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August 18, 2021
The Best Coworker Gifts For Birthdays, Holidays, And More
Slippers, desk organizers, and a bunch of other things to gift your work friends.
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Written by
Sydney Fogel

If you think finding a good gift for your dad is difficult, wait until you have to buy one for your coworker. In the world of gift-giving, coworker gifts occupy a very niche space. Even if you’ve become friends with your coworkers, it’s still a very specific type of relationship and one that can often leave your mind blank when it comes to thinking up the perfect present. Sometimes, all you need is a little inspiration to spark a genius idea, and, below, we’re providing you with just that. From coffee and desk accessories to slippers for WFH life and the ever-appropriate gifts of food and wine, there’s a little something for everyone. Whether it’s a birthday or a holiday, or you want to congratulate someone on a big promotion, coworker gifts don’t have to be as challenging as you once thought.

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A World-Famous Treat

You can’t go wrong with cookies as a gift — especially ones whipped up by Jacques Torres, AKA Mr. Chocolate. Torres is known for his world-famous chocolate chip cookies that are made exclusively in New York City. Don’t worry if you’re not located in NYC, because you can still get your hands on his cookies thanks to online marketplace, Goldbelly.

Get Jacques Torres’ World Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies, 6-pack ($40) →

For Hot Coffee, All Day Long

We all have that coworker who always has a cup of coffee in hand no matter what time of day, and this is the perfect gift for them. Vobaga’s mug warmer comes with three different heat settings, all of which will prevent your coworker’s coffee (or warm beverage of choice) from getting cold.

Get Vobaga Coffee Mug Warmer ($25) →

The Office Necessity

What’s the deal with offices always being freezing cold? It really sucks when you have to wear your coat at your desk, so we love the idea of having a comfy office scarf that’s always there when you need it. This cashmere one is over half-off and will also be handy come winter.

Get Halogen Cashmere Scarf ($67, was $149) →

Spell It Out

Let your coworker display their favorite quotes, lyrics, or personal messages with a letter board. This one comes with 181 letters and characters, as well as hangers that allow you to mount it on the wall.

Get Target Letter Board ($15) →

An Adult Lunch Box

Ain’t no shame in the lunch box game, especially when the lunch box looks as stylish as this. The bottom functions as a cooler, and the top is a dry compartment. This gift is especially great for coworkers with long commutes who want to keep their food fresh.

Get Picnic Time Two-Tiered Insulated Lunch Tote ($25) →

A Wine Sampler

The Cascade Collection from In Good Taste is a bundle of six mini bottles of wine, all from Washington (the second highest wine-producing state in the country). This pack includes pinot gris, riesling, rosé, cabernet franc, merlot, and cabernet sauvignon — you know, all the good stuff.

Get In Good Taste The Cascade Collection ($49) →

For The Bubble Tea Lover

For a non-alcoholic drink option, check out this boba tea kit. Not only does it include two flavors of tea — black and chai — and tapioca pearls, but it also comes with two reusable stainless steel straws.

Get Kate And Dustin Watts Bubble Tea Kit ($38) →

Written In The Stars

This is a great gift for any occasion — especially a birthday. Each book dives deep into a specific zodiac sign, providing insight and shedding light on all areas of life. Plus, the books are cute and easy to read, so they’re great for people of all levels of astrology knowledge.

Get Seeing Stars By Stella Andromeda ($12) →

Work Shoes

Since many of us are working from home, business casual attire has transitioned to being strictly casual. Keep your coworker comfortable while they work in their pajamas with a pair of fun retro-inspired slippers that may or may not look like the Drew House ones.

Get Generic Retro Happy Face Slippers ($16-$28) →

Find Balance

Help your coworker find some inner peace with this grounding aloe kit. It comes with a planter and seeds to grow your aloe plant, as well as a glass reed diffuser in a lemongrass and clary sage scent (plus five reed sticks).

Get Modern Sprout Find Balance Grounding Aloe Kit ($40) →

A New York Delicacy

New York City bagels reign supreme, and, luckily, you can have access to them no matter where you live in the country. Just think of how popular you’ll be at work for bringing in a dozen bagels from Ess-a-Bagel (or getting a box delivered directly to a special coworker’s door).

Get Ess-a-Bagel Dozen Bagels ($60) →

For A Clutter-Free Desk

A pen organizer designed by the organization queen herself, Marie Kondo, just makes sense. Made from bamboo, this organizer has three sections perfect for pens, scissors, and anything else.

Get The Container Store Marie Kondo Shoji Bamboo Pen Organizer ($20) →

The Laptop Protector

When it comes to work, if there’s one thing that connects many of us, it’s our reliance on our computers. Make sure your coworker’s laptop is protected when they’re on the go with this padded laptop case from Herschel.

Get Herschel Anchor 13-Inch Macbook Sleeve ($40) →

Tissue Box Aesthetics

Sometimes, it’s the little, not-quite-necessary things that make a big difference in a workspace. A great example of that is this felt tissue box cover, which is far more aesthetically pleasing than the box itself could ever be.

Get Graf Lantz Felt Tissue Box Cover ($39) →

For The Caffeine Enthusiast

Death Wish Coffee Co. brews what they call “The World’s Strongest Coffee,” and they’ve packaged their cold brew into convenient 8oz cans that contain 300mg of caffeine each. This one is slightly sweetened with only 5g of sugar.

Get Death Wish Coffee Co. Cold Brew Slightly Sweetened, 12-pack ($40) →

Pick A Card

This business card holder is made from hand-poured concrete and comes in a gorgeous plum color. Turns out, even traditional business accessories can be stylish.

Get Anthropologie Essie Concrete Card Holder ($12) →

Not Your Average Paper Clips

Who knew paper clips could be so fun? We guarantee these geometric clips will make a mundane task like bundling paper exponentially more exciting.

Get Daphna Laurens Paper Clips ($20) →

Piece It Together

At the beginning of quarantine, puzzles became all the rage, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop now that life has become (somewhat) more normal. This 1000-piece puzzle depicting a colorful breakfast spread is a true work of art.

Get Piecework Puzzles Rise & Shine Puzzle ($36) →

Rosé By The (Individual) Bottle

Usual is changing the way we drink wine by packaging a single serving (which, by the way, is made in small batches from sustainably-farmed grapes with no additives) into individual bottles. As a bonus, each bottle is 6.3oz, so it’s definitely a generous pour. This is a much cooler way to give your coworker wine than just handing over a standard bottle.

Get Usual Rosé, 6-pack ($48) →

For The Perfect Packed Lunch

With an adorable bento box like this, anyone would be thrilled to pack themselves a lunch. It comes with removable compartments, all of which are microwave-safe, so your coworker can easily heat up a specific portion of their meal. It’s all dishwasher-safe too, which makes cleanup a breeze.

Get Mepal Modern Large Bento Box ($36) →

Superpowered Milk

Blume’s adaptogenic milk concentrate contains reishi for stress management, lion’s mane for cognitive function, cordyceps for energy, and chaga for immunity. Who could say no to all that? The best part is that you don’t need milk at all — just mix a few tablespoons of the concentrate into a cup of water, and you’re good to go.

Get Blume Adaptogenic Milk Blend ($25) →

A Place For Brilliant Ideas

Whether your coworker wants to jot down a brilliant business idea or journal about the day, a notebook should always be within arm’s reach. Give them one that looks as impressive as the content on the inside.

Get Sunshine Canteen Pink Zebra Stripes Notebook ($15) →

Personal Pies

Gift your coworker a box of miniature pies from the famous Tiny Pies in Austin, Texas. Each package contains a cherry pie, apple pie, pecan pie, and a chocolate brownie and pecan pie, all of which are made from scratch using all-natural ingredients.

Get Tiny Pie Gift Box, 4-pack ($55) →

Show Me The Money

Money may not grow on trees, but you can consider this mini money tree the next best thing. A money tree gets its name because, according to Feng Shui, it brings good luck and positivity to the owner. Beyond those superb vibes, it’s also non-toxic to pets and requires very little care.

Get Bloomscape Mini Money Tree ($49) →

Ramen With A Twist

This playful gift is made for the coworker who loves ramen. It comes with two pairs of pastel-patterned socks that are folded and packaged to look like a bowl of takeout ramen.

Get Picnic SF Ramen Sock Set ($28) →

A Childhood Upgrade

The Krazy Straws from your childhood get an eco-friendly upgrade with these reusable, glass versions. Don’t let the material scare you — it’s made from the same type of glass that’s used for a Pyrex dish, so it’s very durable. These come in purple, yellow, gray, pink, and green.

Get Arlie Glass Glass Crazy Straw ($38) →

For The Feline Fan

When a coworker loves cats, you usually know it. This little kitty holds a stack of Post-it notes and dispenses them one at a time. With its affordable price, it’s the perfect gift to show your coworker you care, without having to break the bank.

Get Post-It Cat Pop-Up Note Dispenser ($10, was $16) →

Fancy Matches

This match cloche is a candle lover’s best friend. The cloche is made from hand-blown glass and contains a batch of matches and a built-in flint. It’s both functional and beautiful, and it’ll make for a great accent on anyone’s table.

Get Skeem Match Cloche ($30) →

To Have On Hand

Nécessaire has made a name for themselves with their bath and body products, so let your coworker see what all the hype is about with this hand cream. The fast-absorbing formula is made with peptides and multivitamins to not only moisturize, but also protect skin from environmental stressors.

Get Nécessaire The Hand Cream ($20) →

The Eye-Catching Mug

This mug is made from ceramic and covered with a silicone sleeve to protect against scratches and breaks. It also comes with a lid, so your coworker can take it on the go and draw some admiring glances along the way.

Get W&P Porter Mug, 16oz ($30) →

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