Our guide to avoiding Secret Santa shame


Very rarely is Secret Santa a winner in anyone’s office. Go on, think back to the last time you were given a Secret Santa gift which you actually liked, and didn’t just re-gift at the first opportunity - which was probably the next year’s Secret Santa. Still trying to recall a decent Secret Santa gift? Don’t worry, so are we!

Secret Santa always seems to pair you up with someone in the office who you know nothing about, with the kind of budget which would barely pay for a decent coffee.

Here at Prolific Solutions, we know it’s hard enough to choose presents for people you actually know, so we’ve put together a few ideas which are sure to cater for even the pickiest of colleagues and save you from the awkward atmosphere which comes with awkward gifts.

On a budget (£0-£10)

Colourful coffee time

Who could fail to be cheered up by the bright colours of this Happy Jackson travel cup? Fill it with your favourite brew, and the lidded cup will keep your drink toasty hot as you endure the morning commute.

Organisation essential

Whether they’re super organised already, or in need of a little assistance, the Kikkerland magnetic dry erase board will cling to a metal surface, like a fridge, and help them to organise their working week with a dash of minimalist style.

Mid Price (£10-£20)

Stylish scribbles

This pink notebook from Ban.Do states the obvious on the front – “I am very busy”, and is a great place to jot down notes and ideas. Ideal for the person who is indeed very busy, or just the person who likes to tell people they’re very busy while doing very little.

Just have the one glass

After a long week (or day!), a nice glass of wine is the perfect way to relax. Or maybe a second glass of wine. Or a third. Take the guesswork out of how much of your favourite vino will take the edge off with this comedy wine glass/bottle hybrid.

Blow the budget (£20 or more)

Personalised perfection

How adorable is this crystal heart paperweight? Choose a photo which means something to your recipient, and have it etched onto a heart shaped paperweight which they can keep on their desk. A subtle alternative to a framed photograph.

There you have it. No more excuses for Grinching out on Secret Santa. It’s time to say goodbye to the novelty toys and books, and grab your wrapping paper and bows for the best Secret Santa gifts ever. We’ll see you in the Returns queue at the shops on January 1st, returning that disgusting body spray set which can only be the work of David in Accounts. Or Ange in Admin. Or James in Sales. Maybe it’s time to forward them this article, just in case….

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