This year, giving South West residents will spend approximately £6 on secret Santa gifts, according to new research by British Heart Foundation shops.
The foundation are urging the public to choose charity shops this Christmas.
The festive practice, which is considered to be a ‘great British tradition’ by almost 31 per cent, leaves many in fear of drawing the name of the office boss, with over a fifth saying they can’t take the pressure.
The tactics behind the gift purchases of those in the South West were also exposed, with one in eight taking advantage of the anonymity secret Santa offers to buy inappropriate gifts for their colleagues.
Nine per cent confessed to using the opportunity to impress their office crush while two per cent even fixed secret Santa to stir things up between office rivals.
The region’s most popular gifts were socks, novelty mugs and deodorant.
One in ten of us even admitted to having received something ‘wholly inappropriate’.
Sarah Boardman, Area Manager for the BHF, said: “It’s clear that people still relish the enjoyment of secret Santa, whether it’s to initiate a relationship, further your career or embarrass a colleague. It’s a great opportunity to get in the Christmas spirit and bring people together.
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