Office Secret Santa exchanges should, in theory, be a lot of fun — who doesn’t like getting presents? But if you draw the name of someone you barely know, someone you really want to impress (a.k.a. the big boss) or, god forbid, your office crush, finding an appropriate gift can be a daunting challenge. The best co-worker gifts are useful and personal without getting too personal. To help you navigate your office Secret Santa shopping this year, we put together a list of unimpeachable gifts for every type of colleague, work wife, or HR rep. Don’t miss all of the Strategist’s holiday gift coverage right here, too.
For the co-worker who’s always losing their pen
For the artsy co-worker with kids
For the work-wife who’s allergic to scented candles
Scented candles can be too intense for perfume-sensitive people but this beeswax sculptural candle is pretty and mild.
For your work crush who’s a die-hard Snoopy fan
For the co-worker who craves coziness
A classic for a reason, these socks are the “sock stocking stuffer” that people actually want, whether they’re hiking the city streets or the Rockies.
For the Deadhead (or hypebeast) who craves coziness
Tie-dye is one of the biggest trends of the last two years, making these organic cotton socks a guaranteed win.
For the co-worker with a house upstate
This room spray subtly clears the air like a mountain breeze.
For the work-husband who’s a little bit hipster
There’s no such thing as too many beanies. These come in a ton of bright colors, in case red is a little too Steve Zissou.
For the twenty-something coworker who’s learning to cook
The ultimate starter skillet, perfect for frying eggs or a grilled cheese.
For the witchy coworker who’s into astrology memes
The OG deck for beginner tarot heads.
For the cubicle neighbor with lots of plants
For the OCD coworker who cleans their desk daily
For the co-worker who reads the Cut
For the co-worker who does cross-fit before work
For the boss who loves cooking shows
For the boss with an espresso machine in their office
So their beans are always fresh.
For the co-worker who’s trying to give up single-use cups
For the co-worker who’s trying to give up coffee
This herbal mixture tastes a little like coffee and a little like hot cocoa. Plus, it’s great for your liver.
For the jet-setting coworker
For the co-worker who grocery shops at lunch
Reusable bags they can keep in a desk drawer for noontime Trader Joe’s runs.
For the co-worker who’s obsessed with their dog
For the co-worker who’s obsessed with their cat
Design-y cat toys that’ll bring Fluffy to a higher plane.
For the co-worker you barely know
For the coworker you Slack about skin care
For the co-worker with a bad back
A home run of a gift for someone who struggles with back or muscle pain.
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