Struggling to find a gift under £30 for your office colleages? Our top 25 gifts for under £30 office gift guide could have the answer
Long gone are the days when you could take your pick of decent Secret Santa gifts for under a fiver from the likes of Boots and Woolworths. But don’t panic, you still don’t have to break the bank. There are still a good selection of gifts out there (mainly online) priced between £3 and £30 which are ideal for your office comrades.
Exactly how much you want to spend on them is up to you but if you’re looking for inspiration for this years Secret Santa, this is a good place to start because we’ve rounded up 25 of this year’s best festive gifts for under £30. There’s something for just about everyone – the gin lover, the whisky lover, the red wine conoisseur, the gym buddy and even those who are hen-pecked. Perhaps you could even use this guide to give out some hints at home too. Happy shopping!
Boozy vodka bauble – £19.95 from The Lakes Distillery
Not everyone’s a fan of gin, or whisky for that matter, but if you have a colleague who’s partial to a vodka or two then this Secret Santa gift could be right up their street. The 20cl Vodka Bauble Gift Pack from The Lakes Distillery is £19.95 and can be ordered directly from the distillery’s online shop.
The Lakes Vodka, which is the only vodka distilled in Cumbria, is triple distilled and made from the clear waters of the River Derwent. There are a few options for under £30 besides the bauble, such as The Lakes Vodka 70cl gift box (£29.95), or The Lakes Vodka 5cl Miniature Gift Pack (13.50). And if you fancy splashing out for your own tree at home, you might like the six-pack of 5cl baubles containing two with the Lakes Vodka, two with Salted Caramel Vodka Liqueur, and two with Espresso Vodka Liqueur (£35.00).
Apothic Dark – RRP £10 from Gallo
Red wine lovers will have fun embracing their dark side with a bottle of newly-launched Apothic Dark – a bold, new red blend crafted in California which follows the success of its sister tipple, Apothic Red.
Apothic Dark, which is rich with the dark fruit flavours of blueberry and blackberry, as well as opulent notes of coffee and chocolate, is crafted using a unique blend of dark grape varieties comprising Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Petit Verdot – each of which has been carefully selected to provide richness, complexity and balance. It’s a great accompaniment to richer foods, such as steak and other succulent red meats. Stockists include tesco.com and Amazon.
Review: Apothic Dark
This Californian Red Blend is a pleasant surprise because it actually lives up to the description on its label – something which can be said for few wines on the supermarket shelves. One of the first notes to hit the senses on opening the bottle is chocolate, which carries through on the palate. It’s also full-bodied and reassuringly dark when you pour. Take our advice and stock up – it’s a great winter warmer and an indulgent treat to take you through Christmas and beyond.
Boss/Real Boss Mug Set – £25.00 from Koko Blossom
Know a stand-out boss with an even more assertive Mrs? Then the Boss/Real Boss Mug Set could be the perfect Secret Santa gift this Christmas. You can even add personalisation for an extra £2 and there’s a matching coaster set to boot.
Chocolate Sprouts – £9.99 from findmeagift.co.uk
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without brussels sprouts, but not everyone’s a fan. Handmade in the UK, these solid white chocolate sprouts make a great Christmas gift for anyone who loathes the little green blighters. When they open the packet they’ll be horrified to see what you’ve treated them to, until they look a little closer and their disgust turns into delight. A brilliant prezzie for anyone with a sense of humour.
Fallen Brewing, Platform C – £2.10 for 300ml from Oddbins and various other independent retailers
This brew has just picked up Best Pale Ale in the Scottish Beer Awards and is rumoured to be the perfect winter beer. According to Stirlingshire brewer Fallen Brewing, the flavour conjures up thoughts of long wintery walks on the Scottish hillside. It says the malty backbone of this beer brings out the sweetness in rich cured meats such as venison, haggis and black pudding. It’s dark bitter in colour with a woody aroma which tastes of toffee with sweet spicy overtones. It’s said to be the ultimate comfort beer and that you can imagine drinking this as you relax into a big leather sofa in a bothy after a day on the hill (or the rugby pitch!). Ultimately, a great stocking filler for those who love – and know – their beer.
One4All Gift Card – from £10 from One4All
Give the gift of choice this Christmas with a One4All Gift Card, which can be spent in more than 50,000 stores nationwide, including the likes of TopShop, H&M, Debenhams, House of Fraser, John Lewis, Amazon, Currys PC World, Halfords, B&Q, and Thomas Cook, as well as a range of hotels. Choose the Pudsey Gift Card pictured and One4All will donate 2% of the proceeds to BBC Children in Need. Pick one up at any UK Post Office or buy online at www.one4allgiftcard.co.uk
The Fake News Card Game – £7.99 from Amazon
Think you and your colleagues can tell the difference between fake news and an actual news story? Can you convince them that lies could be real? Why not put it to the test with the Fake News Card Game? This is the ultimate Christmas card game.
Desktop Mini Henry Vacuum – £10.99 from findmeagift.co.uk
Know someone with a messy desk littered with biscuit crumbs, tea stains and dirty forks? Then why not get them something useful – a Desktop Mini Henry Vacuum. Let’s face it, Henry is an office legend and this mini version will save all those crumbs jamming up the keyboard. Perfect if you share a desk or flexitime with a messy eater!
The Takeover Game – £29.99 from thetakeovergame.com
If you have a ruthless colleague with designs on world domination and making it rich, you could splash out and get them the ultimate international finance game. You and they will get hours of enjoyment – and perhaps even hone some trading skills – doing deals and making money. We love it!
Beard Oil Set – £28.99 from Bearded Basturds
Specially formulated in Rosyth, this brilliantly-scented Beard Oil Set is perfect for the office hipster who takes better care of his beard than you do your own barnet. Comprising three bestsellers – The Ginger Basturd Beard Oil (Winter), The Basturd AB Whatmore (Spring), and The Basturd Midge (Summer) – the kit is worth £50.85 individually and, despite their dedicated seasons, the oils are perfect for year-round use. What’s more, the oils don’t contain any nasties and are part of the wider Bearded Basturds range should your hairy colleague wish to explore the beard care possibilities further.
Gym Buddy Mug – £9 from Your Running Mate
Do you know someone who owns an extensive ‘leisure wear’ wardrobe, which may or may not have seen the inside of a gym? Complicated equipment a step too far? That gym membership burning through their bank account each month, so that the annual step onto the treadmill ends up costing them a fortune? Then this is the hilarious dictionary-definition Gym Buddy mug for them. Ruminate on their excellent taste in lycra, while you both sit with your feet up and enjoy a cuppa. Other versions available include Running Mate, Runner, and Fit(ish).
Santa’s Christmas Cupcakes – Box of 16 – £34.50 from sendthemcupcakes.com
Okay, we’ve stretched the limits of the gift guide here because this one is over £30 but we just couldn’t resist. Imagine your colleague’s face when the courier turns up with a red satin gift box all tied up with a bow and full of cute Christmas cupcakes just in time for afternoon tea. sendthemcupcakes.com also does smaller boxes of six or nine cupcakes which don’t break the £30 budget. Browse them all and you’ll be hooked.
Bandito Face Masks for Men – £3.99 from asos.com
Know a guy in who likes to take care of his complexion? Get him a few quirky Bandito Face Masks for Men, which include four in the range: Chill a Minute, Get Lucky – Night on the Town, Keep it Smooth, and Pimped Out No More. Developed in Korea, these bad boys are formulated with ingredients such as kale, charcoal, and tea tree to keep skin health and happy.
Gin & Tonic Infusion Set – £17.50 from sous-chef.co.uk
A great gift for the gin-loving colleague in your life, this Gin & Tonic Infusion Set from Sous-Chef will help to liven up any G&T and can be used to create personalised gin infusions. It comes with everything they will need to get started, including a cocktail spoon with masher, a selection of spices, rose petals, and tasting notes.
Loch Lomond Whiskies Gift Pack – £21.95 from Loch Lomond Whiskies
A great gift made in Scotland by Loch Lomond Whiskies, the Loch Lomond Whiskies Gift Pack showcases some of Loch Lomond’s very best single malt whiskies from the Scottish Highlands region. Perfect for whisky lovers, the collection comprises 3 x 5cl bottles, including Loch Lomond Original, Loch Lomond 12 Year Old and Loch Lomond 18 Year Old.
Review: Loch Lomond Original
With subtle hints of peat, this is the entry-level whisky in Loch Lomond’s single malt range. It’s matured in American oak casks, whose flavour filters through to the malt. While it’s delicate on the palate, it’s surprisingly full-bodied – and well worth the price.
Quirky tie – £6.99 from Dobell.co.uk
This gift is for the colleague who loves their loud and quirky ties. You know the one – they wear a different tie every day and never miss an opportunity to liven things up a little. Easter, Children in Need, Christmas… you name it, they’ve usually got a tie for it. Well, why not get them a new design to add to their ever-expanding collection? Choose from a range of vibrant neck candy at Dobell, which has a full collection of stylish, festive and even retro ties. One of our favourites is this bright green casino number. You might even want to pick up a novelty waistcoat or some cufflinks to match. Dobell even does the full suit!
Cocktail Mixes – £9.99 from The Fowndry
Buy your team mate a drink, so to speak. Cocktails can be tricky to recreate at home – what with the expensive ingredients and faffing about – and they never turn out quite like the mixologist’s perfectly-poured concoctions. But that was before Cocktail Mixes. If you know someone who loves a good Cosmo or Mojito, they’re bound to appreciate these!
Rockstirs Guitar-Shaped Teaspoons – £4.99 also from The Fowndry
Do you have a colleague who plays in a band, or is a soft/hard rock superfan? Brighten up their tea break from now on by slipping one of these Rockstirs teaspoons into their Secret Santa gift. They’re quirky, oh-so-cute and no one will pinch their teaspoon! What’s more, they come in three different designs – Sugercaster, Big Pourer and Flying Tea – so your colleague’s favourite axe is bound to be in there.
Helix Star Wars Imperial Stationery Gift Set –£24.99 from Amazon
With the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi this month, Star Wars fans will be tickled to receive this Imperial Stationery Gift Set, which includes Stormtrooper Scissors, a Darth Vader Stapler and a Darth Vader’s TIE advanced fighter themed hole punch. Enabling your colleague to feel the force this Christmas, these sets include all the essential office stationery items, adorned with the famous Light-Side or Dark-Side theme. The Rebellion gift set includes a Millennium Falcon hole punch, a R2D2-themed quality stapler, and X-Wing fighters themed scissors.
Limoncello E Bicchierini – £19.95 from Carluccio’s
Well-travelled team members will love this taste of Italy. One of Carluccio’s many indulgent gift sets this Christmas, the Limoncelli E Bicchierini is the perfect way to finish a meal. Pour the Limoncello into the milk chocolate cups and serve. Salute!
Panettone Al Prosecco – £19.95 also from Carluccio’s
Cake AND Prosecco. What could be better? Made by three cousins who now run the bakery, each Panettone is pierced with 25 holes to allow for the Prosecco filling to be piped in evenly. It’s a truly indulgent Christmas treat from the Italian artisan in Glasgow.
TRAV O SAFE – £24.98 from GP Batteries
Mobile electronic devices are essential travel companions. From email and itineraries to photos, social media, games and maps, the need for a back-up power has never been greater. But, with all the restrictions placed on hazardous lithium batteries by airlines, travellers can have trouble taking a power bank on board their flight, meaning their mobile devices risk losing power. New from world-leading battery manufacturer GP Batteries, the TRAV O SAFE PowerBank offers a reliable and powerful charging device that’s safe for air travel. Welcomed by airlines, the TRAV O SAFE conforms to the latest airline safety standards for carry-on and check-in baggage and is a perfect back-up power source to recharge mobile devices on your travels. A perfect gift for the traveller in your life.
Burt’s Honey Jar – £9.99 from Burt’s Bees
Burt’s Bees has a fantastic range of gifts this year for beauty-lovers who like their products phthalate, paraben, petrolatum, SLS (Sodium Laurel Sulphate), and cruelty-free. We particularly love the Burt’s Honey Jar, which features a trio of lip balms all contained within a cute, reusable glass honey pot.
Cordee Top Munro Playing Cards – £9.99 from Tiso
Got a Munro-bagger in the office? Then treat them to this top trumps-style card game featuring their favourite Scottish hills. Each card features a photograph of a Munro and six key facts about that hill, a potential route to climb it and the pub you can visit afterwards.
Scottish Heather Luxury Candle – £15.00 from Jo Macfarlane
Who doesn’t love a (chemical-free) scented candle? We love the smell of this Scottish Luxury Candle from Jo Macfarlane, a luxury Scottish candle maker based in Fife. It’s one of a range made from 100% eco soy wax which also includes Gorse and Malt Whisky scents, as well as the Destination and Signature collections. Jo works with luxury hotels across Scotland and in London – creating bespoke ‘private label’ candles – but also sells individual products from her website. She runs candle-making workshops to teach people new skills – from which some of the proceeds go to Sreepur Village, a Bangladesh charity run for destitute women and children. Check out her full range, including gift vouchers, on the website.