Christmas presents: Office Secret Santa gift ideas

The decorations are going up, the office parties are being planned and the seasonal songs are on repeat! With less than 3 weeks until Christmas it is time to start thinking about your Christmas shopping and in particular your Secret Santa gifts for your office.

First thing is first, become aware of what your “giftee” likes, their sense of humour and things they mention. This will all give you clues as to what gifts they’d like.

Here are a few Christmas gift ideas you can pick up for under a fiver to suit the different personalities and likes of your co-workers.

Sports fan:
Obviously if you know the exact sport or sports team your co-worker supports then you can get them something specific. For example you can buy a West Ham keyring for £3.21 or a Arsenal stadium snow globe for £3.38 from discount football gifts. If it’s an all-rounder you’re after this then how about a sports trivia game from Marks and Spencer which costs only £3.50. Another bargain Christmas gift are these £3 tabletop games such as basketball and pool from Tiger.

If you know that your “giftee” is a big food lover then get them something edible. Homemade gift baskets can be tailored to anyone’s interests, show some real thought went into the gift and, with a little imagination, can also be easy on the budget.

If they love to cook then get them something quirky for the kitchen. These salt and pepper shakers are quite cute and only cost £4.95 from Prezzybox. You can also pick up a decent cook book for a fiver e.g. Baking Made Easy by Lorraine Pascale for £4.86.

Obviously buying clothes for someone you work with could prove pretty tricky. Play it safe with a book on the subject e.g. Vintage Fashion Sourcebook by Cleo Butterfield for £4.25 (something I’d be chuffed with *ahem).

Get them something practical and cool like this Love hearts Oyster card holder for £2.50. This Cath Kidson key fob is the ideal present to liven up their key chain for only £4.50 or this foldaway bag from Paperchase for £4 is handy for carrying their lunch. A pair of gloves, a bobble hat or some funky socks will also go down well in the cold winter weather!

Dog lover:
This cute dog pen for £2.99 or these dog Top Trumps are perfect for dog-loving co-workers. The book, Texts from Dog will guarantee to have them in stitches!

Gardening keeno:
Is your “giftee” a keen gardener? For green fingered co-workers you can pick up this kneeling pad for £4.95 or this herb kitchen garden kit for £4.79

I hope this has given you (and my Inspiring team members) some gift inspiration! What is the worst Secret Santa gift you have ever received? Let us know by Tweeting @InspiringIntern with the hashtag #badsanta. The best will receive an Inspiring hoodie!

Hannah is a Digital Marketing Executive at Inspiring. She blogs about food here: and tweets about food here: @misshana_. She squeezes in time for graduate careers advice and commuting rants too.