Best cheap Secret Santa gifts 2016: Christmas presents for under £5, £10 and £15

We've tracked down the best Secret Santa presents to suit smaller budgets.

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

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

So instead of spending hours traipsing around the shops trying to find something decent, 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:

How about these stylish music magnetic note holders from Not on the High Street? They're great for photos and a steal at only £4.99.

Help them craft those compositions with a six-inch keyboard ruler in black or white. You can order it from The Music Gifts Company for just £1.50.

For something a little more dapper, pick up this this five-piece drum kit lapel pin for £4.11 from Musical Gifts Online.


Let them show support for their favourite football team with a mug from Lillywhites for just £4. Choose from the likes of Rangers, Celtic, West Ham, Arsenal, West Ham, Newcastle and more.

Or keep them warm on their winter runs with a woolly pair of McKenzie Alonzo gloves for a fiver from JD Sports.


Pep up a G & T with pink peppercorns, juniper, hibiscus flowers and cardamom with the Gin and Tonic Cocktail Botanicals kit from Lakeland. It costs just £3.69.

For the baker in the office, you can pick up safari, space or dinosaur cookie cutters for £5 from Suck UK.

Take a punt on this slow-cooked bacon jam with chipotle for £4 from Not on the High Street.

And for the party animal? A jelly alcoshots mould, £4.99 from MenKind.

Style addict:

For stylistas, you can get a personalised monogram marble initial foil print with the letter of their choice on it for £4.90. Get yours from Not on the High Street.

Or how about a travel-themed compact mirror? You can pick one up with an inspiring travel quote for just £4.50 from Tesco Direct.

Lucky Dip:

This telescopic back scratcher should sort out any nagging itches your Secret Santa receipient has. Get one for £3.99 from MenKind.

How about this Science Museum Crystal Snowman? You can have fun and learn how crystals form at the same time! Pick one up from Debenhams for £5.

Help maintain that manicure with a nail buffer from the Body Shop. Go on, it’s only a fiver.

The humourist will appreciate this Spike Milligan mini wall calendar – it’s £4.99 at Waterstones.

For that one who always loses their keys, get them a whistle key finder for £4.99 from Zavvi.

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£10 and under

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

Music lover:

HMV is doing a cracking deal offering you two CDs for £10 covering pretty much every genre you can think of. How about If I can Dream by Elvis, Queen’s Greatist Hits album or Motown Anthems?

Or you can get that music lover a pair of Beho NPNG On-Ear Wired Headphones for £9.99, also from HMV.

Headphone at HMV (Image: HMV)


Get this bargain Karrimor pedometer for £5.99 (reduced from £11.99) from Sports Direct.

Soothe someone who’s tee-d off with this pack of six Keep Calm golf balls, £9.99 from John Lewis.

Keep it simple with Nike metal swoosh cap which costs £9.99 at Lillywhites.


Whip up a batch of delicious beer cookies with this handy kit for £9.99 from Firebox.

Spice up their Christmas tree with a mulled wine Christmas bauble for £6 from Whittard. It’s also available in ground coffee and hot chocolate.

This Glenfiddich Family Collection single malt whisky gift pack (3 x 5cl) is perfect for a Secret Santa and only sets you back a tenner. Pick it up from Sainsbury’s.

If you’re buying for more of a morning person, check out this Perfect Porridge in a Mug gift. It comes with a recipe and instructions on the mug itself. Get one from Lakeland for £9.99.

Style addict:

This simple and elegant Emma Teardrop pendant necklace is ideal if you don’t know much about who you’re buying for. And it’s only £6 from Accessorize. Result!

This Fika milk jug is only £7 but will add some style to any kitchen counter. Get it from Oliver Bonas.

New Look has a burgundy knitted scarf on sale for £9.74, down from £12.99.

Lucky dip:

It’s cheeky swigs a-plenty with a George Hardy hip flask, available for £7.99 from Argos.

A Desktop Boxing kit will help get your colleague destress on the sly.

The kit includes a mini desktop punching bag, two tiny boxing gloves for your index fingers and a 32-page book with basic finger boxing moves and boxing trivia. Get it for £6.98 from Waterstones.

Make sure they can carry on texting on the go with a Smart Glove that still lets them use their iPhone without their hands getting cold. Get a pair in pink or black for £7.95 at Prezzybox.

Or buy them this sweet tricycle bike planter for £9 from Not on the High Street.

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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:

Sick of listening to their favourite song on repeat? Get the lyrics printed on a poster for them. The Favourite Lyrics Poster is available from Not on the High Street for £10.95.

A bit unusual, but they might like this Too Hot to Handel apron from The Music Gifts Company. It’s only £15.

This pocket-sized induction speaker looks like little more than a block, but put your phone on it and it amplifies anything from Metallica to Sinatra, or just some rubbish ringtones. It has 15 hours of playback too. Pick it up for £11.99 from Red 5. 


Give them some inspiration for their next cycle trip with Traffic-Free Cycle Trails for £14.99 from Cycle Surgery.

This 8kg kettlebell is great for building and maintaining fitness levels. Buy one from Decathlon for £12.99.

Bring a bit more zen to their lives with a Gaiam Watercress yoga mat in purple. Buy it at John Lewis for £14.99.

Egg cup Pillow (Image: Suck UK)


Let your hard-boiled egg rest on this pillow egg cup for £12 from Suck UK.

A box of Prestat fine chocolate assortment (210g) is £11.24 from Waitrose. What a bargain!

Perk up cheese and crackers with Mrs Bridges chutney selection hamper featuring ginger and chilli, sweet onion and more. It’s £12.50 at Debenhams.

Style addict:

Take a plant pot, split it in half and what do you get? Bookends! Buy a set from Suck UK for £15.

Add a bit of exotic flavour to any living room with a small Moroccan candle for £12 from Monsoon.

Keep it simple with a women’s black shoulder bag from H&M for £12.99.   

Complete any suit with a pair of silver diagonal twist metal cufflinks from The Collection at Debenhams. They’re £15.

Lucky dip:

For a bit of luxury get them an Aroma Home microwaveable hot body wrap with a lavender fragrance from Prezzybox via Tesco Direct for £11.95.

Solve all nail painting woes with the Tweexy. It’s a nail polish holder that you wear as a ring over two fingers in a cup that holds the nail polish, meaning you don’t to have to faff about handling a bottle of nail polish. Grab one for £14.99 from Firebox.

Make that trip a bit more special with a personalised name luggage tag from Not on the High Street. It only costs £13.99.

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 the dates before you order.

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.

A good current account can help you get more back from your everyday banking.

The TSB Classic Plus Account gives you 5% interest on balances (until January 2017) on balances up to £2,000, and that's not even a teaser fee. Compare more deals at the loveMONEY current account centre.

This article has been updated for 2016

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