45 Affordable Christmas Gift Ideas for Your Coworkers

Not sure what to get your coworkers this Christmas? We got you covered!

Reviewed by Chris Leitch

Affordable Christmas Gift Ideas for 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 favorite 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 is just super fun to play with (I mean, we all have an inner child).

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.

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.

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.

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!

6. Mug warmer

We’ve all been there: you just made a cup of fresh coffee and get called into an impromptu meeting, or you 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!

7. Avocado slicer

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

8. Conversion spoon rest

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

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.

10. Novelty socks

Relaxing in front of the fire watching Christmas movies sounds amazing, right? If your coworker is always talking about their favorite Christmas movie, these funky Christmas socks are sure to make them laugh.

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.

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.

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.

14. Sticky note set

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

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.

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 —and who doesn’t love a new mug?

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.

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?

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, favorite office gadget!

20. Portable charger

Is your coworker 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.

21. Mood cards

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

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!

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.

24. Chocolate truffle box

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

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.

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.

27. Business card holder

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

28. Umbrella

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

29. Desk fan

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

30. Book light

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

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.

32. Candle

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

33. Personalized makeup bag

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

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?

35. Travel cup

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

36. Beeswax gift set

Sitting in an air-conditioned office all day can cause dry skip and lips, so why not treat a coworker to this handy little set? It contains lip balm, body lotion, hand cream and foot cream, so they’ll be soft and supple from head to toe.

37. Tabletop terrarium

If your coworker is always looking for new plants to brighten up their workspace, then this is a great choice. Plants are known to improve your mood and mind, so it could even reduce their stress while looking lovely, too.

38. Motivational coloring book

This cute little coloring book can help people wind down after a tough day. It also contains motivational quotes amid the pictures, meaning it might just boost their mood while giving their hands something to do.

39. Back scratcher

This handy little gadget is easy enough to fit in a desk drawer and is perfect for those hard-to-reach itches. Sometimes, you just need an extra hand — literally!

40. Illustrated book of facts

This is a great present for people that randomly come out with tidbits of knowledge that (almost) nobody is interested in. Like, did you know that, in 2013, the Curiosity Rover sang “Happy Birthday” to itself while on Mars? Well, now you do!

41. Cat apron

What more could they want than an apron with a cat in a chef’s hat? This is the perfect Christmas gift for those who love baking and cats. This particular apron is waterproof, too.

42. Sleep mask

This is a great gift for someone who struggles to get a decent amount of sleep. If they’re always yawning and moaning that they’re tired, then this blackout sleep mask is just thing to sort them out.

43. Cheese board

For many, Christmas is about good food and good company (and sometimes alcohol). If you’re looking to buy a gift for a foodie friend, this is a great choice. It can be used for charcuterie or simply as a cheese board.

44. Hoodie blanket

This is a great option for people always saying it’s too cold to work. They still have full mobility of their arms but can sit in a cozy little burrito at their desk (if management allows it!).

45. Amazon gift card

There will always be that one person who either has everything or is really difficult to buy for. Sometimes it’s easier to simply give them a gift card so they can buy something for themselves, which will still be greatly appreciated.

Final thoughts

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!


Originally published on November 16, 2017. Updated by Melina Theodorou and Hayley Ramsey.