Every Christmas the list of people we have to buy for seems to get slightly longer, so instead of buying for everyone you know, why not give Secret Santa gifts to avoid spending so much money.
Secret Santa, when you give 'secret' gifts to other people in a group at a certain budget, is an office classic but picking out a suitable present, with a small price budget, can be daunting.
Alcohol and food are pretty safe bets and all the supermarkets are loaded with deals around this time of year but if you're buying for someone you don't know even these can be a little risky.
Therefore instead of spending hours traipsing around the shops trying to find something, here we've compiled the ultimate gift list for Secret Santa presents at any budget.
£5 and under
If you're on a really tight budget of £5 and under there are some good presents to be found, but most are more likely to be found in the 'novelty' theme. Nevertheless, here are a few picked out to suit the different personalities of your friends and/or co-workers.
Be warned in advance, if you're getting this for someone you spend a lot of time with such as a co-worker, it could get annoying. However, drum stick pencils
, £5 for a pair from Boots, are guaranteed to be entertaining.
More serious guitar fans will enjoy this pack of classic blues guitar licks
from the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Robert Johnson all for £5 from The Great Gift Company. Each card has information about the song and artists along with the chord sequence for the lick.
Unless you know exactly what sport your co-worker or friend is into it can be hard to get something precise. Specific sports gifts can be bought at shops like Sports Direct, Decathalon or Soccor Scene but if it's an all-rounder you're after this trivia game
from Marks and Spencer is only £3.50 and will provide lots of office entertainment.
Another bargain gift are these tabletop games such as basketball
for £3 each from Tiger.
All cooks, both junior and advanced, need a suitable oven glove to protect themselves while baking and this one from Butlers
is decorated in a pretty table linen pattern and only costs £4.99.
Love it or hate it, everyone has an opinion on Marmite. And this handy key ring for fans of the black stuff doubles up as a pound coin case, all for £4 from Debenhams
This Cath Kidson key fob
is the ideal present for someone who cares about fashion and needs something to liven up their key chain and it's still under budget at £4.50. For carrying larger items, this handy foldaway bag from Paperchase is £4
Stationery doesn't have to be dull and if you're after something a little bit quirky but still useful go for these bicycle paper clips for £3.50 from Habitat
£10 and under
As the budget increases so do the quality of gifts yet many of the following still fall below £10 leaving you with a few extra pounds saved.
This gift is a little more specific and requires the recipient to own or wear a pair of glasses. There are four music-themed cases to choose from featuring retro images of cassette tapes and records for £9.99 each at The Gifted Penguin
The 'Keep Calm and Play On' kit from John Lewis
includes everything a sports supporter needs including essentials such as ear plugs, energy sweets, handwarmers, tissues and suncream all for £10.
Food sets are the perfect present for food lovers, and also something you can't go wrong with if you don't know the person that well. John Lewis
has a set of two pots of pastes, sun dried tomato and olive, along with two reusable terracotta pots for £7.50.
Fans of The Great British Bake Off will appreciate the kitchenware range from Sainsbury's
and for £7 you can get a set of two themed teal towels.
Working in an office is all about drinking tea, lots of it, so a specially designed mug, such as one created by Orla Keily for £8.50
is a safe bet. Alphabet mugs are another option and show you've put a little bit more effort in. John Lewis has a range for £7 each
has a range of gifts at various prices for Christmas. For £10 some chickens will be given to a family in poverty and they'll be taught how to look after the animals.
£15 and under
It's rare to get a budget this high for Secret Santa but if your friends are feeling particularly flush this year then there are plenty of presents available.
Any music fan would be pleased with this set of six Abbey Road Studios coasters for £12 from The Great Gift Company
. There's also a desktop drum kit for £13 from BHS
which we'd advise only giving to people who sit out of earshot.
Anyone into sports, both the professionals and the fair weather enthusiasts, will need a good water bottle. Bobble's one litre reusable water bottle for £12.99
is one of the most popular around. Football fans will also enjoy the Match of the Day quiz master from Boots for £15
Boiling an egg is easy but if you'd prefer not to have to watch it like a hawk until it's ready, an automatic egg boiler is a good option. You can get it for £11.99 from Lakeland
Wannabe bakers will appreciate an icing set, such as this one from Sainsbury's for £15
, which comes in its own tin and includes eight stainless steel nozzles each with a different design. On the plus side if you give this at work the recipient will hopefully bring their cake designs into the office for you to try out.
A case, for reading or sunglasses, is a handy present if you've picked out a name you don't know and this pretty one from Cath Kidston is £14
. A sturdy shopping bag is also something most people will find a use for and this Castello version from Paperchase is £15
Another essential item you could buy is a 2013 diary. Those from Moleskine have a weekly page view and you can buy them at several shops including Waterstones for £11.99
in either red or black.
How to save even more money
When buying your present you'll also need to factor in postage costs, if buying online, and order the gift so it has enough time to arrive. Buying through a cashback website
, such as Quidco or TopCashBack will save you money, along with spending on a cashback credit card
Also keep an eye out for vouchers and money-off discounts to help lower the price.
- 1. Bill Wyman's metal detector
When it comes to bizarre celebrity products, they don't come much weirder than the Bill Wyman Signature Metal Detector, designed and marketed by the former Rolling Stones bass guitarist.</p>
Apparently, Wyman, who is now in his mid-70s, loves archaeology and has used his own metal detector to find relics in the English countryside dating back to the Roman Empire.</p>
- 2. Barack Obama Chia
Fans of US president Barack Obama can show their appreciation for the politician by buying a Barack Obama Chia - shaped like the president's head - and growing grass out of the top of it.</p>
And for those who prefer a more historical theme to their garden ornaments, Chias shaped like the heads of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln are also available.</p>
- 3. Sylvester Stallone's pudding
Action star Sylvester Stallone put out a protein-infused pudding designed to appeal to fans keen to build muscles like the big man's.</p>
Unfortunately for them, however, the pudding has now been taken off the market.</p>
- 4. Paris Hilton's craft supplies
Heiress Paris Hilton endorses numerous products, ranging from outfits for your dog to hair extensions.</p>
But the most random Paris Hilton product on the market has to be her line of craft supplies, the Creativity Collection, which features items such as stickers and transfers.</p>
- 5. Snoop Dogg's "smokeable" lyric book
Rapper Snoop Dogg's latest business venture is a "smokeable" lyric book.</p>
"Rolling Words: A Smokable Songbook" contains the words to some of Snoop's biggest hits, including "Ain't Nothing But A G'Thang" and "Gin and Juice" - all on cigarette rolling papers.</p>
- 6. David Lynch's coffee
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Hollywood film director David Lynch loves coffee so, of course, he decided to make his own.</p>
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Embarrassingly, the tagline on the David Lynch Signature Cup is "It's all in the beans ... and I'm just full of beans."</p>
- 7. George Foreman's Lean Mean Fat-Reducing Grilling Machine
Former boxer George Foreman's grill is undoubtedly the most successful, random celebrity product of recent years.</p>
The "machine", which claims to reduce the fat content of your meal by 42%, has earned Foreman more than $200 million over the last decade or so.</p>
- 8. Heidi Klum's sweets
Supermodel Heidi Klum has her own line of low-fat sweets, which includes Heidi's Yogurt Dessert Cremes and Heidi's Yogurt Fruit Cremes.</p>
Apparently, the design of the sweets is influenced by icons that Klum uses in her text messages to friends. Strange.</p>
- 9. Danny DeVito's Limoncello
Actor Danny DeVito is such a big fan of Italian liquer Limoncello, he decided to launch one of his own.</p>
Called Danny DeVito's Premium Limoncello, the diminutive star claims that it's "like pouring yourself a glass of liquid sunshine straight from Italy's Sorrentine Peninsula".</p>
- 10. Steven Seagal's energy drink
Steven Seagal made his name leaping around in action films that allowed him to show off his martial arts prowess. But he is also behind an energy drink called Lightning Bolt.</p>
Advertised as being "packed with vitamins and exotic botanicals", it sounds like just the tipple if you are planning to take on 10 armed men with your bare hands.</p>