Office Secret Santa exchanges should, in theory, be a lot of fun—who doesn’t like getting presents? But if you draw the name of someone you barely know, someone you really want to impress (a.k.a. the big boss) or, god forbid, your office crush, finding an appropriate gift can be a daunting challenge. The best co-worker gifts are useful and personal without getting too personal. To help you navigate your office Secret Santa shopping this year, we put together a list of unimpeachable gifts for every type of colleague, work wife, or HR rep.
For the Co-Worker Who’s Always Losing Their Pen
Caran D’ache Ballpoint Pen ($20)
“This is just what I needed to go on a quick trip out the country; me and my girlfriend shared one suitcase. I got everything in my cube and didn’t take up all of the suitcase. This is a must have for every family. Glad I stumbled upon it looking for luggage. Material was a little thin but it served its purpose for the low, low price.”
For the Artsy Co-Worker With Kids
For the Work-Wife Who’s Allergic to Scented Candles
Beeswax Decorative Egg Candle ($18)
Scented candles can be too intense for perfume-sensitive people but this beeswax sculptural candle is pretty and mild.
For the Work Crush Who’s a Die-Hard Snoopy Fan
For the Co-Worker Who Craves Coziness
SmartWool Socks ($21)
A classic for a reason, these socks are the “sock stocking stuffer” that people actually want, whether they’re hiking the city streets or the Rockies.
For the Deadhead (or Hypebeast) Who Craves Coziness
Maggie’s Organics – Organic Cotton Tie Dye Crew Sock ($17)
Tie-dye is one of the biggest trends of the last two years, making these organic cotton socks a guaranteed win.
For the Co-Worker With a House Upstate
Juniper Ridge Back Country Room Spray ($15)
This room spray subtly clears the air like a mountain breeze.
For the Work Husband Who’s a Little Bit Hipster
Connectyle Classic Men’s Warm Winter Hat ($10)
There’s no such thing as too many beanies. These come in a ton of bright colors, in case red is a little too Steve Zissou.
For the 20-Something Co-Worker Who’s Learning to Cook
Lodge Heat Treated Miniature Skillet ($16)
The ultimate starter skillet, perfect for frying eggs or a grilled cheese.
For the Witchy Co-Worker Who’s Into Astrology Memes
The Rider Tarot Deck ($17)
The OG deck for beginner tarot heads.
For the Cubicle Neighbor With Lots of Plants
For the OCD Co-Worker Who Cleans Their Desk Daily
HONBAY Mini Cute Mushroom Shaped Table Dust Vacuum Cleaner ($8)
Great as a desk accent, greater as a way to clean dust out of their keyboard.
For the Co-Worker Who Reads the Cut
For the Co-Worker Who Does Cross-Fit Before Work
Anker SoundBuds Surge Lightweight Wireless Headphones ($24)
A good backup for the ones they just lost.
For the Boss Who Loves Cooking Shows
For the Boss With an Espresso Machine in Their Office
KRUPS Electric Spice and Coffee Grinder with Stainless Steel Blades ($16)
So their beans are always fresh.
For the Co-Worker Who’s Trying to Give Up Single-Use Cups
For the Co-Worker Who’s Trying to Give Up Coffee
Dandy Blend Instant Herbal Beverage with Dandelion ($24)
This herbal mixture tastes a little like coffee and a little like hot cocoa. Plus, it’s great for your liver.
For the Jet-Setting Coworker
For the Co-Worker Who Grocery Shops at Lunch
Ahyuan Ecology Reusable Cotton Mesh Grocery Bags ($12)
Reusable bags they can keep in a desk drawer for noontime Trader Joe’s runs.
For the Co-Worker Who’s Obsessed With Their Dog
For the Co-Worker Who’s Obsessed With Their Cat
MAXXV® Catnip Fish Plush Toys for Cat ($15)
Design-y cat toys that’ll bring Fluffy to a higher plane.
For the Co-Worker You Barely Know
Moleskine Classic Soft Cover 2019 12 Month Weekly Horizontal Planner ($18)
Perhaps a little boring, but this planner is so useful they’ll overlook the fact that it’s not very personal.
For the Co-Worker You Slack about Skin Care
Morihata Binchotan Activated Charcoal Body Scrub Towel ($21)
Straight from the Strategist pop-up shop to their shower.
For the Co-Worker With a Bad Back
ProSource Acupressure Mat and Pillow Set for Back/Neck Pain Relief and Muscle Relaxation ($17)
A home run of a gift for someone who struggles with back or muscle pain.
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