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40 Cheap Gifts For Your Coworkers (Even The Ones You Hate)

There's something here for your Slack BFF to the colleague you've been tag teaming with on that top-secret project this year.

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1. Affirmation cards you can slip to your work spouse who could use after a lil' positivity after your monster of a boss (unjustly) called them out in a department meeting.

the cards

2. Or a set of dream-decoding cards to help them finally figure out what the heck that dream meant they had last night and they Slacked you about as soon as you both got to the office.

the cards

3. A pair of highly rated earbuds so they'll finally get some peace and quiet in your open office without disrupting their makeup, hair, or that giant velvet headband they've been rocking as of late.

the earbuds in different colors

4. Or a desktop stand as a spot for their huge not-right-now headphones to rest.

minimalist black headphone stand

5. A bottle of Mike's Hot Honey (or 12 packets) for the person who TRIES so hard at whipping up homemade lunch for $'s sake but always has puppy dog eyes staring at your food when you eat together.

the bottle of the honey drizzling on a pepperoni pizza

6. Or a HUGE bundle of hot sauce in case the Sriracha goes MIA from the break room every friggin' day and you're tired of helping them hunt for it.

packets of Tapato, Cholula, and Sriracha sauces

7. An adorable coffee spoon they can use to stir in all the stuff y'all use to doctor up that office coffee. Even if they're allergic to cats (like me!) they won't be able to deny the adorable utility of this dirt-cheap gift.

reviewer pic of a cat-shaped spoon with little arms that rest on the edge of a coffee mug

8. A tactical writing pen with a point that'll break glass or serve as a weapon against an attacker if they need it to. This takes the pen being a sword to a whole other level. Hopefully you'll use it for writing considerably more often than breaking glass.

9. Or a dangerously chic pen set they'll want to take everywhere and find most any excuse to use.

the metallic, polka dot pens with fake diamond on top in front of a coffee mug on a desk

10. Bowtiful-earrings for the person who goes all out for every last holiday party and breathlessly documents said ensembles on their Insta grid.

three pairs of Christmas bow stud earrings

11. A horde of 25 squishy friends to split up amongst the folks who always look like they're on the verge of snapping a pen in half.

open hands with squishy toys in them

12. A brown sugar saver disguised as an adorable terra-cotta bear that baking fiends *might* be sad they didn't know was a thing 'til now.

bear shaped terra cotta bear beside a container of brown sugar

13. Butterfly-shape sticky traps that'll look cute while they ensnare fungus gnats, fruit flies, plus other nuisances that are wreaking havoc on houseplants.

14. A water-resistant laptop sleeve in case you're the most graceful in your group of work buds, what with your not-tripping-over-door-jambs and keeping-the-lid-on-your-water-bottle ways.

person carrying a laptop holder

15. And a colorful keyboard cover as some insurance for some in-the-middle-of-writing-an-email coffee spill.

16. A cleaning pen for the coworker who just got engaged and can't stop flashing that bauble in every single Instagram story installment. It's made with micro-fine cleansers, polishing agents, and a polymer for a pro-level shine at the price of their morning coffee order.

reviewer's before pic of cloudy gem on ring, then after pic of super gleaming ring

17. A black tea-scented hand sanitizer that'll quickly become their fave of 2020. (It's my current fave and tbh, I will probably buy in bulk and give to my friends.)

person spraying hand sanitizer on hands

18. And a 10-pack of desk- or purse-friendly lotions because all that sanitizing sure is leaving my hands a bit drier than usual.

the lotions

19. A ~soothing~ coloring book in a compact size they'll find a spot for in their filing cabinet when they need to zone out for a bit.

the coloring book cover

20. A 10-pack of silicone straws for the colleague who still isn't over the office nixing the plastic straws and hasn't quite warmed up to those steel ones. The silicone ones are easier to clean and have a drastically better mouth feel than cold metal.

21. A mini desk vacuum as a lil' help during the neatest coworker's requisite tidying breaks.

small vacuum that looks like a ladybug

22. And a jar of cleaning goo that'll help get down in between their keyboard keys and erase the woes of that grilled cheese you escaped the office to grab together and bring back.

person using the goo to get in between keyboard keys

23. A ~structured~ notepad that the person who thinks lists are sexy will adore.

the to do notepad with different sections on the list

24. Our a mouse pad notepad to kill two birds with one stone.

"information central" notepad used as a mousepad

25. A four-pack of bamboo back scratchers so they can avoid an awkward shimmy when they've got to get to that one spot.

four bamboo back scratchers

26. A nourishing hand cream to give their ragged cuticles and dry paws a major overhaul. All that hand-washing during bathroom breaks always takes a toll!

reviewer's before pic of super dry, painful looking hand, then after of the same hand looking moisturized

27. Animal-shaped paperclips that'll help them win the Cutest Desk Award this year. Again.

colorful paper clips in the shape of various animals

28. Junk food erasers to bring the fast-foot love to their office without the penetrating smell.

eraser that look like a fast food order on a tray

29. A six-pack of notebooks you can split between all your peeps who jot down every last thing. Shout out to the people who take notes because you always seem to forget.

brown and black small notebooks

30. A deck of gold cards to joke about playing with Benjamins 'til you can do that IRL at your next poker night. OR go with some matte black ones to match their goth ways.

31. A Post-It dispenser in case your cubicle mate has a spot in their heart *just* for sticky notes.

heart shape sticky note holder

32. And cat stickers that'll help 'em keep tabs on what's in which file folder.

tab-shape cat stickers

33. A yummy mouse pad to make every hour snack o'clock.

donut-shaped mouse pad

34. A loose-leaf tea infuser no one will confuse with their own.

seahorse-shape tea diffuser in a coffee mug

35. A charming mug to make beverage breaks *that much* better.

marble look coffee mugs

36. And a compact coffee warmer so they won't have to microwave that cup of joe to get it back to the perfect temp it was before they started tackling their inbox.

black disc-shape coffee warmer with coffee mug on it

37. A wordy coozie as a reminder to save those bookmarks they can keep on their lunchtime seltzer.

pink coozie with silver glitter on it that says "my brain has too many tabs open"

38. Fingerless gloves so they won't have to wear a blanket in the office.

dark red fingerless gloves

39. A 48-pack of cheerful binder clips that'll incur the envy of everyone else in the office. Sorry!!!!!!

binder clips with happy faces on them

40. A succulent planter to bring a little outdoors inside, even if their view is merely of cubicle walls.

coffee mug shaped succulent planter

41. And a wineglass befitting Sharon, who will never not find a way to slip looking forward to her evening glass of vino into every work convo.

clear stemless wine glass that says "because work" on it

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