It’s that time of year! Your name has been tossed into a hat, put through a name generator or organised between friends and colleagues to assign you a Secret Santa to buy for this Christmas. Personally I love to take part in Secret Santa and find buying for someone I either don’t know very well really exiting and buying for friends the most magical experience.
I put a lot of thought into every gift I buy, whether it’s a main present for someone really close to me, or something small for a colleague, It’s so much nicer to give gifts a lot of thought and time.
If I buy for a colleague or work associate, I buy something that reflects their personality, but is also quite general so you know that it’s something that will be used even if it isn’t something they absolutely love.
When buying a Secret Santa gift for my girlfriends I find it harder to stop buying than it is to start! Because I know my girls so well it really isn’t hard to think of a few things that they would love, however if you do struggle to think of ideas or you’re buying for someone you don’t know too well, here are a few tips that might come in handy.
The Useful Gift
If you don’t know someone very well, or have a really small budget (I know a lot of office or group Secret Santas can have budgets as low as £5), I like to go for something that is useful, so even if it’s not something which they would have chosen for themselves, it will be used and not a wasted gift. Things I would go for in this instance are things like a new mug, tea or coffee or a food gift. When working in an office especially, everyone will use a mug and tea and coffee consumption (in previous workplaces and of course, when working from home for me), is extremely high! No one will be disappointed with a work mug upgrade or a gifted caffeine fix and even if they aren’t to the recipients taste, they can be left in the kitchen and won’t be hanging around for long!
There’s so many things that you can buy for someone you work with that can be put on a desk or used for work such as a cool water bottle, pens, notebooks, hand cream or even a photo frame. These are things people probably won’t think to buy themselves for use in the office, but are really lovely gifts to receive.
Another great idea is a Christmas decoration. You could get the persons initials or incorporate their name or hobby in the decoration, or just go for a really lovely bauble. Pretty much everyone who celebrates Christmas will have a tree and you can never have too many baubles!
The Thoughtful Gift
If I’m buying a Secret Santa gift for someone I try to find out a little bit about their personality or something they’re interested in. The last office Secret Santa I was involved in when I had outside of working for myself at home (I really miss having colleagues to do this with!!), I had a colleague that I really didn’t know very well, but I had noticed that she always had a hot water bottle on her chair. The hot water bottle had no cover and didn’t look like the most cosy hot water bottle in the world so I got her a super cosy fluffy one because I knew it was something she would use and hopefully, love! Turns out she did and luckily she was really pleased! You’d be surprised what you can notice when working with people, or what other colleagues may know about that person if you don’t know them well yourself.
The Gift That Reflects Your Personality
My family have Christmas eve presents every year, however as well as Christmas even presents, last year I also bought everyone a crystal which reflected either their personality or a place in their life. Even though this might not have been everyones perfect present, it reflected something that I love and a huge interest of mine, so was more a way to extend something personal to me, to my family. I think this is a really great thing to do as it shows that you have put thought into something and that you have taken something that brings you a great deal of joy and offered this to someone else, rather than finding something completely random.
Here are some great ideas for Secret Santa!