24 Inexpensive Gifts for Co-workers That Still Have Heart

Updated November 17, 2021
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Whether you're sharing a cubicle or only see one another over Zoom, little gifts are a great way to show co-workers you care. We've hand-picked these small gift ideas for co-workers to help make meaningful office gift-giving stress-free and fun. They're perfect for Christmas, birthdays, or any time you want to show appreciation for the people you work with every day.

Our Favorite Gifts for Co-workers


For the Co-worker Who Is Also a Friend:
Lifecapido Chance Made Us Colleagues Travel Tumbler

Give co-workers who are also friends a travel mug that sums up your relationship. They'll think of you every time they enjoy a warm or cold beverage.
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For Co-workers Who Love to Doodle:
Adorn Gift rainbow scratch notes

The only thing better than doodling is doodling in rainbow colors. Show your appreciation for their art with this pack of scratch notes.
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For Co-workers Who Are Awesome:
Hendson Awesome Mug

Remind your co-workers how awesome they are with this mug that says it all.
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For Co-workers Who Love Music:
sephia SP3060 Ear Buds

Give music-loving co-workers the gift of some great (and great sounding) ear buds.
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For Co-workers Who Work From Home:
Work From Home Adult Activity Book

Help them refocus during long meetings with this fun (and funny) activity book.
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For Co-workers Who Hate Unnecessary Meetings:
Hanes "This Meeting" T-Shirt

Help them share their frustration in a funny way with a T-shirt that makes fun of unnecessary meetings.
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For Co-workers Who Are Stressed Out:
Allura & Arcia Stress Relief & Self Care Cards

Help them regain balance with a set of 52 cards featuring practical exercises to reduce stress.
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Lifecapido Chance Made Us Colleagues Travel Tumbler

Lifecapido Chance Made Us Colleagues Travel Tumbler

For co-workers who are also friends, a travel mug that sums it all up is a great gift. The Lifecapido travel tumbler features the touching sentiment, "Chance made us colleagues, but the fun and laughter we share made us friends."

The insulated tumbler comes with a no-spill lid, two metal straws, and cleaning brushes. It will keep drinks hot or cold for hours. The tumbler is hand wash only.

What we like
Practical and useful
Features a meaningful sentiment
Works for both hot and cold beverages
What to keep in mind
Not dishwasher safe
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Toblerone Tiny Swiss Chocolates

Toblerone Tiny Swiss Chocolates

Perfect for the co-worker with a sweet tooth, a box of Toblerone Tiny Swiss Chocolates makes a much-appreciated gift. The bite-sized pieces are great for keeping at your desk and having a little afternoon treat.

The 9.7-ounce box of individually wrapped chocolates feels generous, even though it makes an inexpensive gift for co-workers and employees.

What we like
Affordable
Delicious
What to keep in mind
Not for co-workers on a diet

Das Trust Reusable Insulated Lunch Bag

Das Trust Reusable Insulated Lunch Bag

If your co-worker tends to brown bag it every day, a reusable lunch bag makes a wonderful and affordable gift idea. An insulated bag can keep food cold for hours without refrigeration, and the tote bag is stylish and fun.

The insulated lunch tote from Das Trust comes in eight different colors and patterns, so there's something perfect for everyone. It's a simple, practical gift that's affordable and fun at the same time.

What we like
Practical and useful
Affordable
Stylish
What to keep in mind
Only for co-workers who bring lunch
Not ideal if they already have a nice lunch bag

Lulu Office Desktop Dry Erase Whiteboard

Lulu Office Desktop Dry Erase Whiteboard

For the co-worker who always jots down notes or uses little reminders, the perfect gift is a desktop dry erase whiteboard. They can make notes, doodle, or leave messages with ease and style.

The Lulu Office Dry Erase Whiteboard comes with everything your co-worker needs to enjoy a little extra organization. There's a stand, four magnets, an eraser, and even dry erase markers.

What we like
Functional and useful
Includes accessories for use
Affordable
What to keep in mind
Not for people who prefer high tech organization
Not for those who worry about desktop clutter
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Hendson Awesome Mug

Hendson Awesome Mug

Everyone needs a reminder about their awesomeness sometimes, and this co-worker gift is a perfect choice for that colleague who might forget their value. The pink and gold mug says, "Sometimes you forget you're awesome, so this is your reminder."

The mug makes a great gift for bosses too, as well as clients, customers, or anyone else you work with. The pink color may not appeal to all recipients, however.

What we like
Pretty and fun
Meaningful sentiment
Shows appreciation
What to keep in mind
Not ideal for people who dislike pink

Adorn Gift Rainbow Scratch Notes

Adorn Gift Rainbow Scratch Notes

Sure, the traditional pad of Post-Its is useful, but you can go one better. If you have a co-worker who loves to doodle, you can't beat the gift of rainbow scratch notes.

This two-pack of 125 scratch art notes comes with five wooden styluses for scratching off the black coating on the paper. Your co-worker will love writing notes, creating little works of art, and doodling during meetings or on breaks.

What we like
Fun to use
Unique gift
Affordable
What to keep in mind
Can be messy
Not ideal for people who don't use notes

Red Swingline Stapler

Red Swingline Stapler

If you have a colleague who's a fan of Office Space, the best inexpensive co-worker gift you can buy is a red Swingline stapler. The iconic office item is sure to get a laugh, and it's useful at the same time.

The stapler takes standard staples and can handle up to 25 sheets - plenty for most TPS reports.

What we like
Useful as well as fun
Great for movie buffs
What to keep in mind
Less awesome if they haven't seen Office Space
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sephia SP3060 Ear Buds

sephia SP3060 Earbuds

If you work in an open office, listening to music can be kind of a challenge. A great pair of ear buds makes the perfect inexpensive gift for co-workers who love music.

These sephia SP3060 ear buds have a noise isolating feature to help your co-worker focus on her music instead of the conversation in the next cubicle. They also have a tangle-free cord and come with their own carrying case.

What we like
Affordable
Useful and practical
Great audio performance
What to keep in mind
Not ideal if they already have good headphones or ear buds

Work From Home Adult Activity Book

Work From Home Adult Activity Book

Working from home is great, but it can be challenging to come up with gift ideas for co-workers who work remotely. An activity book can be the perfect choice.

The Work From Home Adult Activity Book has tons of fun and funny activities to do during coffee breaks or long meetings. For instance, there's Zoom bingo, trivia questions, and word searches.

What we like
Fun and funny
Inexpensive
Appealing to most people
What to keep in mind
Not ideal for a boss

Planter's Choice Bonsai Starter Kit

Planter's Choice Bonsai Starter Kit

A desktop bonsai kit makes an amazing co-worker gift, and it's an inexpensive option many people will love. It's a great choice if your co-worker has natural light by their desk.

The Planter's Choice Bonsai Starter Kit contains everything (except soil) needed to start four bonsai trees for a miniature desktop forest. This makes an awesome gift for gardeners, but no previous experience is needed to grow these little trees.

What we like
Great for co-workers who garden
Creative and fun use of desktop space
Affordable
What to keep in mind
Not a good choice for offices without natural light
Not ideal for co-workers who already have too much responsibility
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Fancy Land Funny Desk Sign for Dog Lovers

Fancy Land Funny Desk Sign for Dog Lovers

If your co-worker is always talking about their dog, this desk sign is the perfect gift. You can flip through 30 different messages, each delivered by an adorable pooch. Messages range from cheerful things like "Smile" or "I love my team" to practical sayings like "Back in 5" or "Can I help you?"

This is a great way for you co-worker to demonstrate their mood and make other people smile, and it's an awesome and affordable gift.

What we like
Perfect for dog lovers
Fun and funny
Inexpensive
What to keep in mind
Not for those who hate desktop clutter
Only for dog lovers

Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer

Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer

That mid-afternoon cup of coffee or tea can get cold quickly, especially if you have a busy schedule. Give your co-worker the gift of coziness in the form of a desktop mug warmer to keep beverages nice and hot.

The Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer plugs in and heats up a beverage in two minutes or maintains the temperature of an already hot beverage. It's easy to wipe clean.

What we like
Affordable
Practical and useful
Easy to clean
What to keep in mind
Not ideal for people who don't drink warm beverages

Global Printing Products Motivational Cards

Global Printing Products Motivational Cards

For co-workers who might need a little extra encouragement sometimes, there's no better gift than a pack of motivational cards. Give them the whole pack or give a card or two every day for a couple of months.

The Global Printing Products Motivational Cards come in a pack of 100. They have sentiments like "Make your dreams happen" and "You've got this." Everyone needs a little boost sometimes, and these can be a great solution.

What we like
Meaningful and encouraging
Affordable
Shows you care
What to keep in mind
Could be considered corny
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"Because Work" Wine Glass

Because Work Wine Glass

If you sometimes share a glass of wine or a cocktail with co-workers, the "Because Work" wine glass can be the perfect gift. It pokes fun at the stress of work and the need to unwind, and it's guaranteed to prompt a smile.

This isn't an ideal gift if you don't know whether a co-worker drinks alcohol or if they like wine, so you should know your colleague well to give this.

What we like
Fun and funny
Affordable
Dishwasher safe
What to keep in mind
Must know if colleague drinks

Working From Home With a Cat by Heidi Moreno

Working From Home With a Cat by Heidi Moreno

If you have a co-worker who works remotely and has a cat that randomly appears in Zoom meetings, this is the gift to buy.

This adorable book by Heidi Moreno features comic-style drawings of people dealing with cats and working from home at the same time. It's sure to make people smile, and it's a sweet gift that shows you know a bit about the person receiving it.

What we like
Personal and fun
Great for cat lovers
Affordable
What to keep in mind
Limited to cat lovers and remote workers

Burt's Bees Hand Repair Kit

Burt's Bees Hand Repair Kit

If you work in a situation that can be hard on the hands, or if you live someplace where winter weather can dry your skin, you can make your co-worker happy with the gift of a hand repair kit.

The Burt's Bees Hand Repair Kit is a spa day for the hands. It includes two kinds of hand cream, cuticle cream, and a pair of cotton gloves.

What we like
Great for jobs where you work with your hands
Good for winter weather
Affordable
What to keep in mind
Only for people who like to wear lotion
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POXIWIN Build-On Brick Coffee Mug

POXIWIN Build-On Brick Coffee Mug

Tinkering with building bricks is as much fun for adults as it is for kids, and some people get really excited about building new structures and designs. If you work with engineers, architects, or anyone else who loves to build and create, a brick building coffee mug makes a great gift.

The POXIWIN Build-On Brick Coffee Mug comes in four different color combinations. Each one comes with three randomly selected packs of bricks to use for building on it.

What we like
Perfect for engineers, architects, and designers
Playful and fun
Affordable
What to keep in mind
Lots of tiny pieces to lose
Not for use in the microwave
Barnett's Chocolate Cookie Gift Box

For co-workers who love a tasty afternoon snack, a gift box of cookies makes a great present. Barnett's Chocolate Cookie Gift Box includes six different kinds of chocolate cookies, each topped with something delicious. It's packaged beautifully for gift-giving.

The only downside to this type of gift is that you need to know about any dietary restrictions your co-worker might have. Be sure your co-worker isn't gluten-sensitive, diabetic, or on a diet.

What we like
Beautifully packaged
Thoughtful
Tasty and special
What to keep in mind
Not for people with dietary restrictions

SYZ Mini Bowling Set

SYZ Mini Bowling Set

Whether your co-worker is part of the office bowling league or they simply like to play with things on their desk, a tiny desktop bowling set can make a fantastic gift.

The SYZ Mini Bowling Set includes a little bowling lane, ten bowling pins, and a miniature ball. In between phone calls or meetings, your colleague can enjoy a little playtime.

What we like
Unique and fun
Affordable
Great for people who like to bowl
What to keep in mind
Not ideal for those who hate desktop clutter
Lots of small pieces
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Taylors of Harrogate Specialty Tea Sampler

Taylors of Harrogate Specialty Tea Sampler

A little caffeine pick-me-up is a must for afternoons in the office, and you can give your co-worker the gift of variety when it comes to caffeinated beverages. A tea sampler pack is a wonderful gift for almost anyone.

The Taylors of Harrogate Specialty Tea Sampler includes 48 bags of assorted varieties of tea to try, perfect for someone who likes to branch out from stale afternoon coffee.

What we like
Thoughtful
Affordable
Offers variety
What to keep in mind
Not for people who dislike tea

Hanes "This Meeting" T-Shirt

Hanes

If you work with someone who hates unnecessary meetings, give them the gift of a T-shirt that sums up their frustration.

The Hanes "This Meeting" T-shirt comes in sizes medium through XX-large. It's easy-care cotton and fits like any standard T-shirt.

What we like
Great for the meeting-frustrated
Funny and fun
What to keep in mind
Not ideal if your workplace doesn't appreciate irreverence
Must know shirt size

The Modern Gourmet Barbeque Rubs

The Modern Gourmet Barbeque Rubs

Everyone loves barbeque, whether you're grilling a steak, a veggie burger, or a portobello mushroom. A set of different flavors of barbeque rubs is a great gift for a co-worker who enjoys grilling or cooking.

This set of five rubs from The Modern Gourmet covers lots of different cuisines, including Mexican, Cajun, Southwest, Caribbean, and Memphis. It works on both meat or veggies, so it's a great choice even if someone is a vegetarian.

What we like
Unique gift
Great for meat-eaters and vegetarians alike
Affordable
What to keep in mind
May not work for those with food allergies
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Nalgene Water Bottle

Nalgene Water Bottle

A water bottle makes a classic gift that's affordable and practical, and no one can have too many. It's a great way to show co-workers you care.

The Nalgene water bottle comes in tons of beautiful colors, all of which are BPA-free. You can choose the color they'll like best.

What we like
Useful and practical
Affordable
Easy to personalize
What to keep in mind
Better if you know their favorite color

Allura & Arcia Stress Relief & Self Care Cards

Allura & Arcia Stress Relief & Self Care Cards

Everyone deals with stress, and some jobs and situations can be especially anxiety-producing. A set of stress relief and self-care cards can be the perfect, inexpensive gift for co-workers under pressure.

This set of 52 cards has exercises that are easy for everyone to do. Some cards prompt mindfulness in practical ways, and some suggest deep breathing techniques. This is a gift that shows you really care about how your colleagues are doing.

What we like
Meaningful and caring
Affordable
Practical tips for stress reduction
What to keep in mind
Not ideal if your co-worker hasn't expressed anxiety

No matter what you choose to give your co-workers, it's always nice to include a note of thanks. Let your colleagues know you care with a thoughtful gift and some kind words for the holidays or any time of the year.

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