Ah, yes, Secret Santa. You know how it is—you pull a name out of an envelope, take a look, and your mind goes blank. What on earth am I going to buy them!? is often your first thought. Whether it’s a colleague or a friend, being put on the gift-giving spot can be stressful.
First rule: Step away from the novelty socks or mug situation! Instead, ensure you bag a Secret Santa present that they won’t want to regift at the first opportunity.
Check out our round-up of the best beauty options, each for under £15 (because Secret Santas are almost always thrifty fellows).
Ideal for when you really have no clue what to buy, you can’t go wrong with this Aromatherapy Associates Bath & Shower Oil. Honestly, it is arguably the best bath oil out there, plus it doubles as a tree decoration.
Liquid lipsticks are having a moment, and this one offers a punchy matte finish with an emollient-rich formula that will keep lips soft and smooth—unusual for a shine-free lip product.
While most crackers are filled with a puzzle, screwdriver or at best a hairbrush keyring (useful for fringes), this one boasts a Cowshed hand cream and lip balm—useful and luxurious.
For those with a sweet tooth, there is the bog-standard box of chocolates and then there is this cupcake-flavoured toothpaste, which is ideal for foodies as it softens the blow (the blow being that tooth-brushing signals the end of eating for the day).
This is the book to buy for anyone who is more of an eye person than a lip person. A collection of step-by-step makeup guides for eyes that take five, 15 or 30 minutes, all by make-up artist Lisa Potter-Dixon.
Gin is having a real moment in London right now, but if you don’t know (or like) the person enough to splurge on the real deal, then this G&T lip balm—with beeswax, shea butter, cocoa butter and calendula oil—will do nicely.
How chic is this makeup bag? And for under £8 (you may as well buy one for yourself too, no? Yes).
This multipurpose balm is an organic blend of beeswax, shea butter, macadamia oil and ginger, and it relieves dry, cracked skin and lips. And it looks great too.
The jar packaging elevates this hand cream to gift-worthy status. All natural, it smells divine and leaves even the driest hands baby soft.
An almond-scented hand cream housed in a small penguin-shaped pot, what more could anyone want from a Secret Santa? (Don't answer that.)
A great affordable and quirky add-on to a bottle of wine or a bottle of nail polish (the polish probably makes more sense).
With its art deco–inspired design, genius flip-top lid and bold, rich orangey hue, this lipstick by Stiks Cosmetiks is a winning Secret Santa gift.
You really can’t go wrong with the gift of a good night’s sleep. This trio of mist, rescue remedy and balm should help even the most troubled sleeper unwind, slow their busy mind and drift off.
We live for a mini beauty product and this Tocca Florence perfume is everything. The combination of Italian bergamot, crushed violet and wood will lead to dreams of faraway shores on cold winter days. And it’s the perfect size for a clutch or gym bag.
Inside the pretty box are two powerhouse products: Ren’s award-winning 1-Minute Facial that douses skin in energising Vitamin C, and a Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask to leave even the most party-weary skin brighter.
Got your eye on any of these Secret Santa gifts? Tell us your faves in the comments below!