Whether it’s an upcoming birthday, the holidays just around the corner or someone’s retirement party, there eventually comes a time when you need to buy gifts for someone at the office.
We’ve compiled a list of the best gifts for the office staff in a variety of different price ranges.
30 Gift Ideas For Office Staff
For the Coworker Who Takes Her Work Home with Her: Portable Laptop Workstation Notebook Stand
We all have that one coworker who can’t seem to leave work at the office. If you’re looking for a gift for that person, this portable workstation/laptop stand is a great option. If she’s going to be doing her work from home, she might as well be doing it comfortably.
This’ll allow her to work from the couch, at the desk, from her bed or even standing! Plus it has a fan underneath to keep her cool and her laptop from overheating.
For the Office Worker Who’s Constantly on the Go: Modoker Mens Vintage Backpack for Men
This is a great gift for the coworker who’s constantly having to travel. Whether he’s in and out of the office visiting clients or back and forth on business trips, this vintage backpack with a built-in charger is a must-have item.
He can pack his laptop, his files and even a change of clothes in this sturdy 11.5″ x 4″ x 17″ bag, and he can easily charge his devices no matter where he goes. The bag comes in either black or brown and has a polyester lining and a 17-inch shoulder drop.
A Gift the Whole Office Can Enjoy: Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker, Single Serve
This is a nice gift that just about anyone would enjoy. It’s a single-cup Keurig coffee maker, and it makes the perfect cup of coffee pretty much every time. It comes in four different colors to suit the giftee’s particular taste, and if you want to spend a little more, you can even get the Keurig and a large box of k-pods.
This is also a great option if you want to buy something for everyone in your office. Instead of buying multiple small gifts to give out individually, you can simply buy one large gift for the office to share.
For the Fitness Nuts: Vaunn Medical Folding Pedal Exerciser with Electronic Display
This gift is for the coworker who either can’t sit still or who can’t stop talking about his daily exercise routine. With this under-the-desk pedal exerciser, he can burn calories, work off excess energy and keep up his momentum even while working on the most boring, dry reports.
It’s great for toning muscle and increasing blood circulation, and he can control the amount of resistance he has against his legs while pedaling. It’s also easily folded and put away when not in use.
Sitting All Day Can Be a Pain in the…. Neck: Coccyx Orthopedic Seat Cushion and Lumbar Support Pillow for Office Chair
Unless your coworker went out and invested her own money into buying a super comfortable, ergonomic desk chair, she probably gets uncomfortable sitting at her desk all day. Desk chairs can be a killer on the back, coccyx and shoulders.
Buy your coworker this set of orthopedic, memory foam cushions to help alleviate some of her pain and discomfort. The set includes a coccyx chair cushion and a lumbar support pillow to help keep her comfortable from neck to tailbone.
The chair cushion has a non-slip bottom and the lumbar pillow has straps to hold them securely in place.
For the One Who’s Always Hot: OVPPH Portable Air Conditioner Personal Air Cooler
One of the worst parts about working in an office is that the temperature never seems to be right for everyone. You may be fine, but the man next to you is sweating, while the woman behind you both is shivering.
It’s just one of those inevitable truths of office life. This portable air conditioner packs a powerful punch of cool air and is perfect for the office staff member who’s always complaining about the heat.
It’s small and extremely lightweight, but it puts out a blast of super cool air to cool down even the hottest employees. It also features LED lights that cycle through seven different colors.
For the One Who Doesn’t Like to Share: Retro 6-Can Personal Cooling and Heating Mini Refrigerator
Another key character in any office staff is the coworker who always thinks her drinks and snacks are being stolen from the office kitchen. If you’re buying a gift for this person, help her out by buying her this tiny personal refrigerator that’s so small, it can fit right on the side of or underneath her desk.
It’s very lightweight and comes with a convenient handle for ease of transporting, and it’s large enough to fit six 12-ounce canned drinks or a couple of drinks and her lunch and/or snacks. This’ll help keep her food and drinks safe, and she won’t ever have to worry about them getting stolen again.
For Buying in Bulk: Sangyn 6 Pack 30oz Stainless Steel Tumbler
These 30-ounce, stainless steel tumblers are a great option if you’re looking for something small and practical to buy in bulk and give to everyone in the office. They come six to a pack, and there are four colors – white, black, pink and navy – from which to choose.
If you work in a small office, one set of these may be enough to take care of the whole office. The tumblers feature splash-proof sliding lids and come with straws and cleaning brushes. You can give them as-is, or you can fill them with candy and other goodies before giving them out to your office staff.
Remind Him to Get up and Move: Lintelek Fitness Tracker Heart Rate Monitor and Activity Tracker
With 15 different color options and adjustable bands, these fitness bands are a great option for just about anyone. They’re incredibly useful and have a myriad of different functions. They track distance walked, steps taken, calories burned, sleep status and how many minutes of the day your coworkers were “active.
” They connect with phones to catch calls and text messages, and they track heart rates and have GPS-connectivity. The battery on them usually lasts about five to seven days before needing a recharge. All told, these are pretty great gifts at pretty reasonable prices.
For the Coworker Who Always Brings Her Lunch: 3-Tier Bento Box Food Container Storage Boxes
This uniquely shaped Bento box is a great option for the person in the office who always brings her lunch from home. It’s three-tiered and contains seven total food containers, which should allow her to pack her lunch and even a few snacks.
The container can be used as a two-tier or single-tier case as well. The box is 100% food-safe, so there’s no risk of contamination or consuming toxic substances. It also comes with a lunch bag, utensil bag, spoon and chopsticks, so your friend will have everything she needs for a delicious, healthy lunch.
For the Friend Who’s a Bit of a Mess: Simple Houseware Mesh Desk Organizer with Sliding Drawer
This desk organizer comes in either black or silver and is made of durable, hard-to-damage steel. There’s almost no assembly required. The dimensions are 14.8″L x 12.85″W x 9″D, and the set fits neatly on practically any desk thanks to the space-saving design.
It features a large tray with a drawer, two-side load letter trays and a five-compartment stacking sorter section. The whole thing is made of attractive mesh and looks great with any decor. It’s a must-have for the disorganized coworker who needs a little help staying tidy.
We All Need to Tune out the World Sometimes: Skullcandy Riff On-Ear Headphone – Blue/Sunset
For someone who works in an office, there are sometimes just days when he needs to tune everyone out and focus on what he’s doing. You can help with that by buying him this set of Skullcandy on-ear headphones.
There are six color options, and the collapsible, flat-folding design means they’ll take up less space when not in use. They’re lightweight, comfortable and durable and feature refined acoustics and a microphone with call and track control.
Every Office Has an Aspiring Author: Hemingway Pencil Cup
One of the most common office desktop staples is the pencil cup. Office workers need plenty of pens, pencils, highlighters and other writing instruments, and they need somewhere to store those things. However, just because everyone needs a pencil cup doesn’t mean everyone’s pencil cup has to be boring and exactly alike.
If you have an aspiring author or an avid reader in your office, she’ll probably appreciate this vintage typewriter pencil cup. It’s made of durable resin and measures 5″ x 5″ x 5″. It may not hold quite as much as standard pencil cups, but it’ll hold enough, and it looks much cooler.
For the Friend Who’s Constantly Having His Things Stolen: Office Space Milton and Stapler Socks 2-Pair
These socks are perfect for the guy (or gal) in the office who’s always misplacing his things. There are two pairs of socks in this set. One features Milton’s face along with his infamous red stapler. The other pair kindly states, “I believe you have my stapler.
” They’re both hilarious and will be appreciated by just about anyone who’s a fan of the film. They’re machine-washable and fit sizes six through 12.
For the One Who’s Always Borrowing Your Charger: Bamboo Charging Station Organizer for Multiple Devices
For less than $25, you get a lot when you buy this gift. It comes with the bamboo charging station, an integrated stand for an iWatch and Airpods, two Fitbit charger stands, two iPhone charging cables, two android charging cables and a type-C cable.
You also get the peace of mind knowing your coworker should never have to ask you to borrow your charger again! As MasterCard would say, “Priceless.” Seriously though, this does make a really great gift for anyone who’s constantly needing a place to store and charge his devices.
The Best Possible Pens: Uni-ball Signo 207 Retractable Gel Pen
Regardless of their career fields or job titles, people who work in offices write a lot. If you’ve never had a job, a hobby or even a class that requires you to write things out longhand, you can’t possibly understand the importance of having a good, smooth-writing pen.
When you write as much as office workers do, having pens that write well isn’t a pleasure; it’s a necessity. Uni-ball Signo 207’s are some of the best writing pens you can buy, and for their quality, they’re pretty reasonably priced.
Trust us on this one; although pens may seem like a dull, boring gift, any office worker will appreciate them – assuming they’re good pens, of course.
Bulk Buying for Office Stress Relief: NEOACT Mini Cube, Puzzle Party Toy 30-Pack
This is another option if you’re buying in bulk to try to get a small gift for everyone in the office. Buying puzzle cubes for professional adults may seem childish, but even adults need to take breaks every now and then and de-stress with something a little fun and silly.
That’s exactly what these mini puzzle cubes are meant to do. They come 30 to a case, so you should be able to cover the whole office with one box, and although they aren’t your typical office gift, they’re sure to be a hit.
No More Restless Feet: Fikowo Foot Rest Under Desk with Ergonomic Height
If you’re looking for a gift for an office worker that’s practical and that’ll be much appreciated, get her an under-the-desk foot rest. Anyone who’s ever sat at a desk for eight to ten hours a day knows how jittery and restless your legs can become.
There’s nothing worse than being stuck at work and trying desperately to find some way to relieve the tension in your legs and not having anything in front of you but more floor. This footrest is sturdy and comfortable and features a non-slip bottom to hold it in place.
Your coworker will definitely thank you.
For the Boss Who’d Rather Be Golfing: Golf Pens with Golf Bag Pen Holder and Base
If you have a boss, employee or coworker who loves golfing more than just about anything else, this is the gift for him. It’s another unique, attractive pencil holder, and it’s designed to look exactly like a golf bag sitting on the green and full of golf clubs.
It’s made of soft PU leather, which makes it seem even more authentic, and there’s even a zippered compartment to hold small items such as erasers, paperclips or a key. It comes with three pens – red, black and blue – made to look exactly like golf clubs, and the bag even features movable rubber wheels.
The only thing more realistic is the real thing.
Add a Little Color to Her Notes: Purple Ladybug Scratch-Off Mini Art Notes
Notepads are pretty much essential items in an office. Office workers are always leaving notes to themselves and to others about various things. Help your office buddy’s notes stand out from the crowd by buying her these scratch-off notepads.
They’re solid black until she uses the included stylus to write (scratch-off) what she wants to say. Then the black falls away to reveal a vivid rainbow of shiny colors. Everyone will know exactly who left these notes.
She’s Got Style, She’s Got Grace: Swingline High Heel Stapler
This stapler shaped like a high heel pump is perfect for the office staff member whose outfit is always on point. If she has fashion down to an art, then her desk might as well be just as fashionable. The stapler comes in either red or black and is a real, working stapler by Swingline, so you know it’s good quality.
It holds up to 105 staples at a time when fully loaded, and it can staple together up to 20 sheets of paper that are standard size in thickness.
Provide Him with a Little Stress Relief: Desktop Boxing: Knock Out Your Stress!
If you’re looking for a great gift for the office worker who’s constantly stressed out or on the verge of jumping up and going off on a long, colorful tirade, consider buying him something to help him control his stress and anger levels.
This desktop punching bag is just the thing. It’s a really cute gift that’ll put a smile on just about anyone’s face, but it’s also a practical, fun way of relieving stress. It even comes with tiny boxing gloves that he can put on his fingers to punch the bag.
It’s also a really great conversation starter.
For the One Who Needs to Stand Out: Cool Paper Clips Assorted Colors Animal Shaped Bookmark Clips
This is another great gift for the coworker who enjoys adding a little bit of her own unique flair to the office environment. This box of paperclips contains 40 adorable animal-shaped paperclips. There are ten silver cats, ten pink elephants, ten gold dachshunds and ten blue birds, all in an attractive steel box.
These paperclips are the perfect way for her to subtly add a little bit of her personality into everything she does. They can also be used as unique bookmarks. Plus, they’re just really adorable.
He’ll Never Drink a Cold Sip of Coffee Again: Home-X Mug Warmer
These things were originally marketed as a safer, more economical way of “burning” candles. They were sold as candle warmers; people would place their candles on top of them instead of lighting the wick.
The candles would heat up, and the smell would fill the room, and people didn’t have to worry about forgetting to blow out the candles or risk burning down the house.
They can still be used for this purpose, of course, but someone figured out they also worked really well for warming up cold coffee, and now, that’s how the majority of people use them.
If you have a coworker that’s a compulsive coffee drinker, he’ll definitely appreciate getting one of these for his desk. There’s nothing quite as nasty as taking a sip of coffee that’s gone cold and stale.
With this warmer, he’ll never have to experience that again, at least not while he’s at work.
Make Relaxing at Home More Delicious: BOH Delightful Tea Assortment Sampler With Mug
This is a nice, thoughtful gift that office workers can use at work or at home. The set comes with a lovely ceramic tea mug with a lid for easy steeping and eight teabags for a variety of flavor. Whether she enjoys starting off her workday with a nice, hot cup of tea in the mornings or relaxing at home with a nice, hot cup of tea before bed, she can do exactly that with this gift.
The mug is food-safe and easily cleaned.
May the Forks Be with You: Sabers Chop Lightsaber LED Light-Up Chopsticks Skywalker Green
This gift is exactly what you need for the office Star Wars fan. Chopsticks are just fun to use anyway, but chopsticks that look like glowing lightsabers are even better. They’re lightweight, easily portable, easily cleaned and 100% food-safe and free of toxic materials.
They come with the batteries included, so there’s no additional cost to give him a fully functional gift.
For the Essential Oil Users: GFONDINGD Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace Tree of Life Pattern
This beautiful necklace comes in several different styles. Pictured here is the “Engraved Silver Tree of Life,” but there are several other tree styles, different cat styles, dog paws, hearts and more.
Whichever one you feel would suit your coworker’s style best is the one you should choose.
Every necklace comes with ten reusable refill pads. They’re washable and highly absorbent. Your coworker simply needs to select the essential oil she wants to use that day, pour it into the refillable pad and place it inside the necklace.
The pad adds a bit of color to the necklace, which makes it even prettier, and the scent is strong and fragrant. If you have an essential oil user in your office, this is the perfect gift.
A Humorous Way to Say Goodbye: MAUAG Good Luck Finding Better Colleagues Than Us Coffee Mug
This is really a themed gift and is only appropriate for an office staff member who’s leaving to go to work for another company. Still, if you find yourself having to buy a gift for this occasion, this is one of the cutest and funniest possible options.
It’s practical because most people drink coffee, and even those who don’t drink something, so a mug is always useful, but it’s what’s written on the mug that makes it so funny. It’s a simple reminder that no matter where your coworker goes, he’ll never find colleagues better than you guys.
Help Protect His Hands: O’Keeffe’s Working Hands Hand Cream
People don’t often associate flaking and cracked hands with office work; in fact, many people assume that only manual labor can lead to damaged hands, but that simply isn’t true. Sitting in a dry office all day typing at a computer can also be bad for the hands.
Plus, working in an office can be boring and tedious, and some people tend to start picking at their nails and cuticles while sitting around bored. Help your favorite office worker take care of his hands by buying him some O’Keeffe’s Working Hands cream.
It’s some of the absolute best stuff you can use for keeping hands soft and smooth.
Picking the Perfect Presents for Your Employees or Coworkers
The first steps to finding the perfect gift for someone in the office are determining that person’s relationship to you and the occasion. For example, gifts that might be appropriate for your office best friend probably wouldn’t be appropriate for the boss. Additionally, buying a super expensive gift for the $10 gift exchange at the holiday party would also be a little unorthodox. Knowing who you’re buying for and why can go a long way towards helping you find the right gift.
That may seem like an obvious statement, and it is obvious. The problem is that it’s so obvious, people don’t always think about it. Instead, they start looking for gifts by googling “great office worker gifts” when the slight change to “best gifts for boss at retirement” would give them much better, much more appropriate search results. The same goes for bosses looking for gifts for their staff members. An occasional gift can go a long way towards boosting morale in the office setting, but it’s less effective if you don’t narrow your focus and give gifts appropriate to the occasion.
Next is weighing the merits of buying something personal versus buying in bulk. If you’re planning to buy everyone in the office a holiday gift, for instance, you might come out better if you buy a bulk package of something small, thoughtful and practical. Of course, if you’re buying a gift for a coworker who’s retiring, this isn’t an option.
Finally, don’t feel like you have to overspend. Unless the office worker you’re buying a gift for is also someone very special and dear to your heart, most people don’t expect large, lavish or expensive gifts from coworkers or even their bosses. Again, the one exception to this is retirement, which is a time when someone is generally given a more pricey gift to represent all the years they’ve put in with the company.
Most importantly, try not to stress out too much about finding “the perfect gift.” There is very rarely a magical, mystical “perfect gift.” That’s the bad news. The good news is that although there may not be a perfect gift, there are plenty of great ones out there for you to find, and they’re much easier to locate than that elusive “perfect gift.”
What’s the best gift you’ve ever been given from someone in your office? What’s your favorite gift that you’ve given to someone in the office? On what types of occasions do you generally give gifts to office staff? Do you buy in bulk, or do you try to find each individual coworker something special and unique to suit his or her tastes and personality? Let us know about all that and anything else you want to tell us in the comments section. Be sure to like and share this post with all your friends, and come back and see us again soon!