Even the savviest shoppers are often stumped when it comes to finding gifts for their coworkers. Scoring something unique and fun that isn’t overly personal, while staying within an allotted “Secret Santa” budget can be challenging. But it’s not impossible. Here are a few gift giving ideas that are appropriate for any workplace exchange.
For the Guy or Gal with the Gross Cell Phone Screen
Let’s face it: this title applies to most of us. We could all use something chic and stylish to clean the grease from our smart phone screen or the slimy fingerprints from our tablet. Designer screen cleaners are a universally appealing gift perfect for almost anyone in the office.
For Your Klutzy Cube Mate
You know the one. The person who is constantly running to the break room to grab a roll of paper towels to clean up the drink she just spilled all over her desk. Consider giving a gift like a clip-on cup holder or an unspillable coffee mug. Keyboards and custodians alike will rejoice.
For a Caffeinated Coworker
He is perpetually late to work because he always has to stop for pumpkin spice lattes in the fall and French vanilla iced coffee in the summer. Satisfy his caffeine cravings with a gift card to the nearest coffee house of give her a gourmet syrup to add to the coffee brewed in the break room.
For the Person Who Conveniently Forgets the Plastic
Most people are never without their phone, but when they head to lunch with a group of coworkers they sometimes forget to bring their wallet. Eliminate this problem with a self-adhesive credit card pocket. If you have a larger budget, you might also put a gift card to a favorite lunch spot in the wallet.
For the Shivering Secretary
Does the temperature in your office vary from cube to cube? The same person who keeps a space heater under her desk to keep her tootsies toasty will appreciate a pair of computer-powered heated gloves to keep her fingers flying across the keyboard.