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Secret Santa gifts for every budget

Wondering what makes a good Secret Santa gift? We’ve got you sorted with great wine, beer and spirit gift ideas for every budget this holiday season.

It’s that time of year when you need to start planning your Christmas list, and chances are that includes a Secret Santa gift or two. Whether choosing a gift for a friend, relative, or colleague, why not keep things simple by choosing drinks. It’s easy to find something to suit every budget and as the festive season is all about entertaining, a Secret Santa gift bottle will never go astray. Wine is a good choice, but you could also consider craft beer, attractively presented ready-to-drink options or even half-sized bottles of spirits. Here are some top picks for every Secret Santa budget. Our tip? Stock up on a few extra bottles so you are prepared for those surprise guests and occasions over the party season.

Best Secret Santa gifts for $15 or under

Wondering what to get your coworker for Secret Santa? As summer approaches, barbecues are being cranked and picnics planned across the nation, so beer, a bottle of bubbles, or a crisp rosé will always hit the mark.

Great Northern Super Crisp – With a fruity aroma and crisp finish, Great Northern Super Crisp is the ideal lager for cooling down on a hot summer’s day.


Tooheys Extra Dry Bottle – Lightly hopped, Tooheys Extra Dry has a smooth dry finish thanks to extra fermentation.


Peroni Nastro 0.0% – A full flavour no alcohol option, Peroni Nastro 0.0% has the clean, uplifting taste everyone loves in Italy’s favourite beer, sans the alcohol.


Moon Dog Fizzer Tropical Crush – Packed with natural flavour of orange, pineapple, mango and passionfruit, Moon Dog Fizzer Tropical Crush is like summer in a can. Plus, it’s low in calories, carbs and sugar.


Brilla Prosecco – Fresh and harmonic Brilla Prosecco is presented in a beautifully embossed bottle and makes a perfect gift.


Rock Paper Scissors Rosé – Delicious and contemporary, this summer wine has delightful fruity aromas of watermelon, strawberry and stone fruit.

Best Secret Santa gifts for $25 and under

Take things up a notch with a pack of craft beer or a robust red wine. And if it’s a Secret Santa gift exchange with the girls, think classy ready-to-drink bottles and cans.


Tinnies Lager Can – A modern Victorian craft beer inspired by simpler times, Tinnies has something to suit every palate and this new release is a clean-tasting pick.


James Squire 150 Lashes Pale Ale – A cloudy pale ale with a hint of bitterness, an ice cold James Squire 150 Lashes Pale Ale is just the thing for a beach barbecue.


Orion The Draft Can – A light and crisp draft beer from Okinawa, Orion The Draft Can pairs beautifully with Japanese food like sashimi and sushi. 


Sungazer Natural Mango (4 pack) – For something a little different, Sungazer Natural Mango is an easy to drink beer with a sweet mango flavour and subtle malt undertones.


Brookvale Union Ginger Beer Tropical Can – With hints of fresh mango and pineapple, hard ginger beer gets a spicy, tropical twist.


Aperol Spritz Bottle – A deliciously bittersweet aperitivo to get things started. Simply pour Aperol Spritz over ice, garnish with orange, and voila, the perfect Italian drink.


Winton Road Barossa Valley Shiraz – A rich, ruby red wine, Winton Road Barossa Valley Shiraz bursts with dark plums and berries, and makes a fabulous addition to any Christmas dinner table.


Fowles Are You Game Chardonnay – A pale golden drop with a dash of arneis and uplifting aromas of stone fruit, citrus blossom and vanilla, this elegant dinner wine is a thoughtful gift for foodies.

Best Secret Santa gifts for $35 and under

Think global beers, elegant wines and home cocktail bar premixes, and look for labels with interesting artwork and festively presented bottles.


Asahi Super Dry Can – A premium Japanese rice lager, Asahi Super Dry is light with a crisp bitterness.


Corona Extra – A truly iconic Mexican beer, reminiscent of golden sunsets and good times, Corona Extra is the ultimate crowd pleaser. Respect the lime wedge tradition and wrap your gift with a bag of organic limes.


The Kraken Black Mojito Can – The classic mojito gets a delicious twist in these dark and alluring cans, crafted with The Kraken Black Spiced Rum, infused with exotic spices of ginger, clove and cinnamon.


Fireball & Apple 6.6% – The natural cinnamon flavour of Fireball Whisky pairs beautifully with crisp apple in this tasty new premix.


Sensi Prosecco DOC 18K Gold – Make someone’s day with this striking, limited edition gold bottle that bursts with celebratory spirit and brims with apples, pears and stone fruit flavours.

Secret Santa gifts for $50 and under

Delve into more traditional Christmas gift-giving realms, with Champagne, liqueur and quality reds.


Baileys Australian Rivermint Chocolate Liqueur – Shopping for someone with a sweet tooth? The traditional Irish Cream gets a botanical Australian twist in Baileys Australian Rivermint Chocolate Liqueur.


Penfolds Bin 28 Shiraz 2019 – Crafted by one of Australia’s most respected winemakers, Penfolds Bin 28 Shiraz 2019 is robust and fruity with a velvety mouthfeel and notes of oak, vanilla, black fruit and chocolate. 


Henri Laurent Champagne NV – Presenting the taste of the big Champagne houses but without the price tag, Henri Laurent Champagne NV is full bodied with flavours of pear, apple, brioche and nectarine and a lovely clean finish.


St Hugo Cabernet Sauvignon – The embodiment of everything we love about Coonawarra Cabernet, St Hugo Cabernet Sauvignon has a complex palate and classic cassis flavours rounded out with dark spices, mulberry and a long smooth finish.

Secret Santa gifts $65 and under

Sheep Dog Peanut Butter Whiskey – This American whiskey has a playful twist of peanut butter alongside the usual butterscotch, caramel latte and hazelnut notes.


Chivas Regal 12YO Scotch Whisky – Rich and smooth with hints of honey and orchard fruits, Chivas Regal 12YO Scotch Whisky always impresses.

A secret Santa gift to splurge on

Make someone feel special with a beautifully boxed whisky.

Glenfiddich 12YO Single Malt Scotch Whisky – Fresh and fruity with a pleasant spiciness, Glenfiddich 12YO Single Malt Scotch Whisky is loved by whisky drinkers and whisky novices alike.

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