Finding Christmas Gifts For Coworkers Doesn’t Have To Be Challenging!
Coworker Christmas gifts are a nice way to say “see ya later” for a few days over the holidays – but they can be hard to buy.
Different office cultures and different personalities mean that some funny gifts for coworkers might be hilarious in one place but fall flat in another workplace. Then there is the question of what to buy a female coworker versus a male coworker or even a colleague versus your boss!
Whoever you’re buying gifts for, our guide has got you covered. From expensive to inexpensive gifts for coworkers – you are in the right place!
We’ve got a whole list of Christmas gift ideas for coworkers – with many of the gifts being under $20 and suitable for a variety of interests. Let’s make coworker Christmas gift shopping easier this year.
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This year, many people’s work environment looks very different than normal and you might only see your colleagues on conference calls. That’s why in our opinion a small Christmas gift for a coworker you are close with can have even more meaning this year. Many of the gift ideas on this list would also work well for home offices.
The Best Christmas Gifts for Coworkers
Finding the right coworker gifts can be difficult since you probably know and get along with some colleagues better than others.
That’s why we’ve tried to include a variety of gift ideas for coworkers on this list – from inexpensive Christmas gifts for coworkers that you don’t know that well to meaningful and/or unique gifts for coworkers that you are closer with.
Smart Reusable Notebook
A great gift idea in the mid-range price category for coworker Christmas gifts is a reusable notebook. This kind of notebook is great because the ability to correct or amend notes can be a game-changer for someone who writes a lot!
If you have a coworker that likes to snack, then consider getting them a snack box! The SnackSack box includes healthy snack options and allows you to choose between four different types (classic, vegan, gluten-free, or workplace).
The workplace option might be exactly what you are looking for as a Christmas gift for a coworker that you’re close with!
For those who are on the go a lot and like to have lighter gear, a foldable keyboard can make a great coworker gift. We love this idea because it means productivity can go with your coworker anywhere!
For the office with a bit of sass that’s always up for a laugh, these are great mugs to have around. They come in a pair in case you want to keep one for yourself or you want to gift out two of them!
If you really love your coworker, this is an incredible gift – a smartpen and notebook! Unlike other smartpens that work with a tablet, this pen is used to make notes in the special notebook.
The notes written down in that book then get uploaded into apps on the computer so you have a synced digital copy. How cool!
Correcting posture and having a great set-up at work is key these days. So, look into a laptop stand to help out your fellow co-worker who could use a boost. Maybe they’ll start a trend in the office!
Hot drinks and working in the office go together like peanut butter and jam. So, think about getting your coworker a tea tumbler. This one is great because it has an infuser for those into steeping loose leaf teas!
Looking for a small and affordable gift for a coworker? Here’s a great little wooden puzzle. This puzzle is perfect for taking a break and giving the mind a bit of a workout between projects or tasks!
We never travel anywhere without our external battery – and external batteries can make a great office gift, too. These types of batteries are great for travel, great for at the desk when you need a bit of juice, or good for whenever!
Portable Espresso Machine
For the coffee lover coworker (we all have at least one), think about gifting a handheld espresso maker. This tiny version of an espresso machine is great for pumping out quality espresso without the price tag attached.
Business Card Holder
For the professionals that value their business cards and their connections, having a great card holder can make all the difference. It’s perfect for the desk space and making a statement to potential clients!
Portable Mini Humidifier
If your coworker struggles with the air in the (home) office, you might want to get them a mini humidifier for their cubicle or office space. Small and discrete, this mini humidifier comes with an auto shut-off for some peace of mind!
Long USB Cable
Do you have a coworker that uses their phone a lot? Then think about getting them an extra-long lightening charging cord. We have a really long charging cord similar to this one and it’s been extremely handy to have!
For the coworker that has a number of books to keep organized or on display, here is a pair of fun bookends that can go great in a number of office settings. These bookends would also work well as a gift for a number of different personalities!
If you have a coworker who is always on the computer, think about getting them a better mouse for their work day.
This one is specifically designed with the body in mind so that people can work better and with less potential pain in the joints. It’s also wireless and connected via USB so that’s great!
In case you have a coworker who is always forgetting the date, a desk calendar might be the holiday gift for coworkers that you’re looking for.
Small and useful, this is a great gift that comes with stickers – you just have to make sure that it is actually something your coworker would use!
Funny Accessory Holder
For the coworker who uses different office supplies at their desk and has a bit of a lighter side to them, this hilarious accessory holder might be a great gift!
If you’re unsure whether they’d laugh when receiving this gift, maybe consider a more “boring” gift idea.
If you have a coworker who is big into tech or your workplace is tech-heavy, nothing says “I value you” like a pairing of tech cleaner and wipes. Perfect for cleaning those devices we rely on each and every day!
Mini Basketball Game
For the coworker who perhaps does a little more play while they work, get them a mini basketball game. It makes a great gift to use while on a break between tasks and projects – just don’t bother other people around!
For the coworker who likes to get creative, here is a great little felt board with loads of white letters. This one even comes with a stand which is great in case you can’t hang things on the office wall, cubicle wall, or otherwise!
Fun Paper Weight
Last – but not least – if you have a coworker who has a LOT of paper on their desk and is also looking for another way to help them make decisions, consider getting them this functional paperweight!
Things to Consider When Buying Christmas Gifts for Coworkers
There are a few things you’ll want to consider before you start buying gifts for coworkers. Let’s go over some of them in no particular order.
This is something that you will have to assess for yourself – but your office culture can really dictate what kind of gift you buy/should be giving.
Some offices have a very relaxed atmosphere while others are strict and more “by the book”. This will play a role in whether you get something really funny or whether a simple coffee mug will do as a coworker gift.
If you are worried about rules at the workplace because you are close to your colleague and have a gift that is more silly than the workplace might like, consider gifting it to them outside of office hours!
Price and Quality
The price and quality of the product often go hand in hand when it comes to tech-based products. If you are focused on getting a cheap gift for your coworker, then maybe skip the electronics.
In case you’re looking for a joke gift, a cheap gift with an okay quality is totally fine. If you want a really good and useful office tool or item for your colleague, you might have to pay a little bit more – but there are still lots of good gifts under $20.
Affordable Christmas Gifts for Coworkers
It’s fair to assume that most gifts for colleagues are going to be on the cheaper side. That’s totally understandable so we’ve included some great ideas for smaller and cheaper gifts for colleagues.
Keep in mind that if one small gift is not enough you can always buy more than one and create a little “coworker gift pack”.
If you are genuinely interested in a mug as a gift, we have a whole post on just funny mugs. Keep in mind that some of them might be inappropriate for the office!
Mid-Range Christmas Gifts for Coworkers
Mid-range gifts can start to creep up in price but they also usually go up in usefulness. Many of these items are designed to increase productivity – and, yes, we are talking about the espresso maker here! Seriously though, the coffee-loving coworker we all have would definitely love that gift option.
High-End Christmas Gifts for Coworkers
Of course, there are also gifts for coworkers that are a bit more expensive. Honestly, we haven’t included too many on our list.
If your gift idea was that expensive – but useful for coworkers – you should probably just ask the office to buy them as a business expense if the item would be a valuable addition for the team.
That said, we really love the smartpen on the list. We think it’s an innovative way to merge workflows if someone needs to get their writing into digital format – and fast!
In short, think about the gift, the person’s personality, and even their role. Will they use the gift or will it be good for a single laugh and then sit inside their desk?
Maybe you just want a gift that gets a quick laugh? Just have a think about the purpose and the appropriateness of the gift before you go buying and giving!
And there you have it – 21 excellent coworker Christmas gift ideas. In the end, have a think about your coworker, your budget, and their interests – and you shouldn’t go wrong! If you end up buying something, let us know how it went and how it was received! We’d love to hear about it.
As always, Stay Curious,
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