During the holidays, you might feel even more compelled to get gifts for your coworker than your boss. After all, they’re the ones you connect with on a daily basis. But some people consider “work friends” to be different from actual friends. How do you distinguish that fine line? What kind of gifts do you give?
Rules for Coworker Gifting
Perhaps one of the most important rules of giving a gift to a coworker is to watch your spending! Don’t spend too much, especially if there’s a spending limit (like in an office gift exchange). It tends to make people uncomfortable when you spend a substantial amount of money. Don’t spend too little either! A low-effort gift tends to look bad in office gift exchanges. Outside of a gift exchange, if you’re going to get someone a cheap trinket it’s probably better to stick to giving them a card. New to the company and don’t know how much to spend? Ask around!
If everyone in the office isn’t getting something from you, make sure you give your gift in a private, discreet manner. The last thing you want to do is snub someone else! Also, don’t forget
Still not sure what to get your coworker? Here are several ideas!
Gifts for Your Coworker
1. For the grammar nerd: a 2019 grammar-themed calendar.
A particularly good idea if your coworker’s job involves copy editing. Get it on Etsy for $22 (with free shipping!) here.
2. For the coworker who needs a little more life in their workplace: succulents.
This 5-pack of succulents comes from Indianapolis, so you don’t have to worry about them dying during shipping. Plus, every purchase from this seller contributes to their mission of making Indianapolis a no-kill city for homeless dogs and cats! You can always keep a few succulents for yourself, or split them up as gifts for multiple coworkers. Find these from Plants for Pets on Amazon for $13.95 with free shipping!
3. If your coworker is constantly reheating their coffee: a mug warmer.
Keeps your mug warm for as long as you need it, plus it has a longer cord length for added convenience. Get it on Amazon where it’s on sale for $9.89. Pair it with a nice mug like this one for $9.99 or a more witty one like this for $10.96.
4. For the coworker who is constantly stressed: a Buddha Board.
I have one of these, and it’s so relaxing! Draw on the board with a brush dipped in water, then watch the designs erase as they dry. Get it on Amazon for $14.95.
5. When they won’t stop asking to borrow your iPhone charger: a charging bracelet.
Available in three different sizes, so it won’t be too big or too small! It’s a great way to carry around a charger without even thinking about it. Get it on Amazon for $14.99.
6. For the coworker that’s always snacking at their desk: a snack box.
7. For the coworker who prefers leaving notes on desks instead of emails: custom memos.
You can customize the name, along with the color of the ink on the memo. It comes in a pack of 200 with a wooden holder for $25.95, or get the memos without the holder for $20.95. Both come with free shipping! Find them on Etsy here.
8. Not sure what to get them? Baked goods or various treats are a great option!
Package your baked good in a bakery box or with some type of ribbon around the container, and you have a great gift! Just make sure they don’t have any allergies or dietary restrictions so they can actually eat whatever you make. Check out some easy recipe ideas here!
Happy holidays, and happy gifting!