Eek! There’s less than two weeks until the big day. Whether you’ve decided to leave all of your Christmas shopping until the last minute, or you’re just looking for a couple of cute bits and bobs to finish off your loved ones’ stockings, or you’re stumped for Secret Santa ideas, hopefully some of the suggestions below will inspire you…
£5 And Under
These are the tricky ones. However, there are a few gems to be found for under a fiver. Let’s start with all things personalised. To me, a personalised gift is always that little bit more thoughtful, even if you’ve only spent a couple of quid. Last year I bought my dad a personalised jar of Marmite as part of his prezzie as he loves the sticky stuff (are there any dads that don’t?!). And as my best mate is addicted to Vaseline, I’m going to be popping a personalised tin into her stocking.
Oliver Bonas is the KING of classy stocking fillers. We’re talking gold and glass photo frames, luxe ring holders and star keyrings (suitably Christmassy but not so festive that you can’t use ‘em all year round).
These Next coasters are a mere £2.50 so if you’re playing Secret Santa with a budget of a fiver then you’ve got a whole £2.50 left over to spend on a box of chocolates or a cute mug to plonk on top of the coaster. And as for this gold rimmed plate from H&M … how much more expensive does it look than its £3.99 price tag?
A Fiver and Under
£10 And Under
There are a whole heap of beauty products in this price bracket. Last Christmas each member of Team Rock My were treated to a bottle of Chanel Le Vernis in Liquid Mirror which I’ve been wearing on my toes all year, but as you’d be pushed to get anything Chanel for under a tenner, this Essie nail polish is a close second favourite. My little sister swears by this mascara, and I’m tempted to buy Urban Decay’s Troublemaker mascara based on the mermaid-esque packaging alone.
If you’re buying for a film buff then you can’t not treat them to a DVD of one of the big films this year. This is a particularly good present for a new mum or dad because you just don’t get to go to the cinema any more. (I’ve had a measly three trips to the pictures this year. Two trips involved minions and Paddington, so I don’t think they even count, but Rich and I did get to see Dunkirk. You can pre-order Dunkirk here if you have a friend/member of the family who loves an epic war film or is intrigued to check out Harry Styles’ acting abilities).
A Tenner and Under
£15 And Under
If you’ve got £15 to play with, chances are you’ll be able to find a sweet piece of jewellery or cute tee. In my post about Christmas Day outfits I harped on about my quest for a pillarbox-red jumper, and these earrings are the perfect finishing touch. Or if you’re looking for jewellery of the more minimalist variety then this dainty sphere ring comes in at £15 on the dot. ANYTHING from Whistles always feels like a treat.
And admittedly, you’re never going to get a Whistles slogan tee or jumper for £15, but that’s what the likes of Topshop and Asos are for. This Topshop NYC tee is £15 (and Topshop tells me it’s trending now which makes me want it all the more), and if you’ve got a pregnant lady to buy for then she probably needs this Asos top. Well, if it’s good enough for Beyonce…
Are you all sorted for Christmas? Any other budget gift ideas we need to know about? What’s the best Secret Santa you’ve ever given or received?