15 Things to Buy Your Co-Workers When You Really Miss Them
Be your work team's MVP with these affordable ideas — everything on this list costs less than $30!
To be honest, we never thought we’d see the day when we actually missed going into the office. However, after months of working from home, we’re longing for the days when we can commute to the office and work from our cubicle. (We’d even settle for lunch al desko.)
The time we’ve spent at home has made us really appreciate our co-workers. Whether they’re balancing parenthood with work or simply never fail to clock in on-time, our colleagues have made this strange year more bearable. So, why not show them how much you value their support with a little gift? (And why not make it a food-themed gift? It’s the one thing everyone has in common.)
To help, we’re sharing 15 foodie-approved gifts for the entire office. From tech accessories for your intern to a popcorn basket your boss’s family can enjoy, the gift ideas below will make you the star employee.
Every professional knows the workday can’t start without a large cup of coffee in hand. With subtle notes of lemon and caramel, BLK & Bold’s Rise & GRND’s blend will give your colleagues a much-needed jolt of energy to tackle their to-do list. This specific option features two 12 oz. bags, so your co-workers will have a (seemingly) endless supply of coffee.
Before your co-workers can enjoy a piping hot cup of coffee, they’ll need somewhere to pour their blend into. Not only will its double-walled insulation keep their beverages temperature-controlled, but it also boasts a pretty design that will receive tons of compliments during your next Zoom meeting.
Does your co-worker prefer tea? They’ll love this tea infuser from Fred & Friends. This option will emit their tea’s favorite aromas into hot water without getting small leaf bits in the beverage. In addition to being downright adorable, this cute sloth design will hook nicely to their mug and keep the infuser in place.
Looking for a small, but thoughtful, gift for your assistant or intern? Send them this adorable, foodie-approve Popsocket. This quirky gadget will stick firmly on the back of their phone, offering an easy ergonomic way to FaceTime with family members. Plus, the ramen design will give their phone a lot of personality.
Miss eating lunch with your work friends? While buying them a bento box won’t solve the distance, it will remind your colleague you’ll be together once again. This option from Lovina features a three compartment for food, reusable flatware, and designated spot for your fork and spoon.
By now, we know working from home isn’t particularly easy. If you want to help your colleague kick back and relax after a particularly stressful week, these bath bombs will deliver. At first glance, they look like a pristine set of macarons. However, they’ll fizz up and fill their tub will oils once they plop them in hot water.
As the saying goes, breakfast is the most important meal of the day — and for good reason. Studies suggest a well-balanced breakfast can improve brain power. Keep your team in tip-top shape with this adorable waffle maker. Thanks to its compact size, this will be a welcomed addition to any colleague’s kitchen.
Why type all your important meeting notes on your phone or laptop when you can use Sonix’s stylish notebook? With 140 lined pages, this option has plenty of room for notes, to-do lists, and the occasional doodle. Plus, the takeout motif will satisfy their inner foodie.
Whether you’re shopping for a co-worker with a sweet tooth or want to give your colleague a midday pick-me-up, Sugarfina’s candy bento box is the gift that keeps on giving. With rosé-themed gummies and sea salt caramels, this combo will satisfy every palate.
It’s important to have a hobby outside of work. Sourdough and banana bread have already had their moments, but what about cheese? This kit from Standing Stone Farms has everything your colleagues need to make mozzarella, burrata and ricotta — all they need to do is add the milk of their choice. Not only will this option but a smile on your coworker’s face, but it’ll also make for interesting small talk during your next Zoom call.
Once they’ve mastered the art of cheesemaking, they can bring their favorite wheels to a socially distanced picnic. This space-efficient option will fit nicely in their bag and comes with its tools. With a cool, round shape, it’s the perfect marriage of form and function.
Is it just us, or do you always forget to drink water when you work from home? Chances are, your colleagues are in the same boat. This comically large water bottle holds up to 2.2 liters of liquid and will double as a reminder to stay hydrated. You can read more about this pick here.
You spend so much (virtual) time with your coworkers, it feels like you know everything about their lives: their family, weekend plans, and, of course, what they have for dinner. Bring some fun to your culinary chats with a set of Foodie Dice. Small enough to fit on their desk, a simple roll of the dice can offer them endless food inspiration.
Looking for a gift to impress your boss? Check out Mouth’s Poppy Popcorn Trio. Chances are, your boss is juggling work with raising their kids. With three delicious flavors to choose from, this is one gift the entire family can enjoy. While this gift won’t single-handedly make you a star employee, it’ll definitely earn you some brownie points.
Did someone say happy hour? Since you can’t go to your favorite bar after work, send your office bestie InBooze’s cocktail kit. This convenient pouch has everything they need to whip up a delicious margarita — all they need to do is add some tequila or mezcal. Cheers!