Christmas can be a stressful time of the year when you have to buy gifts for friends and distant relatives. You want to get everyone something they will like, but you are on a budget. If your workplace is having a Secret Santa event, it can be even more stressful because you are likely buying a gift for someone that you may not have bought one for otherwise. This guide will help to spark some ideas of budget mindful Secret Santa gifts that anyone would love to receive.
Be Budget Conscious
Secret Santa time can be very competitive. Take a minute to realize that Secret Santa is not and should not be a requirement. If you have chosen to participate in the event, you will do your best to come up with a present that your giftee will like, but that you do not have to spend a lot of money to do this.
There are people who will judge gifts by the price tag, but most people will appreciate a well thought gift that costs less but that you spent time to come up with. If your giftee is one of those price conscious people, there are ways to disguise the price of an item. If you are very good at a particular craft or a great cook, use those skills to your advantage.
Never let yourself be bullied into spending above your budget. Just remember that this is a one day event and although you want to do something great for your gift, first and foremost it is a gift.
Don’t be afraid to give a nontraditional gift. If your gift stands out, it will make it memorable. It can be a little scary to give a different gift, especially if there is some kind of party or ceremony for the Secret Santa gifts. Just remember that you are giving a gift that you really thought about.
Although it depends on the person you are getting or making the gift for, a Secret Santa gift is a small thing. Something cute, like a stuffed animal or a small toy, could be appropriate for some recipients. Obviously you would not give your boss a teddy bear, unless she collects them, but you could stray into the toy category with an Etch-A-Sketch or similar product.
The important thing to do when you decide to gift a toy is to try and have a story for it. If you wanted to give an Etch-A-Sketch to your boss, you could say it is for writing environmentally friendly memos. With a toy as a gift, it is also useful to also give some cookies or other treat, to make a more grown up package.
If you have a skill or hobby, now could be the perfect time to use it. There are horror stories about handmade gifts that were sloppily done, though, so make sure you put in the focus to make a gift that is appropriate to the giftee.
If you crochet, consider making something small, like an Amigurumi animal, if you want something cute, or a personalized bookmark. If you sew, make a bag or embroider some pillowcases.
Save the big projects for your close friends and family.
Food is one of the easiest presents to get for a Secret Santa. If you cook, make a big batch of cookies and put them in a decorative tin or basket.
If not, bring a dish from your favorite restaurant or bakery.
Presentation is important when you are gifting food, so come up with a way to serve it so it’s not just a tray of cookies, but a work of art in its own right.
Regifting can be a great idea for Secret Santa situations. If you have a gently used item, consider dressing it up and giving it as a gift to your Secret Santa.
An old book that you think the person would like or a purse you bought and never wore can be brought back to life by being gifted again.
The best part about regifting to your Secret Santa, is that they will most likely not know it is a regift. Unlike family, who will remember that Aunt Marge gave you that sweater two years ago, your coworkers will likely just think you found an interesting item to gift. The main problem is to make sure the size is right for clothes because you will not be able to give a receipt. For that reason I would avoid giving clothing to a Secret Santa recipient.
You’ve thought long and hard about the perfect gift to give to your Secret Santa pick and present them with the gift you have spent a long time making and or gathering and they appear less then pleased. The fact is some people will not be happy no matter what you give them.
If someone acts like your gift is substandard, it will hurt. Especially if you have spent a lot more time on your gift than a coworker who ran in a store and bought a bracelet or something without even looking at it. The people who don’t like homemade gifts would most likely not like any budget gift.
Just take a minute to yourself and remember that this is just one day. You know how much effort you put into your gift and you know what it is worth. Don’t let scrooges bring you down.
These were just a few tips on budget Secret Santa gifts. Ultimately, use your instincts about what present is appropriate and then move on. This is just one day and you have other gifts to find on your budget. Happy gifting!