’Tis the season to be jolly, spread cheer and shower love with gifts and goodies. Be it at work, with friends or family, Christmas celebrations call for a Secret Santa. This fun concept from the West is a great way to add an element of surprise to the gifting season.
If you are planning a Secret Santa gift exchange and still haven’t decided on your presents, My Kolkata has compiled a handy list of last-minute gifting options that are thoughtful, fun, and won’t burn a hole in your pocket.
Calendars and planners
With the new year round the corner, calendars, planners and journals make for ideal gifts for friends and family who like stocking up on them every year. Get these adorable table calendars by Kolkata artist Roshni Bhattacharya. The theme for the 2023 calendar is The Year of Healing Hobbies which makes it a positivity booster for anyone you’re gifting this to. It is available in both wall and desk versions and has handy stickers to mark daily and monthly tasks.
Have a friend or a colleague who loves to cook and host? Kitchenware is easily the best Secret Santa gift for them. Shop Fabindia’s new home collection — Tuhina. It features bone china creations with elegant old-school motifs and accents in royal blue or pastel pink. There are coffee mugs, cotton runners, bowls, plates and more — perfect for anyone’s tablescaping needs.
Once a tea lover, always a tea lover — so what better gift for that person than a hamper full of chai? Customise the hamper however you like, adding tea flavours that your loved one can enjoy. Don’t forget to add in the festive special Christmas Berry flavour along with tea brewing accessories like strainers, cups and more.
In the mood to pamper your favourite people? This coffee hamper is a luxe option for you to pick this season. It includes single and double brew bottles of rich coffee along with an assorted box of chocolates, a coffee bean or vanilla coconut scented bubble candle, and even a dreamcatcher ornament for one’s tree.
Fragrant body butters
Come winters, it’s time to pamper the skin and the season for lush body butters. Pick the range of body butters from Find Your Happy Place for your skincare loving friends and family so they can turn up looking their best for all those Christmas and year-end soirees. They come in nature-inspired fragrances like Sunkissed Ocean Waves (sea salt and water blossom), After the Rain (Jasmine and Cedarwood), Wrapped in Your Arms (Blushrose and Raspberry) and Under the Starlit Sky (Chamomile and Rosemary) that will not only leave the skin feeling soft but perhaps also inspire travels to exotic lands.
If you have a friend who lives in their t-shirt and can be found taking winter walks with a camera in hand, these photography themed t-shirts from the Kolkata based brand Magajastra are a great pick! These uni-sex tees come in a range of sizes and are soft and comfortable. The highlights are the witty graphics on each of the pieces.
A book lover's favourite accessory? Bookmarks, of course! Page Break is back with a new collection of macramé bookmarks. Made using the knotting technique of macrame, these trendy bookmarks come in an assortment of colours like cream, blue, pink and yellow and can also be customised on request. DM the brand to get your bookmark ready.
If you have a loved one who loves to decorate their homes, then the Christmas-themed collection of cushions Vaaree is a great gifting idea. Rad Reindeer, Jingle Bells, Snow Domes and Pom Pom Pines — give them a touch of the festive essence for their homes. These cotton cushions are easy to maintain for them and won’t drill a hole in your pocket. Grab yours for gifting fast till stocks last.
A luxurious hot bath is not just great winter skincare but also an opportunity for some well-deserved me-time. Kolkata brand Dos Sistas Soaps has a new range of creamy whipped soaps that are handmade and hand poured, and come in a variety of fragrances. They are suitable for all skin types and completely chemical free. Take your pick from lemon, lavender, charcoal, blueberry, peach blossom, passion fruit, lychee and more.