Thoughtful + Inexpensive Gift Ideas for Co-Workers

Be Santa's little helper at the office by showering your weekday buddies with sweet presents that won't break the bank.

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November 20, 2019

We spend the bulk of our week with our fellow deskmates. Not only is it time to add a little cheer to their holidays, but also this giving season provides an opportunity to let them know how much we appreciate those chats in the break room, the help they offered on a big project and how they always know when to grab you an extra cup of coffee.

If you're struggling to find the perfect gift for a co-worker that's appropriate but not impersonal and thoughtful without being pricey, scroll through our top budget-friendly picks. Heck, pick up some for your own desk while you're at it!

As our days get busier and busier, it can be hard to keep track of everything that has to be done in 24 hours. Help your co-worker stay on top of her game with this handy notepad, which outlines a daily schedule, to-dos, reminder prompts and a spot to keep gratitude a part of her every day.

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You can't go wrong with this fan-favorite lip balm and hand cream. Since this set comes in such a chic box, you don't even need to wrap it. Your co-workers will thank you for keeping their lips and hands smooth during the driest part of the year.

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Office coffee mugs quickly show their daily wear. Freshen up your co-worker's cup with this reactive glazed mug in a pretty shade of sky blue. The handmade look will make them think you spent more than you did.

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A sweet gift on its own or paired with the mug, hot chocolate on a stick is the epitome of winter's delight. You can grab a dozen of the peppermint-flavored ones, making each gift a little over $5. Talk about a sweet midday indulgence.

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Whether your companions bring their lunches from home or order out, a travel set of reusable flatware is always handy to have tucked in their desks. The fork, spoon and knife smartly snap together and are made from 100 percent recyclable and sustainable thermoplastic. We're all about gifts that cut down on waste.

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For your pal that sits shivering in her desk chair, gift an extra layer of warmth. This luxe piece doubles as a blanket and a wrap. It's also reversible with two classic prints — plaid on one side and cheetah print on the other — so it'll never clash with her outfit.

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Add a little levity to your co-worker's desk with a fun paperweight. When no more decision making can be made for the day, spin it and let the fates choose for him.

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Give them a place to tuck their essential (and quite pricey) AirPods so that they don't misplace them. Made from shock-resistant silicone, this case has a carabiner clip to hang it on a purse or backpack. Available in shades of lavender, peach and classic black, it's a can't-go-wrong gift for the young co-worker who is never seen without a pair in her ear.

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Accidents happen. With so many hours of the day spent at work, you're bound to have a tiny emergency every now and then. Grab these kits for your friends to handle everyday challenges. Each includes 17 essentials, such as stain remover, safety pins, floss, elastic bands and a mending kit.

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So simple yet so helpful, this sleek stand is a convenient addition to any desk. It holds a phone or tablet for easy viewing and is available in five finishes. For the multitasker who always seems to be working from five different devices, this is a perfect gift.

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