Ah, Secret Santa. That moment of panic in December when your colleagues remind you you’ve signed up to buy another gift. And, obviously, you then draw out the name of the one person you literally have no idea what to buy for.
Finding the perfect gift is a fine balance between not too novelty, and not looking like you’ve tried to hard or gone over the spend limit! But you can stop the search, because we’ve got the 20 best Secret Santa gifts for £20 and under here…
(P.S. don’t forget we’ve sorted out all your main presents over in our LFX Christmas Gift Guide).
For the gadget-y one
Your Secret Santa budget probably won’t stretch to this year’s must-have gadget, so go for these smart gloves instead. Perfect for tech lovers at Christmas, they have wire interwoven fingertips allowing the wearer to use all their touchscreen devices without subjecting their hands to the December cold.
For the halfer
If you’ve drawn your friend who normally can’t stand up by the end of the office Christmas party and is likely to start ordering Diet Cokes by round three, help them out with this half pint glass, specially designed to look like a full pint from the front and help your lightweight friends keep their dignity a little bit longer!
For the forgetful one
If you’re fed up of trawling the office for lost keys, maybe this is the perfect Secret Santa gift. Lost keys? All you have to do is whistle, and the Key Finder will light up and beep until the elusive keys are reunited with their hapless owner. Genius!
For the humbug
So the Secret Santa poll has been drawn, and you’ve got the Scrooge-like misery guts who has been complaining about Christmas starting too early before anyone else even mentioned it, and thinks Secret Santa is a total waste of time and money anyway. These socks are perfect…
For the gambler
Got a friend who likes the occasional flutter? You won’t be able to send them on a jaunt to Vegas. but you can get their Christmas parties off to a good start with this shot roulette table. (Tip: if you get roped in to playing, volunteer to fill up the glasses so you know which ones to watch out for!)
For the one with the beard
Sort your mate’s dodgy leftover Movember face fuzz out with this gift box from Cornerstone, containing everything he needs for the perfect shave, including a personalised aluminium razor. It might just inspire him to sign up for a monthly subscription and keep the beard in check!
(We’ve cheated a little bit here, as the Cornerstone boxes are actually £30. BUT – enter the code LFX at the checkout and you’ll get £10 off, bringing it just inside our £20 budget!)
For the selfie-lover
Make your office Christmas party selfie a good one by buying your snap-happy colleague a Selfie Stick – basically an extendable arm to help them get the perfect angle for their self portrait. It’s also a good one for festival lovers – they’ll be able to film all the action from over people’s heads.
For the glamorous one
Buying for fans of the finer things in life can be tricky on a budget, but you can’t go wrong with this sparkling wine infused with real 22 carat gold leaf. Bubbles and gold on a £20 budget… well done you. There’ll be brownie points for this one.
For the disorganised one
If you’re forever reminding your Secret Santa giftee about that meeting on Monday or waiting for them outside of restaurants, help them get sorted with this Weekly Planner Pad (you could even write in a few dates before you give it to them – then they’ll really have no excuse for forgetting).
For the traveller
Anyone who always seems to be off on holiday will love this scratch map to help them keep track of their travels. Every time they’ve been to a different country, they get to scratch it off the map. The perfect present for globe trotters and explorers.
For the one with the sweet tooth
Your chocoholic colleagues will think all their Christmases have come at once if you go for this chocolate pizza, topped with rainbow drops (remember those?!), vanilla fudge, chocolate curls and edible glitter. Much better than cheese and tomato…
For the festive one
If you’ve drawn the office Christmas lover (the one who hasn’t taken their Christmas jumper off since the first of November and whose desk is drowning in tinsel and wrapping paper), help them get into the spirit with this elf onesie – it even has bells on.
For the music lover
This pillow with integrated speaker is a great choice for colleagues who always have their headphones on and are constantly at gigs or festivals. All they have to do is plug in their music player and they can fall asleep to their favourite tunes without disturbing anyone else – or breaking their headphones.
For the coffee lover
If you’ve drawn the office caffeine junkie who can’t even turn on their computer before they’ve had their first cup (of many), this personalised coffee will do the trick. 227g of premium coffee come in a tin with their name on, so there’s no excuse for kitchen thieves pinching their precious fuel!
…and the tea drinker
And if they opt for tea over coffee, go for a box from the Sweet Reason Company – homemade cakes and sweet treats including Salted Caramel, Baileys and Mince Pie Brownies, matched to complementary Tea Pigs teas.
And you can get 15% off with the code LITTLEFISHFX, to help you keep to your Secret Santa budget. Ho ho ho!
For the messy one
If you’ve drawn the mucky pup of the office, help them clean their act up with this miniature Henry Hoover to clear crumbs, dust and other mess from their desk. It even has a detachable arm for hard-to-reach areas and wheels for easy movement – so they won’t have any excuse for a dirty desk anymore.
For the whiskey connoisseur
Give their favourite tipple a festive touch with this Jack Daniel’s Apple Whiskey Punch, a seasonal blend of apple cider liquer, Jack and holiday spices including orange, cinnamon and clove. A good one to leave out for Santa too…
For the cinema goers
This cardboard smartphone projector makes the days of huddling around a smartphone trying to watch the latest viral video over each other’s shoulders a thing of the past, turning the humble Youtube video into a grand cinematic event. It projects on to any flat surface for a pop-up cinema wherever you are.
For the procrastinator
Give the office Procrastination King (or Queen) yet another distraction (not that they need it…) in the form of these origami sticky notes. Each note has instructions for turning it into a 3D model including penguins, boats, cranes and water bombs – just remind them to be careful what they fold!
For the wine lover
Help them keep thieving hands away from their precious plonk with this cleverly designed wine bottle stop which includes a combination lock to stop intruders pilfering vino. Do they do a biscuit tin version?!