5 Affordable Presents to Get Your Coworkers This Holiday Season

By Kailey Walters on December 28, 2017

If the holiday decorations taking over every public place you walk into hasn’t been enough of a sign, the holidays are here … which inevitably entails buying gifts for all the important people in your life. You probably have a pretty good idea of what to get your family and closest friends, but when it comes to your coworkers, you might be sitting there scratching your head for a while. Not to mention, you probably work with a whole group of people, so if you get a gift for one person that means you’re getting a gift for everyone in that circle. The only question is … what to get them without completely emptying your wallet?

Never fear. Check out some of the following affordable gift suggestions for your coworkers this holiday season.

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1. A calendar or planner.

Sure, nowadays everyone has access to a digital calendar on their phones and computers, but sometimes it’s nice to have a physical calendar hanging on your wall. For people who value staying organized and planning out their schedule to a T, a calendar or a planner is a simple yet useful gift. Your coworkers can use it not only for work, but also for any other responsibilities they may have.

2. Office or school supplies.

If you work in an office environment, office supplies of some sort might prove useful for your coworkers. Think scotch tape, staplers, sticky notes, pens, pencils, folders, notepads, white-out, stationery … the list could go on and on. While this sort of gift may not seem particularly original or personal, it is certainly useful for the receivers. If you do want to make this gift more aesthetically appealing than, say, a pack of Bic pens with a bow on top, search for office supplies that have a bit of style. Of course, you want to remember to keep things professional, but it wouldn’t hurt to give your coworkers some colorful sticky notes or a notebook with an interesting design on the front cover. Who knows … maybe your gift could help to brighten up their desks a little bit.

3. Water bottle.

Encourage your coworkers to stay hydrated while they’re on the job. What with all the deadlines they have to meet, customers to deal with, and other work they have to do, it’s important that they drink enough water throughout the day. Plus, if you order water bottles in bulk, the price may not be as steep as you’d think. You can certainly shop around online to search for good deals on water bottles, and some companies may offer free shipping if you spend a certain amount of money. For example, check out discountmugs.com for some great savings on water bottles (and other handy supplies).

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4. Snacks.

Everyone appreciates food. Giving snacks as a gift works well no matter where you work, whether in an office, a fast food place, or in retail. Generally, some pretty common snacks to gift involve sweets such as candy, chocolate, or cookies. If you want to get creative, you can certainly bake for your coworkers. And if you want to encourage a little more healthy eating around the holidays, you can search through these healthy dessert recipes compiled by HuffPost to whip up something that tastes good and is good for you.

The best thing about making something yourself is that you won’t have to break the bank purchasing ingredients. What’s more, your coworkers will definitely appreciate that you took the time and effort to make something especially for them.

5. Small hygiene products.

It’s important to stay clean at work, so why not encourage healthy habits? You could present your coworkers with miniature bottles of hand sanitizer, packs of tissues, small bottles of lotion, and even chapstick/lip balm. They can use these not only at work, but also whenever they happen to be on the go.

For further ideas on what to get your coworkers this holiday season, you can also check out websites such as nymag.com and instyle.com.

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