Love it or hate it, the tradition of Secret Santa always seems to find its way into our holiday season. But between decking the halls, navigating through endless Christmas parties and tackling the Christmas food shop, hunting for novelty gifts often ends up taking a backseat.
If you’re tired of trawling Amazon for a gift that doesn’t scream last-minute, then you’ve come to the right place. Luckily, we’ve had our fair share of Secret Santa experiences and can recommend some popular Secret Santa gifts that won’t disappoint.
Chances are you’re working with a tight budget and your giftee is someone you know nothing about (it happens), but that’s doesn’t mean all hope is lost – or that you should gift an underwhelming present.
Whether it be the annual exchange between co-workers or a new tradition between friends and family, these are the best Secret Santa gifts that everyone will love.
POPULAR SECRET SANTA GIFTS UNDER £10
Ensure that your giftee’s skin is glowing as bright as the star on top of the tree with this PIXI Glow Tonic Ornament Gift. Featuring a 100ml bottle of PIXI’s iconic glow tonic, it makes the perfect Secret Santa gift for skincare obsessives.
Give the gift of a good night’s sleep with this cracking cracker from This Works. We can guarantee the Stress Check Mood Manager and Deep Sleep Pillow Mist duo will be put to good use, because who doesn’t want to enjoy a night of uninterrupted sleep, especially in the midst of party season?
POPULAR SECRET SANTA GIFTS UNDER £20
Featuring not one, not two but three mini lipsticks - and coming in at under £20 - this set is an absolute steal. The creamy, satin-finish lipsticks arrive in natural nude, pink nude and peach nude tones to suit all skin tones.
The festive season can be chaotic: give your giftee a moment of me-time with the Tisserand Aromatherapy The Gift of De-Stress. With a massage body oil, mood-fixing mist and pulse point roller ball, they can slow down and reclaim some calmness. The comforting geranium, orange and nutmeg scent is right on brand for Christmas too!
You can’t go wrong with a bath bomb! Adding a dash of magic to any bath routine, these bath treats are brimming with pure essential oils that relax the mind, body and senses. Choose from the You Make Me Melt Bath Ball, Five Colours in Her Hair Bath Ball, Find Me In The Fruit Soap, Passionfruit Pom Pom Bath Cup and Sun Of A Beach Bath Cup. The best part? It's already wrapped and beautifully packaged.
POPULAR SECRET SANTA GIFTS UNDER £30
Does your giftee jump at the chance to unleash their inner MUA? Then you need to snap up this makeup brush set for your Secret Santa gift! The Real Techniques Everyday Essentials Set has everything needed to lay down a flawless makeup look, from face brushes to makeup sponges.
This line-up of Nails Inc polishes is perfect for those that are never without manicured hands. Whether they’re into mixing and matching shades, nail art, or a timeless classic manicure, these vibrant neon nail polishes provide endless possibilities to express individual style.
Introduce your Secret Santa to the three wonders of Nuxe. The Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Use Oil, Crème Fraîche de Beauté Plumping Cream and Rêve de Miel Honey Lip Balm is an iconic trio every beauty buff would be ecstatic to receive.
Heatless curls are all the rage right now, so this kit undoubtedly counts as one of the most popular Secret Santa gifts. The set creates the look of bouncy, blow-dried curls without the need for heat tools and hours of styling.
POPULAR SECRET SANTA GIFTS UNDER £40
If you’re being a little generous with your Secret Santa budget, then the Olaplex Smooth Your Style Hair Kit is well worth your pennies. The line-up includes all of the best-sellers, including the No.3 Hair Perfector, No.6 Bond Smoother, No.7 Bonding Oil and No.9 Bond Protector Nourishing Hair Smoother. Locks will look and feel sleeker and softer than ever before.
We’re edging into more luxury Secret Santa gifts with the ESPA Signature Blends Aromatherapy Bath & Body Oil Collection. Indulge in seven of ESPA’s most renowned bath and body oils, all of which boast an olfactive composition to match any and every mood.
Made from rose quartz crystal, which is believed to promote unconditional love and peace, this heart-shaped gua sha tool glides effortlessly over the contours of the face for a defined and sculpted complexion. It’s the perfect prezzy for those that are devoted to keeping a youthful complexion!
Treat them to a classic red lip kit from makeup giants, Stila. This lipstick-lip liner duo has been perfectly paired together to colour, define and line lips. Not only does the red shade flatter all skin tones, but it’s ideal for the festive season and beyond. Pucker up!
POPULAR SECRET SANTA GIFTS UNDER £50
Gift this eyeshadow palette from Charlotte Tilbury and you may be on the most-wanted list by the time the next Secret Santa rolls around. The lucky receiver of this beauty must-have will get to jazz up their Christmas makeup looks with four ultra-pigmented glitter eyeshadows.
Another present that’ll earn you the title of ‘top gift-giver’ is this Carolina Herrera Good Girl Hair Mist. Boasting the same floral, oriental scent as the fan-favourite eau de parfum, this lighter, airier edition can be spritzed over hair for a subtle scent.
If you’re here to max out your Secret Santa budget, then this ESPA Winter Spice Standard Candle is the gift for you. Encapsulating the true essence of Christmas, the warming aroma of sweet orange, clove, cinnamon and ginger fills the home with cosy and festive vibes.
And that’s a wrap! Our line-up of popular Secret Santa gifts will not only make you the best gift-giver this year, but it should also make shopping for that office pal a little less migraine-inducing. For more beauty gift ideas, check out Cosmetify’s Top Christmas Pamper Hamper Ideas for 2023 or visit our Christmas hub.
Written by Carly Cochrane
As the Senior Content Editor for Cosmetify, Carly is the go-to for all the latest (and greatest) beauty tips, tricks and trends. With over six years of experience in the industry, she knows all the ins-and-outs when it comes to health, beauty and wellbeing.