“Silver bells, time will tell, it’s Secret Santa in the city. Ring-a-ling, what he’ll bring, don’t be surprised on Christmas day!” Are you feeling festive already?

Secret Santa is famed for delivering gifts that people either love or hate or re-gift with a vengeance. Almost every Secret Santa has a rough time figuring out what’s thoughtful and affordable to gift each Christmas. We scoured the web and asked some more experienced elves for gift suggestions to make your life a bit easier this year. Here is a list of practical and lovely gift ideas that will work for everyone, from the fussy to the festive recipient.

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Gi fts That Even Santa Will Love

Joy to the world with these joyful gift ideas that make the Season merry and bright. Looking for Secret Santa gifts for your office mate? Look no further.

1. Scented Festive Candles

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For the home-loving person, scented candles make the perfect Christmas gift. Simple, inexpensive and ideal for the Yuletide season, lighted candles brighten every home and spread the scent of happiness. For couples, warm candle glow all around the house adds subtle romance to the holidays. Lighted on Christmas Eve, candles can even guide Santa in the dark, to the Christmas tree for him to place all the presents.

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Throw in candelabra and the candles form a pretty decoration for the dining table. This gift keeps on giving even after Christmas. Leftover candles should be stored away for emergencies such as a power blackout. They are extremely useful when torch lights with batteries or rechargeable lights are hard to find.

Find a good selection of scented candles on iHerb. Our choice is theOrange, Clove & Cinnamon made with 100% Natural Soy Essential Oil Candle.

2. Travel Pillow

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For the avid traveller, comfort and convenience is key to a pleasant journey be it by plane, train, coach or car. A travel pillow does wonders and it’s no secret that Santa probably owns one too. From the neutral, plain pillows to the wacky, zany ones in every shape and size, your recipient will thank you for your thoughtful gift for their next holiday trip. Select travel pillows that are light, easy to carry and squishy enough to fit into any backpack or hand carry bag.

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Travel the extra mile and throw in a personalised cushion with a message for upcoming holidays travels. Cushions are a welcome gift especially if they are so huggable and add cushy comfort to any sofa. If you are skilled with a needle and thread, you can sew your recipient’s name on the pillow. Fret not if sewing fails you, as any local tailor would happy to do the same for a small fee.

Cotton ON/Typo has a few inexpensive travel pillows to choose from.

3. Personalised Mugs

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Coffee mugs are available everywhere and they are quite affordable. However, mugs with messages for the holidays are a rare find. For the coffee-loving person, a mug that makes them smile every time they have their cuppa would do the trick. In fact, get one for Santa too as you prepare the hot chocolate and cookies for his arrival on Christmas Eve.

Make it even more thoughtful by personalising the mug with the recipient’s name. It’s easy if you know how. Firstly, wash and dry the mug. Then use a pencil to write out the name or acronym of name creatively. Next, carefully write the name over with a permanent paint marker and add cute designs or accents wherever you like. Finally, bake the mug at 350 degrees for 20 minutes to set the paint and let it cool completely before gifting.

Check the Ninja Mug from Naiise.

4. Creative Stationery

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For the office mate you tolerate but can’t figure what to get, the best bet is to get creative stationery. Prepare a simple gift basket or bag and throw in coloured pens, markers, colourful post-its, a holiday memo pad, creative stationery pins, stickers and more. For persons who love art and designing, colouring tools and drawing accessories are always a welcome gift.  As long as the stationery items look festive and are useful all year, it makes a most wonderful surprise.

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The more the stationery, the merrier. Add to the creativity by preparing personalised name tags or stickers in the giftee’s name and adding it to your bundle. Useful and convenient for all kinds of work, now everyone will know who this stationery belong to. Don’t be amazed that the gift once opened would be shared with all colleagues who never knew how creative you could be.

Etsy acrries some unique paper supplies.

5. Journal To Remember

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At the end of every year, every journal-loving person starts chugging huge amounts of coffee in order to redeem the famed Starbucks journal. This popular gift has a different design every year but not many of us can down so many cups of coffee. As a substitute, try shopping online to find exclusively designed journals, be it leather-bound or bling-ed out to the max. The choices are aplenty from the classic journal to creative ones with magnets, stickers and post-its inside.

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Secret Santa possibly owns a journal too in order to remember his many recipients on the Christmas wish list. Make your journal incredibly interesting by adding bookmarks and tags with your giftee’s name on it as page markers for their journal. This is certainly a gift that will be remembered all year with its use each day.

Visit Asos to check out their quirky journals collection.

6. Cutlery Set

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For the eco-friendly girl or guy next door who packs their own shopping tote when they go shopping, a handy cutlery set is a perfect gift. These are the persons who bring their own lunch boxes when they head out for a meal and decline single-use plastics. What better way to surprise them than furnishing cutlery sets that have a reusable metal straw, chopsticks, fork, spoon and knife.

Carry about cutlery sets today come in a variety of attractive packaging that is small, slim and can fit into any handbag or backpack. In fact, go ahead and add on a miniature cutlery set should your giftee have kids. Thoughtful gifts like these will make Secret Santa an awesome eco-warrior.

Lazada and Shopee for cute cutlery sets.


Gifts For A Good Cause

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If store-bought products are not your idea of a perfect Secret Santa gift, give something with extra meaning for the festivities. Support a charity this Christmas and purchase products that go a long way in supporting their good cause. Almost all recipients would appreciate the trouble Secret Santa took to make this gift possible. Better yet, they would know how it made a difference in the lives of other sentient beings.

7. SPCA Merchandise

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Animals lovers unite as the Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Singapore has Christmas merchandise to add cheer to the holidays. There’s plenty for Secret Santa to select, from an entirely new collection of T-shirts, tote bags to car decals and more. New year gifts are also available with cutesy 2019 calendars featuring cats and dogs in oh-so-adorable poses. Every gift is meaningful and contributes towards helping shelter animals and spreading animal welfare awareness across Singapore.

The range of Christmas goodies is available at SPCA merchandise store or shop online for them. Affordably priced and genuinely crafted with affection for animals, your giftee will be more than pleased with their heart-warming gift.

  • Address: 50 Sungei Tengah Road, Singapore 699012
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/spcasingapore/

8. WWF Wonders

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The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is a global, non-governmental movement dedicated to wilderness preservation and the reduction of human impact on the environment. At WWF-Singapore, the wonders don’t just end with actions to saving wildlife and the planet, but also in creative merchandising with the iconic WWF logo. Make your gift extra meaningful when you shop online for exclusive WWF merchandise that even Secret Santa would indulge in.

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Pick up awesome gifts from WWF soft toy plushies, canvas bags, drawstring bags, books, board games, key chains, T-shirts, ranger caps and drinking bottles. For the master chef in the kitchen, there is also a one-of-a-kind WWF cookbook. All items are reasonably priced so Santa need not rob a bank.

  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/wwfsg/shop/?rid=108973843175&rt=6

9. ACRES’ Awesome Gifts

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The Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES) of Singapore is a registered animal welfare charity doing fantastic work across acres of the city. If you have never heard of ACRES, they are the organisation who rescues any wild animal in Singapore in need of help. Providing sanctuary and enrichment for rescued animals, ACRES is driven by their passion to care for them. Their rescue, rehabilitate and release efforts ensure the animals adapt better when back in the wild. Their achievements to-date would make Santa proud.

ACRES makes online gifting more meaningful with their online shop where all proceeds from merchandise sales go towards their animal protection programmes. What’s in store are home accessories such as coasters, decals, pin badges and beautiful wildlife shawls. Shoppers can also find books, T-shirts and educational toys. All merchandise can be self-collected from the ACRES Wildlife Rescue Centre.

  • Address: 91 Jalan Lekar, Singapore 698917
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ACRESasia/

Secret Santa Gift Ideas Online

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It’s “o come o ye faithful” to wonderful Christmas shopping this holiday. Tell us how your Secret Santa gifted you this Season.

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