Inexpensive Gifts for Co-Workers

Posted by Kristen on December 9, 2014

Our holiday gift guide series highlights gifts for your co-workers this week. Co-workers are usually tricky to buy for, so here are some ideas to get your started.

The holiday season is here, and it’s about time to start making the holiday gift list for all those you need to buy for if you haven’t already. And while your kids, spouse, family members, and friends come to mind first, there are other groups of people you don’t want to forget about. One group in particular is your co-workers. In many cases, you spend a good chunk of your week with your co-workers so you want to give them something for the holiday festivities as well.

It can be tricky to buy a gift for a co-worker since you may not know them too well on a personal level. That’s why we came up with an extensive list of versatile gifts that could work for most people. The list includes all price points so if you are doing a Secret Santa and need to buy multiple gifts or don’t want to spend too much on one gift, you can find something that will work.

Here is our list of affordable gifts for your co-workers this holiday season:

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Inexpensive Gifts for Co-Workers

  • Coffee mug
  • Portable travel coffee mug
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hand lotion
  • Stress-relief candle
  • Holiday scented candle
  • Coffee
  • A small painting with an inspirational quote or pretty scene
  • Gift card to a lunch place near work
  • Cookies
  • Potted plant
  • Bottle of champagne
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Gift card to Red Box
  • Nuts or trail mix
  • Luggage tags
  • Candy
  • Picture frame
  • A fruit basket
  • Stress-relief ball
  • Gift card to local coffee place
  • Versatile, plain scarf
  • Ice cream dishes
  • Stress-relief lotion
  • Baked goods such as muffins, cookies, bread, a cake, or cupcakes
  • Dry ingredients for above with your recipe attached to the bag of ingredients
  • Bottle of wine
  • Stationary
  • Tea
  • Coasters
  • Calendar
  • Holiday scented hand soap
  • To go along with the soap, consider holiday themed bath towel for drying hands
  • Lip balm
  • Holiday themed candle holder, especially if you’re opting to purchase a candle
  • A classic board game in travel version such as Scrabble, Scattegories, or Monopoly
  • Make a little office emergency kit with possible items including cough drops, tissues, pain reducer, a sewing kit, instant coffee, a tea bag, Shout wipes or other portable stain lifter, a lint roller, antibacterial wipes, and a granola bar
  • A versatile gift card such as Target or Walmart
  • A fleece blanket
  • Luggage tags
  • Popcorn
  • Popcorn themed gift with kernels to pop, bowls to serve, and various popcorn salts
  • Office supplies that aren’t already available at your office such as a desk organizer, paper weight, items to clean a keyboard, nice pens, post-its, or any other supplies they would need

What are you getting your co-workers this year? Give us suggestions for versatile, budget friendly co-worker gifts? If you don’t know your co-worker very well, what is a safe gift that you think they would enjoy?

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Comments to Inexpensive Gifts for Co-Workers

  1. I purchased a dozen chocolate bars at the Arbor Foundation website. Wrapped each one with a red bow and a bell. I’m giving one to each of my co-workers with a small Christmas card. Everyone loves chocolate, right? And the original purchase benefits the Arbor Foundation.


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