Up Your Secret Santa Game This Christmas

Whether you pick names randomly out of a hat or elect a ‘chosen one’ to divvy-up who’s buying for who, Secret Santa adds a bit of festive fun to buying Christmas gifts for friends, family and colleagues.

Fun aside, and considering that the average UK household will fork out over £470 on Christmas gifts for loved ones this year, Secret Santa often makes buying Christmas gifts more affordable at what is a very expensive time of year.

Secret Santa has been in of our lives for as long as we can remember. But, where did the idea even come from?

The Original ‘Secret Santa’

Although no one really knows the exact year or origin of ‘Secret Santa’, American Philanthropist, Larry Stewart, is widely credited as starting the Secret Santa trend we all know and love today.

Stewart secretly gave out gifts and money to the homeless and needy over a thirty-year period, from the mid-70s until 2006, and was daubed ‘Kansas City’s Secret Santa’. What a guy!

It wasn’t until just before his death in 2006 that he finally revealed he was, in fact, the original Secret Santa.

Christmas Gift Ideas

While Secret Santa as we know it today is more about having a bit of fun, it’s also like a game of Russian Roulette (although far safer): you don’t know who in the group you’re going to get. You hope it’s your best friend, but you know you’ll probably end up getting the difficult one in your group who is: a) Overtly picky or, b) One of those who has everything. Everything.

Whether the person you’re buying for is picky, or just has everything, one thing is for sure – you’re going to have to up your gift-giving game.

Up Your Gift-Giving Game

Gimmicky gifts, vouchers, socks and alike aren’t going to cut the mustard. Use our top tips below to up your Secret Santa game this Christmas:

1) Buy something a bit more personal

You’ve probably heard this old saying before, but it’s good food for thought when you’re thinking of gift ideas:

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Purchasing a present for someone that’s a bit more personal, a bit more heartfelt, is bound to make the recipient feel above and beyond how they’d feel if you gifted them a voucher. Get your creative Christmas shopping juices flowing with some personalised gift ideas from Truprint here.

2) Don’t turn to tat

It’s easy to panic-buy and end up purchasing a gimmick-type gift or something humorous. It’s even become a bit of an unwritten rule in some Secret Santa circles to buy something outrageous for each other. If so, think about bucking the trend. Wouldn’t you rather spend your hard-earned cash on something you know someone will love, rather than something that’ll just get a short-lived chuckle?

Southwark Circle’s ‘No more socks’ Christmas advertising campaign – © The Rubbish Diet

3) Stand out from the gift-giving crowd

Christmas isn’t a competition. But, wouldn’t it be a lovely feeling to know you’ve given a gift to someone that you know no-one else will have bought for them? Something truly unique? Use Secret Santa as a platform to buy a gift for someone that oozes thought and will be cherished by them for years to come.

4) It’s ALL about the recipient 

It’s easy to go off and a tangent and focus too much on the actual task at hand – the buying of the gift, rather than the intended recipient and the gift itself. Don’t treat buying a Secret Santa gift as a box-ticking exercise.

Put some real thought into what your recipient will actually like or need. If they’re a little unorganised, they could well benefit from a personalised calendar. If they’ve just moved house, a canvas print could take pride of place in their new home.

Up your Secret Santa game this Christmas. Turn your #PicturesIntoPrsents to make the ultimate personalised gift your recipient will love and cherish for years to come.  

To help you out, we’ve got plenty of gift ideas for you to peruse at your leisure here.