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Spending time with our coworkers looks a little different in 2020. While some of us have been physically going into work, other have only interacted with our coworkers via a screen on Zoom or chatting on Slack. That means it has been harder than ever to get to know our office companions this year, making holiday gift shopping especially challenging. And how do you tastefully adhere to a price limit?
We’re here to help. Whether you’re shopping for your cubicle buddy, your boss, or the stranger you got for virtual Secret Santa, we’ve got great gift ideas across a range of prices to help you nail the exchange. Here are the 20 best gifts for coworkers this year.
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1. For the one who doesn’t drink coffee: Fred & Friends Manatea Silicone Tea Infuser
If your cubicle comrade prefers tea over coffee, treat them to the best tea infuser we’ve ever tested. That’s right—this novelty-looking infuser actually works wonders. The Manatea’s tiny fins hold the infuser in place while tea steeps, and its silicone body makes it easy to rinse and clean. Throw in our favorite electric kettle, the Hamilton Beach 1.7-liter electric kettle, for the total tea package.
Get the Fred & Friends Manatea Silicone Tea Infuser at Amazon for $14.99
2. For the one who needs coffee 24/7: Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug
If your busy boss is constantly running back and forth between their office and the kitchen to heat that one massive coffee they sip on all day despite being home all day, there’s a mug for them. With the stainless steel Ember mug, they can keep that cup of coffee set to a specific temperature for hours, adjusting it via their phone as needed, and even receiving reminder notifications of its status within the app.
It’s pricey, yes, but it actually works, and comes in a range of stately colors. There’s even a travel mug version for on-the-go sipping.
Get the Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug at Amazon for $99.95
3. For the one with perfect makeup: Mario Badescu Facial Spray
With over 5,000 5-star reviews on Ulta, the classic Mario Badescu Rosewater Facial Spray is one of the most popular beauty products ever—and it’s only $7. Whether your coworker is known for their gorgeous makeup looks or tends to complain of dry skin and dullness, a bottle of this spray will certainly brighten their day and keep them looking fresh. You can also grab the lavender and green tea sprays for the complete package.
Get Mario Badescu Facial Spray at Ulta for $7
4. For the one with a green thumb: Philodendron Green Potted Plant
Plants are proven to increase happiness and productivity around a workspace, so why not brighten your coworker’s day with something green? We love this simple, easy-to-care-for philodendron from The Sill, an online plant retailer that we tested and loved. You can have it delivered in a stylish pot right to their home or office, depending on where they’re working these days.
Get the Philodendron Green Potted Plant at The Sill for $35
5. For the one who wants to save the turtles: Hummingbird Glass Straws
Straw bans and single-use plastics have been all over the news for the past few years, so we tested the best reusable straws to help you make the right, environmentally-conscious decision. Our favorite, the Hummingbird Glass Straw, is beautiful, durable, and easy-to-clean, making it the perfect gift for your office buddy who’s ditching plastic.
Get Hummingbird Glass Straws, Set of 4, at Amazon for $19.99
6. For the one reading the “Call Me By Your Name” sequel: TONYMOLY Peach Hand Cream
Everyone should have hand cream with them at work, particularly in dry office environments in the winter months. So why not make the hand cream adorable and peach-scented? This highly-rated cream from Tony Moly is moisturizing without being heavy, and we love the cheeky container design. It’s the perfect small gift, whether your recipient is a fan of Call Me By Your Name and Parasite or not.
Get TONYMOLY Peach Hand Cream at Ulta for $12
7. For the one who’s always anxious: Tealyra Matcha Startup Kit
Matcha tea has existed for centuries, and it’s as popular as ever across Japan and the States. If your coworker loves the relaxation that comes from green tea and wants to graduate into more advanced tea-drinking methods, we recommend a matcha starter kit like this one from Tealyra.
With a matcha whisk, bowl, strainer, and introductory bag of matcha powder, this kit can teach them how to prepare matcha the traditional way. They might even keep it by their desks at all times like our cooking writer Valerie does, who wrote our guide on all things matcha.
Get the Tealyra Matcha Startup Kit at Amazon for $64.99
8. For the one who needs to bring work home: Evecase Diamond Foam Neoprene Sleeve
No one likes taking work home with them, but for some people, it’s part of the gig. With our best affordable laptop sleeve, at least they can tote their computer in style. In addition to its stylish design, it has a decent amount of padding to protect it from any rigorous bumps on their commute. If you haven’t been in the office in a while, it’s a good way to say you miss seeing them IRL too.
Get the Evecase Diamond Foam Neoprene Sleeve at Amazon for $13.99
9. For the one with a long commute: Zojirushi Stainless Steel Mug
When we were testing travel mugs, our tester accidentally left a Zojirushi full of hot coffee in the car overnight and it was still piping hot the next day. So it’s ready to go the distance for your long-commute colleague who leaves their house at the crack of dawn and still wants hot coffee as a midday pick-me-up. Or for those who like nursing one cup of coffee throughout the day in their home office. Plus, its sleek design fits into any cupholder, messenger bag, or backpack with ease.
Get the Zojirushi Stainless Steel Mug at Amazon for $19.99
10. For the one who goes through a lot of tissues: Como Trash Bin
There’s always a sneezing, sniffling person in the office who can’t go through a box of tissues fast enough—I’ve been that person! Be kind, pray they use hand sanitizer, and get them a sweet and stylish trash bin that will fit right alongside their desk and save them a trip to the nearest trash can.
This bin comes in three trendy colors and is also great for anyone who is constantly scrapping paper, opening envelopes, or lusting after cute design-y items online all day. Plus, it’s a welcome gift to anyone still adjusting to the work-from-home life.
Get the Como Trash Can at Urban Outfitters for $26
11. For the one who is way too into candles: Diptyque Feu de Bois Candle
Diptyque candles are the standard-bearer of fancy candles for a reason: They’re French, they’re elegant, and they smell absolutely amazing. If your colleague or manager is a little bit posh and into smelling great, you can never go wrong with gifting them one of Diptyque’s signature scented candles.
This time of year, we particularly love their Feu de Bois scent, which means wood fire. It smells warm and inviting like a crackling fire, it’s totally gender-neutral, and the jar comes in a range of designs, from the classic glass with white logo to more seasonal green and black glass jars.
Get the Diptyque Feu de Bois Candle at Nordstrom for $36
12. For the one who used to be a barista: Krups Fast Touch Electric Coffee Grinder
While we prefer burr grinders to blade grinders when it comes to making the best cup of coffee possible, blade grinders are smaller, more affordable, and ideal for use in an office or on-the-go. So if you have a coffee snob coworker who only uses fresh grounds, they would surely appreciate having our best blade grinder from Krups on hand. They can store it in their desk, pack it when the travel, or keep it in their cabinet for when their burr grinder loses steam.
Get the Krups Fast Touch Electric Coffee Grinder at Sur La Table for $19.95
13. For the one who’s always up for happy hour: Corkcicle Insulated Wine Tumbler
If you’ve got a coworker that’s always suggesting you grab drinks after work, introduce them to the Corkcicle, an insulated tumbler for wine, cocktails, beer, and more. Of course, they can also just use it for water, but what’s the fun in that? This tumbler comes in a range of playful colors, and it’s spill-resistant lid and insulated body will keep cold drinks cold for hours. It’s perfect for the beach and after-hour celebrations.
Get the Corkcicle Insulated Wine Tumbler at Amazon for $24.95
14. For the one who always gets caught in the rain: Davek Solo Umbrella
Of all our personal items, umbrellas absolutely win the award for “most likely to break or be lost within weeks of purchase.” So why gift your chronically caught-in-the rain boss an umbrella? Because this one is unlike any other umbrella on the market.
Beloved by Reviewed’s Editor-in-Chief, the Davek Solo umbrella is incredibly well-designed, durable, and comes with a lifetime warranty on all parts, which is why it’s also the best umbrella we’ve ever tested. That means if your giftee manages to flip this thing inside out, a replacement is totally free.
Get the Davek Solo Umbrella at Amazon for $115
15. For the one who invites you to lunch: Smoko Dumpling Light
Dumpling light. Dumpling. Light. Is there anything more we need to say? This adorable, glowing ambient light from Smoko looks just like a dumpling plucked from a steam basket. It’s a great way to say thank you to the coworker who always takes you for lunch, or the one who appreciates a good dose of cute in their daily life. Reviewers love it, and we do, too.
Get the Smoko Dumpling Light at Urban Outfitters for $16
16. For the one who remembers to pack lunch: Monbento Original Bento Box
While we’ve dubbed the Coleman 9-Can Soft Cooler our favorite lunch cooler in testing for its utility, we can’t help but swoon over the adorable Monbento bento box for packing lunches. For your coworker who is incredibly organized about meal-prepping—or wants to get better about bringing lunch every day—this is the perfect gift.
We love the Monbento for its ability to keep foods separate (even hot and cold foods!) and pack up neatly at the end of the meal.
Get the Monbento Original Bento Box at Amazon for $39.90
17. For the one complaining about dry skin: Airomé Serenity Medium Diffuser
You can’t suddenly humidify your entire dry office or home office space, but you can help save your coworker from the plight of dry skin with our favorite diffuser from Airomé. A steal at less than $30, this diffuser passed our testing with flying colors. In addition to diffusing moisture and calming essential oil mists into the air, it’s available in several color options, so you can find one that matches your coworker’s style.
Get the Airomé Serenity Medium Diffuser at Amazon for $29.74
18. For the one with too much stuff to carry: Baggu Standard Reusable Shopping Bag
I don’t go anywhere without one of these reusable shopping bags from Baggu stuffed into my purse. Why? They’re lightweight, beautifully designed, and sturdy enough to carry any random groceries I need to pick up on my way home. Pick a design to suit your coworker who never has a free hand—they’ll appreciate the help.
Get the Baggu Standard Reusable Shopping Bag at Amazon for $12
19. For the one who’s always cold: DII Rustic Farmhouse Cotton Chevron Blanket Throw
Everyone who works in an office (or from home, for that matter) should have a throw blanket or massive scarf on hand in case the heat breaks or the A/C gets cranked up too high. This oversized chevron throw is gender-neutral, lightweight, and just cozy enough to keep your most temperature-sensitive coworker warm throughout the day.
Get the DII Farmhouse Cotton Chevron Blanket Throw at Amazon for $21.54
20. For the one with a major sweet tooth: Cheryl’s Happy Holidays Gift Tin
The issue with food gifts is that—more often than not—they taste like something you picked up from the grocery store. But after snacking on these cookies from Cheryl’s, we found that they legitimately taste homemade. This holiday tin, which features its famous buttercream frosted cut-out cookies, is the perfect way to deliver some well-deserved cheer this season without attempting to bake yourself.
Get the Happy Holidays Gift Tin at Cheryl’s for $44.99
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