Tips for Buying Workplace Secret Santa Gifts
With Christmas only a matter of weeks away, you might be trying to get yourself as organised as possible. From decorating the house to wrapping gifts for loved ones, there is so much to think about at this time of year. Why not tick the smaller things off your list now – such as shopping for your colleague’s Secret Santa gifts – so that you can feel more relaxed in the build up to the magical festive period?
Secret Santa at work can often be a daunting prospect for some people, especially if you don’t really know the person you are buying for. That’s why we’re here to help. Below, you will find some tips and tricks that will help you get around the common issues that people face when shopping for the perfect gift for their colleague.
Have a budget in mind
To eliminate any confusion and ensure that the gifts given in the workplace are similar across the board, set a spending limit before anyone goes out to pick up their presents. Some companies will have a small budget, so if that’s the case, you can look out for Secret Santa gifts under £5, which there are plenty of! If the budget is a lot greater, you can find out a bit more about your colleague and make sure your gift is personal.
Consider the gift carefully
It’s easy to pick up a box of chocolates or bottle of wine, so try to put a bit more thought into your gift and consider what your recipient might benefit from on a day-to-day basis. If you know that they take a lot of notes in meetings, it’s likely that they’d love to receive a new notepad. Or perhaps they’re a huge fan of coffee? If that’s the case, a new mug would come in very handy for their early morning caffeine fix.
Don’t be afraid to take part!
Secret Santa may not be your thing, but if you choose to opt out of the workplace tradition, you might start to be known as the office scrooge. If you have to buy for someone you don’t know as well in the office, use this time as an opportunity to learn more about them – you never know, after you have presented them with their gift, it could help to form a friendship.
One last tip – remember to keep who you picked a secret!