Thirty bucks may not feel like a lot of dough, until you have to spend it on someone whose name you discovered yesterday after being appointed their office Secret Santa.
If you believe in Kris Kringle Karma, you’ll want to get something decent for your new friend in the hope that you too receive a wow-worthy office gift that trumps cheap chocolates and re-gifted wine.
Here are 13 Secret Santa gift ideas for colleagues guaranteed to become talk of the lunch room, without breaking the Kris Kringle budget.
1. Dinosaur Desk Planters (For the Big Kid) $20
You don’t need to be into dinosaurs to appreciate these quirky, upcycled desktop companions. Great for potting succulents that require next to no maintenance, they can be left to their own devices over the Christmas break without risking extinction. If you’re looking for something even more unique, Perth brand When Cara Met Rex also takes custom orders.
2. 80’s & 90’s Trivia Card Game (For the Office Know-it-All) $11.99
Relive the glory days of Michael Jordan, Iron Maiden, Ghetto Blasters and Nintendo with this 80’s 90’s Trivia Game. There’s something for everyone, with categories spanning movies, TV, music, sports and culture. No need for awkward silences at the Christmas party with 220 trivia cards to break the ice and get colleagues working together (or individually) to compete for the title of Trivia Champion.
3. Inspo Pencils (For the Girl Boss) $17.95
Specially created with inspirational quotes for career-driven women, this set of 6 Miss Monogram Inspo pencils is foiled with gold and finished with an eraser, perfect for creative types who prefer working in pencil. For something a little more special, Miss Monogram also stock a great range of iPhone cases, keyrings and premium office accessories for all occasions.
4. Novelty Stationery (For the Kid Brain) From $8.99
Why stop at one present when you can give a collection of novelty stationery from Yellow Octopus? Bundle together a Think Big Oversized Eraser, Moustache Paperclips and a Mini Shopping Trolley Stationery Holder to give them something to look forward to (and fiddle with) when they return to work in 2019.
5. Phone Storage Water Bottles (For the Gym Junkie) $21.99
A phone storage water bottle helps active colleagues stay connected while keeping hydrated. These clever fitness accessories hold an iPhone 5, 6 or 7, along with credit cards, cash and car keys. The twist-off bottom has a port for headphones to continue listening while the phone is stowed, and the plastic is 100% BPA-free and leak-proof, making them a great option for the gym, weekend hikes, biking or beach trips.
6. Reusable Stainless Steel Straws (For the Eco Warrior) $5.50
It takes around 700 years for one plastic straw to completely decompose, which is why the The Last Straw Co have created a stylish, affordable, stainless steel alternate that’s non-toxic and totally eco-friendly – great for office greenies and takeaway lovers who like to eat at their desk. Turn it into a complete set with a straw brush for easy cleaning and a calico pouch for safe keeping, all for under $30.
7. Travel Scratch Maps (For the Daydreamer) $29.99
Whether they’re a workplace distraction or a source of motivation is yet to be proven, but these Travel Scratch Maps from Australian Geographic make the perfect office Secret Santa gift for travellers. They simply scratch off the land masses covered in foil to reveal all the countries they’ve already seen, while gloating to colleagues about where they’ll head off to next!
8. Fast Food Reusable Sandwich Bags (For the Sanga Fan) $7.99
Straight out of a comic book, these re-usable, easy to clean, BPA and PVC-free Fast Food Sandwich Bags are a Kris Kringle winner. Printed 2D to look 3D, the Italian deli bag, stripy pizza pack and hunger-busting burger box are fitted with thermal foil liner to keep hot food hot, cold food cold, and users looking cool on their lunch break.
9. Nailed It Note Pads (For the Passive Aggressive) $5.30
There’s a serial note-maker in every office. Save them the hassle of writing out their frustrations in full with Nifty Notes pre-written workplace templates. It’s modern-day etiquette for the masses to keep work colleagues in line, minus the confrontation.
10. Gold Bottle Stoppers (For the Workplace Wino) $22.29
Work and wine go hand-in-hand for some. Surprise a Lambrusco lover with a playful gold-tone bottle stopper from Shopbop. Does there need to be a reason behind gifting a unicorn, cactus or mermaid tail accessory? About as much reason is needed for enjoying a wine at work on a Friday afternoon!
11. Novelty Pop Culture Earrings (For the Hipster Intern)
Cinephiles, musos and hipster interns will love Little Legends‘ range of shrink plastic pop culture earrings. From edible Australian icons like Vegemite and Billabong Ice Cream, to timeless music legends Amy Winehouse and Dolly Parton, there’s a fitting Little Legend for every member of staff.
12. Desktop Charging Hub (For the Apple Addict) $24.99
What do you get the colleague that has every Apple accessory under the sun? A 3-in-1 elago Charging hub, of course. This compact charging station allows them to connect their iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods for simultaneous connectivity on their desk at work, or the bedside table at home.
13. Instant Table Tennis (For the Sports Fanatic) $29.95
Not every office has innovative workplace wellness initiatives that include a Ping Pong table – this is your time to shine! Give the gift of Instant Table Tennis and inject life back into boring lunch breaks. This clever table tennis set allows players to setup on virtually any table and comes complete with two bats and a ball. Ideal for travel, the recipient can take it home over the holidays to squeeze in some practice before the office round robin begins.
BONUS GIFT (For the Office Germaphobe) $FREE
Give the gift of workplace hygiene this Christmas with a free workstation sanitisation valued at $40. If your office is within a 15km radius of Sydney CBD and has more than 25 workstations, we’ll send our Technical Cleaning Team to provide a complete CleanCare Service demonstration, while sterilising your Secret Santa’s entire workstation for FREE.
We’ll throw in a box of chocolates to sweeten the deal, along with some pocket hand sanitiser to keep nasty workplace germs at bay, like e.coli, coliform bacteria (associated with faecal matter), staphylococcus aureus, enterobacteria, MSSA, Hepatitis and Influenza (responsible for skin infections, gastro problems and other illnesses affecting workplace absenteeism).
Got a germaphobe in your office? Request a free workstation sanitisation Gift Voucher to present to your Secret Santa recipient for a complimentary service, valid until Feb 28, 2019.