26 Thoughtful Gifts for Coworkers for $25 or Less
Shower your colleagues with personalized presents that let them know just how much you care—without having to ask the boss to chip in.
If a coworker on your list is always sipping a cozy cup of tea, then he or she will love Tea Drops. Made from 100 percent organic, loose-leaf teas, the drops dissolve in hot water for the perfect cup of tea without the bag or steeping tools—which makes it easy for the office. And since it comes packaged in a beautiful wooden box, you won’t even need to take the time to gift wrap it. Discover 60 of the best gifts on Amazon Prime.
Amp up the boss lady vibe in your office by gifting the book Grit and Grace: Uncommon Wisdom for Inspiring Leaders Designed to Make You Think. This collection of quotes, thoughts, and advice from female pioneers will inspire women who want to lead. It uses the strengths and successes of today’s women—including Meghan Markle, Tina Fey, and Vera Wang—to drive a generation of future leaders. Along the same lines, here’s a list of 10 books written by female authors that every woman should read in her lifetime.
Coworkers who take their glasses on and off throughout the day often leave them everywhere—other people’s desks, conference rooms, break rooms, and possibly even the restroom. Help them keep track of their spectacles so they don’t miss any important meetings with a hand-carved wooden statue made specifically for that purpose. It’ll also double as a great conversation starter, as it’ll enhance any office décor.
It can be hard to navigate moods around the office sometimes—and nobody wants to play “read the room” games in the middle of a busy workday. “Fred the Daily Mood” desk flipchart is a crucial workplace tool that can help you avoid awkward conversations and office faux pas. Simply turn the chart to any of the 47 moods and coworkers will immediately know who’s in the mood to chat, who’s ready for happy hour, and who to steer clear of. Don’t miss these outrageously pricey holiday gifts people have actually given.
State-shaped cutting board
Sure, you could acknowledge your coworker’s hometown pride with some sports memorabilia, but how about something a bit more useful? A bamboo serving and cutting board in the shape of their favorite state is a fun conversation starter and perfect for entertaining. Plus, they come with pre-drilled hanging holes, in case your recipient would like to hang it in their cubicle after the office potluck. Find out the best gift to give from every state.
We all have a coworker who likes to party a bit too much on random weeknights. A six-pack of the Hangover Secret is sure to put a little pep in their step the morning after a big night on the town, thanks to its amino acids for a speedy detox, antioxidants to look refreshed, and electrolytes to clear away the cobwebs.
You’ve probably heard that sitting is the new smoking. So if your office hasn’t yet embraced the standing desk phenomenon, you can still turn anyone’s boring desk chair into an active one with Gaiam’s Balance Cushion. It forces the user to perform constant micro-movements that will strengthen their core, plus, it can improve posture and even boost circulation—something nobody gets enough of during back-to-back conference calls.
Have a coworker who’s constantly forgetting their laptop’s power cord or their phone charger at home after a telecommuting day? The eBags small Cord Packing Cube features five mesh retainer pockets, a center storage section, and various elastic straps to organize all of their cables. This might be the perfect passive-aggressive way to say, “no more excuses.” Find out 17 more organizational products you—and your coworker—need in your life.
Indoor gardening kit
How great would it be to grow your own organic mushrooms? Coworkers who love to know where their food is sourced from will enjoy Back to the Roots easy indoor gardening kits. Assuming your corporate policies allow for plants, they can start gardening right at their desk (or take it home if not). Once the veggies are fully grown, maybe they’ll even share the bounty with you by cooking a special team lunch. Win-win! Check out the 50 most popular gifts on Amazon.
Stainless steel water bottle
Watching single-use plastic water bottles pile up in your coworker’s garbage can is enough to drive any environmentalist nuts. Help them out by gifting an 18-oz. wide-mouth stainless steel water bottle from Gaiam, which will also keep their hot beverages piping hot and cold drinks chilly. Plus, the no-leak vacuum seal and no-sweat construction keeps all their paperwork and electronics safe from leaks and condensation.
Burlap pocket square
What do you buy the dapper dresser in your office? A pocket square, of course! In case you didn’t get the memo, these stylish accessories are making a fashion resurgence. So help him stay at the forefront of the latest trends with a simple, elegant, and organic burlap pocket square from Mister Burlap—the burlap offers rugged sophistication and they come in a variety of colors.
Every office has an individual who runs out the door on Friday afternoons so they can escape to the great outdoors. Get them something they can enjoy at the office and use on weekend camping trips. Titan Gear stainless steel coffee mugs keep your coffee hot longer than ceramic mugs or plastic cups found in your office, which means no more nuking your coffee between meetings. Plus they are shatterproof, should they tumble off your desk or out of your tent. When not in use, you can fold away the handles for easy storage. Find out 23 more gift ideas for the fitness lover in your life.
Every office has a crazy cat lady—you know, the one who talks about her cats as if they are human roommates and watches cat videos on her computer any time the boss isn’t around. Give her more feline-fanatic décor with a six-pack of cat magnets, which she’ll probably use to hang up more pictures of her beloved cats on the filing cabinet.
AirPods may be the greatest thing since sliced bread—but keeping track of them? That’s a whole different story. Any Apple-centric music buff will appreciate a PodPocket, a precision-molded silicone pocket specifically designed to keep your AirPod’s secure. Just attach the case to your bag or keychain; a little access area along the bottom allows for charging the earbuds while they are still in the pocket. Genius. Don’t miss these tech gifts you’ll want to keep for yourself.
Who couldn’t use a little boost of happiness? The Instant Happy Journal provides 365 days of inspirational messages, intentions and thought-provoking questions to ponder that are sure to brighten anyone’s day. It’s a great reminder to slow down and appreciate the little moments in life, which can all-too-easily be overlooked.
Wine glass charms
At first, you might not think sky-high stilettos go hand-in-hand with wine-drinking, but that’s only because you’ve never seen the Simply Charmed magnetic high heel wine glass charms. What a classy way to help distinguish between wine glasses at any soiree, without having to play the “Is this my lipstick shade?” game.
If you have a coworker who loves cheeky games (think: Cards Against Humanity) and also has little ones at home, then they will love Kinder Perfect. The game offers 400+ card combos from their original game, and newly released expansion packs including one for parents of teens/tweens and for parents who are a bit naughty. After all, if you can’t find the hilarity in the crazy things your kids do, well, then it’s gonna be a long 18 years. Find out the best stocking stuffers for everyone on your list.
You know your colleague who is constantly reapplying lip balm all day long? Well, she would really appreciate a three-pack of Moroccan Magic—USDA-certified organic lip balms that are infused with 100 percent pure argan oil, an ingredient regarded around the world for its intense anti-aging and conditioning properties. When incorporated into a lip balm, the result is an effective treatment that’s quick absorbing and highly moisturizing.
Selfie phone sticker
Nobody wants to lug around a selfie-stick these days, which is why the STICK-AMIS comes in so darn handy. Simple affix the sticker to your phone or tablet and then stick it to your cubicle wall, car’s dashboard, plane or train trays and windows, and more. It’s also helpful for video conferences and video chats—and you can get 1,000 sticks out of it, so it’s the perfect accessory for an on-the-go lifestyle.
We all have a life outside of the office, right? Help your wanderlust coworker book some of that unused vacation time by giving the gift of travel inspiration. The 1,000 Places to See Before You Die page-a-day calendar is sure to expand their bucket list and inspire some awesome vacation planning. Hopefully, you won’t be stuck working on all their projects as they jet off to Nepal.
Whether your coworker just had a new baby, got an adorable puppy, or often reminisces about their favorite vacation destination, you can showcase their special pictures on a customized ornament. All you need to do is find that perfect favorite photo (you can even pull it off their social media accounts) and MyPhoto will transfer it to a metal ornament that will look great on a tree or hanging in their office. Be sure to check out the 51 best gifts for animal lovers.
If you’ve noticed a colleague needs some TLC, then the Tips and Toes kit from Burt’s Bees makes for such a great gift. It comes with six travel-size products, including two hand creams, a foot cream, cuticle cream, hand salve, and lip balm. There’s no better way to nourish and moisturize your skin during the brutal winter weather.
Portable Bluetooth speaker
Give the audiophile in your office the gift of high-definition sound in a super compact design. This portable speaker with Bluetooth 4.1 technology offers 12 hours of music, and pairs with smartphones, tablets, and laptops. That means your coworker can take their tunes from home to the office without missing a single beat. Find out some gifts specifically for your male coworkers that’ll make you look like a hero.
It’s fun to decorate your cubicle with personalized messages—especially when you can swap them out whenever you have a new sentiment to share. And with 90 different letters, numbers, and symbols, your coworker’s motivational or snarky messages are sure to be read loud and clear. Bonus: This is also a lot of fun when used in photos, say for your upcoming office party. Find some more Christmas gift ideas for people who are impossible to shop for.
Known to relieve anxiety, promote a better sleep environment, create a romantic ambiance and invigorate your senses, essential oil diffusers are an easy way to add the numerous benefits of aromatherapy to anyone’s life. A stylish diffuser will enhance the surrounding décor, and the changing color lights will suit any mood.
A moment of zen
Some folks up their creativity by doodling or drawing—and this Buddha Board is the modern way to do it. She can paint on the board with the included bamboo brush and plain old water again and again because it evaporates. It’s oddly relaxing to watch the water brushstrokes fade away. The board is reusable and portable, too, so she can take it with her on her commute via public transportation. Next, check out these all-American holiday gifts for everyone on your list.
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