Most of us work in offices for the better part of our work week. With any luck, you even like the people you have to sit next to for all those hours, day-in and day-out. Coworkers can become friends, especially after you endure a series of hard projects together. Even if its just helping an acquaintance get through the drudgery of the work week, our workplace friends can really make a difference. Maybe you even think enough of them to get them a gift during the holidays.
Nevertheless, everyone has a long shopping list at Christmas and adding even one coworker to it could be taxing financially. You want to let them know you were thinking of them, but you dont want to spend a lot. We all understand this. Weve compiled this list with a focus on cheap but still worthwhile gifts to help spread the cheer at the office this year. Whether you need a gift for the Yankee swap/white elephant, Secret Santa, or just because, weve got you covered.
Consider our picks for the top 10 best Christmas gifts for coworkers and pick up a little something to let your fellow cube dwellers know you appreciate their company each week.
As Ivementioned before, Im a coffee addict. This mug perfectly expresses my relationship with the office before my first cup. Nevermind the fact that I usually have four or five. If you think about it, this is actually kind of a public service youre avoiding interpersonal issues by letting folks know when is best to approach you with that work crisis.
Need more options?Browse all coffee mugs here.
These cotton coasters are a gift anyone will like. Available in a variety of colors, its an item that almost anyone can use. The fact that its handmade is a nice touch. This could be a good option for a white elephant exchange where youre not sure who will end up with it.
Need more options?Browse all handmade gifts here.
Do you work in a noisy workplace? Plenty of people are stuck in the middle of the room with conversations going on around them, making it difficult to concentrate on the work task at hand. Gift your coworker this pair of noise cancelling headphones so they can mute the noise around them and get down to business. As far as noise cancelling headphones go, this price is very good. You can also opt for the version without noise cancelling for $10 less. Of course, if youreallylike your fellow employee, you could spring forBose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones, but youd have to like them an awful lot.
Need more options?Browse all noise cancelling headphones here.
Buy the Cowin E-7 Active Noise Cancelling Wireless Bluetooth Over-ear Stereo Headphones here.
4. Oggi Pro Stainless-Steel 10-Piece Cocktail Shaker and Bar Tool Set
If you have a little more room in the budget for your office gift, consider this cocktail set. Including everything you need for a party even the cutting board this set will be well-received by anyone who likes to mix a drink now and then. If your office is especially cool, maybe your boss will let them fix a few drinks during the Christmas party.
Need more options?Browse more cocktail-related items here.
This gift has the potential to benefit you in the future. The person with the snacks in their desk is always among the most popular in the office. So, my thinking here is, yes, buy this as a gift for your coworker, but consider it an investment in yourself for a future day when your productivity is dipping and you need a boost. Sure, you shouldnt always buy gifts with yourself in mind, but once in awhile couldnt hurt.
Need more options?Browse all snack gifts here.
I dont know about your coworkers, but the folks in my office drink a lot of tea. Maybe the calming effect of tea helps to cope with the stresses of the workday. Certainly some people drink it in place of coffee which, of course, I cant understand, but I support their decision nevertheless. This gift box includes 48 bags of the following varieties: English Breakfast, Earl Grey, decaffeinated breakfast, lemon & orange, pure assam, green with Jasmine, organic peppermint, and organic chamomile.
Need more options?Browse more tea samplers here.
Desk decorations come in a lot of shapes and sizes. Plants are among the best of them. Theyre beautiful, they provide a service, and theyre easy to keep. This kit is even a little more interesting. This kit includes all you need to grow silver birch, red maple, and mountain pine bonsai trees. This is a fun, cheap gift most people wont have heard of.
Need more options?Browse all bonsai trees here.
Buy the Plant Theatre Bonsai Trio Kit here.
8. The Dictionary of Corporate Bullshit: An A to Z Lexicon of Empty, Enraging, and Just Plain Stupid Office Talk
If you work in Corporate America, you might need a translator for some of the jargon that gets thrown around. Fortunately, theres an entire dictionary dedicated to it. Good for a laugh and possibly even for genuine understanding, this gift will be well-received anywhere buzzwords are rampant.
Need more options?Browse all humor books here.
Buy The Dictionary of Corporate Bullshit: An A to Z Lexicon of Empty, Enraging, and Just Plain Stupid Office Talk here.
9. Stress Buster Desktop Punching Ball
Do you work in a perpetually stressful office? Do your coworkers often feel like punching something? Better to give them a safe target, preferably attached to their desk. Even if no one ever uses it, its good for a sight gag. Perhaps the person who gets this will put it in a communal area so everyone can benefit from the stress-relieving exercise.
Need more options?Browse all office gifts here.
Lots of folks still use a calendar at their desks, and so many of them are thestandard office calendars. Get your coworker something really unique. This calendar lets the receiver stitch various constellations with glow-in-the-dark thread. An interesting conversation piece for any desk.
Need more options?Browse all handmade gifts here.
In need of more options? Asmall aquariummakes a fine desktop gift. Or you could consider our lists of thebest stocking stuffersgifts for car guys, orbest unique gifts.
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