42 Inexpensive But Impressive Gift Ideas For Coworkers

By David Lautaret | Updated: February 1, 2023

    Knowing what to get a coworker can be a daunting task. But it’s a fun one! At least we make it that way. Should you be funny? Sentimental? Practical? All of the above? Well, it depends on the person, which is why we’ve curated such a varied and unique gift guide.

    What should I gift my colleagues?

    Whether they’re like a best friend, an acquaintance, or someone you didn’t realize worked there until yesterday, it’s always a good time to brighten someone else’s work day– cause it makes you feel all warm and fuzzy too!

    Then there are those distinct occasions – holiday gift exchanges or a birthday gift everyone throws in for. From funny notepads to desktop boxing, toilet tape dispensers to motivational pencils, f-bomb paperweights to passive-aggressive tumblers. Plus, those inspirational, heart-felt gifts too.

    What are good inexpensive gift ideas for coworkers?

    When it comes to your coworkers, there’s a special bond there since you spend so much time with them on a weekly basis. So whether you’re thanking them for all their help on a big project, celebrating a birthday, or showing them how much you appreciate them a small thoughtful gift will do the trick.

    Here is our office gift guide of the best small gift ideas for coworkers!

  1. Funny Memo Pads
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    Punctuate that stressful day at work with a touch of humor! This funny memo pad sparks a smile on anyone’s face and cheekily says what you feel. Your coworkers can express their desires or write down a grocery list with these funny notepads– wayyyy better than yellow sticky notes. Just use tape!

  3. Truffle Flight
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    Chocolate is a great mid-day pick-me-up! This 6-piece Godiva chocolate gift box features an exciting assortment of gourmet milk, white, and dark chocolate truffles crafted with classic fillings. Inspired by sweet creations from around the world, this cake and the pastry-inspired chocolate assortment are always the perfect choice for chocolate lovers.

  5. Ceramic 3-Piece Succulent Pots
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    Succulent plants are an easy-to-keep and incredibly thoughtful gift you can give to your coworker, whether they have a green thumb or not! This 3-piece set comes with a bamboo stand to hold them. Whether they take it home or use it to brighten up the break room, this succulent set makes a fun gift that would be right at home on any Etsy page! *Succulents not included

  7. Desktop Smartphone Holder
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    This portable desktop smartphone and tablet holder is a practical gift to get your coworker. We’ve all got electronic devices of some kind, and they’re always a pain to use while we’re working because we need our hands to be free. This clever device allows you to see your screen at a comfortable angle while keeping your hands free to do other tasks. It makes an excellent gift for that multi-tasking coworker!

  9. Multi-Tool Pen
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    This neat multi-tool pen is an excellent gift for those coworkers who love gadgets! Whether it’s for a birthday gift, Christmas gift, office party gift, or just because, this multi-tool pen is sure to be a big hit. Comes with a ballpoint pen with 4 Refills, a spirit level, a ruler, a Phillips-head and flathead screwdriver, a touch screen stylus, and a pocket clip. If your coworker loves multi-use gadgets, this is the pen to get!

  11. Emoji Stress Balls (24-pack)
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    The office can be stressful. There are deadlines constantly looming and not enough hours in the day to complete the work. It can feel overwhelming and downright stressful. This 24-pack of stress balls with an assortment of funny faces is a great gift to get your whole team to help them reduce their anxiety and stress.  

  13. Scented Candle Gift Set
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    This scented candle gift set makes a lovely gift for that coworker who loves to be surrounded by pleasant aromas. This gift set includes four 4.4oz tins of scented candles, including lavender, lemon, Mediterranean fig, and fresh spring. Each candle is made from soy wax and gives off a peaceful and pleasant scent, lasting up to 30 hours, making them a delightful present any coworker would be thrilled to receive. 

  15. Going Away Keychain
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    This lovely keychain is engraved with the words, “May you be proud of the work you do, the person you are, and the difference you make.” It makes a lovely gift for that coworker who’s moving on. Whether they’re retiring, got a promotion, or are just starting the next chapter in their life, this stainless steel keychain is a simple yet touching way to say goodbye. 

  17. Desktop Boxing: Knock Out Stress
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    Don’t take your stress out on your coworkers. Take it out on this mini-punching bag set. The set includes a mini-heavy bag punching bag with a suction-cup base, two small boxing gloves, a mini-book with basic finger-punching moves, and boxing trivia. This is a tremendous stress-reducing gift to give that sport-loving coworker and makes a terrific desk accessory!

  19. Awesome Wine Tumbler
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    This double-vacuum sealed inspirational wine tumbler makes a great gift for that coworker who needs to know how awesome they are! Made from food-grade stainless steel, the tumbler is durable and rust-resistant, holds 12oz of your favorite beverage, and comes with a lid, straw, straw brush, and gift box. 

  21. Paper Tantrum Nifty Note
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    Why be direct when you can be passive-aggressive? This Knock Knock Nifty Note is the perfect way to throw a fun temper tantrum while still being playful. Say everything you need to say around the office with this Knock Knock Paper Tantrum Nifty Note set! 

  23. Funny Book
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    The hilarious tips and tricks in this book are priceless. You’ll learn familiar corporate strategies for appearing engaged while zoning out, using meaningless buzzwords in the proper context, creating impressive presentations of no value to anyone, and much more. Each page includes a valuable tip for fooling coworkers into thinking that you’re intelligent, engaged, and trying. 

  25. Appreciation Cards
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    Everyone likes to feel appreciated, and often it doesn’t take much to make people feel valued and loved. These appreciation cards (box of 100) are a great way to show your boss, coworkers, employees, or anyone else helping you achieve your goals that they are appreciated! The next time you feel that someone’s efforts deserve to be acknowledged, leave them one of these cards. Your actions will go a long way to improving their morale, confidence, and feeling valued.

  27. Mini Desk Fan
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    Everyone has a coworker who is ALWAYS complaining about the temperature. This fan will add a touch of classic elegance and a cooling breeze to their desk. Small but mighty, the personal fan is an excellent addition to your desk during sweltering hot workdays. The small fan is powered by a USB cable for extreme convenience so that you can plug it right into your desktop, wall socket, laptop, and more. The copper finish adds an antique look, perfect for contemporary or classic office spaces.

  29. Bento Lunch Box
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    These Meal Prep Portion Containers are stylish stackable reusable containers with cutlery. No more fussing with leaky food containers and clunky bento box accessories that are hard to carry.  This divided lunch container is great for meal prep, packing lunches, or picnicking. Plus, they strap together for easy carrying!

  31. Exasperated Candle
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    This lavender essential oil-scented soy candle is the perfect inspirational gift for that coworker who likes a good laugh and loves a good candle! With a burn time between 45-55 hours, this candle is sure to delight and relax your coworker friend for hours on end. Whether it’s their birthday, anniversary, or just a present to remind them of an inside-office joke, this candle is sure to be a hit!

  33. Nessie Tea Infuser
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    If you’re looking for a fantastic coworker gift idea that won’t break the bank, then this Nessie tea infuser should be on your shortlist! Whether you’re looking for Christmas gift ideas, a white elephant gift, or even a birthday gift, you can’t go wrong with this fun gift!

  35. Butt Novelty Tape Dispenser
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    Everyone in the office needs tape from time to time, and this high-quality gag gift tape dispenser and pen holder is the perfect playful way to go about getting it. Features a figure sitting on a toilet holding the tape in its arms and a pen in its mouth. Perfect for that coworker who loves toilet humor! A true stress diffuser!

  37. Fabulous Compact Mirror
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    This Not a Day Over Fabulous compact mirror is a sweet and touching gift to give that female coworker who’s celebrating a birthday. The older we get, the more self-conscious we get about our age. Let that birthday girl know she doesn’t look a day over fabulous!

  39. Burt’s Bees Gift Set
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    Pamper your coworker from head to toe with this giftable set that’s always affordable. It includes five travel-size Burt’s Bees favorites: Soap Bark and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream, Hand Salve, Milk & Honey Body Lotion, Coconut Foot Cream, and Beeswax Lip Balm. Your coworker will appreciate this gift cause everyone could use a little TLC. Plus, the adorable packaging is gift-ready so that you can skip the wrapping.

  41. Thank You, Stylus Pens
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    These stylus pens are compatible with all touchscreen devices and are the perfect way to say “Thank you” to your employees, employers, or anyone in your life who you’re appreciative of. It comes in pack sizes from six pens (and up to 50 pens) making it a great gift no matter how many coworkers you need to thank! Goodbye crappy office supplies!

  43. Funny Merit Stickers
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    These hilarious merit stickers are a great coworker gift idea to boost morale and have some fun at the office. Hand them out to all your coworking friends and give them a laugh as they receive a merit sticker for “Successfully projecting my screen on the 4th try” or “Didn’t swear for one hour.” Stick them on their water bottles and help display them with pride!

  45. Survival Card Tool (10 Pack)
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    This 11-in-1 stainless steel survival card tool 10-pack makes an excellent bulk gift when you want to get something unique for all your coworkers. The 11-in-1 tool fits easily in a wallet or purse. It comes with a can opener, cutting edge, flathead screwdriver, butterfly screw wrench, saw blade, water compass, 2-position wrench, keychain, or lanyard hole, and includes a protective case. 

  47. Bad Ass Affirmations Book
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    Bad Ass Affirmations: The Wit and Wisdom of Wild Women is a great gift to give that book-loving coworker who could use some affirmation! If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed and drained by life’s busyness and demands, stop in your tracks and do an attitude adjustment, or more specifically, a “gratitude adjustment.” It would help if you had some “me TLC” and a dose of radical self-affirmation, and this is the book to help you get it.

  49. I Survived Another Meeting Coffee Tumbler
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    This I Survived Another Meeting That Should Have Been An Email coffee tumbler is a hilarious gift for that coffee-loving coworker in your life! We’ve all been around for too many meetings that should have been an email. This double-wall vacuum-insulation coffee tumbler holds 20oz of their favorite beverage and keeps hot things hot and cold things cold for hours… half as long as this next meeting is going to take! Perfect to show off at that next zoom meeting.

  51. Favorite Bitch Stemless Wine Glass
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    This 15oz, dishwasher-safe, stemless wine glass makes a great gift to give to that wine-loving coworker with who you love to bitch about bitches. You’re my favorite bitch to bitch about bitches with. If that sums up your relationship with this coworker, then you’ve found the perfect gift!

  53. Monthly Planner
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    Ruled daily blocks for open scheduling and note columns for your spontaneous and essential items. Past, present, and four future monthly references are in the monthly planning pages. The planner is resistant to the most passionate artist, reducing ink leakage, erasing fraying and shading issues, and acid-free, environmentally friendly production with completely vegan materials. A pretty way to record that to-do list.

  55. Cozy Women’s Wool Socks
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    These cozy women’s wool socks are a great gift idea for that coworker who is always cold! The funky colors and style are sure to impress, and the ultra-soft will feel great all day long, making this a fun yet practical gift your female coworker will love! Wool socks are a fantastic gift choice because as long as you know their approximate foot size, you will be able to get them a gift they can use and love.

  57. USB Fan Clock with Temp Display
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    This USB fan clock makes a unique gift idea for that tech-savvy coworker. Plug the fan into your USB port and let the fan keep you cool while you work. The fan blades display the time and temperature using a super cool LED blade. If you’re looking for an inexpensive gift that will make your coworker say, “Wow,” this is the gift to get!

  59. Inspirational Notebook
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    This 120-page office-lined notebook is an excellent reminder to your team going through a tough time. Tough Times Don’t Last; tough Teams, Do. This notebook is a great way to help your coworkers get through a tough time at the office. Journaling can be an incredibly meditative DIY way to cope with stress, loss, or any other tough time we all deal with at some point. 

  61. Magnetic Book Mark
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    It’s happened to every bookworm: You curl up with a good novel, and the next thing you know, you’re waking up without any idea where you left off. When you feel your eyelids start to droop, slide this bookmark onto the page, pointing directly at the current passage. The magnetic closure ensures it will stay put, and its soft faux leather shell means it won’t damage the paper. It makes an excellent gift for that coworker who loves reading!

  63. Inspiring Mouse Pad
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    This 7.9″ x 7.9″ round floral mouse pad is a nice gift to give that coworker who likes pretty things and could use a new mouse pad. The anti-slip rubber will protect your desk from dings and scratches, and the smooth-printed upper is perfect for gliding your mouse across. This inspirational floral mouse pad is machine washable making it great for the home or office. 

  65. Coworkers Wooden Plaque
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    This 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ cute wooden sign is the perfect accessory to let that special coworker know that although you didn’t choose to be coworkers, you’re choosing to be friends. Chance Made Us Coworkers, But The Fun And Laughter Made Us Friends. 

  67. Funny Makeup Bag
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    When a coworker retires, it can be hard to think of a thoughtful but funny gift. This make-up bag that says ‘A Wise Woman Once Said, “I’m Outta Here,” And She Lived Happily Ever After’ is a cute and thoughtful way to tell a coworker goodbye without getting overly sentimental. She’ll get a kick out of it and will think fondly of all her office buddies every time she uses it!

  69. Good Luck Coffee Mug
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    Wish your coworker who is leaving some good luck. They’re going to need it! If you have a coworker who is leaving the office and love coffee, give them this snarky coffee mug that says, “Good Luck Finding Better Coworkers Than Us.” They’ll laugh, you’ll laugh, and they’ll casually sip 11oz of delicious coffee. This coffee cup is a real win-win. 

  71. Motivational Pencils
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    Whatever kind of day she’s having, there’s a pencil in this pack that fits the mood. These old-school beauties are each printed with a motivational phrase that will boost her confidence by at least 300% and make her ready to rule the office! A small gift with plenty of bang!

  73. Headphone Stand
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    Provide your headphones with a safe, honorable place on your desk. This headphone stand will become a statement piece, made of aluminum, and providing a safe and stable foundation for your headphones– which are much needed in a shared workspace!

  75. F-Bomb Paperweight
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    This paperweight is a constant reminder to be your best self and inspires you to say, “F*ck it,” and go all out living your best life. It’s a stand-out conversation piece for their office desk that’s sure to bring them a lot of attention. This is a pricier little guy but great for a true work bestie.

  77. Hilarious Adult Coloring Book
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    The perfect Gag Gift for your coworkers and the ideal way for them to unwind and color the workday stress away. Each coloring page is designed to provide calmness and relaxation by making you laugh with calming graphics and big swearing statements.

  79. Festive Boozeballs
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    What better way to keep your alcohol nearby than by hanging it on your tree (or the office tree…)? These refillable booze balls will go down excellently at the office Secret Santa gift exchange (or as a present to a close coworker)and are a sure way to keep their spirits high all holiday season. Set of 6 included. Happy hour starts now!

  81. Winter Touchscreen Gloves
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    These gloves mean she doesn’t have to choose between warm hands and sending a text (when she should be working)! The gloves are 100% Chenille and moisture-wicking, with smart tips on the thumbs, forefingers, and middle fingers. One size fits most, with ten colors to choose from.

  83. Desktop Vacuum
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    This little ladybird is like a dust buster for tiny jobs. She picks up things like dust and crumbs from desks, countertops, and tables. She runs on two AA batteries, which are not included, and makes an adorable addition to an office desk. She’ll be the envy of all other coworkers, and beats a gift card, hands down!