Ahh the workplace secret santa: that annual event we’re all forced to participate in even though we neither want to buy nor be bought another comedy mug. Rather than spending pennies pointlessly on most likely plastic-wrapped, throwaway items that will end up in the charity shop in a week/year’s time, why not buy something pointedly sustainable instead? Here are a few ideas…
Secret Santa: under £5
Skincare: Unless you know someone really well, soap can be taken the wrong way, but lip balm is always both useful and appreciated! The Organic Essence natural lip balm is universally appealing and a great option for men or women who are stuck in an office OR subject to weather, on a playground for example. (Which also makes it a great option for classroom assistants /nursery leaders /teachers etc…)
Travel: The Funky Soap Travel Tin can be used for so much more than soap, and as it’s made from aluminium it is fully recycleable. To make it look like more, pop in a few wrapped sweets or some fudge from your local sweet shop.
Kitchen: There is no excuse for using clingfilm any more – buy a regular offender an alternative like these vegan food wraps and they’ll never look back. And we would never encourage cheating, but if £5 is really more a guideline than a rule, splash out an extra £1 on a Keep Leaf baggie.
Lunch time: Who doesn’t love bees? This cool bag is waterproof, lightweight and will keep lunch cool until, well, lunchtime. If bees aren’t their thing there are other options – flamingoes, seaside or puffins, Eco Chic have got it all!
Out & About: These gorgeous organic short-handled string bags are deceptively spacious, holding far more than you’d expect but squishing down to nothing in a pocket. A bargain at £5 exactly.
Desk-top fun: Check out Goki’s fab brainteaser puzzles, many of which come in under £5.
Secret Santa: under £10
Garden: Surely no-one with a garden wouldn’t appreciate a bee bomb? Add a jar of local honey and you’ve got a gift everyone will be buzzing over! (Sorry, couldn’t resist!)
Lunch time: You can’t go wrong with a reusable sandwich pouch, such as those by Planet Wise and Keep Leaf – both have some stunning design options available.
Secret Santa: under £20
If you’ve got £20 to splash out there are endless possibilities! There are lots of lovely reusable drink options, from water bottles to insulated flasks to juice boxes.
Wooden toys are not just for children, as many of us can attest. How about treating a colleague to a desk-friendly Grimms small rainbow, some grapat mandala pieces for mindfulness practice or a Goki puzzle 3D?
A hamper (see below) could also come in under £20 if you pick carefully…
Secret Santa: over £20
Why not make a personalised gift hamper? Some ideas could include:
For the parent: build a fabulous rainbow picnic hamper from the amazing Re-play range – and they are so reasonable you could even manage a small hamper under the £20 mark!
For the commuter: Help them while away the train journey with some brainteaser puzzles from the Goki range, or a Grimms magnetic puzzle for the ultimate in compact open-ended “play”. Add an insulated flask for their mid-journey cuppa and a bar of chocolate as a treat!