Let’s be honest. Your office mates can be difficult to figure out. Sure, you may spend hours at the watering hole every day – whatever that looks like for you, whether it’s the water cooler, grabbing coffee down the street, in the break room, or at the bar after hours — chit-chatting about your home lives, getting into that presentation you’ve been encouraging cross-department cooperation on, discussing light-hearted news bits, but seldom do you dive into a conversation that would inspire a gift exchange. And that’s in the event that you work in an office or co-working environment, which isn’t a common thing these days. For those of us who are a little out of touch with our colleagues – whether caused by remote work or otherwise – here are some amazing go-to gifts that are ideal for anyone in your office.
1. Shy Crown Media Prints
A coworker didn’t get out to enjoy our national parks enough this year and wants to live vicariously? Well, rejoice, because Shy Crown Media has the visuals to help you survive the duration of the pandemic. Heard your cubemate talk about a trip they’d like to take? Reminiscing on better times with your new friend in accounting? Reminisce on past trips and plan future adventures while brightening up space with a print or two this holiday season.
2. Daiwa Felicity Hand Massager
Inspired by our 2019 list, this hand massager is one hell of a gift option. For those of you who work on the computer regularly, or who design or work with your hands, there is truly nothing better to come home to. Recommended for tech geeks, and people whose love language is “physical touch,” the Daiwa Felicity Hand Massager is something most people wouldn’t purchase for themselves, which is what makes it such a luxurious gift option.
3. Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer
We’ve all been there. You made a fresh cup of coffee, perhaps a pot of tea, cup of cider, cocoa, or a hot today. It’s warm in your hands, the scent sparking nostalgia. Then, you get called into a meeting. You get a phone call. You get sidetracked responding to inquiries, clearing out your inbox, helping your kids with school. The Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer stands as one of our most favorite, economically priced gifting options. Because a cold beverage that was supposed to be a mug of warmth and enjoyment doesn’t need to leave a dark mark on your day.
4. Capuli Club Edible Fruit Tea
We were so keen on Capuli Club’s edible fruit teas as soon as we heard about them since they use whole, “imperfect” fruits from the US to give their teas an extra flavorful punch. With 2x fruit per serving than 100% fruit juice and 70% less sugar than a Starbucks Chai Tea Latte, these teas are great for on-the-go snacking and sipping! Head to CapuliClub.com and sign up for their newsletters for 10% off your first purchase!
5. Sourced Oil CBD Balm
If you’re looking for a reasonably priced, high quality, small-batch item to gift, Sourced Oil’s CBD Balm is our go-to. The creators of the brand started out by making products for themselves, and their community kept asking for more and more. All of your coworkers will appreciate it because it will help calm their minds and soothe any physical pain they may be experiencing, perhaps pains developed from sitting at a desk. Admits founder Maria Taylor, “It has really, really helped my shoulder pain. Nothing else was working, not even ibuprofen. This just remarkably worked.”
6. Noirebud CBD Hard Candies
Have a manager with a sweet tooth? They don’t have to compromise their health for a treat. Throw a bag of these divine CBD Hard Candies into their gift bag this year. The all-natural flavors are incredibly light and refreshing, they contain way less sugar than the usual sweet culprits, and that sweet dose of CBD makes everything feel a bit less chaotic.
7. Paradise Garden Club Snake Plant Activity Kit
Have a coworker whose desk space could use some sprucing up? Someone in your life who loves plants, or even someone who can’t seem to get a plant to stay alive, no matter what they do? This Snake Plant Activity Kit is actually the most perfect gifting option. You can have it delivered anywhere, and it is packaged with everything you need to pot and grow a snake plant. (We’ve pretty much tried to kills ours and still, they thrive!)
8. Savvy Infusion Water Bottle
Because everyone needs to make sure they’re getting enough water during the day, you might as well make it easier by streamlining infused drinks for your coworker. The Savvy Infusion Water Bottle comes with a recipe ebook, so your assistant will have a bevy of beverage options to choose from!
9. Revive Essential Oil + Diffuser Gift Set
Aromatherapy is where it is at. No matter who you’re dealing with, they’ll be very appreciative of a sleek new essential oil diffuser. Try out this option from Revive, a gift set with a diffuser and 6 essential oils to get started, or to add to an existing aromatherapy collection. Plus, the diffuser doubles as a humidifier for your plant parent friends.
10. Anker Wireless Charger
For your tech fiend friends, this wireless charger will boost their gadgets’ juice in record time. They come in packs of two, so if you’re feeling frugal you can split it between two coworkers or really surprise your friend who always has their phone on them with two, so they can stay charged and ready wherever they are.
Gifting may feel different this year, but even a handwritten note of appreciation is a good call even if other options don’t appeal. If none of the above options tickle your fancy, or you have one coworker that you somehow just can’t crack, feel free to check out this list of options for female professionals, and some ideas we came across last year.