50 Thoughtful Gifts for Your Co-Workers
Show your colleagues you care by spreading some holiday cheer.
The holiday season is fast approaching and if you plan to play Santa, you may need a bit of help this year. After all, with so many of us working from home—or at least physically apart from our co-workers—you may feel a bit rusty at social gestures, even those as simple as gift giving. That's why we've sifted through the workshop to round up all the best gifts to give your colleagues for 2021! With thoughtful offerings for every budget and interest, it's time to remind your co-workers that they're so much more to you than another face on the Zoom grid. Read on to discover 50 great gifts your colleagues are sure to love!
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This wireless phone charger
Everyone has that one colleague who's always on the move, whether they're traveling extensively for work or always taking exciting weekend trips with friends. This wireless power bank from Kenu offers three ways for them to charge their device on the go, offering quick and long-lasting power. With a nano-suction grip pad that attaches to the back of the phone, they can safely recharge inside a pocket, bag, or backpack without damaging their charging port.
This porcelain coffee dripper
For your coffee-loving colleague, this ombre mug-top dripper from Le Creuset means they no longer have to leave their desk for a great cup of joe. It's got a simple, streamlined design and fits onto a range of mugs—plus it's perfect for a party (or office) of one.
This pasta subscription
If there's a coworker you love to lunch with, getting them a gastronomic gift is a perfectly thoughtful gesture. This pasta subscription lets you choose four fresh-to-order pastas for them to enjoy during their off hours.
These reusable sandwich bags
For the work friend that never misses a homemade meal, these reusable sandwich bags make a great gift. Packaged in a cute five-piece bundle, they'll have one for each day of the workweek!
This Baggu shopping bag
And, because the greatest gift of all is a livable planet, these reusable shopping bags from Baggu are another no-brainer. Choose from 79 fashionable designs to find the one that suits their style.
This handmade tree topper
If you really want to contribute something special to their holiday season, you can't go wrong with this hand-felted tree topper. Both the angel and nutcracker designs feature a perfect color palette and exquisite embroidery they're sure to cherish through the years.
This smart mug for hot beverages
For the coworker who never has a free moment to sit down, this Ember smart mug will put an end to their days of lukewarm coffee. This genius little cup allows them to set the temperature to their exact preferences and turns off automatically after two hours of inactivity.
This neutral nail polish set
Neutral nail polish is a work staple, so why not give a beauty bundle of all their favorite colors? Go above and beyond by gifting the full set, or mix and match for $18 a pop.
This de-alcoholized sparkling rosé
Wine and spirits are a classic holiday gift—and now you can even get your friends who don't want the buzz in on the fun. This de-alcoholized sparkling rosé allows teetotalers to partake in the festivities—and can even make a great gift for more typical wine enthusiasts who enjoy mixing things up with non-alcoholic options.
This business card holder
For the colleague who's a natural networker, this bifold cardholder from Allegorie will let them socialize in style. Made with cactus-based vegan "leather" and designed with a handsome geometrical pattern, they'll want to carry it everywhere they go.
This Truff best seller pack
Truff hot sauce has been featured on Oprah's Favorite Things list for three years in a row. "Put it on everything. Give it to everyone," she recommends. Don't make Oprah tell you a fourth time—not only is she right about this delicious truffle-oil-infused sauce, but she's also very busy.
This chrome fortune cookie with a personalized message
Send them your very best wishes for the new year in a stylish chrome fortune cookie from Coming Soon. They can refill it with their own hopes for the future—and manifest their own fortune.
This handmade stoneware baker
Got a colleague who's known for their cooking? This stoneware baker lets them make all their favorite comfort foods of the season, from baked apple bread to shepherd's pie. It's oven-, microwave-, and dishwasher safe—not to mention it'll look beautiful on the table next to a range of décor styles, depending on your color choice.
This tinted glass candle holder
The holiday season is all about hygge—bringing warmth and coziness to the darkest months. These tinted glass candle holders illuminate the night with an added pop of color for their table or mantle.
This home office candle
Your colleagues may not miss the commute to work, but they may miss having a space devoted wholly to it. Help them set a relaxing tone in their new workspace with this intoxicating "home office" candle. With notes of patchouli, cinnamon, amber, and vanilla, you're really giving the gift of calm and focus.
This clever tea infuser
For anyone that loves loose teas, this clever glass mug is a simple, one-step way to infuse their favorites. With a tea strainer built directly onto the inside of the cup, they can skip the mess and get straight to enjoyment. Pair it with the same company's soothing White Prakash tea for a complete gift set!
These 14k gold hoop earrings
Is there anything more wearable to work than a simple pair of gold hoop earrings? These beauties from Alexis Jae will be their new go-to accessory—perfect for your mentor or the work friend who put you up for that big promotion.
This Korean sauce set
For the foodie who loves new finds, this crowd-pleasing sauce set is a surefire hit. It comes with three bottles of Korean-inspired flavors, including gochujang chili hot sauce, kimchi mayo, and a honey glaze sauce.
These diamond-shaped ice molds
Elevate their cocktail game with this set of two diamond-shaped ice molds from Williams Sonoma. Besides making a major statement in a whiskey glass, they're easy to use and convenient to stack for compact storage in the freezer.
This picnic blanket
Chances are that your colleagues have spent more time outdoors in the last two years than ever before. That makes this year a great time to give them a handy, portable picnic blanket for all their many outings. This handsome plaid blanket comes with a soft fleece top and waterproof PEVA layer on the back, making it perfect for the park, beach, or campsite.
This sushi-making kit
Have a co-worker who's always trying out new recipes? Then this sushi-making kit is sure to be a hit. This cute kit makes sushi simple with two bamboo rolling mats, four sets of chopsticks, and a range of other accessories.
This rainbow multi-tool
A great gift for everyone in the office, this multicolored multi-tool has seven handy tools in one. Lightweight and compact, it easily fits in a pocket, purse, or glove compartment so they'll always have a range of Allen keys and screwdrivers on hand.
This chili garlic olive oil
Hand-pressed in California by master millers, Brightland chili garlic olive oil from Food52 is sunshine in a bottle. They'll love drizzling it on top of all their favorite foods, from pizza to dumplings.
This Amazon Echo hub
For the tech lover in your office, a 4th generation Amazon Echo makes a perfect gift. This smart home hub lets them connect all their smart home devices to its voice-controlled speaker system—and does it all with premium sound quality.
This stuffed Belgian waffle maker
Make every minute before the workday count by transforming their breakfast routine. This easy-to-use Belgian waffle maker lets them add all their favorite flavors to a delicious baked waffle—and the mess-free finished product is easy to take on the go!
This mini donut maker
Love the concept of a novelty baking gift, but need to keep the budget under control? This mini donut maker lets them make six bite-sized donuts at once, offering lots of fun at a wallet-friendly price.
This Carhartt beanie
Is there any clothing item more ubiquitously worn (and loved) than a Carhartt beanie? It suits all ages, genders, and styles, and virtually every colleague will appreciate its cold-weather practicality.
This popcorn machine
Freshly popped popcorn is a perfect winter snack—especially when it's time to cozy up and watch a movie at home. This electric popper makes perfect popcorn a snap, with a one-touch operation and an easy-to-use butter tray.
This movie night in a box
Want to go above and beyond to make your colleague's at-home movie nights magical? Help them get creative with their popcorn using this movie night in a box. It comes with three types of popcorn kernels and five flavor accents: chili lime, kettle corn, white cheddar, caramel corn, and spicy sriracha.
This Amazon Fire Stick
Perhaps the best streaming media stick on the market, Amazon's Fire Stick makes it easy to find and watch all of your favorites. With 4K Ultra HD streaming, they'll enjoy superior picture quality and immersive sound at the push of a button.
These classic mini pie molds
What's better than making dessert? Making lots of mini-desserts so you can enjoy all your favorite flavors at once. This set of three mini pie molds from Williams Sonoma comes in a variety of shapes with lattice tops, so each pie comes out picture perfect.
These cozy men's gloves
Looking for a practical gift that will keep them cozy this holiday season? These warm knit gloves from The North Face are made with a durable suede palm patch and have touch screen capability.
This premium baking tool set
This set of platinum-grade silicone baking tools is perfect for the coworker who loves to bake from scratch. Easy to grip and easy to clean, this set will inspire more than its fair share of confections.
This handmade hug mug
Real hugs are a little harder to come by these days, so why not give one that can live on their desk while they work? These sweet handmade ceramic mugs get the message across that they're more than a colleague—they're a friend, too.
These reusable beeswax wraps
Skip the Saran Wrap and aluminum foil in favor of an eco-friendly food-saving option. These reusable beeswax wraps come in a range of sizes and patterns, so they can keep their food fresh sustainably and in style.
This oversized salt cellar
At the perfect cross-section between practicality and beauty, this handmade salt cellar keeps a crucial ingredient within arm's reach while looking stunning on their countertop or kitchen island. Fans of the product say it's the perfect size, easy to use, and bears fine craftsmanship. It even comes with two salt spoons—one gold and one wood—so they can choose the style that suits them.
This retro crystal ice bucket
If you want a gift that looks like a million bucks but won't break the bank, opt for this lovely crystal ice bucket. They'll be proud to put it on their bar cart or pull it out at their next party for a touch of glitz and glamour.
This beautiful jadeite pitcher
Jadeite kitchenware is timelessly charming and this beautiful pitcher from Mosser Glass gets the look just right. At once modern and vintage, it's got heirloom-quality looks that are sure to win them over.
This retro bandana
'70s fashion is having a major moment, making this retro, camel-colored bandana a stylish gift for any fashion-forward co-worker. And, with built-in ear loops, this doubles as a stylish face covering in a pinch.
This cool text clock
Looking for a gift that's a true original? This hyper-stylized clock from Cloudnola, which flips text cards into place for easy reading, would be a great addition to any home office.
These embroidered cocktail napkins
Your work friends may finally find themselves entertaining this holiday season after a long pandemic pause. Make sure their home is party-ready with these elegant beaded and embroidered cocktail napkins from Joanna Buchanan.
These stylish jade earrings
Perfect for work or an evening out, these white jade earrings are as versatile as they are stylish. Natural, elegant, chic, and effortless, they're a statement piece that somehow goes with everything—especially workwear.
This bubble tea kit
Have great bubble tea any time with this deluxe boba kit from Tea Drops. Simply add hot water to the flavor drop of your choosing and mix in the tapioca pearls and milk to enjoy!
This plant subscription
For plant lovers, new greenery is always a welcome gift. With Horti, they'll receive beautifully potted plants that match their likes and lifestyle. Choose between month-to-month, six-month, and 12-month subscription plans to match their space or your budget.
This Tetris-like puzzle game
Got a colleague who loves games, or just needs to take brain breaks at their desk? This geometric puzzle game recalls your favorite old Gameboy staple but brings the fun IRL.
These cute gardening gloves
Know someone with a real green thumb? Help them protect it (and their other nine fingers) with these cute floral gardening gloves. They'll also receive a special gardener's hand soap with shea butter and apricot seed for good measure.
This ultimate bath set
Beauty products that give the double gift of relaxation? Yes, please. This gift set comes with a lightweight, florally-infused oil that hydrates the hair, skin, and nails, as well as three generously portioned vegan bath soaks.
These delicious black and white cookies
Yellow taxis and blue paper coffee cups: this is the stuff of New York City lore. Ask a local, though, and it's all about the black and white cookies. For any colleague with a fondness for the city that never sleeps, head straight over to Amazon for a perfectly soft batch of chocolate and vanilla goodness from the iconic Carnegie Deli.
This home cocktail maker
Your boss brings you and your colleagues together as a team, so why not gift as one? Chipping in for this premium cocktail maker from Bartesian is the perfect way to show your shared appreciation. They'll enjoy luxe cocktails at the push of a button—perfect for a cozy evening in or for entertaining.
This organic single-malt whiskey
Of course, what's a cocktail maker without some top-shelf spirits to go along with it? This Greenbar Distillery Slow Hand Single Malt Whiskey is organic, free of additives, and each purchase helps plant a tree. We'll drink to that!