Finding a gift for your officemate isn’t an easy task – what do you get the person that has your back Monday to Friday or that colleague in corporate you don’t know well enough to be making vital gift decisions?
You want to make sure the present is personal and shows that you’ve put some thought into it but also that it doesn’t come off as offensive. Whoever and whatever the occasion, these inexpensive gifts will brighten up your colleague’s day and won’t break the bank, either.
We’ve rounded up the coolest, funniest and most personal gifts for your office pals in categories to make sure they tie in with your budget.
These affordable gift ideas will blow your workmates’ socks off; they might be on the cheaper side, but it’s the thought that matters.
1. Personalised Initials Slate Coaster Set
These personalised coasters are perfect for a leaving gift – they can be used in their next office or at home and won’t take up too much room, either.
$19.95 (£14.50) | Buy the Coaster Set
2. CoffVee Wine-Infused Coffee
There’s finally a way for your work wife or office bro to get their wine fix during working hours. This wine-infused coffee will give them the taste, without jeopardising their job.
$14.95 (£10.85) | Buy the CoffVee Wine-Infused Coffee
3. Cork Cactus Memo Holder
This cactus memo holder is more than suitable for those that lack the organisational gene – you can help your cubicle pal get his desk in shape (and benefit from it, too).
$14.63 (£10.60) | Buy the Cork Cactus Memo Holder
4. Frenchie Pillow
This pillow is perfect for the dog lover in the office that is always complaining of a bad back; it’ll make them more comfortable and keep them from missing their pet during office hours.
$13.98 (£10.15) | Buy the Frenchie Pillow
5. Darth Vader Apron
There’s bound to be a Star Wars fanatic in your workplace that could use this machine-washable apron for when he’s saving the world, or maybe just cooking.
$15.42 (£11.20) | Buy the Darth Vader Apron
6. Reusable Glass Water Bottle
This BPA-free water bottle is everything a gym-goer dreams of. It comes with an attractive silicon sleeve which will remind them to stay hydrated during their lunch break workouts.
$15.99 (£11.60) | Buy the Reusable Glass Water Bottle
7. ‘Lean in 15’ Recipe Book
For the gym-goers that need a little inspiration in the kitchen, the Lean in 15 recipe book will inspire them to cook up a storm in the kitchen in less than 15 minutes – yes, it’s the real-deal; they’ve been personally tried and tested.
Paperback: $23.48 (£17) | Buy the ‘Lean in 15’ Recipe Book
8. iPhone Lightning Cable
This 10-foot-long charging cable is perfect for your colleague that spends endless hours scrolling through Instagram, drains their iPhone’s battery every hour.
$12.59 (£9.15) | Buy the iPhone Lightning Cable
9. Rustic Cotton Blanket
This is the best gift for that one person who asks ‘Is it cold in here?’ on a daily basis. You’ll not only help them but will no longer be battling to keep the windows open, too – sounds like a win-win situation to me.
$17.99 (£13) | Buy the Rustic Cotton Blanket
10. LED Mini Humidifier
This cute, little humidifier is perfect for your work pal who thinks the office air is ‘too dry’.
$16.99 (£12.30) | Buy the LED Mini Humidifier
11. Donkey Desktop Notepad
Is your coworker always forgetting to do certain tasks? This amusing notepad will make sure nothing goes amiss anymore!
$14.99 (£10.90) | Buy the Donkey Desktop Notepad
12. Mario Badescu Facial Spray
This refreshing facial spray is perfect for the beauty queen that loves sharing her skincare routine. It’ll give her a little afternoon pick-me-up and keep her skin looking flawless all day.
8oz: $14.00 (£10.20) | Buy the Mario Badescu Facial Spray
13. Supply Station Desk Accessory Holder
This desk accessory will neatly hold a lot of stationery and will make your cubical mate chuckle, too.
$19.95 (£14.50) | Buy the Supply Station Desk Accessory Holder
14. Chalk it Up Candy Jar
Give your favourite office pal a pretty jar to keep their sweet treats near them on their desk. You’ll definitely put a smile on their face, especially if they have a sweet tooth.
$13.99 (£10.20) | Buy the Chalk it Up Candy Jar
15. Phone Lens and Tripod Kit
This four-piece tripod and phone lens kit is perfect for the aspiring photographers in the office, offering a clearer and more detailed photo each time.
$22.99 (£16.70) | Buy the Phone Lens and Tripod Kit
16. ClearGuard Keyboard Cover
This is perfect for the clumsy clocks in the office that tend to feed half of their lunch to their keyboard instead of their mouth.
From $19.85 (£14.40) | Buy the ClearGuard Keyboard Cover
If you have a bit of extra cash to splash, these items that are under $35 (£30) are ideal for birthdays, Christmas or leaving presents.
17. 2018 Bubble Wrap Calendar
This bubble-bursting calendar is great for the office and will give your stress-head colleague an outlet to relieve their tension.
$29.99 (£21.80) | Buy the 2018 Bubble Wrap Calendar
18. On-the-Go Coffee Brewer
Every office has a coffee snob that will drink nothing other than a Starbucks – help them save a few pennies with this on-the-go French press that will spruce up their morning routine.
$29.99 (£21.80) | Buy the On-the-Go Coffee Brewer
19. LED Desk Lamp
Suitable for the poor coworker that works in what is practically a cupboard, this LED desk lamp will shed some light and brighten up their atmosphere.
$29.99 (£21.80) | Buy the LED Desk Lamp
20. The North Face Etip Women’s Gloves
It’s so annoying trying to send a message with freezing fingertips, right? These etip-technology, cosy gloves will allow your coworker to fire off a text in bitterly cold weather.
$28 (£20.35) | Buy the North Face Etip Women’s Gloves
21. SoundPEATS Bluetooth Earbuds
These Bluetooth earbuds are discreet and will help anyone block out the office noise when they are trying to concentrate.
$27.99 (£20.30) | Buy the SoundPEATS Bluetooth Earbuds
If you want to gather some funds from the entire business and splurge out on a fancy gift, use the below ideas:
22. Swarovski Collection Gold-Plated Tea Set
These handmade teacups and saucers are embellished with metallic gold and silver – very suitable for the tea critic in the office that can’t go an hour without a fresh brew.
$39.99 (£29) | Buy the Swarovski Collection Gold-Plated Tea Set
23. Folding Exercise Bike
There’s always someone who worries about being sat at their desk for too long and not doing any exercise – help them get over their fears with this discreet desk bike.
From $35.99 (£26.10) | Buy the Folding Exercise Bike
24. Lindt Truffles Gift Box
This giant box of chocolates is a good way to say farewell to a coworker or to simply say ‘thank you’ for picking up the slack this quarter.
$39.50 (£28.70) | Buy the Lindt Truffles Gift Box
25. Kate Spade Lunch Tote
Is your work wife super organised and brings in packed lunches every day? Spruce up her attire with this on-trend Kate Spade lunch tote.
$39.98 (£29) Buy the Kate Space Lunch Tote
26. Bobbi Brown Bronze Shimmer
Give your work bestie this shimmering bronzer to get through the Monday blues.
$46 (£33.40) | Buy the Bobbi Brown Bronze Shimmer
27. Taste of Italy Gift Box
This little taster basket is perfect for those that are a fan of the Italian cuisine – and who isn’t, right?
$39.54 (£28.70) | Buy the Taste of Italy Gift Box
28. Anker SoundCore Bluetooth Speaker
This portable Bluetooth speaker is perfect for the person in the workplace who has taken on the role of the official DJ.
$39.99 (£29) | Buy the Anker SoundCore Bluetooth Speaker
29. LuMee Duo Cell Phone Case
There’s probably a few selfie queens or kings lurking around your office floor – brighten up their life with this popular LuMee phone case.
$49.88 (£36.20) | Buy the LuMee Duo Cell Phone Case
30. Fujifilm Mini 8 Instant Film Camera
Is someone getting married in the office or going on a trip of a lifetime? Gift them this super cool instant camera for their guestbook photos or personal memoirs.
$47.95 (£34.80) Buy the Fujifilm Mini 8 Instant Film Camera
31. Clocky Alarm Clock on Wheels
This genius gift is perfect for that one colleague that always rocks up late to work. The Clocky alarm clock runs around the room, meaning that you have to chase it to switch it off!
$39.99 (£29) | Buy the Clocky Alarm Clock on Wheels
32. Back and Neck Massager
Does your colleague always complain about their neck and shoulders always hurting? This massager is like having your own personal masseuse on call.
$49.88 (£36.20) | Buy the Back and Neck Massager
33. Amazon Echo Dot
An Amazon Echo is an ideal gift for the tech-savvy amongst the office – it tells you the weather, plays music, reads the news and much more!
$49.99 (£36.30) | Buy the Amazon Echo Dot
34. Amazon Fire TV Stick
Give a binge-watcher access to Netflix, HBO, Amazon video and much more with this TV stick where they can watch any TV show that they desire.
$39.99 (£29) | Buy the Amazon Fire TV Stick
35. Toymail Unicorn Talkie
This is a modern-day walkie-talkie between the user and someone at home – it could be the perfect gift for someone who is missing their kids during the day. They can record a message for them and receive a reply.
From $49.39 (£35.80) | Buy the Toymail Unicorn Talkie
With this nifty gift guide, you shouldn’t have to spend hours deliberating over gift ideas for your coworkers anymore – and you might even get sucked into buying a few for yourself!
Can you think of any other awesome gift ideas for coworkers? What’s the coolest gift you’ve ever received from colleagues? Tell us in the comments section below!
All prices are correct at time of writing. Currency conversions are based on rates supplied by XE.com on 17 January 2018.