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Secret Santa is the perfect way to spread festive cheer amongst a large group of people without having to splash too much cash and break the bank.

A favourite of school friends, massive families and work colleagues alike, it’s a more thrifty way of buying presents. It’s also great for those of you working with a particularly restrictive budget. After a quick ask around The Accountancy Partnership offices, we’re here with some festive inspiration for gift buying.

A brand new mug to start the new year with

When you return to the office after the break, it’s almost tradition to feel like it’s time for the annual health kick.

You vow that from this day forth, your body is a temple and nothing will pass your lips that isn’t green or healthy looking.

The best place to start is by chucking away that dirty mug you’ve been sipping out of all year, with it’s stains of coffees past.

Gifting someone a brand new mug is like wrapping up a clean slate and setting them on their way to green tea and hot water dedication.

Their own bloomin’ stationary set

We don’t want to provoke any finger pointing here. All we’re saying is that no office escapes that pesky stationary stealing monster which  seems to feed off staplers, Post It notes and scissors.

Buying your Secret Santa selection a brand new stationary set all of their own might help both you and them combat this notorious but stealthy thief.

Who cares if three months down the line you find a pile of your belongings in their filing cabinet. Christmas is a time of forgiveness and now they have their own set, yours is perfectly safe. Right…?


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A copy of your favourite film or book

This may sound a little self-indulgent at first but think about it. You spend a good chunk of the year discussing what you’re reading, watching, and recommend, so why not take the opportunity to gift your Secret Santa a copy.

If you’re a little niche in your personal preferences then maybe keep it more general. Buy them a copy of your favourite childhood Christmas DVD or the book your more conservative sibling has just been raving about.

A good quality gift card

We’re not talking a gift voucher from a little bookshop in the back of beyond, where you’ve been getting your Jodi Picoult fix since the turn of the millennium here.

Go for something more useful and universal like an Amazon or iTunes gift card. This way your Secret Santa can treat themselves to something they really enjoy and they’ll thank you for it.

Another handy thing to keep in mind here is that sometimes the mere mention of the high street can be stressful. Opting for a voucher to redeem online can save them the panic sweats.

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A brand new diary or year planner

There’s nothing more useful for a busy employee than a good diary or year planner. You don’t have to go all out with expense, but do make sure that it is of a decent size and durability to survive the year.

A bottle of their favourite tipple

Because who doesn’t need even more Baileys or Brandy to pour over their pud at Christmas, right? Need we say more?

Some homemade edible delights

Of course, alcohol isn’t for everybody, so why not get in the kitchen and rustle up something delicious. Seasonal decorations and toppings can all be bought online for a super affordable price and are sure to put a smile on even the most Scrooge-like colleagues.

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