Notts: Keep Secret Santa Local

It’s that time of the year again where you might get roped into taking part in the office Secret Santa. It’s all ok if you end up with a good gift but let’s face it you probably need to start practicing your fake laugh/smile for when you get gifted several items of unicorn themed stationary that you can’t possibly take to your quarterly forecasting meeting!

I’ve been on the hunt for items under £15 that will ensure you’re the most popular person in the office. Better still they’re all from independent Notts retailers so you can also smugly inform all your coworkers it’s because you shop local that your gift is the best. You’re welcome!

Sauce Shop – Custom Gift Box


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Choose three of Sauce Shop’s 250ml sauces and get them delivered in a nice gift box. There’s loads to choose from including a selection of their Great Taste Award winning sauces. I’d be especially nice to your colleagues and get the hottest ones.

Available online or from a number of stockist in the city.

Parkwood Pottery Mug – Lane


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You’re in luck because Lane have reduced their white speckled Parkwood Pottery Mugs, helping them creep under the £15 budget to make the list! This is nothing like your standard Secret Santa mug, hand thrown and made just over the border in Derbyshire, it’s pure style.

Available online or from Lane at Primary. These will also be available at the Primary Christmas Pop Up 2 & 3 December.

Jars – Ottar Chocolate

From £5

Ottar - Sea Salt Caramel
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If you draw that person who’s constantly baking for the office then do everyone a favour and help them raise their 2018 baking game with some of Ottar Chocolate’s jars of deliciousness.

Starting from just £5 they include delights such as Sea Salt Caramel and Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge. You can order online or pick up from the Welbeck Farm Shop. Ottar will also attend the Primary Christmas Pop Up on 2 & 3 December.

Mini Pilea – Green Hause Plant Shop



Make your green-fingered colleagues happy and help bring some colour to the office with one of Green Haus Plant Shop’s super cute mini Pilea plants. They’re only £5 leaving you extra change to get a funky plant pot to go with it or one for yourself!

Pick one up from the Primary Christmas Pop Up on 2 & 3 December.

Orla Patterned Spine Notebook – NAMOKI


Ola Patterned Spine Notebook
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 Have a great excuse not to have to minute any meetings by getting your colleagues one of these gorgeous Orla Patterned Spine Notebooks from curators of all things style – NAMOKI. Foil printed on the spine with a super cool pattern, it’s available in three colours.

Available online or from the NAMOKI pop up in Rough Trade until 24th December,

Filter Twin Pack – Stewarts Coffee


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Make your manager happy by helping your colleague be more productive in the morning, with some speciality coffee from Nottingham coffee roasters Stewarts Coffee. My favourite is the trendy Filter Twin Pack if you haven’t heard of a ‘pour over’ or ‘filter’ brew you have now!

Available online.

Skin Elixir – 15ml Organic Frankincense & May Chang Moisturiser


Frankincense & May Chang Moisturiser
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Super ethical and 100% natural this moisturiser is hydrating and ideal as a lip balm. Perfect for that colleague who might be suffering a bit from the cold.

Available online or from the Primary Christmas Pop Up on 2 & 3 December.

Fir Coat – MilkSprout


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Made in Nottingham and poured to order MilkSprouts’ soy candles are made with organic essential oils and natural cotton wicks. The festive scented Fir Coat contains mandarin, nutmeg, clove bud, scots pine, silver fir and cinnamon.

Even better, if your colleague wants a refill they can send the jar back for a discounted top up.

Available online.

Have I missed something? Let me know about your Secret Santa Ideas in the comments.