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The best Secret Santa gifts

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We've tracked down over 30 Secret Santa presents to suit any budget and just about anyone you know.

The group gift-giving tradition of Secret Santa is a great way to save money at Christmas.

But picking out a suitable present, within a small agreed limit, can be challenging.

So instead of spending hours traipsing around the shops trying to find something, we’ve compiled the ultimate gift list for Secret Santa presents suitable for any budget.

£5 and under

If you’ve agreed on a tiny budget of £5 and under here are a few ideas on what you could go for.

Music lover:

At Prezzybox you can get these drumstick pencils for £4.95.

A classical music buff with a daft sense of humour might like this “Too Hot to Handel” chopping board from the Music Gifts Company for a bargain £4.50.

Alternatively, serious guitar fans might enjoy this pack of classic blues guitar licks featuring the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Robert Johnson, for £5 from The Great Gift Company. Each card has information about a song and an artist along with the chord sequence for the lick.


To give your keys a bit of punch, pick up this tiny Lonsdale boxing glove keyring for only 99p from Sports Direct.

Or go for an entertaining table top game like basketballbowling or pool available for £3 each from Tiger.


If that baker you know is rather regal, get them a Tea with the Queen cookie cutter, only £5 from Suck UK

Or you could go for a ring bottle opener for a pound from The Discovery Store.

If afternoon tea is more their thing try this pretty cake stand for just £3.99 from Dunelm.

Style addict:

The PlayStation keyring has retro style in spades. Grab it from Truffle Shuffle for just £4.99.

For someone who wants to celebrate yuletide without letting their style guard down, go for this adorable Christmas jumper brooch from Not on the High Street. It’s only £4.

Lucky Dip:

To save someone from brutal boredom at the family Christmas dinner table, get them this pack of 18 paper aeroplanes for £3.49 from Lakeland. They’ll thank you for it. Their mother-in-law, on the other hand, might not.

For said stressed holiday host, opt for a Jelly Belly fragranced candle tin (£4.95) from Prezzybox instead. The fun fragrances will soon put a smile on their face.

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£10 and under

As the budget increases, so do the quality of gifts.

Music lover:

If your friend fancies fried eggs with a bit of an edge, turn them with this guitar flipper from Lakeland (£8.99).

Or they could play some of their own music at the office. This desktop drum kit is perfect for when you’re feeling a bit restless. It’s only £7.95 from Prezzybox


Your colleague can firm those abs while they're desk-bound with a Pro Fitness gym ball from Argos. It’s only £6.99.

If they cycle, make sure they can be seen with these colour changing bike valve lights from Red 5. They’ll light up the road for only £8.95.

Thirsty golfers will appreciate this Longridge water bottle and golf tees set from John Lewis (£10).


For the office chocoholic’s stash of Curly Wurlys, Wispas and Freddos, it can only be the retro Cadburys tin, costing £8.99 at Lakeland.

Bring a bit of Round Table grandeur to someone’s breakfast time with the Arthur Egg Cup, available for £7.99 from I Want One of Those.

Style addict:

How about this Stop Thief! Zip purse from Cath Kidston for £6? It’s not the best theft deterrent but it’s pretty cute and kitsch.

Or a bottle of Chambord from Ocado, which is stylish enough for even the classiest of ladies.

Lucky dip:

There’s always one colleague who’s full of useless facts (or boundless wisdom, whichever you prefer). Fuel their curiosity with 1,411 QI Facts To Knock You Sideways, available for £10 from The Great Gift Company.

If you’re really stuck for a gift idea, head over to Firebox and pick a Secret Santa box. They’re available for him or her and wrapped in Firebox’s custom wrapping paper. It fits right into your budget as well at only £9.99.

Does someone you know need an ice breaker for their next dinner party? Try the Legless Pirate Corkscrew (£9.95) from Prezzybox. This cork-legged scallywag can open both beer and wine.

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£15 and under

It's rare to get a budget this high for Secret Santa, but if your friends are feeling particularly flush this year then there are plenty of presents available to splash some cash on.

Music lover:

Get them a beautiful map of the world hand made out of musical notes from artPause on Etsy from £11.99.

Alternatively you could go for this chic sheet music infinity scarf from Whimsy Abode on Etsy for £11.76.


If anyone you know is barmy enough to do early morning winter runs, give them this cool Ronhill Pro beanie (£10.49 from Runners Need) to keep them warm.

Or to help keep the spirit of the World Cup 2014 alive, you could buy your sporty Secret Santa recipient a Nike Brazil Supporters football, £14, from John Lewis.


Combine two of the world’s best foodstuffs and let your friend unleash their creative flair with a make your own chocolate pizza kit. It’s just £12.95 from Prezzybox.

Spice up their life with the Food Nation Enhance It spice tin for £15 from Boots. It includes mustard seeds, curry powder, garlic flakes and fennel seeds.

Alternatively for cheese lovers this KitchenCraft cheese serving set including a board for serving and four serving knives, might go down well. It costs £12.95 from Wayfair.

Style addict:

The organised will need a 2015 diary. These from Moleskine come in lots of stylish colours and have a weekly page view. You can get one from Waterstones for £13.99.

And for the modern, casual/stylish gentleman there’s hi-top slippers from Hawkin’s Bazaar for £15. Just when you thought trainers couldn’t get any comfier.

Lucky dip:

A book of 1001 Beers (£15) from BHS might help your beer connoisseur mate pick a tipple come Boxing Day down the pub.

But if they prefer a cup of tea and a spot of nostalgia, there’s always the Robocup (£12.99) from Firebox.

Or help someone relax over the festive season with this hot stone therapy pack, available for £10.95 from Prezzybox.

How to save even more money

When buying your present you’ll also need to factor in postage costs, if buying online, and order the gift so it has enough time to arrive. Check out our roundup of retailers' last order dates for Christmas deliveries to make sure you don’t miss out.

Buying through a cashback website, such as Quidco or TopCashback will save you money, as will doing your spending on a cashback credit card.

Also keep an eye out for vouchers and money-off discounts to help lower the price.

This article has been updated for 2014

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