Kids find the whole concept of Secret Santa irresistible. Not only do they get the important job of choosing the perfect gift, they also have the fun of watching the recipient’s face as they open it. Oh, and keeping the secret as the recipient tries to find out who sent it...
If your children are taking part in a Secret Santa this year, perhaps amongst a group of classmates or with their cousins, we’ve discovered some great kids’ gifts certain to deliver laughs and hugs. They’re all priced at £5 and under, and available from familiar high street and online stores.
Crafty kids will appreciate this set of festive stamps with built-in ink pads in classic green and blue. Plenty of creative fun for rainy days.
Give Mr Grasshead
a good soak with water every couple of days and watch him sprout a lush green head of grassy hair that you can trim like a hairdresser!
Rigby & Mac
This sweet bunny nightlight
is battery-operated so is perfect for taking on holiday or sleepovers - wherever he is needed!
Natural History Museum
For a really versatile gift that will suit both boys and girls, you can't go wrong with chocolate - and this Cadbury Dairy Milk Christmas Plush Toys selection box
is just the ticket. This fab gift set includes a furry Freddo toy as well as a Cadbury Treatsize Fudge, Cadbury Dairy Milk Freddo, Cadbury Dairy Milk Treatsize Buttons and Cadbury Treatsize Curly Wurly. Yum!
Perfect for night owls, this torch
doubles as a projector showing images of dinosaurs, sea creatures and wild animals. Simply insert an image disc, turn on the torch, twist the lens to focus, then rotate the disc to see the next image.
George at ASDA
Marks & Spencer
Who will be the boss? This game
from Marks & Spencer pits parents against kids. Simply spin the wheel for either a kids’ or an adults’ question. Packed with over 150 cards covering every topic from toys to history, it’s suitable for ages 8+.
British Heart Foundation
Super snuggly and oh so cute, these special Christmas slippers
are available from the British Heart Foundation.
Each bag contains one mini figure to make from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts' collection
. Your child could give one each to their group of friends, or perhaps cousins, for hours of fun recreating and creating new scenes with Newt Scamander, Jacob Kowalski, Tina Goldstein, Queenie Goldstein and Credence Barebone.
A classic trick for jokers, the Hand Buzzer
is a simple wind-up mechanism secreted in the palm of a child’s hand to deliver a vibrating 'shock' to unsuspecting family and friends.
If you want to be uber savvy with your money – and split one buy into three Secret Santa presents – these fun festive socks for little toes come in packs of three.
These hilarious reindeer glasses come complete with a red nose from New Look.
Tiger comes up trumps again with this tiny battery operated megaphone that can modify your voice with four different sounds.
This Christmas, Cadbury wants to give everyone the chance to be a Secret Santa and secretly send Cadbury chocolate to their loved ones. Find your nearest Cadbury Secret Santa Postal Service and join the biggest Secret Santa ever.