35 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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December 01, 2022

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 35 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.

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.

Funny Ornaments

Pay homage to your morning coffee runs, afternoon lunch dates or post-work happy hours, and hand your work BFF a cheeky ornament. We love all of the options below because they're made of glass, so they look luxe but cost less than $30. They'll add a hint 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 bath bombs, skincare 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 Poppin Soft Cover Notebooks and Rifle Paper Co. pencils will instantly brighten their desk, while the to-do list notepad and gel highlighters 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 Filt Tote as a lunch sack or farmers' market bag, the Stanley Travel Tumbler as a water bottle and the Bentgo and Mepal containers to store their essentials.

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 graphic mug and soy wax candle are ideal for Secret Santa, while the "Just Say No" button and dumpster fire stationery set will definitely be fought over.

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