Co-Worker Gift Ideas

Co-Worker Gift Ideas
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You may spend all day with your co-workers, but that doesn’t mean you want to break the bank for their holiday gift or know what they want.

Holiday shopping for co-workers is difficult. We put together this gift guide to help you find the perfect gift for your colleague. Whether you’re participating in a gift exchange or just want to spread holiday cheer, here are gift ideas for co-workers, all priced at $30 or less.

Fun socks + a donation! ($12)

sky footwear sock
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Give the gift of warm feet and a warm heart. Sky Footwear was created after the founders learned that the No. 1 request of homeless shelters is socks. For every pair of socks purchased, a pair is donated to a homeless shelter. Along with being socially responsible, Sky Footwear has a lot of fun socks available including football, cactus and watermelon socks.

Buy on Sky Footwear

Gourmet popcorn ($26.37)

Harry & David Moose Munch popcorn
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The holidays are known for spirited music, family time and great food. Give your co-worker some festive popcorn that's great for snacking. This Moose Munch variety includes milk chocolate, dark cholate and classic caramel.

Buy on Amazon

WoodWick candle ($22.98)

WoodWick candle
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Everyone loves a good candle, but they're especially cozy during the cold winter months. This WoodWick candle makes a crackling noise as if you're near a fire. It also has three different fragrances – fireside, redwood, and sandalwood clove – that change while the candle burns.

Buy on Amazon

Productivity planner ($24.95)

Intelligent Change productivity planner
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There are only so many hours in a day, and it's easy to lose track of time when you're not organized. Help your co-worker stay on task with this productivity planner. The planner is designed to help users stay focused and become more productive.

Buy on Amazon

Tea by Mood gift set ($22.67)

Numi Organic Tea by Mood gift set
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If your co-worker drinks tea, they'll be sure to love this tea by mood gift set. This set comes with eight flavors – breakfast blend for focus, aged earl grey for balance, emperor's pu-erh to energize, jasmine green to reflect, mate lemon to invigorate, rooibos chai to inspire, Moroccan mint to refresh and chamomile lemon to sleep.

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Letters for a Year of Gratitude ($16.02)

Lea Redmond
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With emails, text messages and FaceTime, hand-written letters are almost obsolete. But, when you receive one, it's that much more special. Give your co-worker this book, which will inspire them to send thoughtful, handwritten notes. All they have to do is tear out a letter, write a message, and add a postage stamp.

Buy on Amazon

The Bucket List: 1000 Adventures Big & Small ($23.79)

Kath Stathers
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Does your co-worker love to travel? Are they always dreaming of far-away places? Give a little inspiration and adventure with this book full of things to do. Along with traveling suggestions, the book includes advice on how to achieve popular goals such as naming a star and trying new cuisines.

Buy on Amazon

Succulents ($13.99)

Shop Succulents
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Being stuck inside on a beautiful day is sad and frustrating. Give the gifts of a little fresh air and outdoors with some real succulents. In addition to being nice to look at, indoor plants can improve concentration and boost your mood.

Buy on Amazon

French press coffee maker ($25.95)

Divlor French Press Coffee Maker
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Help your co-worker's day get started with this French press coffee maker. These coffee makers create a clean, strong cup of coffee, perfect for taking on the work week. Also, since the coffee maker is dishwasher safe, clean up is a breeze.

Buy on Amazon

Tile Mate – Key Finder ($14.99)

Sharper Image portable electronic key finder
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Early mornings are stressful and misplaced keys can ruin a morning. Help your co-worker keep track of their keys with this key finder. You can sync the Tile with your smartphone. When you can't find your phone, double press the button to make your phone ring. And, you can make the mate ring with your phone.

Buy on Amazon

Mini Tapenade Box ($18)

Bon Appetit Mini Tapenade Box
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Give a gift straight from France. Bon Appetit Box offers authentic food made in the South of France. Perfect for wine tasting, this box includes Tapenade made from green olive and almonds along with Bruschetta made with Eggplant and Red-Pepper.

Buy at Bon Appetit Box

Funny Novelty Mug ($9.95)

Twerp Novelty Mug
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Mornings are hard, so give your co-worker the gift of motivation and empowerment. If you want to give something practical, but still fun, gift this funny mug. Any coffee or tea drinker will appreciate this dishwasher and microwave safe mug.

Buy on Amazon

Ninja throwing star magnets ($25)

Ninja throwing star magnets ($25)
Give your co-worker some ninja starts to bring a little excitement into your office. These magnets come in a pack of five and are great for holding up memos and reminding co-workers of important events.

Buy on Amazon

Personal library kit ($16)

Personal library kit ($16)
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This personal library kit from Knock Knock is a great gift for the co-worker who is always lending out their books. Complete with a date stamp and ink pad, 20 self-adhesive packets, and matching check out cards, this is a fun way to keep track of favorite novels.

Buy on Amazon

Fred The Daily Mood Desk Flipchart ($18.85)

Fred The Daily Mood Desk Flipchart ($18.85)
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It can be hard to gauge the mood of your office. Sometimes it would just be easier if everyone knew what kind of day everyone was having. Insert: The Daily Mood Desk Flipchart. With this chart, co-workers can express a range of emotions such as fabulous, giddy and neglected.

Buy on Amazon

'Tequila Mockingbird' recipe book ($8.77)

'Tequila Mockingbird' recipe book, secret santa gift
Whether your co-worker loves books or drinks, this quirky recipe book is sure to impress. "Tequila Mockingbird" (Running Press, 2013) includes 65 cocktail recipes with literary pun-filled names like the "Gin Eyre," "Gone with the Wine," and "Moby Drink."

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Truffle tasting set ($17)

Truffle tasting set, secret santa gift
Everyone can appreciate a good piece of chocolate. The six-piece "Ultimate Dessert Truffle Flight" from Godiva features truffles in a variety of themes and flavors, including Chocolate Éclair, Crème Brulee, Red Velvet Cake, Chocolate Lava Cake, Tiramisu and Strawberry Crème Tarte.

Buy at Godiva

Demotivational calendar ($13.24)

Demotivational calendar ($13.24)
This almost depressing but mostly hilarious calendar comes with 12 humorous demotivational posters. This funny calendar also includes funny holidays such as Public Sleeping Day and Ditch New Year's Resolutions day.

Buy on Amazon

Dinosaur desk organizer ($10.68)

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Your co-worker will never miss a memo again with this playful dinosaur desk organizer. Shaped like a Tyrannosaurus Rex, this organizer features a spring-loaded mouth to hold memos as well as a space to hold pens. It also comes with a notepad, which can be stowed away in the back of the organizer.

Buy on Amazon

Office emergency kit ($18)

Office emergency kit, gifts
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Headaches, chipped nails and stains happen all the time, but many are unprepared for these little emergencies. With this "Minimergency" kit (targeted to women) in her desk, you co-worker will be ready for anything. The pouch includes pain relievers, hairspray, clear nail polish, a sewing kit, lip balm and more. Don't worry – there's a kit for the men in your life too.

Buy at Pinch Provisions

All prices are accurate as of the publish date.