With the recession, many of us have had to tighten our budget at Christmas time. But this does not necessarily mean you have to shorten your Christmas list and axe your work colleagues from the list, instead opt for cheaper presents for your colleagues.
For the sweet toothed people at work, bake something delicious. Festive cookies are ideal as they last for ages and can easily be decorated. Moreover, flavors can be altered according to tastes, for instance a few favourites are choc-chip, double choc-chip, white choc-chip, coconut flavored, rum and raisin and oat cookies. No sweet toothed person could resist!
For the connoisseur of drinks, make your own drinks hamper by investing in a few bottle beers or mini drinks. Place them in a box and decorate with a bow or ribbon. This is a great present as it is well thought out and can be easily adapted to each person’s tastes, making it a more individual present.
A hamper of smelly delights are perfect for those girly girls. Combine soaps, perfumes, body scrubs and rich lotions for the body, or for the face, natural masks which can be home made; facial scrubs and moisturises.
For the book worm, look in small local bookshops for offers on books. Classics can often be found for as little as 2 pounds. Alternatively, sign them up for magazine subscription and purchase the first few issues. Subscriptions are a great way to give your work mate a present that is used beyond Christmas time!
For those who like a night in relaxing with a film, create a hamper of delicious delights. Bring out the kid in them, with popcorn, Haribo, crisps, tortilla chips and a bottle of their favourite fizzy drink! Why not add to the list, a rental voucher from a video rental store too.
Another option is to host a secret Santa at your office Christmas party, which will mean you will only have to buy a Christmas present for one person.