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
A very well-ranked pen from our list of pens in a subtle black rather than fluorescent pink (though of course you can get that one, too).
For the artsy co-worker with kids
This pen set is, hands down, the best set with which to colorfully adorn whichever latest craze someone might be into, from coloring books to bullet journals.
For the work-wife who’s allergic to scented candles
For your work crush who’s a die-hard Snoopy fan
This mug adorned with Snoopy’s from over the years will make your work crush feel special without making you seem creepy.
For the co-worker who craves coziness
For the Deadhead (or hypebeast) who craves coziness
For the co-worker with a house upstate
For the work-husband who’s a little bit hipster
For the twenty-something coworker who’s learning to cook
For the witchy coworker who’s into astrology memes
For the cubicle neighbor with lots of plants
A handsome watering can for the person who’s been using a coffee mug to water their plants.
For the OCD coworker who cleans their desk daily
Great as a desk accent, greater as a way to clean dust out of their keyboard.
For the co-worker who reads the Cut
Or someone who loves birds or spicy poultry.
For the co-worker who does cross-fit before work
A good backup for the ones they just lost.
For the boss who loves cooking shows
Craft Sriracha is a thing and it makes even the saddest desk lunches feel special.
For the boss with an espresso machine in their office
For the co-worker who’s trying to give up single-use cups
Barista-approved and super cute.
For the co-worker who’s trying to give up coffee
For the jet-setting coworker
This will also work for the co-worker who naps under their desk.
For the co-worker who grocery shops at lunch
For the co-worker who’s obsessed with their dog
Interactive dog toys are a godsend for new puppy owners and this one provides hours of fun (depending on how smart your dog is).
For the co-worker who’s obsessed with their cat
For the co-worker you barely know
Perhaps a little boring, but this planner is so useful they’ll overlook the fact that it’s not very personal.
For the coworker you Slack about skin care
Straight from the Strategist pop-up shop to their shower.
For the co-worker with a bad back
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