4 Top Gift Ideas for Co-Workers

When buying the perfect gift for a co-worker there’s an important balance to strike. A co-worker, in most cases, is a neutral acquaintance. They aren’t your best friends in your inner circle, but because of daily proximity they do play a regular and important role in your work-time social life. Gifts for co-workers can’t be too intimate but they do need to be thoughtful. A plastic water bottle with your company’s logo would be too general, but a set of days-of-the-week underwear are too intimate as a gift for a co-worker (unless you work at an underwear factory). Here are a few ideas to generate the best gift for your co-workers, and of course, a few ornaments to go with them. 

1. Game Night

Everyone loves a game, and there’s a game for everyone. Like our Christmas ornaments, there are so many games, you could buy a different game that matches the personality of each co-worker, and not have any duplicates. There are even new spin offs of old classics. It’s easy to indulge an interest or hobby with games. Find a specialty game shop near you, and select games for everyone. If you only have one or two co-workers, make a game-night basket complete with a game they’ll love as well as some snacks, drinks, and a notepad and pen for convenient score keeping. Another spin on game night would be movie night. A free rental and some microwave popcorn and cinema candy would be another thoughtful gift for co-workers. 

2. Cup of Cozy

Though many of us have too many mugs and tumblers, it often feels like we need just one more, and they always feel indulgent to get as gifts. A humorous or well-picked mug with your co-workers favorite drink of choice always makes a great gift. A specialty tea or coffee shop might have something new and exciting to pair with the mug or tumbler. Create a new winter drink recipe, and tuck it, and the necessary ingredients, into the mug for your co-worker to enjoy on a cold winter’s night. If you only have a couple co-workers, pairing a mug with other cozy items like an indulgent pair of socks and a warm blanket is the gift that keeps on giving. 

3. Books You’d Never Buy

Book nerds have to avoid book stores because if they step in and look around, next thing they know they’ve spent $500 on a bunch of new reads. Do your book-loving co-worker a favor and buy them a gift card to their favorite local book shop or buy each co-worker a book you think they’d each love. A thoughtful book, picked out by a knowledgeable co-worker will carry with it meaning and further conversations down the road. Novels make great gifts, but coffee table books do too. It’s harder to justify the cost of buying oneself a coffee-table book, but if a co-worker does then you just get to enjoy it. 

4. Old School Desk

Go completely screen free and treat your co-workers to stationary. We should all write more letters, so get your co-workers started with a nice pen or pencil, some extra ink cartridges, and a beautiful box of stationary. Like mugs, we can never have enough pens, and with the supplies at hand, writing a kind note to grandma will make her day. If a lovely pen and paper isn’t enough add a few beautiful desk accessories to the mix. A sturdy stapler, a pen cup, and paper weight add eye-catching details to a fashionable desk. 

Don’t show up to work empty handed, but some thought into the best gifts for co-workers. Strike a neutral balance so you don’t give your co-workers the wrong idea about your relationship, but show you appreciate them with a great gift. And, if you run out of ideas and need some inspiration, Christmas ornaments always make a great gift, and Old World Christmas has over 1,500 to choose from. 

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Rachael Mitchell

Rachael Mitchell is a freelance writer based in Seattle, Washington, and has over 15 years of writing experience. She’d never be able to pick just one favorite ornament, but narrowed it down to the S’more and Tennis Ball. She always looks forward to s’mores in the summer with friends and family adding gourmet ingredients, and played 4 years of college tennis in the mid-west.

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