As the holiday season approaches, it’s never too early to start thinking of gift ideas. It is especially a good idea to get a headstart on gifts for coworkers. Exchanging gifts with coworkers has many benefits. First, it enhances professional relationships by deepening camaraderie. Additionally, it is a way to express heartfelt gratitude and appreciation for all the support and collaboration day after day.
Despite spending countless hours five days a week alongside your colleagues, choosing a gift can still be tricky. However, finding the perfect one doesn’t have to be time-consuming or expensive. We’ve got you covered and have done the work for you with this list of 25 best gifts for coworkers. On that note, these aren’t just any gifts. In particular, every gift on this carefully curated list is for a specific type of coworker. Ultimately, you will be inspired and discover gift ideas for your cubicle-mate, lunch buddy, and everyone in between.
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1. For the coworker who can’t keep a plant alive.
Let’s face it. Not everyone has a green thumb (*raises hand*). However, a faux plant is a great alternative. First and foremost, they “live” forever. Secondly, they serve as decor. Naturally, they add visual appeal and a fresh touch of home to any office desk. Thirdly, artificial plants provide some of the same benefits as live plants. In particular, faux plants can promote wellbeing. For instance, faux plants boost morale, improve mood, focus, and productivity. Most importantly, they do so without the hassle, mess, or heartbreak.
Image Credit: MoonLa Artificial Succulent
2. For the coworker who channels their inner barista.
Some people need a cup (or three) of coffee to seize the day and tackle their to-do list. Without a doubt, your caffeine-obsessed coworker will thoroughly appreciate this thoughtful gift. Most importantly, it brews both hot and cold coffee. Naturally, this is a coffee lover’s dream come true. Additionally, the compact size makes it portable and easy to store on a desk. Your coworker’s good mood will be sponsored by your amazing gift (and coffee, of course). Undoubtedly, they will be thanking you every morning.
Image Credit: OXO Brew Compact Cold Brew Coffee Maker
3. For the coworker who thinks it is always tea time.
Contrary to the coffee-guzzling coworker, you may have a coworker whose drink of choice is tea. This assortment of Numi organic tea blends is the perfect gift for your anti-coffee colleague. With eight flavors, there is one for every mood: For Focus, For Balance, To Energize, To Reflect, To Invigorate, To Inspire, Refresh, To Sleep. Although, we do suggest leaving the sleepy tea at home to save for bedtime.
Image Credit: Numi Organic Tea By Mood Gift Set
4. For the coworker who needs a little zen in their life.
Indeed, we can all use a little more zen in our lives. In particular, balancing work deadlines, hectic schedules, and family obligations can cause stress to build up. An essential oil diffuser is an excellent gift for your overworked and overwhelmed colleague. Undoubtedly, this gift will generate good office vibes and promote a positive work environment. As well as relieving anxiety, your stressed coworker will feel more relax. Not only will your coworker reap the benefits, but you and everyone nearby will feel relaxed from the soothing aromatherapy.
Image Credit: Pure Daily Care Essential Oil Diffuser
5. For the coworker who is always by the office water cooler.
Of course, we all need H20. However, some drink more water than others. Do you have a coworker who takes hydration very seriously and practically lives by the water cooler? Help save them from long and frequent journeys to the office water cooler with a 1-gallon motivational water bottle. In addition to being hydrated, your colleague will stay entertained by motivational sayings and time markers. Furthermore, it comes in a variety of colors. For this reason, there is something for everyone.
Image Credit: Fidus 1-Gallon Motivational Water Bottle
6. For the coworker who forgets everything.
If you have a forgetful office friend, this next gift on the list will be an unforgettable gift they will cherish. Help your coworker stay on track with some help from Eric the Elephant. This whiteboard-coated memo elephant can be a space for your colleague to jot down notes to self, important dates and times, or anything else worth remembering.
Image Credit: Eric the Elephant Memo Whiteboard
7. For the coworker who is always cold.
Whether someone is blasting the AC or the office heater breaks down in the middle of winter, we have all felt chilly at work before. In particular, some people are just always naturally cold regardless of the circumstances. For this reason, your constantly chilly colleagues would appreciate a cozy warm blanket. Additionally, blankets are highly customizable to personal taste because you can select from many fabrics, sizes, and colors.
Image Credit: Green Orange Throw Blanket
8. For the coworker who keeps borrowing your charger.
Admittedly, we have all felt the dread and panic in desperate need of a phone charger as our battery bar dwindles to 0%. Likewise, you probably have a coworker who is constantly borrowing your charger. This premium tech emergency kit will ensure that your colleague won’t have to revive their phone from 0%. The Pinch Provision Tech Kit includes eight tech essentials: earbuds, 2-in-1 charging cable, USB wall charger, microfiber screen cloth, two vegan leather cord organizers, a phone/tablet stand, and a password hint list. Additionally, everything fits into a stylish and functional compact carrying case. Therefore, your coworker will have solutions to their mini tech emergencies in a pinch.
Image Credit: Pinch Provisions Tech Kit
9. For the coworker who brings lunch from home.
Bento boxes are a resourceful way to pack lunch. Multiple compartments make it easy to store various foods such as fruit, nuts, and crackers. As a result, items are separated and don’t get mixed or soggy. Additionally, bento boxes minimize the need for foil, bags, and plastic wrap. Your coworker can ditch the brown bags and opt for this eco-friendly method. Moreover, this bento box is sleek in addition to being functional.
Image Credit: BentoHeaven Premium Bento Lunch Box
10. For the coworker who would rather be at the gym than the office.
Your fitness-loving coworker doesn’t have to choose between working and working out. On the contrary, they can do both at the same time. The Gaiam Balance Disc encourages multitasking. Not to mention, it transforms boring office chairs into workout equipment. This seat actively engages core muscles. As a result, it forces the user to do micromovements. These motions improve core stability. Additionally, it strategically targets the right muscles to improve posture. Furthermore, users can adjust the firmness of the seat and control the challenge of the workout.
Image Credit: Gaiam Balance Disc
11. For the coworker who loses their keys every day.
We all misplace things from time to time. However, some people are notorious for losing their belongings and seem to be on the perpetual search for something. If you have a coworker who is always searching for their keys, this gift will be life-changing. Tile Mate conveniently attaches to keys, purses, backpacks, and anything else. Just download the Tile app to any iOS or Android device to get started. Additionally, the bonus is that it can also find phones even when they are on silent. In any event, your coworker will be equipped and have peace of mind.
Image Credit: Tile Mate Bluetooth Tracker
12. For the coworker who is a goal digger.
Whether we call them goal diggers, goal-getters, girl bosses, or hustlers, we all have a least one extremely motivated coworker. Generally speaking, they are visionaries. Due to this, they most likely have a 5-year, 10-year, and 15-year plan already laid out and executed. They have big dreams and get stuff done because they came, they saw, and they conquered. A goal planner is the best gift for this type of person. Most importantly, it allows people to turn visions into reality and talk into action. Without a doubt, this coworker has enough determination to fill up the whole journal as they make their dreams come true one goal at a time.
Image Credit: Pursuit Goal Journal
13. For the down-to-earth tree-hugging coworker.
Rocketbook Fusion is a practical gift to give a coworker who treats every day as Earth Day. This coworker is on a mission to save Earth one sheet of paper at a time. They write and print on both sides of the paper, recycle and love reusable items. This notebook contains 42 pages with seven different page styles ranging from lists to notetaking. Using Rocketbook app for iOS and Android, your coworker can send their handwritten notes to cloud services like Google Drive. The specialized pages are erasable, making this notebook reusable again and again.
Image Credit: Rocketbook Fusion Smart Reusable Notebook
14. For the indecisive coworker.
We know you have one of these coworkers, the kind who you can’t rely on picking a restaurant or choosing a color for the poster. Help your indecisive coworker make decisions from the comfort of their desk with this handy Decision Maker and Paper Weight. You coworker won’t have to take responsibility for their choices. They can blame everything on the paperweight. When the moment strikes and your coworker feels torn between decisions, this gift will relieve them of stress.
Image Credit: Uncommon Goods- Decision Paperweight
15. For the coworker who rocks out to music all day.
Whether they are in a band, sing in the car, or belt out tunes in the office, the next gift on the list will be noteworthy for any music lover. A pair of wireless earbuds make a great gift because they are functional and versatile. The TOZO Bluetooth 5.0 Wireless Earbuds boasts more than 242,000 reviews on Amazon. First, this set is waterproof and gym-friendly. Users can easily transition from the office to their workout session in a beat. Secondly, a built-in mic headset makes these earbuds double as a conference call headset. Third, it comes in a compact charging case with wireless and traditional charging capabilities. Amp up your coworker’s music experience with these top-notch earbuds.
Image Credit: TOZO T10 Bluetooth 5.0 Wireless Earbuds
16. For the bookworm coworker
If you have a bookworm in your office the most obvious gift would be a book. However, why not be more creative and get something special and unique? The Bookworm Pencil Set was created for your bookish colleague. This clever set contains eight pencils with hand-stamped bookish sayings that will surely be a hit.
Image Credit: The Bookworm Pencil Set
17. For the coworker who is working from home.
Don’t forget about your WFH coworker when crossing off your holiday gift list. Send them a care package to let them know you miss them. Help them feel like they didn’t fall off the face of the planet. This Work From Home Survival Kit will give them a good laugh and help them work in peace. It will put the “home” in “home office” while putting a smile on their face.
Image Credit: Uncommon Goods Work From Home Survival Kit
18. For the coworker who is obsessed with their smartphone.
Do you have a coworker so attached to their brand new shiny cell phone? They are mesmerized by everything it does and can’t seem to put it down. Well, it’s time to give their hands a break with the Rock Dock. This unique artisan handcrafted phone dock is composed of rocks collected from New England beaches and reclaimed granite. It is both stylish and functional. Your phone-obsessed colleague will love this one-of-a-kind gift and can stare at their phone all day to their heart’s content.
Image Credit: Uncommon Goods Rock Dock
19. For the life of the party coworker.
Sometimes the 9-to-5 needs a little more fun to lighten the mood. With the Disco-to-Go USB Light, your coworker can throw an instant dance party at any moment. This USB-powered disco ball creates an impromptu dance party with colorful swirling lights. If your workplace is still remote, video meetings will never be the same again in a good way.
Image Credit: Uncommon Goods Disco-to-Go USB Light
20. For your busy coworker who needs a virtual assistant.
Everyone wants a dependable assistant who can help keep them on track. The Echo Dot 4th Generation makes a fantastic gift for your busy coworker who needs an assistant. This assistant is very affordable, knows nearly everything, can play music, read the news and weather, set reminders and routines, and so much more. Alexa will become a part of your colleague’s daily life and make it so much easier.
Image Credit: Amazon Echo Dot 4th Generation
21. For the coworker who is at their desk all day.
Your coworkers probably spend most of their waking hours sitting at their desk all day so give them the gift of comfort. This ergonomic footrest is comprised of memory foam and has a non-slip bottom. It can improve alignment and posture. In addition to being a footrest, it can be turned over and used as a rocker to stimulate the feet and legs to improve circulation. Your colleague can kick up their feet and relax or get some much-needed movement into their workday.
Image Credit: Everlasting Comfort Ergonomic Footrest
22. For the coworker who is full of ideas.
Do you have a coworker who takes a lot of notes? Maybe they jot down thoughts on random Post-It Notes, whiteboards, and notepads? Or do you have a coworker who enjoys writing or journaling? Help them organized their thoughts with this magnetic notebook. It features a hardbound cover, a magnetic spine, and removable pages. The pages can be removed, rearranged, and reconnected.
Image Credit: Uncommon Goods Magnetic Notebook
23. For the ultra-clean coworker.
This mini desktop vacuum cleaner is perfect for the tidy coworker whose desk is immaculate. It can clean up crumbs from lunch, remove dust from keyboards, and help your colleague keep their workspace spotless, just the way they like it. Its cordless ergonomic design makes it convenient to use on all desk surfaces and get into hard-to-reach nooks and crannies. This vacuum packs high power without a high noise level.
Image Credit: Odistar Mini Desktop Vacuum Cleaner
24. For the coworker who is a cat person.
This next type of coworker is the one who is constantly talking about their cat(s), showing off photos of their cat(s), and watching funny cat YouTube videos during their break. Without a doubt, a cat person would love nothing more than a cat-themed gift. This feline-inspired Post-It dispenser will be your colleague’s new favorite desk accessory and help personalize their space. In addition to dispensing Post-Its, it multitasks as a paperweight as well.
Image Credit: Post-It Pop-Up Note Dispenser, Cat Design
25. For the procrastinating coworker or the productive coworker.
This fun sticky note set includes an assortment of six different notepads: to remember, to do, to buy, to delegate, to ponder, and to put off. Whether you have a notorious procrastinating coworker or a productive coworker obsessed with to-do lists, this gift will work as intended.
Image Credit: Knock Knock To Accomplish Sticky Notes Packet
In conclusion, we hope that this list has inspired you to think outside of the box this holiday season. Specifically, to come up with creative and personalized gifts ideas. Putting in the effort to give personalized gifts shows your coworkers that you pay attention to who they are and their interests. Gift-giving can help show coworkers that they are valued for their professional contributions and celebrates the team effort throughout the year. Additionally, it creates connections and fosters a positive work environment. So, whether you’re looking for a gift for the intern, the new colleague, or your cubicle neighbor, you should now be equipped with ideas beyond the typical gift card.
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