Playing Secret Santa? Here Are A Few Pocket-Friendly Gift Options!

By Sanesh Mathew | December 7, 2018

Are you finding it difficult to choose an awesome-yet-inexpensive Secret Santa gift for your colleague or friend? Here are a few budget-friendly ideas.

Playing Secret Santa? Here Are A Few Pocket-Friendly Gift Options!

Are you finding it difficult to find the right gift for your colleague/friend? Many of us go through this phase, especially during this time of the year. As you’ve probably already figured out, we’re talking about that good ol’ Secret Santa game where you secretly exchange notes and gifts with a colleague. You could get them a Christmas card or something similar, but they may never want to play Secret Santa with you again. Coz who’d want to play with a cheapskate!

If you’re in a dilemma and on a budget, you’re in luck because we’re here to help you with both. In fact, if you want to be smart with your gifting expenses, you should think about using a Credit Card when you shop. In addition to an easy, cashless transaction, you also rake up reward points on your purchases.

Additional Reading: Why A Credit Card Makes A Great Festive Gift

In any case, here are a few pocket-friendly gifts you can buy for your colleagues/friends that they’re sure to love (you can thank us later!):

Coffee Mug

You’re probably wondering how this cliché gift made it to this list. Well, we have just one question for you – who doesn’t love a cup of hot coffee to kick-start their day? If your colleague indulges in multiple cups of coffee during working hours, a fancy coffee mug can make their Christmas a special one. Coffee mugs are also the safest bets if you don’t know the other person particularly well.

Stationery

Stationery doesn’t cost much but still makes a great gift. You even have a ton of options to choose from like cool pencils, vintage stationery, notepads, stamps, writing supplies, paper clips, wax seals, sticky notes, calligraphy kits and a whole lot more.

Photo Collage

No, not a photo frame! We’re talking about a photo collage. Choose a bunch of funny photographs you and your colleague/friend feature in together and make a collage out of them. You could even add funny captions or anecdotes to go with each photo. Get it printed on a mouse pad, a cushion cover or even a blanket. Your gift is sure to be appreciated for all the effort that’s gone into it.

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Desk Items

Desk items are a safe bet! There are a lot of options to choose from – fancy pen stands, funny or motivational posters on mini-easels, hip flasks, file boxes, mouse pads, business card holders, etc. You can also go the extra mile and get a small potted plant for his or her desk.

Food

Here’s something you can never go wrong with! There’s a foodie in all of us. Find out your colleague/friend’s favourite food item and order it for them. If you’re unable to figure out what he/she likes, you could consider tried and tested options like chocolates or desserts.

Vouchers

If you don’t have enough time to choose a gift or your colleague/friend is a tough nut to crack, then you can opt for vouchers. By gifting a voucher, you’re actually giving the other person the opportunity to choose his or her own gift. And, since vouchers come in different denominations, you don’t even have to go beyond your budget.

Additional Reading: All About Pre-Paid Gift Cards!

Beauty Products

Beauty products make for delightful Christmas gifts. There are a lot of options to choose from like a mani-pedi kit, bath soaks, makeup kits and more. Also, beauty products aren’t just restricted to women. There are plenty of options for men as well, starting from pomades to beard grooming products.

Clothes

Scarves, brooches, cuff links, t-shirts, ties and tie-pins also make excellent, pocket-friendly gifts for colleagues. A simple swipe of your Debit Card or Credit Card, and you’re done with your shopping in the blink of an eye.

Handmade Gifts

If you’re good at arts and crafts and you’re low on cash, you could make your secret child a special handmade gift. Handmade gifts have a personal touch and serve as an expression of love too.

Fragrances

Fragrances are a great gift for anyone. You could either gift a perfume set or a couple of travel-sized perfume vials. However, make sure you find out what your secret child’s signature scent is to make your gift extra special.

Tech Stuff

Wireless Bluetooth speakers make a great gifting option, especially for music lovers. Since almost everyone has a smartphone or tablet, it makes sense to gift them speakers so they can enjoy an enhanced multimedia experience.

Additional Reading: 10 Frugal Ways To Save Money On Festive Shopping

With so many budget-friendly options at your disposal, you certainly won’t be hard-pressed to please your secret child this Christmas without hurting your wallet. And if you want to maximise your savings, then you should totally use your Credit Card to buy the gift/s. Lots of discounts await!

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Sanesh Mathew

About Sanesh Mathew

A talkative sleepyhead, Sanesh, enjoys watching horror movies, listening to music, reading all things related to personal finance and wandering aimlessly (walking meditation, he calls it!). He refers to himself as a 'simple human being with a rather chaotic mind'.

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