Decorations are up in the lobby, the holiday party is on the calendar, Christmas is in the office air, and you may still need to get gifts for your coworkers. It can be tough balancing what to get with price points and different working relationships, nonetheless gifting holiday cheer shouldn't be stressful. Whether it's Secret Santa or just a small gift at their desk, below are some tips and inspiration for coworker Christmas gifts.
Should I Give Christmas Gifts to Coworkers?
While not required, small gifts for coworkers are a nice gesture during the holiday season. It's a way to show appreciation and gratitude for the working relationship you have. A holiday card with a thoughtful note can achieve this as well. Holiday office gifting should be in the joy of the season, and not a stressful time.
For more information on coworker gift etiquette, visit our Gifts for Coworkers post.
How Much Should You Spend on Christmas Gifts for Coworkers?
Coworker Christmas gifts are meant to be small gestures to celebrate your work relationship, try to stick between $10-$15. It's okay if it's less than that, as long as it is thoughtful and fits the giftee. For large teams, cards with holiday wishes are inexpensive choices.
If you're participating in the office Secret Santa or White Elephant gift exchanges, try to stay within the budget guidelines set by the group. These present exchanges are usually optional, so if the dollar range set is not in your budget, opt-out. Do ask about the theme of the gifts and if expectations are for kitschy or standard items. Not everyone would be thrilled to get a snowball thrower in Texas when they brought the gourmet food everyone fought over.
When to Give Your Coworkers Christmas Gifts?
Anytime after December 1st is appropriate for Christmas gifts, but try to gift before the week that Christmas falls on. You want to try to avoid people being on vacation and out of the office. I typically find the 2nd week of December to be a good time in the workplace for presents.
Try to arrive a few minutes early in the morning and place the gifts at everyone's desks. This will help with any awkward encounters if they aren't planning to gift or haven't bought any yet.
What is a Good Christmas Gift for a Coworker?
To get a good gift, try to pick something that matches their personality. If they're the ones participating in every desk decorating contest and bake-off, they'll likely enjoy the snowman mug and holiday scented candles. If they typically avoid showing their holiday spirit, you may want to select food gifts or non-festive choices like caramels, tea and coffee sets, and a mug for use outside of the holiday season. Whichever personality you're shopping for, there are several ideas listed below for inspiration.
Spread holiday cheer through Christmas themed items such as mugs, spa gifts, and food sets, which are always joyful. Items to relieve stress, including candles, essential oils, and lotions, can be found in festive and standard scents. Office items such as journals and small desk accessories. Gift cards to a nearby coffee shop or their favorite lunch spot. Food gifts and wine, if permitted at your office, are good choices as well.
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1. Hot Chocolate Jar, $11 at Alantida
This festive jar comes complete with chocolate chips and marshmallows.
2. Christmas Candles, $9+ at Midnight Owl Candle Co
Holiday scents are great for boosting the Christmas spirit.
3. Tea Sampler (Similar Style), $15 at Amazon
Give their tea variety with these winter flavors.
4. Bath Soak Ornament, $9 at JC and ME co
A practical and festive small gift option.
5. Tea Mug with Infuser (Similar Style), $14 at Amazon
A useful and thoughtful gift.
6. Personalized Journal, $15 at Decorated Bliss
They'll never lose their notes with this journal.
7. Scotch Caramels, $15 at Mass Bay Trading
Gift gourmet candy with these handcrafted caramels. For a non-scotch version, try these black lava sea salt caramels.
8. Travel Essentials Kit, $10 at Amazon
They'll have what they need on the go with this travel set.
9. Biscuit Mix, $6 at Custom Love Gifts
You can pair this mix with Christmas jam to create your own gift set.
10. Christmas Soap, $7 at The Scented Retreat
This will make a fun-spirited soap for their home.
Shop Coworker Christmas Gifts Under $15
"Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone."
—Charles M. Schulz
1. Whipped Sugar Scrub, $15 at Sunbasil Garden Soap
This jack frost exfoliating scrub is cute and creative.
2. Custom Name Mug, $19 at Hand Lettering Laura
A personalized gift they can use daily.
3. Personalized Coffee Scoop, $25 at Natural Gift Store
Pair this scoop with their favorite brand of coffee they like to make at work.
4. One Batch Breakfast Gift, $20 at Stonewall Kitchen
They can enjoy a weekend brunch at home with this gift.
5. Hot Sauce Taster Set, $23 at Pips Hot Sauce
They can mix up their lunches with these flavors.
6. Hot Toddy Mix, $23 at Amazon
Pair this mix with a bottle of whiskey for a winter drink.
7. TV Show Tumbler, $17 at Tervis
Give them a mug with their favorite TV show theme on it.
8. Cocoa Gift Set, $17 at Harry & David
Give them festive cocoa flavors with this set.
9. Mini Coffee Sampler, $23 at I Say It With Cafe
Give them a break from the office coffee with this sampler.
10. Succulent Gift Box, $20+ at Plants of Paradise Shop
A plant for their desk makes a lovely gift. This box also includes a candle with matches or sugar scrub with a wooden spoon, and it has add-on options to create a personalized box for each recipient.
Shop Coworker Christmas Gifts Under $25
Which gift option are you hoping to unwrap at your desk this year? Do you prefer festive or non-festive presents from your workmates? Share the best gift you've received to date or your favorite Christmas gifts for coworkers in the comments below.
Until next time,