Shopping for coworkers can be tricky. You know them well enough to ask about their weekend trip upstate, but not enough to know what they truly need or enjoy. The key is to strike a delicate balance between professional and thoughtful, not only so they’ll feel more inclined to cover your shift when your sick, but to maybe, potentially, score a new work BFF.
Think about the context in which you’re offering them a little something, whether it’s to congratulate them on their promotion, share in the holiday spirit, or just because. Feeling the pressure? Fear not. Certain items are safe bets across the board. Speaking of which:
Boozy Bears Gummy Making Kit Holiday Gift
The holidays are permission to eat booze-infused things you haven’t seen since your frat party days. Give your coworker the gift of that nostalgia with the options of strawberry margarita, cherry martini, and mojito candies.
Kopari Coconut Balm
There’s something about working in an environment where the air conditioner is mysteriously always blasting that makes us obsessively apply moisturizer. A tiny bit of this ultra-luxurious tropical formula goes a long way, allowing you to dream of vacations in Tahiti and margaritas on the beach when the work day seems to drag on.
Kind Colleagues Gift Box
We all have a not-so-secret stash of granola in our desk drawer that we rely on during the hours before it’s acceptable to eat lunch. When that snack drawer runs out, work productivity plummets and aggressive-sounding, strongly-worded emails become the norm. This survival box contains a hodgepodge of delectable flavors including mango apple chia and dark chocolate chunk that’ll help keep the peace in the office
Coffee Beanery Indulgent Selection Gift Box
It goes without saying that most folks with a day job can never have too much coffee. Allow your work BFF to skip the endless line at Starbucks with this impressive coffee sampler. Freshly ground and ready to drip, braving that endless commute with your own coffee never sounded like such a great idea.
FreshJax Smoked Spices Gift Set
Give your coworker the incentive to finally get on the meal prep bandwagon with a gourmet set of spices that take bland meals to the next level in, quite literally, a pinch. Sad desk salad, meet mesquite lime and smoked cherrywood spices.
Ultrasonic Humidifier with Small Plant Container
Cool, clean air promotes proper breathing, while lush greenery promotes creativity. This genius two-in-one gift is basically a way to breathe new life into your coworker’s, well, life.
Zen as F*ck at Work by Monica Sweeney,
This journal for “banishing the bullsh*t and finding calm in the chaos” is perfect for not only that coworker who panics at the sight of a misplaced em dash, but for anyone who can use a breather. Fun writing prompts and whimsical imagery will help make coming to work not so bad after all.
Mobile Office Kit
With the rise of flex-days, remote jobs, and working from various boardrooms around the office, it’s always handy to have an emergency kit full of essentials. This vegan leather pouch contains a stapler (with enough staples, finally!), a highlighter, a ruler, scissors, tape, and more. It’s so handy, you might find yourself asking to borrow it.
Tinsel Photo Clips
If you’re looking for a gift for a coworker you like but don’t know that particularly well, you’re better off offering them the tools to hang their own art rather than predicting what they’d like. Let them decorate their cubicle in a way that speaks to them with these sleek and discrete metal clips.
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