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Revealed: The best Secret Santa gifts for your colleagues this year

Do you love Secret Santa in your workplace? Well you’re not alone! New research from CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job board, has found that 74.6% of Brits enjoy getting involved with this festive gifting game.

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But while Secret Santa is synonymous with humorous products, how cheeky can you really go when it comes to your colleagues? Well, nearly half (47%) of Brits think you should give a funny gift, 33.7% a personal one and 17.9% say something generic.

So, if you’re thinking about being a little cheeky with your present, you may want to think again, as only 1.5% of your fellow Brits think a rude present is acceptable. Plus, the majority (75.6%) of Brits say spending up to £10 is enough for your colleagues.

Not sure on what to buy? Here’s what the nation believes are the best Secret Santa gifts for colleagues this year:

  • Novelty items (41.1%) - From Christmas socks, to ‘A dummy’s guide to XYZ’, you can have a laugh with your gift without crossing the line.
  • Sweets/chocolates (40.1%) - You can’t go wrong with a bit of festive confectionary, so this is a good option if you’re stuck for a gift idea.
  • Vouchers (39.7%) - If in doubt, find out what shops your colleague likes to buy from and get them a voucher – even better if there’s a running joke about it.
  • Personalised mugs (26.1%) - Is there a memorable quote from your office? Stick it on a mug! You can’t go wrong with a personalised gift.
  • Alcohol (24%) - If you’re stuck for ideas and know your colleague’s favourite tipple, get down your local supermarket and pick up a bottle. There’s plenty of plonk for under a fiver.
  • Stationery (8.3%) From notebooks and Post-its, to pens and fancy folders, brighten up your co-worker’s desk with some nice looking stationery.

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, comments: While you spend every day with your colleagues, it can be tricky to pick the right Secret Santa gift. But our research suggests that you can’t go wrong with something funny, personal or food-based!”