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Christmas Gifts For Coworkers Don’t Have to Be Challenging!
Gifts for colleagues when leaving work for the holidays are a nice way to say “see ya later” for a few days – but they can be hard to buy. Different office cultures and different personalities mean that some funny gifts for coworkers work one in place, but fall flat in another! Then there is the question of a female coworker versus a male coworker, colleague versus your boss!
You might be looking for inexpensive gifts for coworkers – in which case you are in the right place! We’ve got a whole list of Christmas gifts for coworkers under $10 and for a variety of interests. Let’s make coworker Christmas gift shopping easier this year.
If you are still looking for gifts for other people on your list, check out some of our gift guides below:
Things to Consider When Buying Christmas Gifts for Coworkers
There are a few things you’ll want to consider before you start just buying gifts for coworkers. Let’s go over them in no particular order.
Office Culture. 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 by the book. This will play a role in whether you get something funny or whether a coffee mug will do.
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 they might like, consider gifting it to them outside of office hours!
Price/Quality. Price and quality of the product go hand in hand usually. If you are focused on getting a cheaper gift for your coworker, then maybe don’t expect it to have the best quality. This is especially true if it’s a joke gift. If you want a really good useful office tool or item for your colleague, you might have to pay up.
Purpose. In short, think about the gift and think about the person’s personality, even their role. Will they use the gift or will it be good for a laugh and then sit in a desk? Maybe you just want a gift that gets a quick laugh? Just have a think about the purpose of the gift before you go buying and giving!
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 here are 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 “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!
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 and for a number of different personalities.
If you have a coworker who is always forgetting the date, you might want to get them a desk calendar. Small and useful, this is a great gift that comes with stickers - you just have to make sure they use it!
If you have a coworker who is big into tech or your workplace is tech heavy, nothing says "I value you" like a good set of tech cleaner an wipes! Perfect for cleaning those devices we rely on each and every day!
If you have a coworker who has plants or succulents at their desk (or wants more), consider these small pots as a great accent piece. Complete with bamboo tray, these are a great addition to basically any desk set up or color scheme.
For the coworker who perhaps does a little more play while they work, get them a mini basketball game. Makes a great gift to take a break with 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 in case you can't hand things on the office wall, cubicle wall, or otherwise!
If you have a coworker who is always on the computer, thing about getting them a better mouse for their day. This one is specially designed with the body in mind so that you can work better and with less potential pain in the joints. It's also wireless and connected via USB so that's great!
If you have a coworker who has a LOT of paper on their desk and is also looking for another way to make decisions, consider this functional paper weight!
Mid-Range Christmas Gifts for Coworkers
Mid-range gifts can start to up in price but they also usually go up in usefulness. Many of these items are designed to increase productivity and we are talking about the espresso maker, here! Seriously though, the coffee-loving coworker we all have would love that last one!
Starting off the mid-range category for gifts for coworkers is a reusable notebook. This kind of notebook is great because it created less waste overall and the ability to correct or amend notes can be a game-changer for someone who writes a lot!
Hot drinks and the office to together like peanut butter and jam. So, think about getting your co-worker a tea tumbler. This one is great because it was an infuser for those into steeping loose leaf teas!
For the coffee lover coworker (we all have at least one), think about gifting a hand held espresso maker. This tiny version of an espresso machine is great for pumping out quality espresso without the price tag attached!
High-End Christmas Gifts for Coworkers
Finally, we come to the gifts for coworkers that are a bit more expensive. Honestly, there aren’t too many in this category – and if the gift idea was that expensive you should probably just ask the office to buy them for everyone because many of the ideas that would be here are actually just super nice office supplies that everyone would enjoy!
That said, we really love the pen below. We think it’s an innovative way to merge workflows if someone needs to get their writing into digital – and fast!
If you really love your co-worker, this is an incredible gift - a smartpen and notebook! Unlike other smart pens that work with a tablet, this amazing real ballpoint 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!
And there you have it – 21 perfect gifts for coworkers for Christmas time. In the end, have a think about your coworker, your budget, and their interests – and you cannot 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.