35 Affordable Christmas Gift Ideas for Your Coworkers

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As Christmas is fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking of the perfect gift for your work wives, office bros and favourite bosses.

But what are you supposed to get the people that you spend most of your life with – and within budget too? Sure, booze is always a good gift, but it sounds a little boring to me. With so many people to get gifts for, it can be hard to think of the ideal present for each individual.

But there’s no need to panic because we’ve assembled a list of creative and affordable holiday gifts for your office clique.

If you’re on a tight budget this year, these nifty little gifts are perfect and great value for money, too!

1. Fidget spinner

A stylish fidget spinner will help relieve your colleague’s stress and are just super fun to play with (I mean, we all have an inner child).

Fidget Spinner

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2. Card bottle opener

This awesome bottle opener is handy for the impromptu Friday office happy hours! It can be stored safely in a desk and is discreet enough to slip into a wallet or purse.

Bottle Card opener

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3. The Little Black Book of Cocktails

If your coworkers love books or cocktails (or both!), this little black book is suitable for the festive season and is sure to liven up the dullest Christmas party.

Little black book of cocktails

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4. Fancy tea

Every office has a tea snob. If your work wife is that colleague, she’ll love you forever if you buy her these posh tea leaves which are quite the step up from the standard tea bags offered in the office kitchen.

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5. Specs holder

Most of us have succumbed to wearing anti-reflecting glasses for the computer these days. This funny gift is not only humorous but quite useful, too!

wooden nose spectacles holder

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6. Mug warmer

We’ve all been there: you just made a cup of fresh coffee and get called into an impromptu meeting or get so busy that, by the time you get around to drinking it, it’s gone stone-cold. This unique gift idea is here to combat cold cups of tea or coffee and will certainly be appreciated by the recipient!

Mug warmer

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7. Avocado slicer

This smart gadget will save your avocado-obsessed friends from kitchen injuries and make their lunch preparation super speedy.

avocado slicer

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8. Conversion spoon rest

This useful gift is ideal for the aspiring Jamie Olivers in the workplace. Plus, it kills two birds with one stone with the measurement references.

 

Kitchen Conversions Spoon Rest

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9. Red wine stain remover

This is perfect for your friend who loves a glass of Malbec but is maybe a little too clumsy. Their white blouse will thank you later.

Red wine stain remover

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10. Birchbox

A Birchbox is like a little ray of sunshine for the beauty queens. This cute gift box comes with samples of popular products on the market on a monthly basis and is the perfect choice for you makeup-obsessed colleague!

Birchbox

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11. Planner

This is the perfect gift for anyone who enjoys staying on top of their tasks and responsibilities. The planner comes with daily, weekly and monthly sections as well as a space where you can jot down your goals and track your habits.

Panda Planner black journal

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12. Mouse pad

If your work buddy is sometimes a bit grumpy (and can also take a joke), then this funny mouse pad is a great gift, and an inexpensive one, too.

Grumpy cat mouse pad

 

 

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13. Wallet-sized multi-tool

This gift is perfect for someone who loves a gadget. You can up their pocket utility with a wallet-sized multi-tool that has 40 functions, including a bottle opener and a screwdriver.

Level Gear Toolcard Pro

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14. Sticky note set

This cute sticky note set is perfect for your super-organised coworkers. They’ll love getting all their stuff in gear for the new year ahead!

Sticky Note set

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15. Desk calendar

Type-A coworkers will love this desk planner. They can use it as an email backup or at home for their house chores.

Desk Calendar  May 2021

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16. Funny coffee mug

If your work friend can’t live without their ‘morning medicine’, this mug will make a great addition to their desk – who doesn’t love a new mug?

glass coffee mug

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17. Desk golf

This is ideal for the golf fanatics. With this gift, they can have the pleasure of playing a little golf year-round and combat the withdrawal symptoms.

Desk golf

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18. Braided USB

If your desk mate is always asking to use your lightning cable to charge their phone, then why not gift them their very own which they can leave, conveniently, at the office?

cooper charging cables

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19. Mini vacuum

We all spend endless hours at our dust-infected desks, and some coworkers simply can’t take it. Which is why this cute one-touch, AA battery-operated desk vacuum could become their new, favourite office gadget!

Desk Vacuum

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20. Portable charger

Is your colleague always complaining about their phone running out of battery? Help them out with this Grade A high-quality portable charger that is compatible with all Apple and Android devices.

blue lipstick shaped powerbank

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21. Mood cards

These mood cards allow you to express yourself in over 15 ways. Give these to your colleague as a playful gift.

Funny Office Mood Cards For Business Workplace

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22. Scalp massager

Help your work pal relieve some built-up tension with this scalp massager; it’s certainly speedier than a lunchtime stop at the salon.

Scalp massager

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23. Screen cleaner

I know this isn’t the most thoughtful gift, but if your friend is always complaining about their specs being smudgy, they’re bound to appreciate this.

Lens Wipes

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24. Chocolate truffle box

What’s Christmas without some boozy chocolates? This little gift is perfect for any chocolate (and booze) lover!

Chocolate truffles

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25. Tea infuser

This gift will be any coworker’s cup of tea! Made with BPA-free silicone, one mitten detaches to hold loose tea leaves while the other anchors itself from the outside.

Tea infuser

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26. Office emergency kit

Help your work buddy be prepared for any emergency with this ‘minimergency’ kit to deal with ripped shirts, lost hair ties, stains and anything that the universe throws their way.

Minimergency kit

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27. Business card holder

Upgrade your friend’s current business card holder (aka their coat pocket) to this sleek silver-plated pick.

Card holder

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28. Umbrella

Okay, this one might seem like a boring choice. But trust me: it’s a practical gift that your colleague will thank you for on a rainy day when they’ve left their umbrella in the car.

black umbrella

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29. Desk fan

If you’re tired of hearing your desk neighbour complain about the temperature in the office, take matters into your own hands and invest in a thoughtful gift like this cute desk fan.

Desk fan

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30. Book light

A suitable gift for the bookworms that tend to travel often. This will definitely make their next journey more enjoyable!

Book light

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31. Paperweight

Do your boss’s papers fly all over the place every time the windows are opened? If so, it’s about time someone bought them this cool paperweight.

Paperweight

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32. Candle

This Yankee Candle will make anyone’s home smell of Christmas and is definitely a mood-changer, too!

Yankee candle

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33. Personalised makeup bag

If your work bestie is a glam queen, help spice up her kit with this trendy personalised makeup bag.

Make-up bag

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34. Retro alarm clock

There’s always one person that has trouble getting out of bed in the morning. Why not help them with this old-school alarm clock?

Alarm Clock

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35. Travel cup

If your colleague is always on the go, help them stay hydrated (or caffeinated) with this super-practical travel cup.

Travel cup

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Picking a gift for your fellow team members can be tricky. As long as it’s something funny, thoughtful or practical, they’ll surely appreciate it! And remember: it’s the thought that always counts!

Can you suggest any other great gifts for your coworkers? Share your ideas with us in the comments section below!

 

This article is an updated version of an earlier article originally published on 16 November 2017 and was written in collaboration with staff writer Melina Theodorou.