Doing the Secret Santa thing this year? Here are a few ideas to get you thinking about gifts for work colleagues, family members or friends. Trying to be original – while choosing something suitable and staying on budget – can be a tall order. With any luck, our suggestions will fire your imagination!
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10 great gifts for £10 or less
Aerobie Sprint 10-inch Flying Ring - £10 (Argos)Is your Secret Santa recipient the outdoorsy type? The sort of person who’d rather
catch a breath of fresh air than the latest series on Netflix? Add some serious fun to
their festive season with the Aerobie Sprint Flying Ring. Like a frisbee, but with
a thin compact ringed design allowing it to fly further and faster. Not for indoor use
– so no flinging around at the office party please.
Our verdict: high-flying outdoor fun
Chocolate Orange Tangs – £9 (Hotel Chocolat)The tradition of giving oranges at Christmas goes back hundreds of years. Receiving
a citrus fruit gift might be a little underwhelming today, but unwrapping a tub of
Chocolate Orange Tangs from Hotel Chocolate is a different story altogether. Zesty
pure orange juice, set in pectin and enrobed in dark chocolate, this takes
the chocolate orange concept to another level. It’s not Hotel Chocolat’s, it’s mine.
Our verdict: tangy by name and nature
Quad Ball Massagers - £10 (Menkind)Know someone who in the office who needs a little relaxation in their life? With
four vibrating ball feet and an ergonomic grip, it kneads away life’s aches and pains
at the touch of a button. Just one of hundreds of “original gifts for original people”
Our verdict: a calming influence to get the New Year off to a good start
Pink Leopard print tote – £6 (Monki)This multi-purpose tote bag is just the thing for shopping trips or lugging around
those essential bits and bobs you can’t quite squeeze into your handbag or manbag.
Made from 100% organic cotton, it features an eyecatching multi colour leopard
print. Ontrend and a lot less wasteful than forking out for carrier bags at the till.
Our verdict: handy, colourful and a greener choice
Gold Fern Magnetic Notebook - £10 (Paperchase)There’s still something special about actually writing down your notes with a pen
and paper. Especially when you’ve got a beautiful notebook to write, doodle or
draw in. The A5 Gold Fern Magnetic Notebook from Paperchase is quite stunning.
Printed on Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper, it features a gold fern
design and a very nifty magnetic closure.
Our verdict: magnetically beautiful
Booja Booja Dairy-Free Hazlenut Chocolate Truffles - £8.50 (Boots)From Booja Booja’s Four Corners Collection, these multi-awarding winning
chocolate truffles are organic, dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan-friendly.
Containing chocolate made from the finest Dominican Republic cocoa beans and
sweet-roasted Italian hazelnuts, they really do melt in your mouth. The only snag?
They seem to disappear in front of you.
Our verdict: a little treat that everyone can enjoy
Garden snips – £5.50 (Wilko)These handy garden snips make light work of pruning and cutting smaller stems and branches. With a sharp, Teflon-coated blade, ergonomic handle and cushioned non-slip grips, gardeners find these snips comfortable and easy to use. Just one of many great gift ideas for gardeners you can unearth at Wilko.
Our verdict: a snip at just £5.50
Samsung Galaxy A10 – from £9.99 a month (Carphone Warehouse)Someone got a glitchy old phone or a cracked screen? Treat them to a brand new
one with stunning HD. The Samsung Galaxy A10, boasting a 6.2 inch Infinity
V-Display, transforms playing games, watching vids or even doing homework online.
With sleek lines, glossy black or deep blue finish and a 13MP camera (5MP for
selfies), this is definitely one to watch out for.
Our verdict: insta-friendly xmas gift
(Please note: this is a contract phone, with no upfront cost and a minimum contract
of 24 months, see carphonewarehouse.com for full details)
Hot Yoga Towel £9.99 (TKMaxx)Sweating over what to buy? Take a deep, mindful breath and exhale gently, then
take a trip to TKMaxx and check out their yoga accessories. You’ll find what you
need at up to 60% off the RRP – from mats and towels to water bottles and yoga
blocks. We love the super absorbent, quick drying Hot Yoga microfiber towel.
Lightweight and non-slip, it’s perfect for any yoga fanatics.
Our verdict: a gift with good energy
Conscious Short-sleeved sports top – £8.99 (H&M)It’s good to give a gift that’s of real value to friends, family or co-workers while
doing a little bit to help the planet too. This Conscious short-sleeved sports top
from H&M ticks both boxes. Thanks to its fast-drying breathable fabric, it’s the
perfect workout t-shirt for a runner, gym-goer or cross-fit fanatic. And because it’s
made partly from recycled polyester, it’s got a smaller environmental footprint.
Available in a range of colours.
Our verdict: exercise your conscience
Please note, prices shown are correct at time of blog publication and may change