25 Gifts Under $25 to Give Your Coworkers
It’s always tricky getting a gift for coworkers. There’s a balancing act between funny, cute, stylish and HR-appropriate. You want them to love their gift (because it’s a reflection on you, duh), but you also don’t want to spend a lot because, well… they aren’t your family or anything. Luckily we’ve searched high and low (and even through a couple filing cabinets or two) and found 25 of the best gifts for your office buddy for under $25. Pick up one of these presents and you’ll be renamed office baller on a budget.
1. Game of Phones ($20): Everyone can only play Cards Against Humanity so much at the office happy hour before the jokes get stale. Gift this super fun game to your kooky coworkers for your next offsite.
2. Quirky Gift Card ($10 – 25): Gift cards CAN be lame, but this one is by far the raddest they’ll get all year — plus it comes in that sweet box + pencil!
3. Sh*t List Notepad ($12): This notepad is guaranteed to motivate anyone who receives it. Pick it up for more than one coworker and you’ll most likely see productivity increase exponentially.
4. Faceted Cactus ($8): Make your coworker feel like they’re hangin’ in a Palm Springs resort with this (laser cut!!) tabletop cacti collection.
5. Foodie Dice ($24): Let your coworkers shake up the typical weeknight dinner by rolling these dice.
6. Ficks Hangover Preventative Cocktail Fortifier ($13): You may need to get this hangover cure for all your officemates to avoid the dreaded Monday a little less.
7. #Thirsty Tumbler ($18): This insulated cup will make those trips to the water cooler even, well, cooler.
8. Initial Notebook ($10): A monogrammed Kate Spade notebook? We’ll take two.
9. Soy Candles ($11-$16): Get your office buddy one of these, available in a variety of unique scents, and you’ll never have to endure the stench of their leftovers again.
10. Sugar Scrub ($18): Prevent dry skin at the office with this gift. Just forewarn the recipient this is gonna be the communal scrub if they don’t remember to bring it home.
11. Truth Mug ($16): Just because the phrase on the mug isn’t true, doesn’t mean you don’t wish it everyday at 4:00 (okay, maybe 2:30).
12. Desktop Calendar ($16): Whoever gets this calendar will feel like royalty, even on casual Friday.
13. Daily Reminder Sticky Notes ($18): Give the forgetful coworker a gorgeous way to remember everything with this sticky note stack.
15. Tiny Succulent ($8): End the dull desk stares from your cubicle neighbor and present ’em with a floral upgrade.
16. Mint Dynamic Duo ($24): Give the gift of a color pop with this desk accessory combo.
17. Smart Business Card Holder ($20): The social butterfly of the workplace will need this business card holder. It sticks to the back of a smartphone — how subtle.
19. Lip Balm Gift Set ($15): Who doesn’t complain about chapped lips throughout the winter (or all year)? Wrap this gift set up, just hope the lucky recipient doesn’t pucker up out of gratitude (umm, sexual harassment much?).
20. Minimergency Kits ($16-$25): Available for him or her, these jack-of-all-trades kits will help out your coworker in their time of need, whether that’s before a meeting pre-happy hour.
21. Salted Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix ($14): This mix will thrill the baker in your office. Just insist they make them for the team to indulge in ;)
22. Hoodie Pillows ($20-$25): Everyone’s got that one coworker who takes a cat nap in the afternoon, right? Help out their neck from cramping with this comfy (and kinda stylish) plush. Just don’t let the boss catch them.
23. Chalkboard Wall ($24): Help everyone get a little stress out in the afternoon by picking up this wall decal ready for doodles.
24. Selfie Mirror ($12): Whoever gets gifted this mirror is gonna have some fun tricking everyone at the office by making them think they’re taking a makeup tutorial selfie.
25. Poketo Double Tip Pen Set ($15): Give your pen-loving office friend some pops of color with these double-sided pens.
What gift are you planning on getting your coworker? Let us know in the comments below.
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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