Nine Workplace Secret Santa Top Tips

The annual Secret Santa gift exchange is a great way to kick start the festive season and a highlight of the year in many UK offices. But Christmas complacency means some employees will take unnecessary risks and make easily avoidable mistakes. Simple and easy to follow advice includes to tailor an appropriate gift as far as possible, to wrap it well and to maintain anonymity.

We teamed up with the saving specialists over at to give you nine top tips for getting it right. We are content that this list will be the best bit of guidance any Santa has had since Rudolph turned his red nose on…

1. Don’t panic

It’s just a small bit of fun to get everyone in the Christmas spirit, so keep calm and carry on with work as normal rather than stressing over what to buy.

Forgetting would be even worse though, so make a note of who to buy for and complete the purchase as soon as possible.

2. Try to tailor the gift

This is a must when the sender is anonymous; even if there’s no relationship to squeeze suggestions from, make sure the present is fitting to the recipient’s age, gender and any obvious personal preferences.

Consult colleagues who know them better and to take a glance at their desk or social media profiles, in order to generate suitable festive gift ideas.

3. Keep it appropriate

Don’t give something that anybody could interpret as not suitable for work; that’s a no to anything politically incorrect, such as nude calendars or mugs with swearing printed on them.

4. Stick to the budget

Spending a fraction of the agreed limit is a scrooge-move and will leave someone singled out and severely disappointed.

Wildly over-spending is arrogant and will leave the rest of the office envious towards the lucky recipient.

5. Get good value

It’s still simply sensible shopping to seek out the best value for money, which could allow a greater present to fall in budget or help the gift-giver save money without looking cheap.

Wisely shop around by using voucher codes and exclusive offers from a site such as

6. Wrap it up

Taking good care over wrapping and presentation is a cheap, quick and easy way to elevate the status a gift – use smart paper (instead of tin foil or nothing at all), neat folds and a bow.

7. Shhhhh

The clue is in the name – a Secret Santa isn’t about showing off or taking credit for gifts; the fun is in the anonymity and close friends can still exchange presents as normal.

8. Don’t take a risk

Steer clear of any seemingly innocent present that’s easy to get wrong and could cause offence, such as sized items of clothing.

9. Get creative

Gift cards tick most boxes and are any easy present for all but most Brits are fairly bored of them nowadays

Put any special skills to use – homemade food, knitting or arts and crafts are all great avenues for a homemade present with an added personal touch.

Sophia Anderson

Sophia Anderson is a blogger and a freelance writer. She is passionate about covering topics on money, business, careers, self-improvement, motivation and others. She believes in the driving force of positive attitude and constant development.

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