36 Gifts for Employees and Coworkers That Are Fun, Thoughtful, and Practical
Exchanging gifts with your coworkers can be tricky—especially when you haven’t seen your employees or coworkers in person in months. Given that your employees and/or boss aren’t family members who promise to love you unconditionally no matter what you get them, you probably don’t know enough about your colleagues’ likes and dislikes to get them a very personal present—but on the other hand, a gift card may seem too generic for people you interact with every single day (although you can't go wrong with gifting an employee a generous gift card to a place you know they love).
There’s also the question of cost—what's the appropriate amount to spend on an assistant or employee gift? Should you get something extra nice for a boss? According to our holiday tipping etiquette guide, you might consider a gift of at least $50 for an assistant (since they likely work very closely with you), but if you’re shopping for other employees or coworkers as well, $50 might seem a bit over-the-top. As for getting something for a boss or manager, while not technically necessary, it's always a nice gesture. You can always split a nicer gift (nothing too crazy) with your coworkers that doesn't set you all back.
However much you hope to spend on gifts for employees and coworkers, there’s no need to worry—you have enough to stress about right now. Look through this guide to gifts for employees and coworkers, where you’ll find a variety of thoughtful (and affordable) options to make everyone in the office feel appreciated during the holidays, for birthdays, Administrative Professionals' Day (April 21!), or any time of year.
From whimsical desk accessories to practical mugs (and yes, a gift card or two), there’s something here for every price range and personality. But the workplace gifting inspiration doesn’t stop here: If you’re shopping for white elephant gift exchanges, which often have a lower price range, browse our favorite white elephant gifts for low-cost, fun gift ideas. Need to find something special for your supervisor, as well? Check out our curated gift guide for bosses.
Unzipped Glass Zipper Bag
For your officemate who always keeps candy out for the taking on her desk, this charming dish (paired with her favorite snack) is the perfect gift.
Desert Art 3D Puzzle
This Rubik's cube-style puzzle is perfect for fidgeting during boring Zoom meetings—and looks pretty just sitting on the desk as a paperweight.
Closed Mondays Tiny Trays
Help them corral paper clips, loose change, or thumbtacks in style with these charming colorful catch-alls.
YETI Rambler Tumbler
Whether they prefer their coffee (or other workday beverages) hot or cold, the YETI keeps it at just the right temperature through even the longest Zoom call.
Home Office Print
If everyone on your team will be WFH for the foreseeable future (or you just want to commemorate all the craziness working from home has wrought), this funny print may be the perfect thing they can hang wherever they're working.
This goofy book-shaped ceramic container can wrangle their pens and pencils or serve as an offbeat vase on their desk. (Sadly, the tips to avoid everything are not included.)
Bring out the best in your colleagues—even during these tough times—with pencils that give them a pep talk.
Botanical Shortbread Cookies
Upgrade their 4:00 snack break with these elegant shortbreads, adorned with a touch of chocolate and real edible flowers.
Colette Floral Vase
This pretty, handcrafted bud vase will look stylish on their desk, even when it's empty.
Tiled Margot Monogrammed Mug
Make sure there's never a mixup in the office kitchen when you give them their own stylish monogrammed mug.
Phenomenally Soft Crewneck Sweatshirt - Per My Last Email
Give your work-spouse (or desk buddy) this cozy sweatshirt with their favorite, sassy email phrase and they'll never complain about those frigid office temperatures again.
Mini Floatie Humidifier
This might be the cleverest coworker gift we’ve ever seen. This compact, portable, USB-powered humidifier is a genius desk accessory that floats easily in a glass of water, giving off moisture to offset dry winter air in their workspace.
Palm Leaf Monogram Tote Bag
Thank your awesome boss this holiday season by going in on a nice gift with your colleagues. Since you’re splitting it—and it's for a special manager you appreciate—it's OK to shoot for something out of your usual price range that you know they deserve. This beautiful woven beach tote bearing your boss' monogram will earn major props (and get them excited to take a vacation sometime in the future).
Dried Leaf Desk Mat
Cheer up their workspace with a bright desk mat or mouse pad. Etsy shop Blush and Thorn offers tons of design options and sizes they'll love. Gift everyone in a larger group of employees an eight-by-eight mouse pad for around $10 or spend a touch more on larger desk mats for a smaller team.
French Script Mixed Personalized Note Pads
Whether they use it for work-related note taking or scribbling down grocery items, a set of personalized notepads (in five different sizes to suit their various note-taking needs) is a gift all your teammates will be thankful for. This is a great option anytime you're unsure what to get everyone in one fell swoop. It's simple and practical with a personal touch.
Caramel Caravan Dark Chocolate Caramel Pretzels
There’s nothing better than an edible gift, especially one that involves chocolate, caramel, and pretzels. Caramel Caravan has a variety of artisan sweets to choose from if that combo isn’t their thing, though. These treats offer the best of both worlds: They're made with love and locally sourced, but they also ship nationwide.
Seeing Stars Astrology Book
If any of your teammates is into astrology, a fun zodiac sign book is a small, personalized gesture they’ll appreciate.
Audible One-Month Subscription
Some people are just audio book people (adults like to be read stories, too!). Give a hardworking employee the gift of an Audible subscription. Get them started with a month's worth of listening for $15, or opt for three-, six-, or 12-months for more.
Elago AirPods Hanging Case
Gift each of your coworkers or employees a protective silicone cover for their AirPod cases. Elago’s hanging cases come in a wide array of colors, have a minimal, shock-resistant design, and are compatible with AirPods 1 and 2.
Areaware Little Puzzle Thing: Ice Cream Sandwich
Mini puzzles are an easy, affordable holiday goodie to gift a bunch of different people. They can keep it on their desk or bring it home to puzzle and display in the living room. This one is ice cream themed, so what’s not to love?
S’well Teakwood Eats
We’re all guilty of keeping a stash of desk snacks. Help your employees or coworkers keep their snacks fresh with this insulated, leak-free container, which holds a dishwasher-safe prep bowl for easier munching. Bonus: The exterior is so pretty that no one will question why this container is in prime position on their desk.
Bloomscape Mini Money Tree
If the office is all about greenspace and desk plants, help employees or coworkers expand their mini gardens with the addition of this compact Money Tree, which is only a few inches tall and thrives in low to partial light. You can even pick a different pot color for each person to make the gifts seem more curated.
Logitech K380 Multi-Device Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard
Be mindful of employees who may not have a well-established home office. If your team is working from home for the foreseeable future, help everyone feel a little pampered with tools that make remote work more comfortable. This portable keyboard can give tired wrists a break, plus it’s quieter than most laptop keyboards so they won’t disturb their officemates/family members as much and portable enough that they can really work from anywhere.
Winc Wine Gift Card
This generous gift will be well worth it for your boss or any hardworking employee who also happens to love wine (as long as it feels appropriate to give it, of course). They’ll receive an email with a redeemable gift card (in an amount of your choosing) to Winc.com, where they’ll be able to curate their own collection of wines to be shipped straight to their front door. The genius of it is that you don’t need to try to guess their favorite varietal—you’re simply funding their own customized wine box, so the pressure’s off.
Empower your employees to pick out their own gifts with Snappy’s smart gifting service. You set a price range; Snappy will email a link to employees that allows them to pick a gift of their choice and ships it straight to them. It’s less work on your part, and employees will get gifts they truly want—an office gifting win-win.
Rothko Brass Picture Frames
Help employees refresh their family photos or vacation memories with these pared-down picture frames. They’ll take up minimal desk space while keeping precious pics front-and-center, and you can pick a different size or orientation for each employee, so shopping for an office gift will be a little easier for you.
Blue Bottle Coffee Hario Cold Brew Bottle
Give the non-morning people in your workspace a portable method of getting their caffeine fix with this cold brew bottle. They can make fresh cold brew the night before, then remove the filter the next day for a pretty carafe and top-notch cold brew coffee—without the coffeeshop cost and single-use waste.
3-Pack Tie Bar Set
If a tie and professional wear are part of the job, help employees keep their office-wear look fresh with these plated tie bars, which can add a little extra sophistication to their neckwear.
Papier Demi Hardback Notebook
Talk about the perfect employee gift, whether it’s for the holidays or a birthday or simply to say thank-you for all they do. This color-block notebook will elevate their note-taking and add a fresh splash of color to their desktop essentials. Choose from plain, lined, or dotted pages for the interior, 11 colors for the cover, and customizable label options to make this journal truly theirs.
Poppin Large Accessories Tray
This bright, sturdy, and practical accessory tray has myriad uses. Purchase a few of them so your employee or coworker can mix and match on their desktop or take home to help keep their life in order. It’s the perfect office organizer, drink tray, remote control holder, spice rack, or bedside table catchall.
Pop Up Note Camera Dispenser
Your colleague will love this fun, mint green note dispenser for her desk. With a fake shutter and flash, it dispenses sticky notes instead of Polaroids and livens up a boring desk full of office supplies. Included with the camera are 45 sheets of Super Sticky Post-Its (but you can buy them a few refills to make sure they’re good to go for the rest of the year). Plus, it’s weighted, so the object stays in place as she grabs sticky notes before running to meetings.
12 Shower Steamers Set
This at-home shower steamer set contains five or 12 colorful, vegan, cube-shaped scent bombs that perfectly packaged like a box of sweets. Each cube contains all-natural essential oil scents‚like eucalyptus, lavender, grapefruit, and mint—and can be used as a body scrub or as an aromatherapy steamer on the shelf in the shower. Any coworker who loves a good at-home spa session will love this gift.
W&P Plastic Porter Bowl
For the person on your team who packs their own (insanely delicious) lunch to work everyday, here's an awesome, reusable and portable lunch bowl that's spill-proof and dishwasher and microwave safe. It comes in a few modern colors they'll love, packs easily in a work bag, and just might become their new go-to lunch carrier.
Jonathan Adler Champagne Pop Candle
A bottle of champagne or wine isn’t always appropriate for a direct report, so offer a champagne-inspired scented candle instead. It’s a similar idea, but it won’t send the wrong message or cross the line. This particularly festive fragrance has a 40-hour burn time and includes aromas of pink grapefruit, raspberry, French cassis, violet leaves, rose petal, and grape leaf to make any space smell absolutely delicious (but don’t burn it for more than two or three hours at a time). Plus, the metallic vessel is so chic, it can be reused as decor when the candle is finished.
Leatherology Business Card Case
Here’s a great gift any coworker would be lucky to receive: a small leather business card case to store their own info along with new contacts they pick up while out and about. The classic, streamlined design is ideal for men and women, and it comes in 18 signature colors (and six premium colors for a little bit more).
Crate and Barrel Marble Tic-Tac-Toe
Desk games are a great employee gift idea that perfectly toe the line between thoughtful and playful. Give them a white marble tic-tac-toe set as a beautiful display piece or perfect (brief) distraction.