The 8 Best Office Gifts to Buy in 2020
Buying gifts for your officemates is always tricky. If you work in a large office, you either feel the need to get a gift for everyone or risk offending someone, while in smaller offices, it can be even more difficult to choose a personalized gift your colleagues will love. Getting to know your co-workers is the best way to give a thoughtful gift. What are their likes or common problems they complain about? Do they collect anything in particular? Pay attention and you may be surprised what inspires you. Thankfully, if you're still struggling, this list has something for everyone—from chocolate lovers and happy hour buddies to your friend who's always cold and your at-work mom.
Best for Brown Baggers: Stasher Silicone Food Bags
Lots of people pack their lunch in an attempt to save money, but not many know how to do so in a way that pleases their waistlines, their wallets, and the planet. That's where Stasher Silicone Food Bags come in. These plastic-free bags are a dream for anyone who brings their lunch to work regularly. They self-seal and can even go in the microwave, dishwasher, or oven without making a mess or leaching harmful chemicals into your food. Made of silicone, the bags are incredibly easy to clean and use. Just make sure you trust your co-workers: they're so aesthetically appealing that they’ll be even more tempting to steal than your average brown bag lunch.
Best for Your Co-Worker Who's Always Cold: Urban CoCo Color Block Shawl
Most office temperatures, especially in the summer, are decided with men’s suits and body temperatures in mind. For many women, sitting in an office all day can feel like sitting in an ice locker, and a simple emergency office blazer isn't always enough to do the trick. Thankfully, there is a chic way to stay warm: an office blanket cape. This two-sided option comes in dozens of colors and will make a great and thoughtful gift for your oft-cold co-worker. As one reviewer put it, “It's so gorgeous. It is sort of medium weight and perfect for most winter days in Texas. Also great over my coat in New York."
Best for Chocolate Lovers: Sugarfina 2-Pack Dark Chocolate Champagne Bears Bars
Nothing says luxury like champagne and chocolate. Now, you can have both inside one convenient and delicious package. This premium bar is far more expensive than most typical chocolate bars, but it features 64-percent Parisian dark chocolate and comes filled with gummy bears made out of vintage Dom Perignon champagne. It comes in a two-pack, so may we suggest giving one to your office bestie and keeping the other for yourself?
Best Funny Gift Under $10: Release Your Anger: Midnight Edition
Most of your co-workers probably haven't used a coloring book in decades, but this one will bring them back to their childhood—just with a surprising adult twist. The book features 40 pages of fun-to-color swear words (there's a different one on every page) to help you release pent-up anxiety and frustration. Just make sure your co-workers complete the pages at home as they're not exactly safe for work!
Best for Your Work Mom: Aromatic Orange Evergreen Yankee Candle
If you're lucky enough to have a work mom—that special person that makes sure everyone feels listened to and cared for in their home-away-from-home—why not gift her a little something to show your appreciation? Our pick: a good old Yankee Candle, because who doesn't love them? This scent is a twist on classic evergreen and orange, with touches of balsam, cedarwood, cinnamon, clove, and vetiver as well. This large candle should burn for over 100 hours—just don’t burn it in the office unless you want to set off the sprinkler system.
Best for Your Happy Hour Buds: The Art of the Bar Cart
While the good old fashioned days of an office bar cart are mostly behind us, many workplaces still break at 5 or 6 o’clock for weekly or monthly happy hours. Give your 5pm-somewhere friends this great book which will help them design an at-home happy hour all their own, and who knows, maybe you'll even get an invite for cocktails. This book showcases beautiful bar carts both high-end and simple and can teach your co-workers how to build their own. While it’s certainly aspirational, it also makes a great coffee table book to sip and peruse.
Best for the Lazy Baker: The Mason Jar Cookie Company Brownie Mix, Peppermint
Want to make your co-workers homemade goodies but don't want to fuss with the whole baking it yourself part? Never fear, this easier option is here. This cute mason jar is filled with all the dry ingredients your co-workers will need to bake delicious brownies, including brown sugar, cocoa, mint candy canes, and white chocolate chips. At home, they’ll add eggs, butter, and oil and bake it themselves. Delicious, thoughtful—and no clean up for you! As one gifter put it, “Bought as a gift for cooking challenged couple. They loved it. Easy & delicious.”
Best for Your Secret Crush: Dean and Deluca Pepper Mill
Work can be difficult and tedious. For some, completing daily tasks brings joy and satisfaction, and for others, simple pleasures—like having a work bestie or an office crush—can break up the monotony. This may not be the most subtle gift on our list, but it's a tasteful gift to give the person in the office that adds spice to your life. If they get the connection between the spicy peppercorns and your attraction, then sparks could potentially fly. If not, hey, it's still a great gift! The three-inch personal handmade pepper mill is made in Greece, and it comes with both white and black pepper straight from Cameroon, one of the world's top pepper producers.