11 Thoughtful Gifts for Your Office Swap
Along with buying gifts for friends and family, there's always that one extra innocuous present you have to find—the office swap gift. Whether your company opts for white elephant or pulling specific names from a hat, these gifts are suitable for bosses or underlings alike.
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1. KOH-I-NOOR DRY MARKER HIGHLIGHTER PENCIL; $2 EACH
For the colleague who keeps copious, color-coded lists and agendas, these vibrant pencils will brighten up any Monday morning to-do list. And, at about $2 each, you can buy all six without going over any agreed-upon spending limit.
Find It: CW Pencil Enterprises
2. AIR PLANT ON GOLD-DIPPED QUARTZ; $18
Air plants are the perfect greenery to liven up a desk—they don’t require messy soil and regular misting will keep it fresh and healthy. Plus, the blinged-out base will satisfy both the healing-energy and the decorative tchotchke crowds.
Find It: Etsy
3. MOO HARDCOVER NOTEBOOK; $20
This practical notebook features a thick book-quality cover to prevent damage and a special Swiss binding, which allows it to lay flat regardless of where you’re trying to write. And the color options—charcoal gray, midnight blue, wine red, or three “zingy” brighter shades—just enhance its timeless appeal.
Find It: Moo
4. FELIX CARD WALLET; $20
No one wants to have to drag a purse or bulky wallet along when popping out for a quick snack or coffee run. Help your coworkers out with this compact card wallet. There’s plenty of room for an office ID, credit card, cash, and even some business cards, so they can enter you all to win a happy hour sometime.
Find It: Herschel
5. L'OCCITANE HAND LOTION; $24
During these dry winter months, your Secret Santa will appreciate having some moisturizing hand lotion that’s just an easy pump away.
Find It: Amazon
6. RUBBER BAND BALL; $9
For the coworker who needs utilitarian office supplies like rubber bands, but also keeps a Pinterest-perfect desk: This black and white take on the classic rubber band ball is as display-worthy as it is practical.
Find It: Need Supply
7. ZADIE DRIVE ALLIGATOR LETTER OPENER; $40
Upgrade someone’s letter-opening experience with a quick swipe of this golden alligator tail. It’ll leave envelopes far more cleanly cut than those scissors ever did.
Find It: Kate Spade
8. WATER SUCCULENTS LAPTOP SLEEVE; $37
Lugging a laptop to and from the office may seem like a little less of a chore if it's dressed up in watercolored greenery. This lightweight sleeve is fully lined in microfiber and made to fit 13” or 15” computers.
Find It: Society6
9. PERSONALIZED STARBUCKS TUMBLER; $10
What to get the most caffeinated among us? A personalized, BPA-free, reusable cup is a gift that keeps on giving. Not only will your office pal be helping the environment when they go on their afternoon coffee run, they’ll save 10 cents each time they use it at Starbucks.
Find It: Etsy
10. PREVIOUSLY, ON…: GUESS THE TV SERIES; $19
For the colleague who is always the first to ask “so did everyone watch [insert any culturally relevant show] last night?”, this illustrated card game puts all their knowledge of classic and prestige television to the test.
Find It: Amazon
11. KILNER FOOD-TO-GO JAR; $15
Help your coworker keep their 2018 resolution to bring their lunch to work more often—this Mason-style glass jar features a removable cup for dressings or other toppings under its stainless steel lid, so they’ll never have to worry about soggy salad again.
Find It: The Container Store