Despite spending countless hours, day after day, working alongside these people, you may not actually know your coworkers all that well. This uncertainty can lead to boring gifts like a Starbucks gift card. But that sort of uninspired choice is a waste of a good opportunity. Remember, if you give a coworker a bad gift you’ll have to face them all week, and don’t be surprised if they don’t leave you the last donut. On the other hand, give your coworker a great gift and they just may file that paperwork for you, or cover for you when you want an extra day off. Those are the kinds of perks that a scented candle just doesn’t deliver.
Be that guy. Use these time-tested techniques to appear smarter in meetings - without even trying! Topics include “how to nod and pace” and “what to do with your face.” This fabulously snarky book is sure to appeal to those who are familiar with the corporate drudgery of relentless, inane meetings.
Everyone loves a gift that keeps on giving. Not only is this treasure trove a conversation starter, it’s perfect for re-gifting! Pass it around the office for all those special occasions and pay the rewards forward. The luck never runs out on this winner. Everyone needs a diversion at work and maybe, just maybe today’s your lucky day!
This must be a dream. Barefoot … in a hammock … at work. Does it get any cooler than this? Who says relaxation and hard work can’t go hand in hand? Digital nomads shouldn’t be the only ones having all the fun. Chances are your coworkers will get a lot more done with this handsome sling below their desk. Improve circulation from the tips of the toes to the synapses of the brain and reap the rewards of a stress-less work ethic
This is “IT”! Beer drinking and source code … together at last. You don’t have to be a computer geek to like these tasty glasses, but it’s a sure sign you know how to have a good time! Great tech-appeal and class are the name of the game with these conversation starters. Cheers to being a genius and a refined beer drinker at that!
Some people say social media has degraded human communication. Why stop at the digital realm? This pair of self-inking Like/Dislike Stamps is perfect for your non-communicative coworker who thinks in status updates.
Every workplace has one – the serial pen thief. The colleague who loiters by your desk, eyeing up ballpoints, commenting on what a nice pen you have. Yes, Tom, that’s why it’s my pen. How should you get your revenge? Buy everyone in your office these hilarious pens from embarrassing fake businesses, and let things take their course.
Sometimes the best gifts are the simplest. This dandelion seed head preserved inside a glass paperweight will remind them that there is indeed a natural world outside that continues on regardless of how suffocating and claustrophobic office life can be. You know, the kind of thing that can really lift your spirits.
Show them who’s boss...but not too obviously, of course. Wreak passive-aggressive havoc with this walk-by game board. Settle disagreements, prove them wrong, and earn bragging rights, all without even saying a word...but no cheating!
Oh no, you didn’t. You bet your voodoo doll we did! It’s time to release those pent-up thoughts and feelings of frustration that are clogging your mind so you can achieve clarity at work. Not only is it healthy to project your angst onto an inanimate object, but it’s extremely entertaining! Let go of what’s bogging you down and play a little. Dabble in the dark side and clear the air at work. You might be surprised at the results!
Air travel can be pretty uncomfortable, especially if you're crammed in an economy seat like most working folks. When the stress is mounting, the kid starts crying, and the pilot announces that they'll be arriving behind schedule, at least there is booze. These cocktail kits will help them find their happy place.
There isn’t an employee (or human) out there who couldn’t make use of this big red button! It’ll come in handy when the boss promises them that pay review for the hundredth time, or when Katie from finance claims her boyfriend’s band is the next Pink Floyd. Just make sure they wait until the BS-er is out of sight!
Name one coworker who wouldn’t love this (except Phil, he had a bad fish experience and doesn’t want to talk about it). Literal living art and – bonus – zero maintenance required. This self-contained aquatic ecosystem dumps the downsides to bring only the positives of an aquarium to the table.
Hear ye, Hear ye! Guess who just got promoted…to King Arthur’s Knighted Workers of the Round Table! With Excalibur by their side, they’ll rule the office, command respect at staff meetings and restore order to their cubicle. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to grasp greatness. Will they accept the challenge?
Sometimes it seems there is not enough caffeine in the entire world to get through the rest of the day. Now you can let your coworker test that hypothesis with the world’s largest coffee cup. Perfect for those who have left moderation far behind. Defibrillator not included.
Nothing is more important to company productivity than morale. And nothing raises morale better than acknowledging the real triumphs and heroics that make up the everyday life of an indentured office servant. There are no dragons to slay in the corporate world. The real battles are fought in small, desperate spaces like the sterile, suffocating environs of the meeting room. These things should not go unsaid.
Help your coworkers escape the stressors of the real world by venturing into the virtual land of, well, whatever some demented programmer came up with. Virtual reality applications are expanding all the time into areas no one ever thought of, and pretty soon everyone is going to want one of these. These VR headsets have come down in price a lot since they were introduced, making them an affordable gift that's out of this world.
Say goodbye to the desk covered in post-it notes, the misplaced notebook, and the back-pocket flash drive. Say hello to less is more. Embrace the future with this one-of-a-kind scribe. Translate your precious thoughts and to-do lists into tangible deliverables and never look back!
Are you changing jobs soon and want to leave behind a legacy of disorder and cascading revenge? Give this book to the person at the office you hate least and let them unleash a reign of terror and annoyance. A perfect bridge burner.
Transport your co-workers to a tropical land where soft sand cushions their overworked feet and salty air tickles their senses. Feel the warm breeze caress the cheek and listen to the gentle waves lapping along the shoreline. Achieve calmness, serenity and purpose inside the confines of the office cubicle. Frolic in the sand and let the stress of work float away. Life really is a beach!
Everyone gets their best ideas when in the throes of a caffeine rush, but the tools aren’t always handy just then to construct their timeless masterpiece. Legos are the canvas, brush, and pigments of the juvenile visionary. This is where art finally meets function.
Back in the old days you were really rolling the dice when you chose a hotel. Either you called blindly after skimming the phone book or simply drove all night and hoped you saw a vacancy sign before you ran out of gas and got murdered by a vagrant. A hotels.com gift card is not just a way of picking up the tab for your coworker's stay; it’s also the priceless gift of peace of mind.
In a world where deadlines are king, why not focus on a finish line that’s really worth celebrating? Retirement! They'll keep their eye on the prize with this optimistic ticker that will drive them to accomplish bigger and better things at work. Imagine the sweet silence of no alarm in the wee hours of the morning. Retirement will feel like it’s always right around the corner, and if that doesn’t get them through the day, I’m not sure what else would!
Corporate life is not about achievement or progress, it’s about survival. Everyone in the office tribe knows this but few will admit it. With a few strokes of the pen, an artist has rendered that common feeling of treading water with feigned composure that all cubicle slaves feel as soon as they enter the dungeon. Remind a coworker that you’re all in on the game with this humorous and poignant paper pad.
Everybody needs a bobblehead in their life. Everybody. Some people don’t know this yet – show them the joy. Get the face and body customized just right, and this’ll be a gift they’ll remember for years. Just be nice while you’re parodying your coworkers (or anybody else), mmkay?
We all have that messy colleague who literally doesn’t have a spare inch on their desk (unless you count that bit that’s covered in unidentified sticky brown stuff). For this co-worker, no gift is more appreciated than the under-table water bottle hanger. A quirky space-saving solution that will keep their precious H2O safe from the chaos above!
For the ultimate clock watcher, this stylish desk accessory is a fantastic way for your co-worker to count down the minutes left at work, hours left in the day, days left in the year, and years left before the sweet release of retirement, and that new life in the Bahamas.Or days spent pottering around the local garden center and shouting indignantly at daytime television.
The burden of constant decision making has been found to be the leading cause of workplace violence. Help forestall a catastrophe by moving the burden onto this ever patient, always reliable aluminum spinner. You may just be saving a life.
Gone are the days when a notepad with a holographic cover and dividers was the height of note-taking style. Treat your co-worker to a digital notepad and save them hours of typing up scribbled notes, struggling to decipher their own handwriting. Also, great for doodling on when the 3pm slump hits!
For all of these long decades, if you’ve been the kind of person who likes warm donuts, you’ve mostly been out of luck, and you likely felt like something was amiss with the world. That’s all changed now. The only thing you need to keep your donut the right temperature is this specially made mug. Give this to a coworker and they will literally have nothing left to complain about except the smell of your feet.
If you’re one of those rare people who feels like they just don’t spend enough time with their co-workers during the working week, why not get them tickets to a local event? Whether it’s a concert, baseball game or comedy night, who knows, they might even turn out to be normal humans outside of work.
Explaining to people why they suck gets very, very tiring. Luckily, two inspired authors did all the work for us. All the reader has to do is tear out the pages and deliver them to the appropriate assholes. If only all justice was this easy.
Do you have a coworker who is greedy and smells bad? Help them solve one of those problems by gifting them this wonderful scented soap with real money inside. Also great for your teenage kids who want their allowance but won’t get in the shower without some extra incentive.
Everyone has that coworker whose desk is as barren as their donut-pummeled, fluorescent-bleached soul. You can try to add a little life to their surroundings with this concrete desktop planter. Its modern, spare, utilitarian design allows it to fit in just about any environment.
Everyone has dreamed of punching the boss out cold in front of the whole team. Now you can take out that aggression in a socially responsible way without leaving the office. You can even heighten the cathartic effect by doing it while he’s right there in front of you. Just tell him you’re training to “smash the competition!”
Give frequent travelers the frequent opportunities to blab on and on about the time they were in wherever. And it fits wherever, adding a classic flair to home or office. This foam-backed map lets travelers chart their journeys with tiny flags and other markers and can be printed with any message the recipient chooses.
At first glance, you might think this is how Salvador Dalí would have typed if he had lived to see the modern laptop. But this is something even the great surrealist never would have dreamed up. This soft silicone keyboard rolls into an ultra compact, portable size, so it’s a perfect gift for coworkers who are on the go.
Finally, the perfect gift for that (highly taxing) colleague who loves to rhythmically click the end of their biro while everyone else clenches their jaws a little tighter. Not only that, this nifty finger work-out probably burns around 5 calories an hour, meaning that in 10 days, they’ll have earned a guilt-free donut!
Even the most caffeinated coworkers can only down so many mugs per day. Help ‘em squeeze a little extra kick into the cold, empty space between cups. And yes – these little beauties do contain delicious caffeine.
Let physics and chance decide what goes down your gullet and the gullets of your loved ones. These handmade wooden mixology dice make a handsome addition to any home bar. Maybe you’ll even invent the next big cocktail craze by mistake! The perfect gift for the adventurous or indecisive drinker in your life.
Ostriches can be terrifying beasts, especially when tired – and who can blame them, wouldn’t you be bad-tempered if you had wings but couldn’t fly? For your colleague who always takes a nap at lunch, this light and sound cancelling pillow will make sure they emerge fresh and amiable, unlike the ill-tempered ostrich they were 20 minutes earlier.
Share the gift of inner peace (and maybe prevent a premature coronary) with that twitchy intern or the overworked lifer three doors down who seems to give one too many of these just about every time. A solid laugh and a useful piece – but maybe, just maybe, not the perfect gift for your uptight boss.
Do you have a friend or coworker who still consults a magic eight ball for important decisions? Well, it’s time for them to grow up. Everyone knows the real wisdom lies in magnets. The sleek design of this modern divining tool is sure to get attention for its looks as well as its results. Give the gift of infallible prediction.
Don’t let mother nature’s inability to harness her own electrons cramp your style. Now you can stay connected even when far from civilization. Give this at the next company gift exchange and make your coworker the most popular person on the block when the zombie apocalypse comes.
Fed up of hearing from your colleague that they’re definitely going to the gym after work today, for reals this time? Give them the gift of an under-desk work-out machine and let them mindlessly pedal their way to fitness – with the added hilarity that they’ll look like a duck treading water, with their feet peddling frantically under the surface.
Ah, the go-to command of frustrated and frazzled office workers everywhere! For the colleague who’s always saying he wishes he could terminate his tasks, shut-down, and reboot on a beach somewhere far, far away, provide next-to-no comfort with a cup of tepid coffee, served in one of these quirky cups.
For your blooming, booming co-worker, why not give them some daffodils made from dollar bills? You’ll probably want to use Monopoly money for this, unless you’re secretly moonlighting as a diamond smuggler. After all, with the salaries your boss pays, it’s probably the most money you and your colleagues have seen in one place, ever, right?
There’s a doodler in every office – sometimes more. A 3D pen can help them turn their random scrawlings into beautifully-sculpted, magnificent works of… doodle. Fun to play with, engaging to use, it’s a pen that writes in 3D. Which is a whole lot of fun (you should try it).
Much better than boring workplace handbooks and safety procedures, this hilarious book is perfect for your coworker who’s looking to brush up on some borderline dangerous knowledge he’ll probably never need. Plus, it’s a gift for you too - after all, who knows when you might need someone who knows how to crack a safe?
We all know someone who needs this gum! Whether they’ve had a run-in with the boss, or an altercation in the copy room, this genius gum will make their, and your, life a whole lot easier. Also works as a subtle way of telling your colleague that they need to start doing the coffee run occasionally.
For the co-worker who sacrificed their promising sports career to join your company, ping them over this fun gift and help them to realize their true potential. Did you know Table Tennis is an Olympic sport? They could soon be on that podium, eyes glistening, thanking you for believing in them when no one else would…
You don’t need to be an expert in the Theory of Relativity to realize that any of your coworkers would love this genius desk accessory.Also, perfect if you can never find a paperclip when you need one – now you can just head over to Bob’s desk, and pretend you’re adjusting Albie’s hairstyle for him!
A great gift for your more anxious colleague, these quirky cubes will come in handy when they have to make that phone call they’ve been dreading, or go and ask the boss for a raise, or tell their partner about that thing that happened at the Christmas party with Linda from HR… yeah, it might wear out pretty quick.
We all do it, and yet we all have to pretend we don’t – this book will help you get away with it. The perfect gift for your bathroom-phobic colleague who always ‘pops home’ at lunch, this hilarious book is toilet humor at its best, and is sure to be (secretly) very well-received.
For the colleague who struggles with basic tasks, and who no-one’s quite sure how they’ve managed to hold down a job this long, this informative yet funny book will teach them everything from CPR to how to fight a shark – which you never know, might just come in handy at work one day!
Nothing has the power to ruin your working day like a disappointing lunch, whether it’s a soggy sandwich you’ve thrown together the night before, or an over-priced salad from the local deli. Spare your colleague this pain by gifting them this awesome portable oven, and they’ll soon be enjoying delicious (and envy-inducing) hot meals every day!
The 21st Century can be an overwhelming place – space exploration, nuclear weapons, Justin Bieber… This incredible encyclopedia provides a comprehensive insight into everything your coworker needs to know to get by. Great for keeping in their desk drawer and surprising you all with fascinating historical facts at 3pm on a rainy Tuesday.
A perfect gift for any of your co-workers who like a beer – which, if you survey the office last thing on a Friday is guaranteed to be almost everyone. Now, when they get home late and their partner accuses them of smelling like a brewery, they’ll be able to reply, ‘that’s because I just showered!’
Move over shampoo; this is the new bath time essential. The perfect practical gift for any of your coworkers who often feel the need to drown their sorrows whilst surrounded in bubbles (which is most probably all of them). Also, this useful holder leaves your hands periodically free for eating pizza and browsing Netflix. Bliss!
‘Life’s a beach!’ said no employee, ever (ok, unless they’re one of the very few who work in desert island maintenance). Add a touch of tropical paradise to your colleague’s desk and help them to relax and unwind with this therapeutic pattern drawing sand machine. Bucket, spade and ice cream optional.
The best (or worst!) gift for hypochondriacs everywhere! For that co-worker who’s always off sick (every workplace has one, and if you think yours doesn’t, it’s probably you), this book is a great gift to fuel their hysteria. It’ll also help them to diagnose much more interesting diseases for the rest of you to hear about. All. Day. Long.
For your coworker who looks as though she’d love to whack someone round the head with a heavy object, or the one who always must be the iron in Monopoly, or, probably more realistically, the one who goes to a lot of overseas conferences and must look presentable – this practical gift suits so many.
For the colleague who needs to lighten up a bit, buy them a crazy Christmas jumper – you could even get one that lights up! Whether it’s a naughty snowman, rude reindeer or cheeky elf, these ugly sweaters will make even the most serious crack a smile. Not just for Christmas, they also make a great gift in June.
If there’s someone at work who’s really been irritating you recently, why not help them on their way to diabetes with their favorite candy in super-size form. It might be playing the long game, but another 40 years of birthdays, Christmas and work anniversaries, and you’ll have the ultimate revenge!
Technically speaking, this is a rubber stamp, but colloquially speaking, using it is the opposite of rubber stamping. It allows the owner to send useless, insulting, and otherwise subpar documents back where they came from with the appropriate level of contempt. Slamming this thing face first into each page in a stack of shitty documents may be the highlight of your coworker’s day.
Everyone loves a drinking game, especially at 11am on a Wednesday after that presentation from hell… just kidding. However, giving your colleague this fun, boozy gift is probably the only thing that will make the work Christmas party bearable. Pre-gaming at Karen’s anyone? We’ll be there in a shot, or 6.
For your more ‘experimental’ colleague who likes to ‘push the boundaries’ and ‘try new things’ (yawn), why not give them this delicious ‘gift’ and wipe that smug, new-experience-loving smile off their face. Then again, it can’t taste any worse than the coffee in the canteen at work… maybe they are the real winner here.
Fred, is that you? Encased in jello? Oh no, sorry, I see now - it’s a giant gummy bear. Give your sweetest-toothed colleague this calorific treat and watch as they slowly devour him, one body part at a time, in a kind of perverse, reverse Build-A-Bear scenario. God bless America.
Who wouldn’t want to smell like the best substance in the entire world? Perfect for your cocoa-loving colleague who relies on chocolate to get through the day – now instead of a bar of Hershey’s, they’ll simply be able to lick their wrist for a quick fix. Think of the calories you’ll save them!
A strange, ink-like friend who lives in a jar, and can be disfigured and distorted with magnets for your own weird fascination? You just know this is the perfect co-worker gift for that guy down the corridor who still lives in his mom’s basement and likes to tell anyone who’ll listen about his ‘experiments’.
Looking to convince your boss she should pay for the free bar at the Christmas party? Mike from Sales that he wants you as team leader on that project? I.T. Jane that she should take a chance on your dinner invitation? These customized fortune cookies are the perfect mutually beneficial coworker gift.
They might look like strange sea creatures or spindly metal spiders, but these spine-tingling scalp massagers will be adored by even your most arachnophobic colleague. The perfect gift to take the stress out of their day – just make it clear from the offset that you won’t be the one operating it for them!
We’ve all heard of Ikea hacks, and, well, life is arguably just as important as Ikea, so why shouldn’t there be a book about these too? Ideal for your co-worker who is always looking for ways to make life easier and cheaper. Sheila from the 2nd Floor, perhaps? We all know she’s been smuggling printer paper out for year