20 Thoughtful Gifts to Buy Your Co-Workers This Year

Be your work team's MVP with these affordable ideas — gifts on this list start at just $10!

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September 27, 2021

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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 these past two years a bit more bearable. So, why not show them how much you value their support with a little gift? To help, we’re sharing 18 foodie-approved buys for the entire office. From yummy snacks that can be enjoyed both in and out of the office to practical desk must-haves, like pens and sticky notes, these gift ideas will make you the star employee.

This innovative infuser stick from Kikkerland was made for that one co-worker you always see sipping on something during your Zoom calls. All they need to do is unscrew the bamboo top, fill it with their favorite blend of loose-leaf tea and place it in a cup of boiled or hot water. Its slick size also makes it a perfect fit for desk drawers, locker caddies or work bags.

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If there's one thing we've all learned over the past two years, it's just how essential properly washing your hands is. These all-natural soaps make that task a bit more fun thanks to their adorable food shapes and brightly-hued colors. The gummy bear jar smells just like cranberries and pear bellinis, while the pretzel set is composed of a fragrant combo of decadent black raspberry vanilla, fudge brownie and hazelnut. We love the idea of gifting a few jars to all of your co-workers who have small kids, since the soaps make a nice gift for little ones too!

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Whether they're working out of a cubicle or from their home office this holiday season, this sunny lemonade print from Rifle Paper Co. is sure to make your bestie's 9 to 5 merry and bright. For an additional $65, you can even ship it to them in a custom frame made from black, white, silver, antique gold or natural wood.

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Sticky notes are one of the most essential office supplies — even if you're working from your house! This hilarious set looks like a bag of ramen noodles on the outside and contains over 150 squares of paper, so your fav co-worker will be adequately stocked well into the new year.

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These delightful drop earrings from BaubleBar’s SUGARFIX collection pay homage to some of the kitchen's most useful baking tools and are sure to make the resident baker on your team moved to happy (cake) tiers.

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Water bottles always make a welcomed gift, especially for that one person who you'd always run into getting a refill in the office breakroom. This colorful, stainless steel one from Kate Spade is beautifully eye-catching and can hold up to 14.5 oz. of water, juice, iced coffee or any other beverage they wish to keep cold throughout the day.

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If you miss diving into your one co-worker's snack drawer every time you find yourself crashing in the afternoon, buying a box of these buttery and flaky pie crust cookies for yourself and for them is a great way for you to enjoy that same experience, but remotely. Each set comes with one box of Apple Pie, Triple Berry, Chocolate Chip and Pecan Pie flavored cookies and contains 5 cookies each.

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This compact utensil set makes dining al desko a bit more chic. Inside the silicone case, your work bff will find a stainless steel fork, knife and spoon perfect for enjoying everything from salads and soups to yogurt parfaits and grain bowls.

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This aromatic tangerine-berry-and-champagne-scented gift set from Bath & Body Works is a lovely way to toast your work team's performance this year. It comes with everything they'll need to get through the frosty days of winter, including a bottle of ultra-soothing foaming hand soap, a tube of hand cream and a bottle of the brand's signature PocketBac Hand Sanitizer. Even better — the set already comes gift wrapped, so all you need to do is click "add to bag."

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Jotting down daily to-do lists is sure to become the most favorite part of your co-worker's day thanks to these funky junk food-scented pens. They smell just like freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, pizza and bubblegum, so you might want to send them alongside an edible treat too.

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Okay, okay we might be a little biased because we're foodies, but this boba-shaped desk light from Smoko makes a tea-rrific way to treat your work best-teas. Puns aside, its handheld size makes it super portable for bringing back and forth between the office and home. The brand also offers a dumpling, mushroom and potato version, if you want to gift out a variety of them.

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Whether you leave this pint-sized nutcracker tin on your co-worker's desk or you have it shipped directly to their home, it's sure to brighten up their day and their snack time. Nestled inside it, your work bestie will find a savory assortment of salted pecans, almonds, cashews and walnuts. It's even better than chestnuts roasting over an open fire!

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We all have that one co-worker who's always our plus one for after-work happy hours and press events. Remind them of the good old days with these hilarious slim can parka jackets. Not only are they totally stylish, the insulated design keeps canned drinks — from soda to hard seltzer — cold while keeping hands warm. The brand even offers these cute flannel shirt versions for beer cans!

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This set of reusable glass straws makes a really practical gift and can easily be stowed in your co-worker's work bag for everyday use. The rainbow-colored set contains 3 straight and 3 curved straws, plus a cotton cleaning brush for using and easy cleaning on-the-go.

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Hot cocoa bombs were hands-down one of the best food trends to come out of the past year. Keep the trend going by spoiling your co-workers with this set of whimsically hand-decorated ones from Harry & David. Inside each one, they'll find the highest quality Belgian chocolate cocoa, plus mini marshmallows and chocolate curls! It's the perfect warm beverage for them to sip on during your next Zoom coffee date.

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Charming and affordable, this 6-piece cookie cutter set from Meri Meri is sure to make your team mate's holiday baking a little less stressful. Gift the set on their own or pair them with a yummy holiday-flavored baking mix to make their in-person or virtual cookie swap an absolute breeze.

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These handmade lollipops make de-stressing during a busy work day enjoyable and delicious. Each of the two flavors offered is said to promote different health benefits and features good-for-you ingredients like elderberry, lion's mane, ginger and cinnamon. The pops also have a calming mantra printed on each of their sticks to promote positive thoughts. Send a pack to your closet work confidant to give them the gift of calm this holiday season.

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Christmas is all about the cookies, but this charming tin from The Popcorn Factory might just be the next best thing. It's filled with 8 cups worth — yes, 8 cups worth — of candy-drizzled sugar cookie-flavored kettle popcorn, plus handfuls of white-chocolate coated, snowflake-shaped pretzels to give your work bff a sweet-meets-savory treat they can munch on all season long.

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Sugar plums are sure to be dancing around your co-worker's head when they pull this whimsical mug from Rifle Paper Co. out of its box. Depicted on the mug's porcelain face, they'll find adorable illustrations of some of the most well-known characters from the Nutcracker ballet, including the Mouse King, Clara, Drosselmeyer and more. To add even more glitz and glamour to your co-worker's holiday, add on the brand's Nutcracker Christmas Tree tea towel too!

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If you're looking for a unique gift that your favorite co-worker and their entire family can enjoy together, look no further than this delicious kit from The Dirty Cookie. Inside, they'll find 6 edible "shot vessels” made entirely out of chocolate chip, double-chocolate, churro and red velvet-flavored cookies, plus edible decorations, sprinkles and chocolate wafers. All that's left for them to do is fill their cookie shot with the beverage (or sweet treat) of their choice and dig in! A portion of your purchase will also be donated to help non-profit organizations who help higher learning initiatives like Girls Who Code, The Freedom Story and Students Rising Above.

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