Planning a Secret Santa

Christmas is coming, so it’s time to start planning those cheeky Secret Santa presents! Finding that perfect gift for a friend, family member or colleague doesn’t have to be a nightmare though.

For those of you who don’t know, Secret Santa is a cheap and easy way of giving people presents that allows you to put a price limit on gifts and adds a fun element of random surprise.

Secret Santa can be done in two ways. The first way is that you put the names of everyone taking part into a hat, you then each pick out a name and that is who you are buying a present for. The other way is that everyone buys a present then the wrapped presents are put into the hat (OK, maybe not a hat, more like a big bag) and you then each take it in turn to pick a present out.

There are plenty of cool websites offering fun and genuinely useful presents at bargain prices. Or if you’re feeling creative, you can get crafty with a DIY gift to keep costs down. Here are the best ways to organise a Secret Santa gift on a budget…

Look for deals

Shop for your Secret Santa gifts from the comfort of your sofa by searching online for top deals. Many websites now have designated Secret Santa sections with gifts under £5 and £10 so it couldn’t be simpler. Have a look on Guess What I Forgot and Find Me A Gift for fun ideas. Department stores such as John Lewis even have a budget gift section.

Create your own gift

It’s much more thoughtful and far cheaper to make a present by hand. The web has tons of festive craft ideas, from handmade decorations to delicious homemade recipes, meaning you can try making your own body scrub or creating some personalised fridge magnets all from home.

Hobby Craft often have great discounts and sell all you need for DIY gifts. For how-to instructions and video tutorials, head to Little Crafty Bugs or the National Trust for ideas.

Choose charity presents

Fancy giving a little back with your Secret Santa gifts this year? Charity donations are a wonderful idea, helping a good cause in the process. Oxfam has a great range of gifts to help communities in need, such as Mosquito Nets for £7 and Feed a Family for £8. Cool Earth has some beautiful ethical jewellery for sale, made by the Amarno women’s cooperative in Peru which are working to save at-risk rainforests in the region.

Personalise your gift

Giving a personalised present to friends, family or colleagues really shows you’ve gone that extra mile. Getting Personal has a fab array of presents from baubles to calendars and personalised wine glasses. Hop along to Funky Pigeon for more personalised stocking fillers.

More money-saving tips

If you’d rather hunt for a gift on the high street, there are low-cost options available. Try Poundland for presents on the cheap or head to a charity shop where you can pick up new items with the profits going to a good cause. If buying online, don’t forget to use cash back websites like Top Cashback to make the most of your savings and use Vouchercodes for coupons at Christmas.

Your Secret Santa present will be the best of the bunch.