Author: Miss Monogram
Secret Santa is a Western Christmas tradition that has become really popular over the last few years, particularly for office parties and businesses.In most cases, individuals are assigned a work colleague, or family member, and must buy and give a gift anonymously.
A price guide is usually given so that all the Secret Santas spend the same.
Not many realise that this tradition began in Scandinavia, where Secret Santa is known as 'Julklapp'. The name is a combination of 'Jul' - meaning Christmas - and 'Klapp' - meaning ‘to knock’. Historically, the Secret Santa would knock loudly on the recipient's door, open it and throw the gift into the room without being seen.
Secret Santa was also popular in German folklore. It was believed that helpful fairies, known as Christmas Wichtels, helped Santa Claus deliver gifts. Over time these little imps became the Christmas elves we talk about today.
Whilst the traditional Secret Santa is the favourite, there are a couple of variations, including Stealing Secret Santa. In this cheeky version, everyone buys and brings a gift that would be suitable for anyone. The gifts are carefully wrapped to disguise their nature. When your turn to receive a gift comes around, you can either choose to open a new gift or steal somebody else's opened gift.
The amount of money allocated for a Secret Santa gift is usually between $20 and $50.
If you're stuck for an idea here are some great suggestions to get you started:
This is the perfect Secret Santa gift, suitable for male and female colleagues, friends or family members.
This divine Saffiano leather iPhone case comes in a beautiful range of colours and certainly adds a touch of class and style - especially when it is monogrammed. The slim design is just right and the snap-on hard cover will keep the phone safe. It is suitable for the iPhone 6, 6-plus, 7 and 7-plus, and is priced from $19.95.
iPhone Wallets are also available from $49.95.
Samsung Phone Cases
Made from smooth genuine leather this phone wallet is delightful. It comes suede-lined and has room for 2 cards plus receipts or cash. The Samsung Phone Case is finished with a magnetic clasp to keep the case closed. A monogram can be added to the top middle or bottom right-hand corner.
This gorgeous gift comes in Black, Baby Pink and Hot Pink and is priced from $49.95.
The Miss Olivia Keyring is the newest addition to the Miss Monogram family. The ultimate bespoke accessory, this heart-shaped beauty is made from gorgeous genuine Saffiano leather and comes in an assortment of colours, including Million Dollar Girl Gold, Sky Blue, Ruby Red and Rose Gold. The Miss Olivia Keyring costs $29.95.
The divine Miss Sophie Cardholder is perfect for business cards, making it the perfect Secret Santa for work colleagues. Made from gorgeous Saffiano leather it features 4 card holders and is available in Black, Rosey Pink and Rose Gold. The Miss Sophie Cardholder costs $39.95.
For the colleague, friend or family member who loves to travel, you can't go past these genuine Saffiano leather luggage tags. The Miss Paris Luggage Tag is easy to snap close and clearly displays contact details. The strap includes a stylish gold buckle for bag attachment. The Miss Paris Luggage Tag comes in Black, Rosey Pink and Pearl and costs $39.95.
The Mr Spector Luggage Tag comes in smart Black or Navy and costs $39.95.
Miss Monogram Soy Candle
Miss Monogram collaborated with luxe candle-maker Middletree to create this gorgeous Soy Candle. Available in silver or white, the candle burns for approximately 40 hours and features the Miss Monogram signature scent of champagne and strawberries. The Miss Monogram Soy Candle costs $29.95.
Monogrammed Cushion Cover
Nothing says style more than this stunning black-and-white alphabet monogrammed cushion cover. It's the perfect addition to any home and is available in every letter of the alphabet. It costs just $29.95 (cover only).