Sure, you may still be eating leftovers from Thanksgiving—but believe it or not, it’s already that magical time of the year when you open your wallet and give away all your money via gifts.
There’s bound to be a co-worker or two you feel you should get a present for this season—whether it’s because your office is holding a gift exchange, or because you share the same cubicle, or because you really just like him or her.
But choosing what to get for someone you may not know very well can be tough, so let us help you out! Below are 15 gifts perfect for any co-worker—all for $20 or less.
1. “Make it Happen” Mug, $12
Even if your office generously provides a coffee mug or two, you know they all mysteriously disappear just when you need that cup to get you through the rest of the day. So give one to your co-worker, so he or she never has to deal with that problem ever, ever again.
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2. Lotion and Lip Balm Set, $18
The air in office environments can get stale, so save someone from dry hands and chapped lips this winter with this set. It’s the perfect size to fit in a drawer and classy enough to keep on top of a desk.
3. YAY! Stemless Wine Glass, $11
Because who would drink out of the office’s disposable cups when this is an option instead?
4. Colorful Playing Cards, $13
Rummy, Solitaire, Blackjack, Crazy Eights, magic tricks. No matter what games this person prefers, he or she will brighten up any night with these colorful cards.
5. Bright Ideas Journal, $15
Everyone’s thoughts deserve a special place, and this could be the perfect one for your co-worker. Just remind him or her that you deserve credit for any brilliant ideas your CEO loves that start in this notebook—kidding, kinda.
6. Cat Lover Magnetic Poetry Kit, $12
Sure, dogs are man’s best friend, but what cats may lack in loyalty and unconditional love they make up for with humor—on the internet. In the purrrfect scenario, your recipient will put these magnets on the communal office fridge at work so you can benefit from them, too.
7. Fantastic Cities Coloring Book, $15
Haven’t you heard? Coloring isn’t just for kids anymore. Adult coloring books can be a great tool for stress relief, which could benefit not only your colleague, but the people around him or her as well. (Hint: I’m talking about you!)
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8. Elephant Stationery, $15
Did you know that elephants have excellent memories? This makes them the perfect animal to deliver your co-worker’s messages near and far. Well, I can’t make any guarantees, but I do think getting a reminder (passive-aggressive or otherwise) feels a little better when it comes looking as pretty as this one does.
Does your co-worker like reading? Maybe! Does your co-worker like drinking? Probably! If the answer to either of these is a yes, this little book is just the thing to make her weekend cocktail party a little more unique. Romeo and Julep, anyone?
(And for more book recommendations, check out this list.)
10. Gourmet Box of Hot Chocolate, $18
This is not your standard grocery store mix! Oh, and if you really like this person, consider adding a bag of tiny marshmallows—the perfect topping to any hot cocoa!
11. Coffee Brew Candle, $11
If the room smells like coffee, will you feel more awake? Get this for your colleague and find out real fast.
12. Pocket Utensil Set, $16
OK, so maybe mugs and your glasses are safe in your office, but what about the silverware? Your co-worker shouldn’t have to eat his lunch with his hand—unless that’s his utensil of choice (in which case I hope he stays away from his computer during lunch).
13. Tipping Tea Cup, $20
The perfect quirky tea cup for any tea lover. You co-worker can use loose-leaf tea without needing to use (or wash) a tea infuser. Also, it just looks really cool.
14. Motivational Quotes Calendar, $11
Fill your cubicle mate’s (and your) wall with motivational quotes and a space to keep track of his life—meetings, more meetings, and hopefully some more meetings. (And for his sake, we hope a happy hour too.)
15. Decision Maker, $19
Some choices are hard to make. Wouldn’t it be nice if someone else called the shots for once?
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Abby works in health education and prevention at a university in Washington, DC. When she’s not trying to make the world a healthier place, you can find her taking selfies with her cat (Mildred Meow Meow), hunting down the city's best grilled cheese, or zipping through the city on her bike, named Libby. Say hi on Twitter.More from this Author