The people you work with can become some of your closest friends. After all, you spend 40 hours a week tackling major projects, chit-chatting around the water cooler, racing to the kitchen when there’s free food, and most importantly, working together as a team.
But even though you spend all this time together, finding just the right gift for your boss or co-workers can feel like a minefield. You want a gift that’s thoughtful and professional, but not too pricey or personal. And that often leaves items — like candles or gift cards — that are either boring or destined to be regifted.
From Himalayan salt lamps to gear for the person who’s always cold, we’ve found gift ideas that are thoughtful, professional and affordable. Shop our best gifts for co-workers.
Hallmark Flowers 3-Piece Succulents ($43.03; amazon.com)
A low-maintenance desk plant can do no harm. We love this set of three, which comes in neutral, textured planters that can zhuzh up any deskscape.
JLAB Fit Sport 3 Wireless Fitness Earbuds ($30; jlabaudio.com)
Commutes are so much easier with a great playlist to pass the time. That’s why co-workers and bosses alike will appreciate Bluetooth headphones, like this pair from JLAB that has over six hours of playtime and features booming audio quality.
Tea Forte Organic Loose Leaf Tea Sampler ($15; amazon.com)
For the tea lover on your team, this affordable sampler is a way to taste test five different tea blends, which include Lemon Lavender, Darjeeling Quince and Mountain Oolong.
Kehoe Salt Lamp ($27.99; wayfair.com)
A salt lamp is said to provide cleaner, allergen-free air, all while casting a lovely, warm light either in the office or at home.
Zella Tech Gloves ($25; nordstrom.com)
Every winter, we constantly ask ourselves a troubling question: Do we keep our gloves on and hands warm, or tolerate freezing fingers in order to use our smartphones? Now you (and your co-worker) don’t have to choose, with this pair of cozy, touchscreen-friendly gloves.
Lupa iPhone X Wallet Case ($18.99; amazon.com)
For co-workers who love Marie Kondo-ing their lives, this minimalist wallet and phone case has just enough space for their essentials (office badge and credit cards among them) while also keeping their pockets and handbags clutter-free.
Ban.do Big Plans Annual Planner ($28; bando.com)
This is your team’s year. Give your colleagues this fun planner, chock-full of bonus features like exclusive artwork, stickers, personality quizzes and notes of inspiration and gratitude to help them power through 2020.
Kinto To-Go Tumbler ($38; needsupply.com)
For the caffeine addict in your department, this Kinto stainless steel mug will help keep his beverages toasty warm from the time he leaves his house to his first meeting. Plus, it’s dishwasher-safe.
Roku Express HD Streaming Media Player ($29.99; target.com)
For the co-worker who has streamed every episode of “The Crown” and can recite every line of “The Office,” a Roku streaming stick will help take her Netflix binge-watching sessions to the next level. With the device, she can display all her favorite video content straight onto the TV.
Takenaka Bento Box ($29; anthropologie.com)
There’s at least one person in every company who always packs a lunch. The perfect gift is this sleek bento box from Takenaka, which comes with a two-tiered container that can securely store lunch and afternoon snacks.
Amazon Echo Dot, 3rd Generation ($49.99; amazon.com)
Want to really impress your boss this holiday season (and for not much money at all)? Gift her Amazon’s 3rd Gen Echo Dot, a powerful speaker that lets her do everything from control her smartphone to play popular Spotify playlists with her voice.
Ivory Diamond Cotton Throw Blanket ($39.99; worldmarket.com)
For that colleague who is always cold, give her this plush blanket she can drape over her shoulders at the office or cuddle up with at home.
Boscia Matcha Antioxidant Mask ($38; nordstrom.com)
It’s been a hectic workweek, and it’s time for a little relaxation. If your co-workers need a spa day, give them this matcha face mask, which can help them detoxify and destress in the comfort of their homes.
Franklin Sports Anywhere Table Tennis Set ($24.99; target.com)
Turn any flat surface, including an office desk, into a bona fide table tennis setup with this handy set that comes with two paddles, pingpong balls and a clamping net that extends up to 6 feet. Talk about a fun way to break up the workday or kick-start the team’s in-office happy hours.
Baggu Shopping Bag ($10; amazon.com)
Schlepping a lunch or gym clothes can be a burden, but with this reusable, unrippable tote bag in adorable prints that include everything from daisies to apples to lox, it becomes downright enjoyable.
Rocketbook Erasable Reusable Notebook ($28.11, originally $34; amazon.com)
For the person who’s always jotting down notes and reminders, here’s a notebook with an eco-friendly twist. Much like a portable whiteboard, this notebook can be wiped down with a cloth, leaving a fresh page whenever it’s needed.
Osaka Glass Cold Brew Maker ($14.49; amazon.com)
We all know that one person who’s devoted to his cold brew, even when the temperatures plummet. With this surprisingly chic cold brew maker, just pour ground coffee into the stainless steel filter, fill the pitcher with water and set it in the communal refrigerator overnight. By morning he’ll be able to sip on his icy beverage without stopping at Starbucks.
Bedside Smartphone Vase ($32; uncommongoods.com)
For the person who’s always looking to jazz up her desk, this vase holds her phone upright so she can see work notifications while showing off her latest blooms.
Speks Set of Magnetic Balls ($24.95; amazon.com)
Though desk toys may seem silly at first, trust us when we say that these moldable magnetic toys are seriously addictive. Moosh the tiny magnets around your fingers for a bit and you’ll get it.
K+M Extra Virgin Chocolate Bars (starting at $45; food52.com)
Sometimes the best way to your boss’s heart is through his stomach. And if he’s a particularly tough person to shop for, these K+M Extra Virgin Chocolate Bars, made from single-origin cocoa beans and organic extra-virgin olive oil) crafted by renowned chef Thomas Keller, are sure to wow.
’In The Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from Over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs’ ($18.50; amazon.com)
This compendium of inspiration and career advice will inspire any person — man or woman — to tackle worthy goals in 2020.
Aesop The Humourist Cleanser & Balm Set ($57; nordstrom.com)
Help your co-workers feel refreshed before they hit their morning commutes with this vegan cleanser and balm set. This duo works together to cleanse your face and neck and then lock in moisture (making it especially great for the winter months). Plus, it smells absolutely delicious.
Note: The prices above reflect the retailer’s listed price at the time of publication.