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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.