At the risk of sounding like the 21st century incarnation of Dicken’s most popular character [that's Scrooge according to Penguin Books] - I can’t stand Secret Santa. I’m not sure if it’s the budget, the element of surprise or the opportunity to be comedic that throws people, but it’s this gifting formula that has thrown up some of my most bizarre festive gifts. Comedy gifts are my greatest bugbears; £10 for a momentary laugh followed by a swift trip down the charity shop seems like a big expenditure IMHO. So here's an edit of great gifts under £10 that I think would be genuinely lovely to receive. For the boozers in your life offer something more imaginative that a bottle and opt for an alcoholic pastille from Smith & Sinclair (I have sampled them and they really are strong!). For the budding chef, Leon's 'Little' cookbook collection is both aesthetically pleasing and full of useful recipes. Monogrammed gifts are the easiest way to offer something personal and Alphabet bags add an initial to just about anything. For the caffeine fiend, Keepcup's awesome website offers the opportunity to create bespoke reusable coffee cups in the recipients favourite pantone pallet (make mine mint green). So here's the under £10 edit [apart from Selfridges £15 Astro Pouch that I slipped in because it's so pretty!]
Top row L - R: Little Leon Book: Brownies, Bars & Muffins, Oliver Bonas, £6.99. Smith and Sinclair Gin Pastilles, Harvey Nichols, £9.50. Orelia Star Hoops, Topshop, £10. Weekly Meal Planner, Kikki K, £9. Second row L - R: Jolly Ginger Biscuits, Biscuiteers, £6. Assorted Napolitan Chocolates, Fortnum & Mason, £9.50. Christmas Lip Bullet Duo, Topshop, £10. Bespoke Keepcup, Keepcup.com, £10. Third row L - R: S Mini Tote, Alphabet Bags, £8. Astro Fragrance Pouch, Selfridges, £15. Alphabet Candle, Marks and Spencer, £3. Bottom row L - R : This Works Dream Team Set, Harvey Nichols, £10. Marble Monogram Notebook, Studio Sarah, £6.95. Glitter Lights Socks, Topshop, £3.50. Korres Mini Showergel Collection, Birchbox, £10.