Holiday Gifts For Co-workers
Some people are great at playing Santa while others struggle with it. It can be hard to select the perfect gifts for family and good friends, but when you’re exchanging gifts at the office, it can be extra challenging! However, if you follow our tips, you’ll see it’s easy to offer practical, fun and inexpensive gifts that your co-workers will love!
The first rule for any gift, no matter how much or how little you’re spending, is to give thoughtfully. Before you decide on a gift, ask yourself what sentiment the gift will convey. It should show that you know a bit about your co-worker and that you share a common experience. As you compile your shopping list, use the guide below to help you categorize each of your co-workers to come up with a gift that will be a perfect match.
The old-school note-taker
Everyone has a tablet or smartphone at the meeting, except that one co-worker who take meticulous handwritten notes and ticks off a to-do list every day. Honour their old school ways and they will be impressed. Gift them with a new classy notebook with matching pen.
The eco-conscious coffee-lover
If your co-worker cares about the environment and won’t start their day without a jolt of java, consider a lovely, reusable travel mug. Get one with their initial on it and they can keep track of it in the office break room, too. For Starbucks addicts, thoughtfully purchase a personalized re-usable Starbucks tumbler… it’s good for the planet and you’ll also ensure their name will never be misspelled again!
The always chilly office mate
Have a co-worker that is always cold? A pair of fingerless gloves lets them use their computer, tablet or smartphone while staying toasty warm.
This one’s easy. You can purchase gourmet items like artisan jams, maple syrup, flavoured popcorn, cheese, nuts, specialty coffee and more! A conversation or two about your favourite foods (and theirs!) will help you figure out a great gift.
The sweet tooth
Cookies at the office are always a hit! From heartwarming oatmeal and raisin, to chic biscotti, everyone loves a cookie with their coffee, especially during the holiday season. Get a cute tin or box and fill them with bakery or homemade cookies.
DIY your way into your co-workers hearts!
Do the holidays mean crafting and creating for you? If so, you can make some great co-worker gifts that are guaranteed to please:
For the wordsmith
Create scrabble coasters! For around $11, you can buy a 100-pc scrabble tile set online and, with the cork sheets from your local dollar store, create scrabble coasters.
For the deadline obsessed
Have a co-worker that stresses over projects and deadlines with you? Why not create a “Chill Pill” cache. Take a simple mason jar and fill it with some bright-coloured candies or jelly beans. Have fun with printing a label to stick on. Some ideas: “Just4U Pharmacy”, “CHILL PILLS”, “One or more will relieve stress instantly.” Keep going and get creative with side effects too, like “WARNING: side effects may include, sudden onset smiling and sweet relaxation”!
Don’t overlook the go-to gift card
The go-to gift card may not be over-the-top, but when you know your co-workers’ habits, it makes total sense. When budgets kick in after the holiday shopping season, your co-worker will appreciate having their morning beverage on you or ordering the latest best-seller to spend a wintry weekend reading or new music by their favourite recording artist. Gift cards are safe, yes, but always appreciated!
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