Whether you’re buying a gift during your yearly office round of Secret Santa gift exchange, or you want to get your work BFF something to show your appreciation for them, buying a gift for a coworker can sometimes be challenging. What’s appropriate? What’s not?
Looking for the Best Coworker Gift?
If you’re stumped on what to get Joe from accounting or Jill from sales, check out these 16 best gift ideas for coworkers, no matter the occasion. Whether you need a welcome gift, Secret Santa gift, moving away gift, whatever — these appropriate presents are sure to please even your pickiest coworker.
Coworker Gifts for the One Who Needs Their Coffee
Coffee keeps an office running, but we all have that coworker who needs their morning brew more than others. If you have a coworker who can’t exist without their cup of joe first thing or one who’s a notorious coffee snob, get them a gift that will fuel their day.
This Smart Mug from Amazon, for example, will keep their coffee hot as long as they like. This smart tech coffee mug can be set to an exact temperature (between 120 and 145 degrees Fahrenheit) via an app, and you can even change the LED color.
For the coworker who only ever drinks freshly ground coffee, an on-the-go coffee grinder is just the thing. This option is budget-friendly, too, at under $20. It grinds up your favorite beans in a snap, for French press, drip or pour-over coffee.
And for those coffee aficionados who are always bragging about a great new brew, they tried over the weekend, get them a surprise that lasts the entire year, with a gourmet coffee subscription. Choose from whole bean, ground and cold brew bags, and they’ll enjoy freshly roasted coffee, ready to brew. Coffee bags are personalized with your coworker’s name and every shipment includes a coffee origin story, so they can learn more about where the coffee was sourced.
Coworker Gifts for the One with the Green Thumb
Do you have a coworker whose cubicle is more rainforest than office space? Feed their plant frenzy by giving them a great gift everyone who stops by their desk can appreciate it.
Trusted online plant retailer The Sill offers a low light monthly plant subscription, perfect for those who haven’t quite earned a corner office with a view yet. For $35 a month, the recipient receives a different kind of low light plant, ready to grow in a small, five-inch, earthenware planter (that comes in the color of your choice).
If you want a more budget-friendly option, The Sill also offers affordable, single, low-light safe plants, like this guy. The “prayer plant” aka Maranta, features dramatic foliage and is pet-friendly, and comes at a one-time cost of $40.
And if your coworker more so aspires to have a green thumb than, well, actually having one, get them a series of succulent pots, with succulents purchased separately, for a family of plants that they’ll have to try pretty hard to kill. This gift is also on the budget-friendly side, at only $15, plus the cost of the succulents, which are only a few dollars each at your local big box store. Plus, little succulents are incredibly cute and are the perfect desk accessory.
Coworker Gifts for the Tech-Savvy One
Do you have a particularly tech-savvy coworker? Are they always talking about the latest tech gadgets? You don’t have to spend a lot to give them a gift perfectly suited to their tastes.
This smart, reusable notebook, for example, is only $27, but you’d think it costs a lot more. The 36-page notepad allows you to take notes by hand, and then it sends all your writing to your favorite cloud service, like Google Drive or Dropbox. This is the perfect gift that keeps on giving.
If you’re not totally sure what your tech-savvy coworker is into, and you want to get them something they can use both at home and at the office, you can’t go wrong with a wireless charger or a portable battery from Amazon. This is the perfect gift for a coworker who has a longer commute too, just in case their devices are getting low on battery, they can charge them on the way home after happy hour.
Coworker Gifts for the Office Nerd
Is your coworker’s favorite water-cooler conversation topic their favorite fandom? Are they always up to date on the latest online trends? Do they know the Twitter lingo and the best memes and gifs? Give them a gift that celebrates their nerdiness.
If you’re on a budget, why not a meme mug featuring a meme every office worker can relate to? This Etsy shop also features other meme-related products you’ll want to search through before making your final gift selection.
Of course, if you want to purchase a gift that keeps on giving, you can always get your coworker a subscription for their favorite fandom. Lootcrate specializes in sending out regular boxes of gifts and goodies themed around popular fandoms, from Harry Potter to Marvel.
Coworker Gifts for the Stylish One
Just like you don’t have to drop a lot of cash to buy an office gift for your tech-savvy coworker, you likewise don’t have to spend a lot to buy a nice gift for your most fashionable coworker.
Everyone can use some more skincare when working under that drying office AC all day. Check out this skincare from a favorite (and affordable!) brand.
If your coworker’s sense of style extends out into their cubicle or office, go with a full-proof decor item, like this stylish candle.
And if you’ve noticed your coworker lugging about their laptop with no sleeve, go with a stylish new laptop sleeve from a top designer.
Coworker Gifts for Everyone (For When You’re in Doubt)
Did you draw someone’s name in Secret Santa, and it’s someone you know absolutely nothing about? No worries.
Everyone eats, so go with a snack subscription that starts at just $5.83 per month. Gluten-free and other allergy-friendly snacks are available. Pick from a variety of regions, flavors and more.
If you’re not sure if they have any allergies or what they like to eat, though, another foolproof option is a fancy business card holder that they can whip out at their next important client meeting.
If you are looking for a great gift idea for your coworker and you can't decide what to get them, you can never go wrong with a gift card. Gifting to a coworker can be tricky because you want to find a thoughtful gift that is also appropriate.
Whether you are looking for gift ideas for your next white elephant holiday gift exchange or your favorite work friend's birthday, there are plenty of thoughtful gifts on this list.
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