Secret Santa gift guide

Secret Santa gifts are always the presents I end up putting the most thought into. It’s an awkward, but enjoyable task trying to buy someone a gift on a limited budget who you might not know as well as you would like to. Do you go funny and buy them a blow-up Christmas turkey shower cap from Tiger that they will probably never use but will appreciate or do you try and trawl through the person’s Facebook likes to find their favourite TV show or clothing brand? It really depends on the person. Some people would love a ‘Decorate your beard’ kit whilst others would rather have a pack of Christmas fairy lights. So, in an attempt to save you a lot of time worrying about what to buy your giftee I have complied a list of the best places to start looking for a Secret Santa gift. 

  1. Etsy

I absolutely adore EtsyEtsy is ideal for any quirky or personalised gift ideas. If your Secret Santa loves any TV shows or specific films, there are so many prints/mugs/t-shirts that you can choose from. I always buy individual Christmas cards from Etsy too. I think it just adds a more personal touch to a Secret Santa gift and it shows your social media stalking has paid off. Here’s a roundup of my current faves.

2. Typo

The Typo sale is ideal for a Secret Santa gift with a £5 budget. They do everything from sloth cushions to stationary. Typo has a HUGE number of ranges including Harry Potter, Friends and Star Wars so if your Secret Santa loves any of these you’ll be well away. Personally, I think their light-boxes and tech range are an ideal Secret Santa gift as most people cannot justify buying these kind of ‘extra’ items for themselves so they’re a great treat for any recipient. Here are some of the things I’m currently loving from the Typo sale rail.

3. ASOS homewares & gifting sale

ASOS is generally more expensive, however you can find some bargains on the homeware and gifting sale which are ideal for Secret Santa gifts. ASOS often sell some weird and wacky cards as well as some quirky books. I love the stationary ranges on ASOS as they offer brands such as WACTT and Central 23 which are some of the best brands for notebooks.

4. Urban Outfitters homeware sale

Urban Outfitters is another expensive choice, yet there are some hidden affordable gems amongst those insanely priced clothing items. Always go for the sale rail and always remember to add your student discount on top. Urban Outfitters never seems to have a good homeware sale in store, so I’d also suggest sticking to the online sale if you’re looking for a bargain. Urban Outfitters has everything from phone covers to fairy lights in the current sale so it’s the perfect time to start your Christmas shopping.


Not On The High Street has jewellery, prints, candles everything and more you could possibly want for a Secret Santa gift. If you want something personalised this is the place to look. Personalised cooking utensils, wrapping paper, photo frames and the list could go on. I’ve bought numerous scratch off posters from Not On The High Street and they’ve always been well received.

6. Tiger

Tiger is the perfect place for a weird Secret Santa gift. Maybe it’s a pair of Santa shades or a Christmas beer pong set, they have it all. If you’re really unsure of what to get someone and you failed miserably at stalking your recipient’s social media, you can’t really go wrong with an unusual Tiger gift. There is something for everyone in Tiger so you should definitely have a browse if you’re stuck for a Secret Santa gift.

Secret Santa shopping can be really stressful; however, I hope these recommendations might be a good place to start as you begin your Christmas shopping.

Links to all the items listed:




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