Get a round in for that cocktail lover in your life. With four delicious flavours to choose from, Smith & Sinclair’s effervescent, pocket-friendly ‘F.I.Z.Z.’ tablets will transform their tipple of choice in a single (literal) drop. Whether they’re pairing Peach Bellini with Prosecco, Elderflower Spritz with sparkling water or Rhubarb Mimosa with Champagne, what better reason to make a toast. Plus, both vegan and non-alcoholic, this no-hassle instant sparkle is little bit of Christmas magic.
£6, Smith & Sinclair
Inspired by the nature under our noses, Kabloom’s ‘Seedboms’ blast life and colour into even the smallest urban space. ‘Shake it, soak it, throw it and grow it’ - these ingenious little flowerbombs mean everyone can take part in some local eco action. Let someone you love scatter twinkling Cornflower Fairy Lights into their community, bring birds, bees and butterflies to their doorstep or crack out the catnip to cast some festive feline cheer this winter. Unleash your Secret Santa’s inner Guerilla Gardener: green-fingers not required.
Yes, we went there. But they’re not just for Christmas, and The Sock Butler’s subscription service will sign them up for ones they’ll actually want to wear. Delivered to the door every month, step up your Secret Santa’s sock game by starting them off on one or two (three if you’re feeling generous) pairs of the infamous go-to gift with a twist.
From £4.99, The Sock Butler
Fast food fans with a penchant for the kitsch and quirky will jump at the chance to trade in the tinsel for these adorable takeaway treats. Posh Totty’s gorgeously eccentric collection of glass hot dogs, pizzas, chips and burgers will not only make the perfect statement on your Secret Santa’s non-traditional tree but mean there’s an extra course they’ll still be able to find room for this festive season...even after one too many roasties.
Let’s face it, whether it’s overindulgence or overtiredness, being rundown at Christmas is pretty much inevitable. Luckily, Apply Me Beauty’s handmade range of recovery teas have enticing infusions to ease those hangovers, provide something soothing after stress-induced sleepless nights and even ward off a nasty bout of man flu (it’s a thing. Honestly). And made with all natural, mostly organic ingredients, these vegetarian-friendly, cruelty-free bags will fill that novelty mug your Secret Santa got from their other one with only the good stuff.
£4.95 Apply Me Beauty
Based on diaries kept over his time in the NHS, Adam Kay’s second book charts seven festive seasons as a junior doctor on the frontline. An ode to all the incredible staff who do the same every year (and the patients responsible for placing them in some suspect and seriously funny situations), Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas is as heartbreaking as it is hilarious. Equal parts compassion and “cynical wit”, even if they haven’t read the first, your Secret Santa will be laughing too hard to begrudge you a bit of self-gifting.
Six squirrels. One acorn. Guaranteed chaos for absolutely no reason. But hey, it’s Christmas. And it’ll at least keep that impatient someone in your life distracted while they wait for pudding. Everyone’s a winner.
Namely, chocolate. And nobody does it better than the master chocolatiers at Choc on Choc. With books, biscuits, cupcakes and carrots, sprouts, prosecco and puddings, their novelty Belgian creations are irresistible for more than one reason. Can’t find your Secret Santa’s particular passion within budget (we suspect their Bar Humbug might just ring true for a few of you)? We say opt for the truffles. Or anything with more than one item. You know, just in case they want to say thank you...
From £4.99, Choc on Choc
What to get your bestie on the desk opposite? A Toolkit for Working Women. A modern career guide of course. This little black book is filled with tips, tricks and indispensable career advice from trailblazing, creative women. So when you are pipped to the post for the next promotion, you'll only yourself to blame.
We discover this gem in a beautiful independent store in Crystal Palace, Elkins.
Inspire an adventurous acquaintance with an Indytute gift voucher. With everything from whimsical workshops to extraordinary experiences, if you’re stuck for a gift and running short on time we’ve got you (and them) covered. No expiry date. No wrapping required*. No brainer.
*Although if you want to we can pop something in the post. Because we’re nice like that.
From £10, Indytute