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Workplace Secret Santa ideas

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Less than 3 weeks until Christmas now! Can you believe it? Despite the news on the new strain, it’s looking likely that we will still be able to meet loved ones and even co-workers for the festive season. Which means, you’re likely to get involved in the workplace Secret Santa at some point. If you don’t have the time to think about Secret Santa gifts, read on.

You might get lucky and draw the name of a colleague you know well. That will make choosing a gift easier. Or not… Regardless of whose name you end up with, choosing the right Secret Santa gift can be a stressful task. There’s always a worry that you’ll be judged based on the gift. You want it to be light hearted, potentially funny and not just some piece of cheap “junk”, but does it serve any purpose? Does it reflect the recipient’s taste at all? Is it likely to be perceived in the wrong way? If all this is going through your mind, then check out our 5 co-worker Secret Santa ideas.

Loose Leaf Tea

If you’re looking for something your Secret Santa can enjoy sipping, but you want to steer away from alcoholic options, then loose leaf tea is a great alternative. Much more appropriate for a workplace environment, the recipient can leave it in the office to enjoy during work time or simply take home and enjoy in family. Have a look at Chiya and Chai, an Edinburgh-based business helping busy people relieve their stress and overwhelm, through the mindful practise of brewing and drinking, loose leaf tea.

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Soothing Lavender and Chamomile Pillow

And on the topic of helping people relieve their stress, why not a gift someone a Soothing Lavender and Chamomile Pillow. Most offices currently have rest “pods” or booths. A soothing pillow will be the ideal complement for a 5-minute break during the busy working day. Made with care in Scotland.


An original desk plant

Gardening is known for being a way to relieve stress as well. And a desk with some greenery definitely lightens the mood in the office. A small pot not to take too much desk space, just enough to bring a bit of life into a work-rigid environment.

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You can never go wrong with chocolates, but make sure you know of any intolerances before going for an option like this. Do you want it to be extra special? Why not get them from a family-run business like Aphrodite Chocolates? Founded in 1997 in Derbyshire, Aphrodite Chocolates have specialised in creating the finest of luxury handmade chocolates.

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A hand-crafted accessory

Despite digitisation, we all still need some accessories in the office: magnets, pens, notebooks, etc. Why not opting for a handcrafted leather/vegan leather useful item? Roslyn Whiting is a Melrose-based taking inspiration from the beautiful Scottish Borders’ countryside to create her beautiful leather goods.

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