Awesome Secret Santa gift ideas

The festive season is just around the corner, and it’s time to spread some holiday cheer. Whether your company is running a Secret Santa gift exchange, or you’d like to treat your colleagues to a little Christmas cheer, we’ve put together a list of fantastic Christmas gifts that won’t break the bank balance.


Gift ideas

Below are nine gift ideas, with at least one idea for most of the personality types you might find in your office. With a little ingenuity you can find a gift at a reasonable price to please almost anyone.

soapsThese scented, floral soaps from Mr Price Home are impeccably wrapped and make an exquisite and affordable gift at only R39.99 for a stack of three. Pair these with a Vanilla or Gardenia scented candle in a delicate glass jar for only R25.99.


earphonesFor the colleague who likes to blast their music loud, these Philips Super Sound Noise Isolation Headphones from are guaranteed to make their day. Currently on sale at 25% off, they’ll set you back only R149.


Lady Bonin’s Tea Parlour sells premium loose leaf teas, exquisitely curated and packaged. Try her decadent Red Choc Chilli Chai (R72.50), or the invigorating Moroccan Mint Blend, brimming with antioxidants and immune-boosting properties (R70).


eraserFun, stylish stationery from is always an office success. We love Mustard’s quirky donut-shaped Donotes for R89, or the Ice Cream Cool sticky notes for R79. The colourful Frustrazers puzzle eraser for R99 is sure to brighten any dull day at your desk.


cinnamonJimmy Public’s locally sourced and stylishly packaged spices make a great gift for him or her. Try these whole cinnamon sticks for only R39, or Red Chili Flakes for R49. Or pair your spices with a pack of Oryx Coarse Desert Salt for R43.


coffee cupFor the caffeine addicts out there, the bright and cheery Wakey Wakey Travel Mug from is only R149. Perfectly sized for that must-have morning cappuccino, this mug is dishwasher safe and an environmentally friendly alternative to take-away cups.


Local design team, Smic Design Lab, are selling handmade, custom-designed notebooks on Buy a pair of two upcycled, sustainably created notebooks for R170, which you can select from a range of nine colourful designs.

You can never go wrong with an elegant vase. Try this minimalist, black and white bottle vase from, currently on sale for only R130.


socks1The quirky sock designers from Toe Porn are currently selling a range of men’s cotton blend socks on for only R89 a pair. These aren’t just plain, old socks for every day – the designs are highly original, the colours are fun and each pair is a unique, high-fashion gift for guy at the office.


When shopping for a Secret Santa gift, remember to keep the person you are shopping for in mind, just because you love something doesn’t mean the other person will. Shop around and you are sure to find the perfect gift at a reasonable price.

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