Secret Pal Ideas from Author Chelly Wood

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Give your secret Santa a caffeine high: order him or her an espresso drink!

on December 13, 2011
last minute present for office secret pal

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Why not? As long as they’re not on a strictly caffeine-free diet, everyone loves a mocha latte.

Okay, except maybe people who are lactose intolerant (like me), but even for those people, they have yummy soy milk lattes.

Experiment with flavors and extras:

  • There’s vanilla latte with a little whipped cream and cinnamon on top.
  • There’s an Irish mocha with extra foam and chocolate sprinkles.
  • Try a peppermint mocha with a candy cane sticking out.
  • Or ask the clerk at the espresso shop, “What’s your favorite?”
  • You could even order four different flavors, and let your secret Santa try them all (if you’re feeling rich).

Before you buy, though, consider this. Do you ever see your secret Santa person hovering around the coffee pot at work? That will let you know whether or not he/she is a coffee drinker. (Some people don’t drink coffee for health reasons; others have religious reasons for laying off the caffeine; so be careful not to offend.) If your secret Santa person is definitely into coffee, how much would he/she appreciate a special coffee from the espresso shop down the road? I mean, unless he/she regularly brings his/her own espresso to work, you’re bound to impress your secret Santa with a cup of special Joe.

If you want to spice it up a bit, buy him/her a festive travel mug as well. But let’s face it, we all hate getting those holiday-themed coffee cups that you seem to get every single year, from someone who can’t think of something better. So only go there as a last resort, if you’re feeling guilty about getting your secret Santa person something every-day-ish.

But honestly, for those of us who only treat ourselves to espresso on our birthdays and the day before lent begins, this one’s a real treat! I suppose it just depends on the person…

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