Secret Santa gift ideas

It’s a staple of the Christmas countdown in the office, and – we’ll admit it – something that gets us a little more stressed than it should (ever picked out someone you don’t know?). If you’re stuck for a Secret Santa idea this year, we’ve rounded up 12 quirky buys that you’ll be happy to have opened in front of a crowd.

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1. For the beardy one

Paperchase Beard Bunting


Although beard bunting never quite took off, it’s the kind of novelty nonsense that Secret Santa was made for. Use it to give a heavy-handed hint to a special recipient or get someone in trouble at the office Christmas party.


Paperchase, Beard Bunting, £4.50


2. For the avo obsessed

Tony Moly I'm Real Avacado Sheet Mask


On your nachos, in your burrito, and now all over your face. Avocado’s hydration-boosting properties make a mean mask when teamed with macadamia nut oil and anti-inflammatory oleic acid.


Tony Moly, I'm Real Avacado Sheet Mask, £5


3. For the hair twirler

Invisibobble Scented I Smell Like Chocolate 3 Pack


Chocolate and Invisibobble: both certified crowd-pleasers. Part of the aptly named Cheatday Collection, these cult spiral ties promise the same crease-free hold and strong grip for sports, but with a sweet scent.


Invisibobble, Scented I Smell Like Chocolate 3 Pack, £5


4. For the desk decorator

Paperchase Shiny Green 1ft Christmas Tree


The Christmas tree is the centrepiece of the festive season, and this diminutive version deserves pride of place on any desk. Choose from a more traditional fake fir, highlighter green or snazzy gold – just like nature made them.


Paperchase, Shiny Green 1ft Christmas Tree, £5

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5. For the beauty addict

M.A.C Mini M.A.C Lipstick


In ten hues and three textures, these handbag-friendly sizes of MAC’s iconic lipstick are just the ticket for beauty buffs. Just try not to make any faux pas with the shade names (‘Diva’, anyone?).


M.A.C, Mini Lipstick, £10


6. For the chocaholic

Choc on Choc Chocolate Reindeers


Swap the same old tin of Quality Street for nine of these white and dark Belgian treats, handcrafted in Somerset. Look like Rudolph (festive), taste like chocolate (delicious) – it’s a win-win.


Choc on Choc, Chocolate Reindeers, £9


7. For the sock enthusiast

Sockshop 3 Pack Reindeer Sunglasses Stripe Socks


There’s always one, isn’t there? This cheeky two-pack (not two individual socks - we checked) – features a Christmas tree-inspired pair and a beautifully bold pink and yellow combo. We’re dreaming of a bright Christmas.


Missguided, Christmas Tree Lurex Ankle Sock, £6


8. For the office joker

Paladone Unicorn Hoopla


The latest tribute to the unicorn trend, all you need for this charmingly simple party game is a volunteer for the boring bit (aka standing still) and a crowd itching to prove their aim. Friday night work drinks start here.


Paladone, Unicorn Hoopla, £8

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9. For the MAMIL

Ted Baker Bicycle Repair Kit


Middle-aged man in lycra, if you didn’t know. What you do know about is cycling, because this giftee talks about it a lot. This compact repair kit will their make life on the open road a little easier, and earn you some serious brownie points.


Ted Baker, Bicycle Repair Kit, £15


10. For the coffee convert

Makers & Merchants Set Of Three Syrups


If they’re the kind of person that counts down to coffee shop Christmas menus – like we do with festive sandwiches – these versatile festive syrups might be just the push they need to ditch the 500 calorie drink habit.


Makers & Merchants, Set Of Three Syrups, £12


11. For the girl on the go

Caroline Gardner Hello Lovely Dotty Travel Cup With Straw


What is it about a straw that makes drinking more fun, however old we are? With a reusable stripy option, punchy polka dot print and cute slogan, they’ll never struggle to sip their way through 6-8 glasses a day again.


Caroline Gardner, Hello Lovely Dotty Travel Cup With Straw, £12


12. For the forgetful one

Caroline Gardner Tassel Keyring


If your friend is forever losing their keys, this two-tone pink and red keychain could be the answer. It’s chic enough to add to a handbag, chunky enough to spot easily and nods nicely to the trend for all things fringed and tasselled.


Caroline Gardner, Tassel Keyring, £12