Ideas for Secret Santa

21 Nov

They’re the two words that strike fear into every worker at this time of year: Secret Santa. It’s all well and good if you pick a name you know well, but if it’s someone you’re less familiar with, what do you buy, and for just £10? Or sometimes even £5?

This year, I have to go one better and make my Secret Santa (eek!), although I obviously won’t be divulging any more than that here. But I thought it might be useful to come up with some ideas for Secret Santa presents that are just a little bit more special than a £10 gift set from Boots.

For a £10 budget…

I love Chinti & Parker’s pompom-neck sweater.

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But for £275, it’s not even in my spoil-myself budget, let alone a Secret Santa gift. However, if you’ve got nimble fingers and are feeling thrifty, why not recreate it?

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This New Look jumper is just £7.99. Total bargain, I might buy five! Then you can buy this pack of 25 pompoms from Hobbycraft for just £1.

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Sew them neatly around the neck and you’ve got yourself a pretty accurate replica of the Chinti & Parker number, for about 5 per cent of the price. And you’ll have £1 leftover for some fancy tissue paper to wrap your masterpiece in.

If you’re not the crafty type, here are a few other things I would love to open up, all for £10 or under…

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The jar says it all… what’s not to love? £9.95 from Notonthehighstreet.com.

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A tartan blanket scarf is a wardrobe staple, £9, Dorothy Perkins.

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A party-season saviour! Especially if you’re exchanging gifts on the night of the office Christmas party – you can guarantee your will come in handy in a matter of hours! And only £8.50, from Notonthehighstreet.com

For a £5 budget…

I’ve never actually done one of these, but I love the idea of giving someone a cake mixture in a jar. This one’s for brownies, from BBC Good Food.

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Assuming you already have some of the ingredients (flour, sugar etc), all you need to shell out for is some chocolate and a nice Kilner jar, which you can get for about £2.50, depending on what size you want…

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0.5-litre size, from John Lewis. You could even throw in a mini Baileys…

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£1.69 from Just Miniatures. Something for them to drink while they’re cooking their brownies!

But if you don’t want to DIY your gift, here are some alternatives…

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Surely no one can resist this fluffy little fellow of a bag charm/keyring? I certainly can’t. £5, Topshop.

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Little hoop earrings are a classic that everyone can wear, and you can get these two pairs for £3 from Asos.

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This pretty hanging tealight holder is £2.55 from Notonthehighstreet.com. Which leaves you enough for a pack of scented tealights from Ikea

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These are vanilla, £1.35 for 30, but other scents include berry, apple, violet and sea breeze.

So there you have it, my slightly-more-creative-than-a-pair-of-socks guide to Secret Santa!

Bethan x

 

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