24 Gifts for Co-Workers That'll Make an Impression (Without Breaking the Bank)
Whether you've got an office birthday coming up or are starting to tackle your holiday shopping, deciding what to buy for your co-workers is rarely easy. This task presents a string of unspoken rules and questions: Who are we supposed to get gifts for in the office? How much should we be spending? What kind of message should the gift send?
To help you navigate these choppy waters, we made a master guide of 24 items broken down into niche wish lists based on who you're shopping for, from your work wife to your team members to your boss. Each item falls within a price range of $6 to $100, so you can make a good impression without overspending, and we're also explaining the general rules of thumb for all the co-workers you may be shopping for.
Scroll through for the full list below to get some gift ideas for co-workers based upon your relationship dynamic.
For the Random Co-worker
First of all, we're not saying you have to gift everyone in the office. It's not like that elementary school rule in which you have to invite everyone in the class to your birthday party. But if you're gifting you're entire team and leave someone out, that probably won't be very well received. Here are some options for this scenario.
For the Work Wife
You probably won't need as much guidance when shopping for your work wife, since it's like shopping for a friend rather than a co-worker, and you can more easily strike the balance between office etiquette and fun.
For the Entry-Level Employee
Something thoughtful will go a long, long way for anyone who is new to the office or who has worked tirelessly in an entry-level position. Show them you appreciate their hard work with a few of the meaningful pampering gifts below.
Do they love art and language? This Phaidon book is super inspiring to flip through (no matter what stage of your career), since the pages are filled with creative, motivational, and empowering quotes from celebrated artists around the globe.
For the Boss or Mentor
When shopping for your boss or mentor, the goal isn't to blow them away with some extravagant gift, so shoot for something that will be meaningful for them and expresses your appreciation and gratitude for guiding you in the workplace instead.