It’s officially December, so I’m afraid we can pretend no longer. It’s high time we all start chipping away at our gift lists, and as discussed on instagram live this week, it seems there are few people harder to shop for than COWORKERS. Just like office attire, holiday gifts for coworkers always depend on the industry, company culture, and individual. I’ve worked in some offices where it’s super weird to get your colleagues holiday gifts, and in others where it’s super weird if you don’t. Regardless of where your workplace lands on that beautiful spectrum of weirdness, below is my list of your best bets for showing your colleagues a little holiday appreciation.
When evaluating coworker gifts, be thoughtful about not only what the person might like but also what their professional relationship is to you. You may want to strike a different tone depending on whether the gift is for your boss versus a peer or an employee. Ideally, the goal is to show a little holiday appreciation while simultaneously steering clear of any Love Actually-style awkwardness.
Whether it’s a “please don’t torpedo my year-end bonus” gift for a boss, an “I wish you would stop whistling and start showering” gift for the creepy dude in accounting, or a “thanks for bringing me gatorade the morning after last year’s holiday party” gift for a great friend at work, there’s a little something for everyone…
If you have any good gift ideas for coworkers that I’ve missed, please share in the comments below!
#1. // Cashmere Wrap
#2. // Coffee Mug
You can’t go wrong with a cute mug for male or female coworkers. Better yet, snag a mug that’s personalized with the recipient’s initial… because nobody knows where those standard-issue mugs in the office kitchen have really been, amiright?
#3. // 2018 AGENDA
I have to admit, I’m a sucker for an old-fashioned calendar. This agenda has a place for all of your to-do lists, appointments, contacts, everything, and has the cutest touches throughout! (Side note: Also obsessed with this work-to-play desktop folio, which makes planning your week so much easier!)
#4. // Work Bag
#5. // Compact
Whether it’s kept in your work tote for touch-ups on-the-go or stowed away in your top drawer for use at your desk, a mirrored compact is a must-have for staying fresh throughout a long workday.
#6. // Tumbler and/or Thermos
I never leave the house in the morning without a tumbler or thermos full of coffee! Whether the gift recipient is a coffee addict, a tea connoisseur or someone who wants to keep hot soup toasty for lunchtime, tumblers and thermoses are always home-run gifts.
#7. // Picture Frame
#8. // Business Card Case
When in doubt, go for a cute card case! It’s super professional with a thoughtful touch.
#9. // Notebook
This “hustle hard” notebook is perfect for all of those super important business notes (or weekend plans, or shopping lists…).
#10. // The Perfect Pen
#11. // Ceramic Tray
At-the-ready to hold paperclips, snacks or rings when your fingers are busy flying across your keyboard, a cute ceramic tray is always a hit.
One last note! Speaking of instagram live this week, I received lots of questions via DM and email after the live asking about the website that I mentioned which I often use to shop across multiple retailers. The website is shopstyle.com and in addition to being an amazing search engine for products, I also just stumbled across their holiday gift guides which I thought were AMAZING. After scrolling through the rest of my coworker gift picks below, you can check their gift guides out here if you’re looking for additional gifting ideas!
THE ULTIMATE COWORKER HOLIDAY GIFT LIST
Thanks to Shopstyle for partnering on this post!