Choosing the perfect inexpensive gift for your co-workers can be a challenge. You don’t want to spend too much, get too personal, or give something offensive to your workplace's nearest and dearest. But that doesn’t mean you’re stuck with boring gift cards, baked goods and scented candles.
After all, your friends at work are the ones who help you deal with the daily drama and challenges at the office, so treat them well! Here, we’ve rounded up a list of eleven great options that make ideal gifts for your best work buds.
Gifts for coworkers who like keeping everything clean
Uses a computer or phone at work? This organic screen cleaner solution is for you: It's gentle on your electronics but removes dirt, grease and germs from your screens. Plus, it’s eco-friendly and biodegradable.
No, it’s not just a desktop decoration — this little ladybug is a vacuum cleaner, dust buster, and crumb cleaner-upper, all in one. It’s a solid choice for your coworker who always manages to spill something when they eat lunch at their desk.
Perk up dull office decor with this adorable humidifier. Powered by a USB port, this mini cactus helps you avoid dry or stuffy air, and helps prevent the transfer of germs as well as chapped hands, skin, and lips.
Gifts for coworkers who stay organized and efficient
Give your colleague who has to-do lists, big ideas, and inspirational quotes jotted down on sticky notes all over her desk an upgrade with a classic Moleskine notebook. The hard cover is sturdy and designed with rounded edges for an elegant feel.
Ideal for an art lover or green-thumbed gardener in your office, this 2020 desk calendar features floral works of art from 19th century painters including Claude Monet, Mary Cassatt, and Vincent van Gogh.
Gifts for coworkers who eat and drink at work
Anyone working in an office or anywhere that's not their kitchen should appreciate a solution to plasticware. Give a gift that has several functions with this spork from Snow Peak, which comes in several colors: It's a fork, it's a spoon, and its lightweight titanium build makes it reusable and more eco-friendly than disposable options.
Help your eco-minded colleagues do good for the environment with this stainless steel reusable straw, which collapses like a tent pole. It also attaches to a key chain so they won't get caught without a straw on-the-go.
Your favorite colleague will enjoy staying hydrated with this infusion water bottle. Simply add frozen or fresh fruit along with flat or sparkling water for a refreshing, fruit-infused water break.
This loose tea starter set is a thoughtful gift for your colleague who always has a warm cup of tea in-hand. This pretty gift set includes a double-wall ceramic tumbler, matching lid, stainless steel infuser, as well as 10 pre-portioned loose leaf tea pouches.
Gifts for coworkers who cherish self-care
Offices can get super dry this time of year. This luxe hand cream helps colleagues relieve dry hands with a nourishing blend of nutrients without leaving them greasy — no one wants that in a client meeting (or anywhere else).
If you have a colleague who’s always complaining how cold it is in the office (there’s always one), this gift is for them. These crochet fingerless gloves allow her to type and file papers easily while keeping her hands warm in sometimes sub-arctic office temperatures.
Spruce up a dreary desk with this real-looking articial succulent in a neat white pot. Best of all: No watering required.
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