So what’s the secret to buying that perfect fun gift, whilst still staying on budget, and - most importantly - not insulting anyone in the office? Well, it all depends on who you pull out of the hat. That's why I have taken the liberty of selecting a few hot products that are likely to go down a treat this Christmas.
The Boss - CEO
If you’re unlucky enough to draw the short straw and end up with your boss for Secret Santa, go classic with a hard, ruled moleskin notebook, as used in the popular TV show Dragon’s Den (RRP £13.50). Guaranteed to impress.
The Money Man - CFO
For the CFO, try the ‘Make Money’ kit, which comes with two pads of blank bank notes plus rubber stamps and ink pads to create any currency. A simpler version of quantitative easing, available for £7.99, and much more fun to chat about down the pub.
The Creative One - CMO
It can be tough trying to please those wacky, arty types. How about an invisible ink pen to keep his/her brilliant marketing ideas a secret from the competition (or just to pass notes around the office)? And just £2.99 too.
People People – HR
Trying to grab that corner office? Make sure that you keep on the good side of HR. If you’re gifting to somebody in personnel then why not consider a Predict a Pen, which is on hand to give an unbiased and emotionally detached second opinion on decisions. RRP £4.99.
Grafters – Middle Management
If you end up having to buy a Secret Santa gift for the long-suffering middle manager, help them to organise their chaotic to-do lists with these Get the Hint stickies. RRP £5.99.
Schmoozers – Sales Team
To help a member of the sales team nurse their hangover after a night out with a big client, go for a Super Soothing Ice Pack to soothe headaches - and prevent any mid-afternoon dozing. RRP £6.40.
Geeks – IT
Never get a call back from the IT helpdesk? Wreak your revenge by boggling their binary minds with an Incredible 3D Doodle kit for £4.40.
Organisers – Admin
Say thank you to Office Manager and PA for organising your life by buying him/her a Pop! Gun. He or she can then let off a little steam - and have endless fun - by shooting harmess foam bullets at the back of your head. RRP £6.90.
For those that know the names of every member of One Direction, go for a 3-in-1 Nail Art pen (an ironic nod to the sterotype of interns sitting around picking their nails) that lets you paint their nails, create a design on them and seal it with a clear nail varnish over the top. (RRP £7.50). Or a Fart Sound Machine. It does what it says on the tin and can be hidden in pockets. RRP £5.98.
Ben Read is studio manager at NPW, designer and supplier of impulse products and stocking fillers to the high street.