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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

Get them from Amazon for $13.97.

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

These cards cover 60 of the most common dreams and their interpretations, all wrapped up in some gorgeous packaging. These beauts will definitely end up in their Insta grid. *Also*, I own these and they're SO pretty IRL.

Get them from Amazon for $15.29.

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

This unassuming pair has 50,000+ reviews on Amazon!

Promising review: "I can't believe these are so cheap! These sound fantastic. I mean I can feel myself getting fitter and more productive already. I put on a 'running' song to try out the quality and I immediately wanted to go running. I don't really run. At least I haven't in a while. I think I'll go now. Or maybe I'll clean the house...something that involves moving. I got purple cause every color is a slightly different price and they were one of the cheapest. I actually ended up liking the color. It comes with three different size rubber tips to fit your size ears." —Amazon Customer

Get them from Amazon for $8.99+ (available with or without mic, 15 colors).

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

minimalist black headphone stand

This stand is on my desk rn! And I adore it. It gets the job done without hogging too much space.

Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in two colors).

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

I've used this stuff and it is FANTASTIC. Just don't let them pour it in their morning tea! It's not that kind of honey.

Get them from Amazon: a 12 oz. bottle for $9.99 or 12 0.75 oz packets for $11.99 (or $0.99 a packet)

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

Get a 50-pack from Amazon for $14.99 (includes Tapatio, Cholula, and Sriracha; also available in a 75-pack).

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

Promising review: "This is a great product and is super cute! The spoon holds on to the side of the cup as expected. I use it everyday to stir my coffee." —Curiously curious

Get it from Amazon for $3.

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.


Made from aircraft grade aluminum for superior strength and portability. Includes six ink refills.

Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

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

Promising review: "Beautiful pens! Well balanced. Smooth writing even for a left handed person. LOVE THEM!" —Idaho

Get them from Amazon for $7.99.

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

Get them from Amazon for $6.99 (also available in a glitter version).

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

Get them from Amazon for $9.99.

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

Promising review: "Had a large amount of brown sugar and couldn't keep it soft, even in a tight container. I purchased new 5-quart jars for my flour, sugar, and so forth, and quickly realized my brown sugar was a ROCK! I purchased this, soaked it, and placed it in the sugar as instructed. Within hours it was soft again! I have about 2 lbs. of sugar in the 5-quart jar currently. The jar is sealed with a gasket but I haven't had to re-soak the bear yet (only a month in use currently). Would recommend to anyone at this point, just mad I have wasted so much brown sugar over the years. I have not used it for any of the other uses, like cookies or bread, but will probably purchase more in the future since this little bear is dedicated to my brown sugar." —diosa

Get two from Amazon for $5.50 (also available in a maple leaf or gingerbread man).

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.

Promising review: "I purchased a bunch of indoor house plants during quarantine and now I have a bunch of fungus gnats in my house due to the plants. These sticky traps have worked very well for me catching the gnats. I was a little skeptical at first but this product does help the problem." —Robert

Get a 30-pack from Amazon for $14.95.

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

Promising review: "I don't write reviews often because I get lazy but this case just saved my laptop. My water bottle exploded in my backpack and didn't realize 'til it was too late. I saw that everything in my backpack, including the case, was drenched but the interior was still dry! The only thing that was saved was my new laptop and I am absolutely grateful for it. Thank you." —Brian Chung

Get it from Amazon for $10.49+ (available in four sizes and 17 colors).

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


Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in eight color combos).

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

Promising review: "I worked several years in a fine jewelry store that sold this product. We used the Dazzle Stick from time to time to add a quick shine to merchandise that was just tried on and on days our jeweler was not there to professionally clean items. I was always impressed with the instant shine the diamond stick provided. The brush tip is very helpful for getting under the stones and in the setting where gunk builds up reducing that brilliant shine. I recently got engaged and immediately purchased a Diamond Dazzle stick of my own. It's the perfect way to quickly give my ring some shine before leaving the house. You simply brush, rinse, dry and go. I don't feel this product replaces the need to professionally clean your jewelry every now and then, but it does help with the maintenance of that new shiny sparkle." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $11.89.

Check out our full review of Diamond Dazzle Stick here!

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
Everyday Humans

Get one from Everyday Humans for $8.50 or three for $21.50 (also available in a new crisp pine scent).

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

Get them from Amazon for $14.85.

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

Get it from Amazon for $8.95.

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.


Promising review: "My daughter has been on a save-the-ocean crush lately and I bought these to help support her efforts. I love mine that I use at my office and I keep a few in the car for fast-food use. Thank you for the great product at an affordable price and awesome quality." —AShields

Get them from Amazon for $8.94.

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

small vacuum that looks like a ladybug

Promising review: "Great for picking up staples, etc., off of my desk at work!" —Tammy Mahaffey-McFerran

Get it from Amazon for $9.39 (available in four colors).

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

You can also use it on surfaces like car vents, speakers, screens, cameras, etc. JUST NOTE that you should use it to press to clean. Don't leave it on a surface and walk away because gravity will let it sink into grooves and make a mess.

Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

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

the to do notepad with different sections on the list

Get it from Amazon for $9.40.

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

"information central" notepad used as a mousepad

Get it from Amazon for $9.70.

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

Get them from Amazon for $8.99.

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

Promising review: "I have suffered from splitting and cracking fingers every fall and winter for years. I tried Eucerin, Lubriderm, and Gold Bond creams, but none seemed to relieve the splitting from reoccurring. I tried O'Keeffe's Working Hand Cream and within two-and-a-half days, the splitting and cracking were no longer a factor. Since using the cream, I have not suffered any more cracking or splitting. I am on a busy schedule and only use it at night when I go to bed. It says it's non-greasy but you can definitely feel a slick texture on your hands once applied. That's why I use it at night before bed when I don't have to open door knobs, touch smartphones, or shake hands. It has the texture of cake icing, goes on smooth and works into the skin quickly. It has no smell I can detect. I am so glad I found this cream, it has ended years of split and cracked fingers/hands." —T.H.

Get it from Amazon for $9.24.

Our deep dive into O'Keeffe's Working Hands Cream goes into more details, so be sure to check it out.

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

Get 80 from Amazon for $6.86.

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

Me, I am the fast-food junkie.

Get them from Amazon for $7.50.

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

Get them from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in four combos).

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.


Get them from Amazon: gold for for $7.53+, black for $7.88

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

Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

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

tab-shape cat stickers

Get a pack of 360 from Amazon for $7.99.

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

donut-shaped mouse pad

Get it from Amazon for $7.89.

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

seahorse-shape tea diffuser in a coffee mug

Get it from Amazon for $15.

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

marble look coffee mugs

Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in three colors).

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

Promising review: "I often have to leave my desk to visit other departments and hated coming back to cold coffee, tea, or hot cocoa. I especially stopped drinking tea because by the time you let your bag steep, it's cooled down. This product is simple but awesome and it makes me super happy." —marymodern

Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

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"
Smash Craft Studio / Etsy

Get it from Smash Craft Studio on Etsy for $4.95 (available in four color combos).

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

dark red fingerless gloves

Get them from Amazon for $8.95 (available in eight colors).

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

Get them from Amazon for $12.99.

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

coffee mug shaped succulent planter
WoodlandFever / Etsy

Get it from WoodlandFever on Etsy for $7.50+ (available in two sizes).

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
Brown Paper Crafts / Etsy

Get it from Brown Paper Crafts on Etsy for $10.

Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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