54 Thoughtful and Inexpensive Gift Ideas for Co-Workers

Bring a little holiday cheer to the office (or your next Zoom call) with these fun gift ideas under $30.

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November 02, 2023
Grouping of gift ideas for coworkers including a mug, pencil holder and mug warmer

Best Gift Ideas for Co-Workers

Bring a little holiday cheer to the office (or your next Zoom call) with these fun gift ideas under $30.

Photo by: Photo By: Derek Trimble

Photo By: Derek Trimble

Sometimes, if we're lucky, our co-workers feel a little bit like family. They sit in the proverbial trenches with us during the busy season, share our eye rolls and knowing looks, offer a helping hand on big projects and only judge a smidge when we go back for a fourth cup of coffee. (Until we hand them a cup, too, of course.)

Suffice it to say, we couldn't get through the workday without them. So this year, why not show your appreciation with a small gift? Here are 54 thoughtful co-worker gift ideas under $30 that you can buy right now.

Mugs and More

The easiest way to spread holiday cheer? Show your co-worker that you know their drink order. Start with the festive monogram mug below and pair it with something special like a tin of hot cocoa or a set of gourmet honey spoons for tea. If they're a coffee lover, then trade the spoons for a handheld milk frother so they can make cappuccinos and lattes. Or, if you know they're big on wine or beer, try the Santa Pants wine bag or jingle bell bottle opener.

Sweet Treats

You can't go wrong with holiday-themed confections. Appeal to your co-worker's sweet tooth with peppermint bark, sea salt caramels, snowflake-shaped pretzels, etc. And if they prefer more savory snacks? Then please them with a beautiful package of dried fruits and nuts. They can share all of these goodies with their loved ones.

Secret Santa or White Elephant Gifts

There's no need to stress about the office holiday party this year. Prepare for Secret Santa or the annual White Elephant exchange by snagging one of these hilarious crowd-pleasing gifts. The relatable ceramic mug, candle and "Emergency Affirmations" card deck are ideal for Secret Santa, while the "Just Say No" button, dumpster fire stationery set and adult coloring book will definitely be fought over during White Elephant.

Funny Ornaments

Pay homage to your morning coffee runs, afternoon lunch dates, post-work happy hours or office cornhole tournaments by handing your work BFF a cheeky ornament. We love all of the options below because they're made of glass, so they look luxe but they cost less than $30. They'll add a bit of shimmer to your co-worker's tree and remind them of your funniest moments as a team.

Self-Care Essentials

Nothing says, "Thanks for keeping me sane this year," like a small gift that returns the favor. Show your appreciation for all those shared looks, Slack chats, pep talks and more by treating your partner-in-crime to a self-care tool. The Sipski Wine Glass Holder is our top choice because it secures to shower walls and gives them an easy way to unwind after work, but hand cream, aromatherapy sets and neck wraps also make great presents.

Stationery Sets

There are two types of co-workers in every meeting: those who take notes and those who doodle. Cover the bases either way by supplying your favorite creative with some fresh stationery. The Task Pad and funny workplace pencils will instantly brighten their desk, while the acrylic tear-off notepad and fine-tipped pens will help them stay on task.

Desk Accessories

Help them feel more comfortable in the office or at home by gifting your co-worker a thoughtful desk accessory. The CNLO Blue Light Glasses will help reduce eye strain and headaches, while the silicone webcam covers will ensure that they're actually logged off Zoom. You can also go with a cushioned mousepad or a mug warmer for their coffee.

Lunch Supplies

Isn't lunch the highlight of everyone's day? Give your favorite co-worker one more thing to look forward to (other than seeing you, of course) by surprising them with new gear. They can use the Stanley Quencher as their go-to water bottle, the Bentgo box and cup to store their main meal and snacks, and the stylish waxed canvas bag to hold it all together.

PTO Essentials

For the co-worker who's constantly looking at the clock and can't wait to be out of office, we suggest some good-natured PTO essentials. Think of an ocean-scented candle that will mentally transport them somewhere else, a city-themed tote that they can carry around like they're on vacation, a book that will tell them exactly where to go when, etc. Even a pair of "I'd Rather Be Traveling" socks or a cruise ship ornament will earn big grins!

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