Secret Santa solutions

There’s always one or two of these around Christmas – the Secret Santa or Kris Kringle.  And I’m not talking about those families who choose to buy one present each to put under the tree; I’m talking those swaps where you either bring an anonymous present which is picked from the tree by a random person, or one where you receive the name of someone you may or may not know well and have to buy a low value present, often for the work Christmas party or something similar.

Tell you what, sometimes buying a $20 present is harder than buying a $100 present.  Although, I’m pretty sure I completely overthink all my present buying…

Anyhow, I thought I’d share some ideas for Secret Santa pressies that will work for (almost) everyone.  Universally loved and accepted things.  :)

Ah, stationary, how I love you. And seriously, how most people love you so. A new notepad for dreaming/writing/goal setting/note taking and a pen. Sticky notes and paperclips. Highlighters. Desk planner. A journal or some magnets. Pssst: Kikki K has 25% off until Sunday!

While coffee can be hit and miss, a packet of lovely tea is often appreciated. Splash out and get the good stuff. (T2 tea has free shipping until Christmas!)

books and magazines
If you know the person you’re buying for, cater for their interests and buy a cook book, a gardening magazine or chick lit to suit. If it’s an anonymous deal, or you have no idea if your chosen-from-a-hat giftee prefers fashion or fishing, stick with something generic (a best seller or a lifestyle mag perhaps). For the tech-heads, consider purchasing an e-book instead of the paper and print version.

pamper pack
Avoid department store pre-packaged gift packs and create your own, infinitely more thoughtful package. For the girls try nail polish, a nail file, hand cream and eye mask. Or a cocktail mix, cute ice cube tray and trashy magazine. Boys can be pampered too – bloke it up with a beach towel, magazine and block of chocolate.

pay it forward
For the person who has everything, give to someone who has nothing. There are many ways to give to the people who most need it at Christmas – try Tear, Red Cross or Oxfam.

Please share your ideas for thoughtful Secret Santa gifts – I’m sure we all need a bit of help this time of year!  Meanwhile, I still have to buy gifts for ALL the adults (kids are done – apart from a few last minute things for my own).

And p.s.  I’m picking the winner of the Ragged Blossom Beauty mineral foundation later today, so this is your very last chance to enter! 


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