Fear not, intrepid buyer, as the wonders presented on this very page will last well beyond the first week of January.
Pickle Pie (www.picklepiegifts.co.uk) will custom-print a whole range of goodies for your nominated colleague. Mugs, tea towels, lunchboxes, cooking aprons, oven gloves and cover cushions are all present and correct, but the notebooks are a particularly good office gift. As well as being a lovely gift, they serve as a subtle way to remind co-workers to stop stealing your stationary – everyone’s a winner. Prices from £8.99
Perfect for the office wine enthusiast, The Thames Valley Wine School offer tasting gift vouchers from as little as £25. Take a tour through the vineyards of France, Italy, Portugal and Spain, and emerge a true connoisseur. Visitwww.thamesvalleywineschool.com for details.
No matter what the time of year, we all look forward to that hour-long lay-off to tuck into whatever it is that we’ve managed to rustle up from the depths of the cupboards for lunch. ‘The Little Book of Lunch‘ is a fantastic cookbook to help your favourite cook transform those soggy sandwiches into any number of delectable dishes.
Drink and Be Merry
St Austell’s brewery offers a personalised beer bottle service, allowing you to choose your favourite label and then tailor it with a colleague’s office nickname. Quirky and thirst-quenching at the same time, and priced at just £9.99, this is a gift that they’ll thank you for. (www.thatsmybeer.co.uk)
Christmas is a time for chocolate, so make your secret giftee the envy of the office with a box of handcrafted chocolates, luxurious enough to sate even the most avid chocolate fanatic. If you’re lucky, they might even feel obliged to share… Priced from just £10, visit www.hotelchocolat.com for details.
Everyone loves coffee, so you can’t go wrong with something roasted, aromatic and delicious. The market is brimming with superb little gift ideas that are both inexpensive and extremely tasty – the perfect choice for that hard-to-buy-for somebody. Browse www.bettys.co.uk/coffee, take a look at www.whittard.co.uk/gifts/coffee-gift or shop atwww.thehouseofcoffee.co.uk/product-category/gifts for inspiration.
A Very English Afternoon
Why not treat your colleague to a delicious afternoon tea at Hampshire’s Oakley Hall? Indulge in delicate finger sandwiches, fresh scones with jam and the patisserie selection of the day from just £22.95 (www.oakleyhall-park.com).
Hobbs House Bakery offers gift vouchers towards breadmaking and cake-making lessons – a great way of hinting to your colleagues that they should bring more treats into the office. You can select the amount you want to put on the voucher, and they have evening events for as little as £10. (www.hobbshousebakery.co.uk/products/gift-card)