I absolutely love giving presents, particularly at Christmas, so it's no surprise that I am a big fan of secret santa. Of course, it can be very difficult - five pounds doesn't buy you a lot these days, and chances are you've picked a name out of a hat without knowing a great deal about the person you've chosen. So what to buy? 

I've put together a little list of some ideas, just in case you're struggling! It goes without saying that the list is not exhaustive so if you've got any brilliant ideas or you've received some amazing gifts in the past, I'd love to hear from you!! 

For the traditionalist: 

One year I received a Christmas decoration as a Secret Santa gift; it's not something I'd ever considered buying before, but it was a really lovely thought. It's the gift that keeps on giving, because you can get it out and use it every single year! I'm personally a very big fan of these decorations from Lisa Angel; you can hang them on your tree, or use them to decorate your wine glass or napkins on the table for Christmas dinner. Of course, the varieties are endless, and if personalised reindeer or polar bear decorations, copper calligraphy decorations or industrial decorations are more your thing, you should definitely be checking out Not On The High Street as they have some amazing offerings. 

For the beauty addict: 

If you've managed to pick someone out of the hat who is obsessed with all things beauty, congratulations. There is a wealth of beauty gifts out there that don't break the bank, and so finding a gift shouldn't be too difficult. Here are some of my favourites: 


As you can see, the possibilities are endless. All of these beauty items are £5 or under, so there's even the option to buy an additional little gift to go with some of them! 

For the tech-obsessed: 

I have to say, I think this is a great gift idea.  This would either be great for someone seriously into their technology, or some who has an out of control spending habit; shopping with contactless cards can be risky business, you know. I think the idea is that you put one of these cards in between two contactless cards, so you don't get charged twice for the same thing, pretty handy if you commute in London and don't have an Oyster card. 

For the fashion forward: 

And by fashion forward, I mean anyone remotely interested in fashion. It's a cliche, but you can never go wrong with a good pair of socks, and as most retail for under £5 you'll be spoilt for choice. These sparkly socks from Marks and Spencer are a clear winner in my books, as you can wear them under boots or, if you're feeling brave, with a pair of sandals for a sure fire way to update your christmas wardrobe. 

Something else I've stumbled across, and which may be perfect for someone interested in luxury fashion, is a Cashmere comb. Marks and Spencers sell one for £5 which comes in on budget; useful and thoughtful! Reviews on the website also recommend it for use on non-Cashmere jumpers, in case you're tempted... 

For the gamer: 

At our Christmas party last year, this was a gift given to Harvey's brother. Of course it didn't stay in the box for long, and we had such a good time playing it; in fact, I'm sure it's still sat in a box somewhere, so no doubt that will get played again this Christmas. In all seriousness though, if you work with someone who loves their beer or cider, and loves playing games, this is a pretty sure bet.

If you're buying for someone who's not interested in alcohol-related fun, Marks and Spencer have a really good range of card games this year, ranging from The Chase to Catchphrase, all of which come in on budget at £5. Check them out here!

Matalan Christmas

For the culinary fan: 

If you pick someone out of the hat who is a bit of a foodie, or loves their speciality hot drinks, you're onto a winner. Matalan have a really fantastic range of Christmas glasses and mugs this year, some of which are pictured above, and, as it's Matalan, everything is super reasonably priced! 

If you're buying for a Bailey's fan, why not pick up a miniature gift set? Tesco sell a variety of sets, which typically come with a 5cl bottle of the spirit, a glass and possibly some chocolates, so if Bailey's isn't your recipient's thing, I'm sure you'll be able to find something which is. Failing that, you could always buy some alcohol-inspired sweets; I've got my eye on these Prosecco Bon Bons and Gin and Tonic flavoured boiled sweets from John Lewis! 
And finally:
For the house proud, lovers of fragrance, or those embracing hygge, you can't go wrong with a candle. Not having been into store to smell this candle, I can't comment on how it smells, but I love the idea of it, and the packing is so festive - you just can't beat a bit of glitter! 

And there you have it, some hopefully useful suggestions for buying a secret santa gift for £5 or under! 

Happy gifting!



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