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Secret Santa Gift Guide

December 10, 2018 No Comments

Secret Santa Gift Guide

December 10, 2018 No Comments


Christmas is literally around the corner with just a few shopping days left until the big day.  Christmas planning, Christmas parties and present buying will no doubt be in full swing.

Deciding what to purchase for those hard-to-buy for family and friends, or work colleagues can prove rather difficult and cause quite the headache……but enter Secret Santa!

I think Secret Santa is such a great idea and here’s why…..

Secret Santa for the Family or Friends Group:

Many families or close friend groups seem to be adopting the Secret Santa theme for the adults gifting and I have to say that I really love and applaud this idea. 

I think Secret Santa allows people to become more aware of over-spending especially on gifts that are really ‘just for the sake of it because its Christmas and therefore you feel like you should buy ‘X’ something and ‘Y’ something‘. 

Secret Santa can take the stress away of excess gifting and instead be more pocket-friendly, as well as being so much fun and the items can end up being really useful too!  Its that perfect victory of quality over quantity.  You actually put yourself in that persons shoes and really think about what might suit them, their personality and the gift often feels more unique and personalised to them which is always greatly appreciated.  Plus as the ‘buyer’ you have one gift to buy for instead of many which am sure at this bank-account-stretched time of year takes off quite a bit of pressure.

Secret Santa for the Workplace:

When I worked in an office Secret Santa was a great way to have a little fun as well as ensuring you didn’t need to buy lots of presents for different people.  It takes away those obligatory boxes of chocolates or fragrance gift sets that a person will probably never end up using anyway.  Instead, you all set a budget, pop each persons name into the Santa hat, pick out your receiver and off you go to buy their gift. 

It sounds easy and most of the time it is, except when you happen to pick ‘that’ person that is really hard to buy for – the one that seems to have everything already, the one that isn’t really ‘into’ anything, that one person in the office you don’t really know very well at all……I know many of my friends relate to this and sometimes Secret Santa can leave you feeling like you don’t even know where to start.

For ‘thinking outside the box’ gift items I always turn to Prezzybox, they have such a vast array of fun, practical and different products.  Their site always feels like there is that ‘something special’ for everyone, even those really hard to buy for people. 

Prezzybox also have some great gift ideas for Teachers Christmas Presents and Stocking Fillers too, its such a user friendly and fun site and I’ve always found their customer service to be great, plus they ship Worldwide!

Here is my Secret Santa Gift Guide full of ideas for every budget.

The Fiver and Under Budget

  • Games for Bored Adults (£4.99) – The perfect book for the party host, the dinner host, the one that likes to travel, or for the office train commute.  The book offers some amusing and imaginative games ideas as well as being great one for the coffee table or book shelf.
  • Gin and Tonic Popcorn (£4.99) – If you know someone who loves their Gin then this is a fun gift.  The popcorn is infused with 5% gin and 5% tonic.  There is also Marmite Popcorn and Cheese on Toast Popcorn available (which I have to say sounds really intriguing).
  • Baby Trivia Card Game (£4.99) – Ideal for any expecting parents, new parents (and a great one for a Baby Shower too).

The £10 Budget

  • Come In If You Have Prosecco Doormat or Knock Knock It’s Gin O’Clock Doormat (£9.99 each) – It might seem strange to buy someone a doormat but every house needs one and its something you see and walk over every single day, so why not make it a fun one!  These doormats will certainly raise a smile to everyone that wipes their feet as they enter your home.
  • The Great British Bathe Off Melts (£9.99) – This handmade in the UK Bath Melts collection includes a range of classic British desserts such as ‘Cherry Bakewell’ and ‘Lemon Drizzle’ wash to pop in your bath whilst you relax and unwind and maybe watch a certain British Baking TV Show.
  • Polaroid String Lights (£9.99) – A gorgeous way to display your polaroid photos in the bedroom or living space whilst adding a touch of cosy ambiance at the same time.  Also a lovely idea for anyone who rents and can’t always put up photo frames on walls.

The £15 Budget

  • Prosecco Pong (£12.99) – The classic house party game and perfect for the holiday season, especially NYE.
  • George Michael Tea Towel (£12.99) – Dry your dishes to George, Bowie or other Musical Icons such as Freddy Mercury, Michael Jackson, Prince or Madonna.  I love these tea-towels, I think they are such a fun addition to any Kitchen.
  • Make your own Neon effect sign (£14.99) – Say anything you want and add it to your home, office, business, etc – a great idea!  Its also a wonderful choice for anyone who loves home decor or a bit of DIY (or for the blogger or social media lover in the family).

The £20 Budget

  • Prosecco Candle by Vineyard Candles (£17.99) – Perfect for the party season, perfect to start the weekend with and for any Prosecco lover (hands up here!).  This is a great way to drink in the wonderful fruity and sweet aroma which is beautifully packaged too.
  • Smartphone Projector (£15.99) – So many of us now watch movies and TV series on our smartphones, but with this nifty product you can transform any clear space into your own home cinema just from your smartphone.  Ideal to keep the kids entertained, perfect for outdoors in the summer under the stars, and even better for these cosy winter nights bringing the cinema feel to your own front room.
  • Scratch Map (£16.99) – Not only does this look really nice as a picture on the wall but for those that have enjoyed/still do enjoying travelling then you can scratch off the places you have been.  I love this idea!

The £50 and over Budget

  • One night Glamping Break for 2 (£55.00) – Valid for 10 months for two people and with a range of beautiful locations to choose from, this would be such a lovely Secret Santa surprise for an overnight getaway to unwind.  Or for the same price you could gift a Blissful Spa Day for two, I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t appreciate either of these gifts.
  • Rotating Stone Baked Pizza Maker (£74.95) – For those that love to cook or for those that just love their pizzas…this a great way to get the whole family involved, a great way to enjoy date night and ideal for those that maybe aren’t such a great cook (like me!) to turn into a pizza pro with ease.
  • iFly Indoor Skydiving Experience (£77.00) – For the thrill seekers this would be a great day out and experience that is something a little bit different.  The ‘ifly Indoor Skydiving experience’ still gives a thrill without having to physically jump out of a plane.  The price includes two flights for one person.

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