30 Gifts for Employees and Coworkers That Are Fun, Thoughtful, and Practical
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.
To buy: From $27; papier.com.
Design Ideas Savoy Letter Sorter
No more jumbled, loose papers all over their desk. This minimalist metallic paper organizer is a guaranteed game-changer—it updates and organizes any workspace with its simple design and straightforward structure. Made from copper-coated metal, its sturdy and practical and holds multiple different papers—from large presentations to stacks of outgoing letters.
To buy: $18; anthropologie.com.
Cork Cactus Office Memo Holder
If they can’t keep a plant alive, no problem—this particular succulent can survive without water, light, or attention (a novice gardener’s dream!). Your employee can use its quirky cork surface to pin notes and reminders—the pushpins will mimic the desert plant’s flowers and spikes. The three-dimensional bulletin board also lifts out of its terracotta pot, which can then be used to store paper clips, erasers, extra pins, or any small desk accessory. The cactus then fits back on top of the pot, acting as a lid, to camouflage clutter and streamline their workspace.
To buy: $15; amazon.com.
Grovemade Modern Desk Planter
A little greenery at work can help improve your focus and mood—in fact, a UK study once found that office plants were linked to a 15 percent increase in productivity. To encourage wellness at their desk, gift your employee this modern wood planter, and add your favorite low-maintenance indoor plant to complete the present (here are seven office plants anyone can take care of). The planter’s cork base helps absorb water and prevent leaking, and the vegetable oil-based finish offers a sleek, classic shine. They’re handmade in Portland, Oregon by Grovemade, a small company that specializes in unique, hand-carved accessories and décor—so no two are exactly alike.
To buy: $30; grovemade.com.
Connected Goods Mango Wood Mosaic Storage Box
For your coworker or employee who loves minimal, organic accents, pick up a desk accessory to complement their taste. This beautiful, handmade mango wood storage box can organize (and hide) everything from writing utensils to business cards to souvenirs. They can even take it home and use it to corral their favorite accessories.
To buy: $35; connectedgoods.com.
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.
To buy: $20; poppin.com.
Leah Gorden Marcella Vase
Available in three pretty floral patterns, this artful vase is a thoughtful way to thank an employee for a year of hard work. Paired with small buds or an easy-to-care-for plant, this hand-painted vase will bring life and dimension to any surface in her home—which everyone needs in the dark winter months. If they’re not a plant person, the vases make vibrant shelf accessories, or they can simply use them to store fake stems or other small objects.
To buy: $24; anthropologie.com.
CB2 Marble Pencil Cup
For the ultra-organized employee—you know, the one who has a tidy to-do list, sticky notes sorted by color, and a neat cup of pens—take their system to the next level with this beautiful marble pencil holder. Even if they already have a few pencil cups already, this is one chic addition that won’t go unappreciated, since they’re sure to find a use for it somewhere at home or at the office.
To buy: $20; cb2.com.
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.
To buy: $10; amazon.com.
12 Shower Steamers Set
This at-home shower steamer set contains 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.
To buy: $44; uncommongoods.com.
Anthropologie Sweetly Stated Mug
A personal, decorative coffee (or tea) mug is always a fantastic gift, but it’s especially great for an employee: It’s affordable, practical, and you can never have too many. This stoneware mug comes in three colors—red, navy, and turquoise—so choose the color and sweet saying that best suits the recipient. Not sure if they prefer coffee or tea? Make your life easier and choose the “Rise and Shine” message—however they choose to wake up, they now have a new mug to look forward to.
To buy: $14, anthropologie.com.
West Elm Organic Shaped Pitcher
This pretty pitcher can be used in so many different ways: It’s a classic accent and accessory for a holiday brunch, a sleek watering can for indoor plants (but it’s not recommended for outdoor use), a unique vase for seasonal flowers, or a container for miscellaneous tools. Simply put, it sits pretty on any surface while disguising the clutter. Made from classic white glazed porcelain, it’s a special token of gratitude and appreciation for an employee who loves to entertain, or have fresh blooms on hand at all times.
To buy: $34; westelm.com.
Colorfield Ear Bud and Charger Holder
This genius pouch is for the employee who’s always glued to their phone or tablet. If they’re always on the go, these handy leather holders will protect their gadget accessories (there’s nothing more annoying than tangled wires or cords). One side holds a phone charger, while the other stores earphones. Each case comes with a hook to attach it to a bag or backpack. Choose from five different colors, including gray, navy, orange, red, and white, and don’t forget to take advantage of the free monogram option in different font styles.
To buy: $23; markandgraham.com.
Cathy's Concepts Monogram Tie Clip
This is meant for the employee who always shows up dressed to impress: a suit, tie, fancy leather loafers, and a briefcase. So why not offer them a stylish tie clip to polish off their look? The classic accessory will quickly become a wardrobe staple. It comes in 11 colors to match with any tie and button-down shirt.
To buy: $37; shop.nordstrom.com.
Felt Letter Board
If your employee is always looking for trendy ways to share inspirational quotes or friendly messages, they'll love this felt letter box, ideal for sprucing up a boring desk or adding personality to a blank wall at home. This perfectly sized felt board comes with letters, numbers, and symbols to feed their creativity.
To buy: $24; urbanoutfitters.com.
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.
To buy: $25; amazon.com.
Ban.do Compliment Pencils Set
Not all office supplies need to come from the boring stash in the supply closet. Something unique can put a smile on your team’s faces and offer a boost of inspiration. Replace their bland writing utensils with these bright pencils marked with inspirational messages and cheerful patterns. Each one comes with a positive phrase in different bright colors, like “You are a total champ,” and “Yes you totally can.” When it comes time for gifting, package it with a fun pencil holder, some colorful pens, and an equally stylish notebook and you’re all set.
To buy: $10; bando.com.
Cathy’s Concepts Gold Cufflinks
No matter the dress code at your office, a pair of cufflinks is still a classic gift and wardrobe essential—even if it isn’t for everyday wear. Your employee will probably need it for a black tie event or special work party. Chances are the employee who’s fresh out of college doesn’t have a pair yet. For a thoughtful and elegant gift, personalize a set of cufflinks with your employee’s first or last initial.
To buy: $37; nordstrom.com.
Ban.do Big Canvas Tote Bag
All hail the big canvas tote! No one can ever have too many (in our humble opinion). This one’s got both color and personality, measures 19.25 inches by 15 inches, and features an interior loose patch pocket. It’s large enough to tote to the grocery store, gym, work, or local flea market, without being too large to lug on a long commute.
To buy: $14; bando.com.
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.
To buy: $42, jonathanadler.com.
Aspiring chefs and food enthusiasts will love this gift. If they’re always talking about the coolest restaurant in town, or whipping up a new gourmet dinner at home for their roommates, this fun cooking game will make both weekday and weekend meals fun. Each wooden die gives an idea for a protein option, cooking method, a grain, herbs, and bonus ingredients. Plus, four additional dice are included to account for seasonal vegetables. There are more than 186,000 meal possibilities in this kit, so they’ll always be able to try a new dish.
To buy: $24; foodiedice.com.
Back Me Up Mobile Charger
Your team member who’s constantly on the go (read: constantly running out of battery) needs this portable charger with serious panache that’ll ensure they never lose it. It’s compatible with iPhone models 5 to X and has an attached protective live to keep the charging pin safe while they're out and about with it.
To buy: $35; bando.com.
This beautiful calendar is a thoughtful way to start the new year off right. It will brighten up any desk space, and help your employees keep track of certain dates at the same time. Each month features a fresh letterpress design with botanical accents. Best of all, after each month, crop the illustration and use it as a postcard or frame it as a piece of artwork for the cubicle.
To buy: $23; papersource.com.
‘But First, Coffee’ Thermal Travel Mug
If a cup of coffee is always in one hand while their phone is in the other, this gift will get plenty of use every day, both in the office and out. This fun tumbler, which comes with a matching spill-proof lid, is perfect for their commute to work, whether it’s by car, train, or bus. Plus, it’s probably larger (read: holds more coffee) than the typical mugs in the office kitchen.
To buy: $18; shopbop.com.
Blue Bottle Coffee Essentials Kit
Speaking of coffee, if you’re searching for a gift for an employee with seriously high coffee standards, give them a kit to brew the absolute perfect cup every morning. It includes the works: filters, glass carafe, pour-over brewing guide, drippers, and, of course, perfectly roasted coffee. (If this full gift set from is too pricey, Blue Bottle offers different gift options, including single-serving packs of their famous beans, cold brew kits, and cute mugs.)
To buy: $59; bluebottlecoffee.com.
S’Well Madonna Lily Water Bottle
You’re employees can’t perform at their peak if they’re not hydrated, right? Gift them a pretty and practical stainless steel water bottle from S’Well. This triple-walled, vacuum-sealed bottle will keep your cold drinks cold for up to 24 hours and your hot ones piping for nearly 12 hours. If that’s not the perfect employee gift, we don’t know what is.
To buy: $35; swellbottle.com.
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.
To buy: $40; crateandbarrel.com.
Leatherology Business Card Case
Here’s a great gift any colleague 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).
To buy: $45; leatherology.com.
Winc Wine Gift Card
This generous gift is slightly on the pricier side, but will be well worth it for 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 what their favorite varietal—you’re simply funding their own customized wine box, so the pressure’s off.
To buy: from $60; winc.com.
Woven Nayland Throw Blanket
For the teammate who’s always chilly—or never stops talking about what a homebody they are—gift them this cute cozy throw blanket. It’s up to them whether they bring it home and toss it over their sofa, or secretly stash it in their desk drawer and bring it out when the office AC gets too frigid to function.
To buy: from $58; anthropologie.com.