These Christmas gift ideas for coworkers are ideal for those who want to buy a little something for their colleagues but don't want to break the bank.
So whether you have a Secret Santa dip to buy for, a couple of close friends at work who you want to show your appreciation for or a work wife who you want to treat to something a little more extravagant, our edit of gift ideas for coworkers features cheap Christmas gifts that are practical and thoughtful as well as affordable.
Best Christmas gift ideas for coworkers
Gift for $5-$10
Dr Teal's Sleep Spray
Help ensure your coworkers to a good nights sleep with this classic blend of essential oils including calming lavender, which is balanced with a subtle note of chamomile. Unlike some other popular sleep sprays, this also includes melatonin, the hormone that helps to regulate your sleep cycle, so is perfect for anyone who struggles with a sound night's sleep.
AirPods Case Cover with Keychain
Apple AirPods are a staple in most offices and among more active workers too, so why not treat your coworker to a snazzy cover for their earphones case. Not only does this look nice and add a degree of individuality to a device, it also has a hook attached so that they can hang these to their set of keys and avoid losing their Pods! This would also make a practical Christmas gift idea for friends if you're shopping for their Secret Santa too.
Skinnydip Can't Touch This Weekly Planner
No matter what job you're in, most of us tend to be overrun with a million different tasks—so a weekly planner can be a really useful addition to your desk. Help to try and make your coworkers' work lives just a little easier with this planner that has sections for everyday, a helpful to-do list and a section for "offensive doodles" for when you've had just about enough of your day. Each day on the planner is even given an amusing name that lightens the mood when you hit your desk at 8am. If your coworkers have kids, these make especially good Christmas gifts for parents.
Charter Club Women's Holiday Crew Socks
Socks don't make the list as one of the most unique Christmas gifts, but there's no denying that they're a holiday classic and eminently practical. These festive socks will put a smile on the face of any Christmas obsessive. Bright colors, candy canes, soft fabric and a comfortable length—the ultimate Christmas sock.
Mario Badescu Lip Balm
If you want to stick to a budget but also want to get something that your coworkers can continue to use and appreciate way past Christmas, then lip balm is always a good choice. One of the best lip balms out there, this Mario Badescu offering blends cocoa butter, coconut oil and shea butter for pure nourishment, while sweet almond oil encourages a lovely subtle scent and vitamin E adds a hit of antioxidant benefits.
Vinabon Wine Aerator
Any coworkers who are red wine drinkers will definitely appreciate this affordable but practical gift that enhances the flavor of the wine in seconds. By using Bernoulli Effect to aerate your wine with oxygen this easy-to-use aerator works to bring out the punchier notes in your wine without leaving a tart feel for a smooth but crisp drink. And you can pop it right on top of the bottle so that you can pour straight into the glass without any mess.
Got a bigger budget? Why not chip in and get the oenophile in your office one of these wine alcohol advent calendars?
Gift for $10-$15
Voluspa French Cade & Lavender Mini Decorative Tin Candle
When you're on a budget, a pretty candle can be the way to go as it's something that your coworker will get joy out of using and it shows that you've put some thought into their gift by choosing a scent or design that suits them. Like the best scented candles, this warming candle blends diverse notes expertly, with earthy French cade wood, sweet verbena and soothing Bulgarian lavender. And the gorgeous tin can be reused once the candle is burnt, so you definitely get a lot for your money.
CeraVe Therapeutic Hand Cream
The best hand creams are often a go-to when looking for affordable and practical gifts, but a lot of the time the pretty and sweet-smelling lotions we're gifted can wreak havoc on the dry and sensitive skin on our hands. CeraVe's dermatologically-developed product moisturizes hands with hyaluronic acid, while three essential ceramides help to restore and boost the skin’s natural barrier, and niacinamide works to calm the skin—so your gift can be a truly useful and thoughtful choice.
Sephora Collection 1 Minute Face Masks
Treat your coworkers to a moment of relaxation with this economical packet of one-minute sheet masks that are packed with skin-loving ingredients. With avocado to nurture and comfort the skin and the addition of lotus that helps to hydrate and brighten, this is one of those Christmas gift ideas for coworkers that you'll want to get yourself too.
Godiva G Cube Santa Chocolate Gift Box
Christmas food gifts are always a reliable choice for coworkers, so of course chocolate will always go down well. These fancy Godiva truffles will please anyone with a sweet tooth, but this gift also brings an extra festive feel with the adorable Santa box.
Mara-Mi Coffee Club Mini Spiral Notebook
A notebook is always useful and this compact pad is sure to be appreciated by your coworkers. With 120 pages, lined paper and a lightweight feel, this is a practical purchase that your friend can carry around with them to make notes whenever they need.
Stojo collapsible mug
Speaking of coffee lovers, this is one gift that can keep giving. One of w&h's best coffee travel mugs, this will be a welcome gift for anyone who likes to sip their java on the way to work, as once they're done with it, they can simply squash it down and pop it in their bag—no cumbersome flask to carry around for the rest of the commute. It even features a straw if your teammate likes iced drinks instead and can make for a great sustainable Christmas gift if they tend to hit the coffee shop in the morning and get a single-use takeaway cup.
Gift for $15-$20
Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay 2019
A bottle of wine can never go amiss as a Christmas present and this classic Californian chardonnay will tick the boxes for anyone who loves that oaky, buttery, west-coast taste. With notes of pineapple, mango, and papaya that blend with subtle vanilla and honey ,and a finish of toasted oak and butter, your teammate will be left thinking this is a lot more expensive than it really is—making this a great Christmas gift for neighbours too!
Crabtree & Evelyn Greece Ceramic Dish
Crabtree & Evelyn is a brand known for premium cosmetics, but their new home range will transport us all to a sunny Mediterranean island thanks to its greek influences. This ceramic dish, which was made in Athens by a greek artist, will make a lovely addition to any kitchen, living room or bedroom.
Barnyard Designs Herb Pot Planter Set with Tray
If you're looking for budget gifts for gardeners, then this herb-growing set can be a good way to go. With three different decorative pots, plus a tray underneath to stop any water leakage, this set would look neat in anyone's kitchen. It doesn't come with the herbs, but you can usually get herb pots from a grocery store or even The Home Depot if you wanted to add these into the gift too. This would also make a lovely Christmas gift for grandparents if you've got them on your Christmas shopping list this year too.
Gift for $20-$30
Nespresso Barista Ice Cube Trays Kit
Another gift for coffee lovers, but this time for those who prefer their lattes iced. Of course, many fridges now come with ice dispensers in them, but if any of your teammates live in a small apartment without a big fancy fridge then this can bring a touch of elegance to their freezer with its stacking trays, pretty colors and hefty ice cubes.
Origins Skin BFFs Cleanse, Soothe and Hydrate Set
If you want to give your coworker the gift of skincare, then this set features some of the best skincare products among the brand's range with their Frothy Face Wash to gently clean away impurities, their Energy-Boosting Gel Moisturizer for 72-hour hydration and their Hello Calm Mask that soothes irritation.
Costa Farms O2 for You House Plant Collection in 4 in. Decor Pot (3-Pack)
For any plant lovers on your team that you really want to treat, why not gift them a new plant for their collection—or even a whole set of them. This affordable trio is all about cleaning the air around you, featuring some of the best air-purifying plants around. A mix and match situation, your set could include any three out of a Peace Lily, Fern, Snake Plant, Devil's Ivy, Marginata, Peperomia or Dieffenbachia. The three-plant set even comes with a lightweight, white natural decor planter, making it a really good buy for its price and something your colleague can pop on their desk.
Ghirardelli Chocolate Gift Tower
Christmas hampers are always a lovely gift to receive so any chocolate lover will lap up this tower of treats that includes am assortment of milk and dark chocolate squares, dark chocolate drops, milk and dark chocolate with caramel mini squares, chocolate chip cookies, dark chocolate caramel corn and much more.
Joanna Gaines Magnolia Table cookbook
For any keen chefs on your team, a cookbook is a kitchen essential that will always come in handy. Joanna Gaines' cookbook Magnolia Table features American classics and family-friendly meals that all have the impressive finish of the star's new Texas restaurant. It also includes meals that use homegrown or seasonal produce, which is a lovely eco-friendly nod.
Peril by Bob Woodward & Robert Costa
Give your coworker the gift of reading with a bestselling book. Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa detail the challenges of the US government's transition from President Trump to President Biden in non-fiction book Peril. And with two weeks on the New York Times' bestseller list already, it's set to be one of the best books of 2021.
Aleesha is digital shopping writer at woman&home—so whether you're looking for beauty, fashion, health or home buys, she knows all the best places to splash your cash. She earned an MA in Magazine Journalism from City, University of London in 2017 after graduating from University of Leeds in 2014 with a BA in English and Spanish (which took her to Madrid for a Rioja- and tapas-packed year). Aleesha has worked for woman&home since 2019, when she joined the team as their digital news writer. A year on the news team gained her quick and reactive writing skills and a love for breaking stories, invaluable insight into where to get the best lifestyle releases first, an AOP awards nomination and the nickname ‘crazy watch lady’ after she stalked the royals via breaking news alerts on her Apple Watch.
Before joining the woman&home team, Aleesha wrote for their sister site GoodtoKnow, where she covered celebrity news, health advice and where to snap up the cheapest lifestyle buys. With a background in beauty, Aleesha has also written for Stylist and Women’s Health where she developed an understanding into what makes a stellar product and which brands are worth paying attention to. She never leaves the house without a good slathering of SPF and is always on the hunt for new lipsticks to add to her ‘Lipstick of the Day’ Instagram story highlight (and color-coordinated collection).
But it’s not just beauty buys Aleesha can help you with. Social media savviness, strong PR relationships and a need to stay in the know mean she’s all about the latest fashions, clever gadgets and reliable lifestyle buys too. She loves indulging in an interior craze (with a bedroom drowned in prints, plants and pink), is a regular visitor to the Missoma and Edge of Ember 'New In' pages and can’t resist the allure of a kitchen gadget—just ask her three coffee machines. Being a product specialist on a brand for bold women (and living the single life) means that Aleesha also knows a thing or two about the must-buy sex toys, so she relishes in unleashing her inner Carrie Bradshaw on our sex & relationships pages.
When she’s not playing around with new products and testing anything she can get her hands on, Aleesha spends most of her time with her head in a current bestseller, catching up on the latest Netflix craze with her sister, trying out new recipes, drinking wine with her bestie and (in non-COVID times) has been known to be a bit of a jetsetter amongst her friendship group.
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