Best Secret Santa gifts 2019

25 November 2019

best secret santa gifts

Secret Santa can be a tough one. Whether it's organised by your office, your friends or your family, you run the risk of getting someone who's tricky to buy for. And with a small budget at your disposal, you might be left scratching your head. Well, worry not - Mumsnet users have found some of the best Secret Santa gifts for all price ranges.

Best Secret Santa gifts for £5 and under | Best Secret Santa gifts for £10 and under | Best Secret Santa gifts for £20 and under

Best Secret Santa gifts for £5 and under

If you thought you could only buy tat for £5 or less, prepare to be surprised. You can get plenty in the way of all things fun and useful for just a few pennies.

1. Cooking Marvellous Champagne Stopper, £1

1. Cooking Marvellous Champagne Stopper, £1

If you're looking for a cheap Secret Santa gift, it doesn't get more bargainous than this. Setting you back a mere pound (and with free delivery to boot), this nifty kitchen gadget is the perfect companion for the party season.

“Being given a champagne stopper has been life-changing. It works so much better than anything else. I can open a bottle of Cava on a Saturday night and drink half, leave it in the fridge until the following weekend, and it’s as good as new.”

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2. Twinings Luxury Hot Chocolate, £2.50 (was £4)

2. Twinings Luxury Hot Chocolate, £2.50 (was £4)

Everyone loves a hot chocolate, but few of us splash out on the really fancy stuff for ourselves. Reduced to a couple of quid, this powder is made with real Swiss chocolate 'expertly blended for sheer chocolate heaven'. Add a little packet of marshmallows and your giftee's got a real treat.

“The Twinings powder is really lovely with all kinds of milk (steamed is best – it makes it really smooth and creamy).”

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3. Morrisons Decorate Your Own Christmas Gingerbread House, £4

3. Morrisons Decorate Your Own Christmas Gingerbread House, £4

A festive Secret Santa idea for children and adults alike, this ready-to-assemble gingerbread house comes with white icing, jelly sweets and candy beads.

“Morrisons did a pre-made kit last year which was easy to build and it tasted great.”

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4. Cambridge Bamboo Retro Reusable Coffee Cup, £4.99

4. Cambridge Bamboo Retro Reusable Coffee Cup, £4.99

Beautifully practical, this bamboo reusable coffee cup is the perfect Secret Santa gift for an eco warrior-cum-coffee addict. Lightweight and dishwasher-safe, it's available in a whole host of designs.

“I have a reusable cup made from bamboo with a silicone lid. They're really good, nice and light to carry around and you can buy the replacement lids separately.
You can also compost the cup once it reaches the end of it's life and they have loads of different colours and patterns. Mine looks like its walked out of the 70s. I love it.”

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5. Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas by Adam Kay, £5 (was £9.99)

5. Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas by Adam Kay, £5 (was £9.99)

If your giftee loved This Is Going To Hurt (or is just interested in life on a hospital ward), this festive addition is a must. At some turns hilarious, at others heartbreaking, it's a book that will stay with the receiver for many Christmases to come. Plus, it's available as a Christmas audiobook too.

“A funny and quick read. I loved it.”

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6. Starbucks eGift Card, from £5

6. Starbucks eGift Card, from £5

For most of us, grabbing a fancy Starbucks' coffee feels a bit extravagant, which is why a gift card will probably go down a storm. And with all the festive drinks to choose from, it couldn't come at a better time.

“I got one for Secret Santa once and really appreciated it.”

“Starbucks always seems like a treat, so I second the voucher idea there.”

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Best Secret Santa gifts for £10 and under

With a little more money to play with, you can afford to step up the quality. Let's ramp things up a notch.

7. HOTER Christmas Lover Touch Screen Gloves, £5.89 (was £6.99)

7. HOTER Christmas Lover Touch Screen Gloves, £5.89 (was £6.99)

You know what makes winter more miserable? Putting on your wooly gloves only to fumble around with your phone and then exasperatedly take them off again because, no: normal gloves won't work on the screen. Your Secret Santa probably knows this, too.

“One of the best Secret Santa gifts I've received was a pair of touch screen gloves.”

“Practical gifts are best – a pair of gloves being one very good example.”

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8. Cath Kidston mug, from £5.60

8. Cath Kidston mug, from £5.60

There's something about a Cath Kidston mug that feels a little bit special. With their kitsch yet tasteful designs and strong, durable composition, it might just become your Secret Santa's new favourite mug.

“I have six Cath Kidston mugs. I love them.”

“I've just bought a job lot of on-sale Cath Kidston mugs for £5 each. Nice size, not too thick and very dishwasher-resilient.”

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9. Wallet Ninja, £5.99

9. Wallet Ninja, £5.99

If you're looking for a practical present, meet the Wallet Ninja. The size of a credit card, it comes complete with a can opener, fruit peeler, bottle opener, ruler, letter opener, box opener, phone stand, screwdriver and six hex wrenches. Nifty doesn't even cover it.

“Everyone I've bought a Wallet Ninja for is still using it to this day. I'd certainly recommend it as a gift.”

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10. Joules Women's Welly Liners, from £6.81

10. Joules Women's Welly Liners, from £6.81

Got an outdoorsy type to buy for? A unique Secret Santa gift, welly liners offer both style and practicality. Beautifully soft and machine-washable, they'll keep your giftee's feet toasty warm on the Christmas Day walk.

“I usually suggest fleece welly liners for stuff like this. They've revolutionised my winters.”

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11. Penguin Mug and Hot Chocolate Gift, £9.50

11. Penguin Mug and Hot Chocolate Gift, £9.50

Really, who doesn't love a hot chocolate? This gift set comes complete with an adorable ceramic penguin mug, a 20g sachet of luxury hot chocolate, 20g of mini mallows, and an 18g milk chocolate bar.

“I'd suggest a nice mug with some hot chocolate inside. You can add marshmallows if you like.”

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12. Essie Gel Couture Nail Polish, £9.99

12. Essie Gel Couture Nail Polish, £9.99

If your Secret Santa is always looking (ahem) polished, they'll be thrilled with this gift. With a creamy gel finish, intense colour and a high coverage, it's also long-lasting and chip-resistant.

“The Essie Gel Couture polishes are excellent. I don't usually wear coloured polish on my fingernails but put some on for a special occasion, and it lasted two weeks. You don't use a base coat – just the polish and their top coat, and it doesn't stain your nails at all when you take it off.”

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13. Lush Santa Bomb Bomb, £9.95

13. Lush Santa Bomb Bomb, £9.95

OK, as far as bath bombs go, this one's pretty impressive. With a mouth that actually opens and closes, Santa will dissolve to create a festive bath of pink and red, releasing a gorgeous strawberry scent as he goes. It is, of course, vegan too.

“We got a couple of Lush bath bombs from a relative and they've gone down an absolute treat.”

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Best Secret Santa gifts for £20 and under

And here we come to the more premium Secret Santa gifts. The only danger? We sort of want a few of these for ourselves now…

14. Liberty's Christmas tree ornaments, from £2.95-£19.95

14. Liberty's Christmas tree ornaments, from £2.95-£19.95

Liberty's at Christmas is a twinkly sight to see, and we could spend a long, long time browsing their pretty ornaments. Ranging in price all the way to £65, however, it's hard to justify buying one or two for your tree – hence why they make such a lovely present.

“I got some beautiful ornaments in Liberty years ago.”

“They might be pricey, but there's no place like Liberty for Christmas decorations.”

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15. Travel Tumbler, £14.99

15. Travel Tumbler, £14.99

There's no more fiddling around with (eco-unfriendly) plastic cups with this beauty on-hand. Your giftee will be able to carry their wine, cocktail or cold drink of choice into the garden or to the pool, and it'll stay chilled for nine hours. Perhaps more appropriately (given the season), it also keeps drinks hot for three hours. Stainless steel and with a BPA-free lid, it comes in a pack of two with two straws, and is available in rose gold or black and rose gold.

“I received a travel wine glass last year and it's fab.”

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16. Chilly’s BPA-free Water Bottle, from £15

16. Chilly’s BPA-free Water Bottle, from £15

For a practical gift they'll really appreciate, consider a Chilly's water bottle. Stainless steel and available in all sorts of colours and designs, Chilly's claims they'll keep hot drinks hot for 12 hours and cold drinks cool for 24. Their lids are totally airtight too, so no spillage here.

“Chilly’s do brilliant bottles in a 260ml size. They keep drinks chilled for 24 hours and are totally leak-proof. I really can’t recommend them enough.”

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17. VonShef Silver Cocktail Making Set, £16.99 (was £20)

17. VonShef Silver Cocktail Making Set, £16.99 (was £20)

Complete with a cocktail shaker, muddler, twisted bar spoon, Hawthorne strainer and 25ml/50ml shot measuring jigger, the recipient will be a dab hand at cocktail making in no time. It's ideal for the party season, and comes in gorgeous art deco-themed packaging.

“Somebody got a cocktail making set at work and it went down very well.”

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18. Russel Hobbs Popcorn Maker, £18.99 (was £19.99)

18. Russel Hobbs Popcorn Maker, £18.99 (was £19.99)

Behold: the perfect companion for all those Christmas movies your Secret Santa will be watching. This popcorn maker from Russel Hobbs creates delicious tasting (and smelling) popcorn using hot air circulation to pop the corn, thereby removing the necessity for oil and fat. That's right – it's low calorie and all.

“Hobbs is brilliant quality. My stuff from there lasts ages.”

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19. Papier notepad, £19.99

19. Papier notepad, £19.99

A pretty new notepad is always a winner, but what makes Papier's so special is that you can personalise them. Put the recipient's name on the front, or a quote to make them laugh every time they need to jot something down.

“Stationery is always a good one. I love a nice notebook.”

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