What to get for Secret Santa: gift ideas for work or friends

So you’ve picked someone’s name out of a hat – now what? If you’re stuck for Secret Santa gift ideas, ditch dull or gimmicky presents because this year, all you need for the perfect gift is one great photo.

Whether you’re buying for a close friend or a colleague you don’t know so well, the ideal Secret Santa gift is low effort and high impact, and a personalised gift does exactly that. From photo books to one-of-a-kind mugs, photo gifts are the perfect way to make someone smile.

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(We know, you’ve left this one to the last minute. Don’t worry, most of these gifts are delivered within 3-5 working days.)

1. Gift ideas for the one who’s already in a Santa hat

These wooden ornaments are the perfect Secret Santa gift idea – whether you do your gift exchange at an early Friendmas dinner or a mid-December work party, they’ll have plenty of time to enjoy their personalised tree decoration before the big day.

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2. Gift ideas for the foodie

Do they love hosting dinner parties? Do their reheated leftovers smell amazing at work? Add a photo to an apron and they can use your gift to prep for Christmas dinner.

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3. Gift ideas for the well groomed

These useful pouches are handy as wash bags, pencil cases or for makeup – perfect for at home or on the go. Add a photo and you’re winning.

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4. Gift ideas for the extrovert

Shiny ornaments starring… them. Funny faces work brilliantly in these Christmas baubles, so get scrolling through your photos.

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5. Gift ideas for the super-organised

What better way to start next year than with a personalised desk calendar? All you need is 12 of your finest photos (think: snaps from your friendship over the years, or classics from last year’s work Christmas party) and you’re onto a winner.

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6. Gift ideas for those who love a cuppa

A mug is a classic Secret Santa gift idea for a reason. Whether they’re a coffee connoisseur, avid tea drinker or hot-chocolate-with-all-the-marshmallows lover, you know they’ll use it. Why not raise your mug above generic gift territory with a funny photo and caption?

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7. Gift ideas for the dreamer

Snow globes are likely to come out every year, so trawl through social media or your own album and find a photo of them at their daftest. Or if you’re feeling nice, choose something sweet instead (‘season of goodwill’ and all that).

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8. Gift ideas for the one who likes to keep cosy

Picture this: fairy lights, cosy blankets and a mug of hot chocolate – but there’s something missing. Find a great photo (their pet would be perfect), put it on a cushion and level up their comfort instantly..

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There you go, 8 Secret Santa ideas for everyone in your life. Now there’s just the teeny, tiny task of wrapping. If your wrapping skills need some work, maybe a set of personalised coasters or fridge magnets would be better – you can’t mess those up.

If you’re on the hunt for non-Secret Santa gifts too, check out our top stocking filler ideas and this year’s ultimate guide to Christmas gifting.

Last modified: 2months ago


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