreaded office Secret Santa, what are we meant to do? With a tight budget to stick to and the prospect of a social faux pas looming, here’s our guide to making the most of your Secret Santa with some fantastic, fun gifts from Littlewoods!
Keep in the Christmas spirit
The festive season is meant to be about fun, not fretting, so make sure you get your Secret Santa a gift they’ll enjoy – and one that’s a little bit daft too. Dull meetings are sure to be made a lot more fun with the Speeding Granny & Grandad, or the retro Pacman and Ghost Wind Ups! For the office playboy (or at least, he thinks he is) how about the handy Babe Magnet, ideal for that work Christmas party? We also love the Soldier Egg Cup and Toaster Cutter Set for pure cuteness value: a dinky soldier egg cup holding a spoon with a cutter to ensure a regiment of perfect toast soldiers.
Know your target – and what they like!
Buying presents for your Secret Santa can be tough, especially if you’re not sure what their hobbies and interests are. Take a bit of time to do your research (sneakily, of course!) and get them something they’ll really love. Total Gleeks will love this practical but cute Glee Coin Purse, plus it means they get to declare their love of Glee to the whole office! Those with a sweet tooth might prefer the Love Hearts Phone Pouch Set, complete with girly keyring and protective phone pouch – but without any of the calories. If your Secret Santa is more of a cool, laidback type, they’ll probably appreciate a little token of their favourite tipple, like the chunky Jack Daniels Keyring. Finally, there’s sure to be a few die-hard soap fans in the office, and there’s nothing like a bit of a chuckle at the storylines and characters of favourite soap, Corrie, with the Rovers Return Audio Pub Quiz – plus they can test their ultimate fandom at the same time.
Give it your best shot
Sometimes, even your best efforts might not help you with working out your Secret Santa partner’s likes or dislikes. In that case, make sure you get them something that anyone would love – a mix of practicality, good design, and something a bit quirky too. Our Cool Britannia Tea and Egg Cosies Set is the ideal gift for a young co-worker or someone who’s just moved into a new home, plus it’s different enough to stand out from the crowd. A pretty, feminine present is just right for the glamorous women in your office, like our V&A Jewellery Roll with flocked print interior and plenty of space for trinkets. Combining classic sporting imagery with a practical notebook, this Panini Notebook would be ideal for a football lover: it also includes a document pocket to ensure everything is kept in good order. For the tech guys in your office, the Robot Utility Keyring is bound to come in handy, thanks to its combination of bottle opener (essential) and mini screwdrivers encased in a cute, robotic package.
Life in the office isn’t complete without those obligatory cups of tea, so for the person who has everything, why not get them a Really Very Useful Mug? All the facts you might need including leap years, when the clocks go back, different types of knot and conversion charts are all included on this mug – perfect!