Let’s face it, our work lives would not run so seamlessly without the help of coworkers throughout the year. With that in mind, the holiday season is a great time to honor them by showing your appreciation for all that they do. But if you think you can’t afford anything or not quite sure what’s appropriate, read on. We’ve got suggestions for just about everyone in your office that will keep you in budget while still expressing your appreciate.
General tips to keep in mind when buying gifts for coworkers:
- Set a budget. An expensive gift may make for an awkward situation.
- Think about what your coworker talks about during watercooler chats. What are their hobbies and interests? Sports nut? Movie buff? Foodie? – Do you share a few inside jokes? Get them something fun along those lines.
- Stay away from buying anything intimate. This seems like a no brainer, but lingerie, jewelry, perfume, clothes etc are a no-no.
- Make sure you include a card telling your coworker how much you appreciate their help and daily encouragement. Don’t be intimated by the thought of crafting a message, just keep it short and throw in an inside joke or two.
Some inexpensive gift ideas to get you started:
The thought of purchasing office supplies as gifts may sounds silly, but if they’re silly office supplies the gifts are sure to be a hit!
Fun Odds & Ends
This assortment of gifts are budget friendly and make for fun desk conversation pieces. Other good options: playdoh, gumball dispenser, custom coffee mugs or a low-maintenance office plant such as a cactus.
Coworkers who are coffee, tea or wine lovers will certainly enjoy gifts catering to their favorite drinks.
Purchase a handful of their favorite teas or go all out with an basket filled with delicious varieties.
The Internet is filled with gifts for coffee lovers, just keep a few things in mind. Do they have a favorite brand or certain blend that they love? If you’re buying coffee for your coworker to brew at home, find out the type of coffee maker that they use in case it requires cups. Or do they simply prefer to pick up a daily coffee from the local coffee shop?
The same preference considerations should play into purchasing wine. Pick up a bottle of wine that’s under $15 bucks and package it in a creative way. We love the idea of wrapping a bottle of RELAX Cool Red with white ribbon, candy cane style!
Now that we’ve shared some of our coworker gift ideas, we’d like to know yours! Comment below or send us a tweet at @RELAXnation.