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

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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 mini karaoke microphone because the whole world is a stage and they know ALL the words to "Weird Science," as all of us should! (I do. It's a very fun karaoke song, FYI.)

hand holding up tiny microphone in front of a wreath

4. 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

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

minimalist black headphone stand

6. A Jeopardy trivia book to pay respects to Alex Trebek while honing their own skills. I can't wait to tune into their game show debut.

The Jeopardy trivia book.

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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. 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

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

laptop keyboard with colorful key covers

15. Some minimalist magnetic bookmarks that'll look dang good on the page while being a bit gentler on the page than other metal or plastic bookmarks.

open book with two of the slim bookmarks on the page

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

the lotions

18. A Baby Yoda night-light that'll make them ooh and ahh as they make their way down to the bathroom in the middle of the night to handle their business.

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 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

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

the to do notepad with different sections on the list

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

"information central" notepad used as a mousepad

24. A six-pack of scarf scrunchies for a one-and-done task of putting up their hair and adding a glam touch even if they have to do some REAL math to figure out the last time they washed it.

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. 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.

29. A set of cat stickers that'll help 'em keep tabs on what's in which file folder.

tab-shape cat stickers

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

donut-shaped mouse pad

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

seahorse-shape tea diffuser in a coffee mug

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

marble look coffee mugs

33. 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

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

dark red fingerless gloves

35. 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

36. A six-pack of succulent votive candles for the aspiring old plant lady whose track record for keeping actual plants alive is less than stellar.

votive candles that look like succulents

37. Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza, a super-fun card game you can then play with them because that NSFW Cards Against Humanity deck is a bit tired by now. Well, with this, it's safe for *all* ages. And probably with HR, too!

cards from the game deck on a table

38. A mini reading journal full of fun prompts that'll be a step up from the note they've been keeping on their phone.

reviewer's pic of the book cover

39. A 20-pack of nature illustration postcards as a delightful stationery solution for the person who still stans snail mail. Or, they would make for beautiful wall art!

the postcards fanned out

40. A Nightmare Before Christmas mini cross-stitch kit if your friend is super crafty but hasn't quite struck into cross-stitching yet. (It's super fun!)

the cross stitch set

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