Whether it’s a Christmas Eve visit to your local pub for some spicy mulled wine or the mini family blow-up over who gets to put the star on the tree, Christmas is full of traditions. The most amusing one? The annual Secret Santa gift draw.
This merry little guessing game has two types of players, the ‘my lips are sealed’ kind of guy, and the ‘I’ll tell your mine if you tell me yours’ kind of chap. However you choose to play, we’ve rounded up the best in beauty to match your restricted budget whilst making them feel as if you’ve spent a trillion bucks… well, not quite, but you catch the gist.
£5 and Under – Her
Binky London Metallic Nail Polish £2.40
Tis’ the season to give joy! So why not wrap up two of these beautifully bright nail shades for her this Christmas. Available in metallic, glitter or gel finishes, there’s bound to be one in there that matches her favourite party dress.
Roger & Gallet Fleur d’Osmanthus Hand and Nail Cream £5.10
There’s a naughty 10p extra on this one, but we know sometimes you don’t mind spending a little extra. Without straying too far from budget, this cute, inoffensive gift is the ultimate crowd pleaser as its perfect for her to keep in her drawer, handbag or car.
£5 and Under – Him
Zirh Combo Fortify 50ml and Shave Gel 50ml, £5.00
Clean and simple, treat him to the clarifying goodness of Zirh. Known for their cult shave collection, Zirh presents this mini gift that contains a two-in-one shampoo and shave gel. It’s perfect for him to achieve his beard goals ready for the Christmas party.
4711 Original Eau de Cologne Watch Bottle 25ml, £5.10
A classic choice for a sophisticated gent, 4711 is ideal to refresh his senses whilst on the go. The aromatic fouguere is infused with vivacious bergamot and crisp lavender; when paired with its super cool vintage style bottle, it’s ready to delight!
£10 and Under – Her
Le Soft Perfume, £5.95
As quirky as her fashion taste, this sought-after scent selection is the ideal accompaniment to her warm-hearted personality. 90% natural with a sumptuous butter texture, this portable perfume will provide her senses with plenty of Parisian pleasure.
Nuxe Prodigieuse Cracker, £10.00
If she’s into her pampering ritual, this has got her name written all over it! Housed a beautiful ready to pull cracker, this collection of fabulous French beauty will light up her eyes quicker than your grandfather falls asleep after Christmas lunch.
Caudalie Winter Duo, £7.60
The perfect all rounder, this luxury mini Caudalie set is an essential winter warmer for her this Christmas. If she’s always complaining about dry lips, treat her to touch of luxurious moisture from this powerful pair.
£10 and Under – Him
Tisserand Muscle Ease Bath Oil 100ml, £9.95
Whether you like to be cryptic or practical with your secret Santa gift, the Muscle Ease Bath Oil is the perfect treat to help him relax after a hard day. If he works hard at the gym or his brain is in overdrive from facts and figures, this is just what he needs to unwind all year round.
007 Fragrances James Bond Refreshing Shower Gel 150ml, £6.80
Does he see himself as a bit of a James Bond? Whether he wants the car, the women or the gadgets, give him a subtle slice of the assassin lifestyle with this refreshing 007 body wash.
£15 and Under – Her
Anna Sui Eye Color Palette, £14.00
If she’s into her makeup and loves to experiment with colour, this designer makeup palette will make her day. Enriched with 10 highly pigmented shades, this gorgeous compact is the perfect treat for the beauty lover in your life.
Nailtiques Beautiful Feet Gift Set, £12.50
If she’s on her feet all day and doesn’t get much chance to sit down, you’ve just nailed your secret Santa gift. Equipped with moisture socks avocado food cream and much, much, more this sumptuous set is great to offer her the TLC she needs.
Cacharel Amor Amor Eau de Toilette Spray, £15.10
Fragrance is a grand gesture when it comes to secret Santa shopping, however, you don’t have to break the bank to delight your recipient with a gorgeous, hidden gem fragrance. Completely scent’sational, this has to be one of my favourite ever fragrances with its sweet ‘what’s not to love?’ composition.
£15 and Under – Him
L’Occitane Pour Homme Cade Reinvigorating Shower Gel 250ml £14.00
Imagine masculinity in a bottle, well this is just that! The perfect shower gel that he wouldn’t buy for himself but will land on his Christmas list next year. Blended with the finest organic cade extracts, this invigorating hair and body wash stimulates his senses with its refreshing blend of quinquina.
Calvin Klein CK One Eau de Toilette Spray 50ml, £14.95
If he’s a got the street cred of a living legend, he deserves a splash of the iconic CK One. Sexy and upbeat, this light-hearted scent is an absolute failsafe for him this Christmas.
Jack Black Turbo Body Bar Scrubbing Soap on a Rope, £12.95
This isn’t just your ordinary soap, it lives on a rope! Enriched with stimulating agents, its turbo powered technology works to buff away the day’s dirt and grime whilst the tingly scent refreshes your airways – delightful!