31 Holiday Gifts Your Coworkers Will Actually Appreciate
It's time to tackle the holiday shopping list.
Although some people look forward to holiday shopping, others dread the annual rite. No matter which camp you fall into, continuously coming up with budget-friendly ideas for what to get the people on your holiday shopping list can be a challenge, especially when it comes to shopping for people you might not know very well.
Coworkers can be among some of the most difficult people to shop for. Even if you have a few close office pals, between Secret Santa events and feeling obligated to gift everyone on your team something, you may end up at a loss. So we’ve found 31 original, office-appropriate holiday gift ideas for coworkers. Now you can relax (you don't even need to leave your sofa) while you do your shopping.
Included in our list is something for most types of people you're likely encounter at work—whether they’re into cooking at home, traveling, keeping plants, or treating themselves to self-care. These gift ideas are versatile enough that just about anyone would enjoy unwrapping one of them at the office holiday party.
- For the Coffee-Lover: YETI Rambler 14 oz Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Mug with Lid, $25, Amazon
- For the Sweet Tooth: Sugarfina Large Candy Cube, $20, Nordstrom
- For the Comic: 100 Tricks to Appear Smart In Meetings: How to Get By Without Even Trying, $10, Amazon
- For the Environmentalist: Food52 Five Two Silicone Straws, $25, Food52
- For the One Who’s Always Cold: MoDRN Scandinavian Chenille Throw Blanket, $22 (originally $29), Walmart
- For the Tea Drinker: MiraMiko Tea Infuser Gift Set for Loose Leaf Tea, $10, Amazon
- For the One You Don’t Really Know Well: Voluspa Japonica French Cade Lavender Petite Embossed Glass Jar Candle, $10, Nordstrom
- For the Plant Parent: LuckyGreenery Artificial Succulents Set of 3, $9, Amazon
- For the Techie: Anker PowerCore5000 Portable Charger, $18, Amazon
- For the Chef: BALORAY Lunch Bag Tote, $14, Amazon
The best news? Each gift is under $25, proving that giving great gifts doesn’t require spending a lot. Here are the 31 best Christmas gifts for coworkers.
Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Mug with Lid
This insulated mug is for anyone who always shows up to the office with a coffee in tow or makes constant trips to the kitchen for refills. The stainless-steel cup is entirely dishwasher safe. Designed to keep liquids cold or hot in extreme outdoor temperatures, it will certainly stand up to the office a/c and keep their bevvy warm for hours.
Champagne Gummy Bears
100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings Book
A comedic book that anyone who has ever worked in an office can relate to, 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings is the thing to give to the jokester at work. The pages are filled with pieces of advice dripping in satire, like “Nod continuously while pretending to take notes” and “Ask the presenter to go back a slide.”
For the coworker who is passionate about the environment, these silicone straws let them skip the draw for their homemade iced coffee. These straws are eco-friendly and—unlike metal straw alternatives—bendy and temperature-safe. Give this set of 10 straws, four squeegees, and a carrying case to an environmentally conscious coworker to show you care.
Scandinavian Chenille Throw Blanket
It’s no secret that average office temperatures skew on the cool side, and that’s why this blanket is a great gift idea for any colleague who’s perpetually chilly at work. Made of chenille, the 60x50-inch blanket features a thick woven design that looks handknitted. Plus, its polyester material is easy to clean. (Take that, coffee spills!) Have them keep it at their desk so they can wrap themselves up when the a/c is blowing.
Tea Infuser Gift Set for Loose Leaf Tea
Any tea drinker will find these accessories adorable. The platypus-inspired strainers open to hold any type of loose leaf tea then perch on the edge of any mug for a seriously cute cuppa. It comes in a set of two tea strainers—one gray, one pink— perfect for tea for two in the break room for a midday pick-me-up.
Japonica French Cade Lavender Petite Embossed Glass Jar Candle
Whether you know your coworker loves me-time or you pulled the name of someone you hardly know for the office Secret Santa gift exchange, a candle has almost universal appeal. This one comes in a beautiful jar and smells of French cade wood, verbena, and Bulgarian lavender. It burns for about 50 hours, meaning it will last long into the new year.
Know someone stuck in an office far from a window or lit by fluorescent lights? Gift them this set of three artificial succulents suitable for almost any workspace (each plant is about 4x3 inches). They're sure to appreciate a little worry-free plant life to spruce up their desk.
PowerCore 5000 Portable Charger
We all seem to know one person who always asks to borrow a phone charger. If the name of a certain coworker popped into your head, this is the gift for them. It’s a compact portable charger designed for Apple and Samsung products that charges a phone in as little as one hour, no matter where they are. What’s more, it comes in sleek blue, red, white, or black.
Lunch Bag Tote
An adult lunch box that looks professional, this tote-style bag is ideal for anyone who brings a homemade packed lunch to work. It’s stylish, designed to keep food cold or warm, and can be stored in the refrigerator. The 8x10-inch bag has room for multiple reusable containers, snacks, and water bottles. Choose from geometric and floral patterns then gift this chic lunch bag to the health-conscious (or money-conscious) colleague who likes to meal prep.
Matted Picture Frame
If you notice a coworker with a bare desk, consider giving them this simple picture frame for the holidays. It’s the perfect excuse for them to bring a few photos into the office and start decorating the place where they spend a large portion of their days. The matte black frame comes in a variety of standard sizes so they can frame photos or prints that make them happy all day.
Week-to-Week Desk Notepad
This colorful desk notepad caters to a super-organized officemate who loves to jot down daily tasks. It’s part planner, part sticky notes and has room to write down daily and weekly goals. The pad comes with 52 bright sheets, so whoever you gift it to will be set for the entire year ahead.
Felt Letter Board
Displaying positive messages boosts everyone's moral. So help get the word out by gifting this message board to a quotable coworker. The frame comes with white plastic letters, punctuation marks, and numbers that show up against the black board in its wood frame.
Organic Heirloom Blueberry Jam
Fresh blueberries, cardamom, and lemon combine in this organic jam sure to make toast or a PB&J special. Shipped directly from Bow, WA, the delicious spread comes in two 7-ounce jars. The jam will stay fresh for up to a year in the sealed jar but should be enjoyed within three weeks of opening.
Shea Butter Hand Cream
Hand cream is an inexpensive holiday gift idea that still feels thoughtful. Shea butter, honey, almond extracts, and oil combine in a silky smooth lotion that works well and smells nice. Colleagues will appreciate a tube of this handy skin soother—especially during the colder months.
Grooming Wood and Spice Beard Oil
For the person in your office with an impressive beard, wrap this nourishing beard oil for a personalized gift. The product contains omegas 3 and 6 and oil from walnuts, sunflowers, avocado, and macadamia nuts to moisturize and protect strands from breakage.
Skinny Peltz No Stuffing Squeaky Plush Dog Toy
These plush toys—a fox, a raccoon, and a squirrel—don't have any stuffing so dog-lovers won’t have to worry about cleaning a mess if playtime with their pup gets too rough. They’re durable and contain high-quality squeakers to excite any dog, but at 18 inches long, they’re best for medium sizes.
Fruit Pom Pom Paper Clips
Can organizing papers be fun? Yes, when someone is using these colorful paperclips. They'll add a little zip when used for marking special dates in a planner or giving stacks of papers.
Gaiam Stay-Put Yoga Mat Towel
If there’s someone in your office who typically shows up with a yoga mat in tow to head to the studio, this towel would make a thoughtful gift. Made from hypoallergenic microfiber, it absorbs sweat for a slip-free yoga practice. Any yogi would love to unwrap this sporty accessory.
Plaid Oversized Blanket Square Scarf
Traditional plaid goes with almost everything in a wardrobe. But even better, this thick scarf goes everywhere too. It provides an extra layer of warmth outside or in the office.
Gift these luggage tags to a coworker who takes advantage of all the PTO to go on exciting trips. The two faux-leather tags come in black and gold and read “Upgrade Me!” At only $3, these are an affordable holiday present for any frequent traveler.
Stick On Credit Card Wallet
If you know someone who is always searching for their ID card, gift them this handy card wallet that sticks onto phones. It keeps two important cards handy. This version from Amazon comes in a variety of colors, including rose gold and silver glitter, for $5.
The Art of Mandala Coloring Book
Give the gift of me-time to a hard worker. Filled with intricate illustrations of mandalas, the book promotes relaxation through coloring. Even people who don't consider themselves artsy might find their creative side.
Citron de Vigne Oval Soap
A bar of scented soap makes a safe Christmas gift for coworkers, particularly ones you don’t know well yet. This vegetable-based bar contains shea butter for a smooth, nourishing experience and is infused with a sparkling champagne-inspired scent for luxurious aroma.
Stainless Steel Wine Tumbler
Picnics and barbecues practically require this stainless-steel wine tumbler that keeps wine (or other chilled summer drinks) cool. It comes with a spill-resistant, BPA-free lid; can hold up to 12 ounces; and is available in a variety of cute colorways. Give it to a colleague who’s always ready for happy hour.
Healing Crystals and Tumbled Stones
Each crystal and stone in this set is meant to harness a different type of energy. People interested in crystal healing and energy will appreciate this collection of gems from around the world. If the idea of aligning chakras sounds intimidating, they can simply set some of the crystals on their desk to promote productivity and positivity.
Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking Book
Both novice and expert cooks will appreciate learning from Samin Nosrat’s best-selling book, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat. Also a Netflix series, the book breaks cooking into four basic elements. Any foodie would be happy to unwrap this gift at the office holiday party.
Natural Acacia Coasters
A set of contemporary-style coasters will come in handy for anyone who likes to host company. The double-sided leather looks like marble to work with any decor—even the office to prevent water rings on their desk. For $11, the set of six comes with a handy holder.
Reusable Shopping Bag
Commuting requires a bit of schlepping at times. Why not carry the loads in a reusable bag? Machine-washable and capable of holding up to 50 pounds, the bag doubles as an eco-friendly grocery bag. The bright smileys mean your coworker won't forget it either. It folds into a 7x7-inch square for easy storage.
Infusion Water Bottle
Whether your coworker heads to the kitchen for lemon water every morning or is set on drinking more water throughout the day, this water bottle will come in handy. The infuser holds fruits for creating flavorful, hydrating beverages. The bottle is dishwasher-safe and features a convenient carry loop to hook on any bag so it goes where they do.
Blue Light-Blocking Glasses
Unfortunately, a huge part of many office jobs involves looking at a screen for the majority of the day. That’s where these blue light-blocking glasses come into play. The lenses employ light-deflecting technology to block 100 percent of UV rays and relieve eye fatigue caused by looking at computer screens for long hours. Stylish enough to wear in the office, they would make a great gift for any coworker who often complains about tired eyes or simply loves trying out the newest wellness trends.