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The 10 worst Secret Santa gifts

Published: Tuesday 22nd November 2016

It’s that time again. A time to balance cost verses cheesiness-factor. A time to weigh up: is that Secret Santa present a merry jape, or secretly insulting. If the latter, how far can you push it? We profile what might be the ten worst Secret Santa presents.


1. USB custard cream

Secret santa gift custard cream usb

I love this, don’t know why I’d put it in a list of bad Secret Santa presents. It’s functional and reflects my priorities (what did we do before USB?). Just don’t dunk it. It’s in this article because I’d rather like one myself (hint, hint).

2 to 4. Mugs

Mugs are old favourites. Here’s a selection.

Novelty mug
“It’s accrual world” mug. For accountants. With a sense of humour. Or how about a “Give me a <br/>” travel mug for the web developer. Then there’s a ‘Grumposaur’ mug for the office grouch. The list is endless. There are more novelty mugs in the world than people. People don’t need any more of these taking up cupboard space.

5. Novelty gifts for the aspiring executive

Thankfully we’ve moved on from Newton’s Cradles. Or have we? What about desktop snooker or golf – should we consider this an improvement? Do they impart a simple principle of physics first observed in the 17th century and made popular in the 60s? No, but they’re cheap and may get a laugh upon opening. Top of the list would be the Toilet Fishing Game
toilet fishing game secret santa gift
From the people who maybe brought you Toilet Time Golf, this game probably takes more time to set up that it takes to play.

6. Books

How about a book? “Deal with the boss – how to get ahead working for a jerk” sends a nicely coded (or not) message to both your colleague and the boss. There’s also something more for your annual leave in a book on “How to swear in every language”, or how about something to do with starting your own office slang phrases.

7. Small present, big box

How about getting something trivial in the local supermarket, and putting it in the biggest box you can find around the office? Or making it insanely difficult to unwrap.

8. Give them an IOU

The cop out to defeat all cop outs… Although actually more useful than everything else on this list depending on what favour you end up fulfilling. Be sure to write some mini terms and conditions to go on the back.

9. A gift card

Ok so this is good because you’re giving someone a choice in what they can buy with it. But it’s also completely forgettable and screams of a last minute stop off at the post office.

10. Or slightly more cash and an apology

Whatever you choose to give as a Secret Santa this year, it’s the thought that counts. Regardless, we wish you a wonderful festive season, and a prosperous and successful job search 2017.

If you’re looking for this years Secret Santa gift then check out some of the latest novelty gifts.

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