Co-workers can be the toughest folks to buy gifts for during the holiday season. You're close, but maybe not that close. You need to find something interesting and useful, but it has to stay under the spending limit. You don't want to default to a gift card because it's an admission that you couldn't think of anything more personal to give. Plus, you definitely don't want to give your colleague a fancy necklace that your wife thinks you're giving to her (yes, this is a Love, Actually reference).

That's why we've created this list. Here are some solid gift options that should satisfy just about everyone.

1. Arm and Hammer Spinbrush Pro; $5

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Need a budget-friendly gift that your co-worker will actually use? Opt for the Arm & Hammer Spinbrush Pro. According to the company, this battery-operated toothbrush touts an oscillating head that spins 3900 times per minute and can effectively remove up to 70 percent more plaque than a manual toothbrush. This 4.6-star-rated brush takes AA batteries and is operated through a simple power switch. If you want to throw in some replacement heads, you can find them here.

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2. Anker Portable Power Bank; $15

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What does everyone need? More power. Especially the co-worker who keeps borrowing your charger or complaining about their phone perpetually hanging in low power mode. Anker is one of the most trusted companies in the portable electricity world, and this low-profile, sturdy hub is a versatile winner with multiple charging modes and compatibility (although you'll need to buy a lightning converter if your co-worker has an iPhone).

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3. Stanley Water Bottle; $24-$25

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Reviewers love this water bottle because it's a dependable hydration companion that's tough, leak-proof, and easy to clean. By giving this as a gift, you're also giving a lifetime warranty. That's how sturdy it is. It's also BPA-free and rust-proof, and they won’t need to worry about icy drinks losing their iciness. It's a great way to ensure your co-worker keeps their cool.

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4. Mental Floss 2022 desk calendar; $14

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Facts! Everyone loves them. Scotland's national animal is the unicorn. See? Facts are great, and our 2022 calendar has 365 of them. It's the ideal gift for the co-worker who's infinitely curious or the one who could use some more interesting things to toss into their conversational arsenal. If you pick up one for yourself, you can be fact-buddies.

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5. Panda Planner; $20-$22

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This non-dated planner isn't just about jotting down meetings. It's a daily, weekly, and monthly planner to give your work buddy a greater sense of control, passion, and success. It asks them to commit to paper the ways that they can make the week awesome, what they’re thankful for, what they want to focus on, and what you're looking forward to.

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6. Tea Infuser; $20-$22

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This beautiful, 19-ounce mug makes an excellent gift because it makes more than one cup of tea. Your co-worker gets a stylish boost to their tea game, and they feel grateful enough to share. Win-win. The best part is that the mesh infuser fits into the lid, so they don't have to make multiple trips back to the break room sink or wait for the tea to steep before dumping a generic bag.

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7. Haribo candy assortment; $29

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Every office has a snacker, and the snacker in yours will definitely appreciate almost three pounds of the classic gummy candies. The pack includes Gold-Bear, Twin Cherries, Happy-Cola, Sour Spaghetti, and more. There are 12 different flavors to please both the sweet and the sour tooth—or 10, if you take two for yourself and re-wrap the rest.

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8. Everything Bagel Seasoning; $13

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This seasoning mix has sesame seeds, sea salt, minced garlic, minced onion, black sesame seeds, and poppy seeds—everything but the everything bagel itself, which makes it perfect for adding to the plain bagel your co-worker was forced to get because the deli ran out of other flavors. They can also sprinkle it on toast, eggs, savory oatmeal, and even non-breakfast items like pastas, chicken, and soups. It's a wondrously versatile seasoning blend, bagel optional.

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9. Parks & Recreation Knope for President card game; $14

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The show about a plucky city department is beloved by millions, so there's a good chance that at least one person in your office is a fan. There's also no doubt that they'll appreciate Knope For President, a silly party game of scandals and spin where players take turns acting as reporters and politicians. It's great for the person in your office who is inspired by themselves (or already owns Nick Offerman's book on canoeing).

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10. Retro Spider-Man Handheld Game; $16

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These handhelds were everywhere in the 1990s, so they'll look familiar to the Millennial (and the hip Gen-Xer) in your office. In this one, you scale a building as Spider-Man in an attempt to defeat enemies, dodge obstacles, and basically do whatever a spider can. Its compact size makes it easy to carry discreetly from desk to meeting room, and its price tag won't put a dent in your holiday budget.

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11. Drinking Animals Coloring Book; $9

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Coloring books have been popular relaxation tools for a while now, but this fun option goes the extra mile by including cocktail recipes so that it becomes progressively harder and harder to stay within the lines. The images are playful, and the recipes (from cosmos to mojitos) are simple and fun. Your boss won’t be able to stay tense while coloring in a champagne-sipping bear in a sweater.

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12. Funny Novelty Memo Pads; $13

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Brighten up a co-worker’s to-do list or written reminders with this four-pad set (two lined and two unlined) that brings a little levity to menial tasks.

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13. World’s Okayest Employee Mug; $9-$13

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Novelty mugs aren’t much of a novelty anymore, but you can still get a smirk out of this beverage holder that lets your co-worker know they’re doing a perfectly serviceable job.

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14. Dammit Doll; $16 each

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When it comes to stress relief, you can slam your desk drawer shut, scream in your car, or abuse the Dammit Doll, a rubbery desk accessory that can take heaps of violence without getting you in trouble with HR.

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15. CraveBox Care Package: $25

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If you know a snacker, give them something worth munching on with this assortment of crunchable distractions from CraveBox. Each package comes with 45 personal-sized snacks, from Goldfish to Tootsie Pops.

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16. Everlasting Comfort Office Chair Pillow; $40-$41

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Relieve a co-worker’s aching back with this memory foam support pillow that contours to their form. You’ll know it’s working when you hear the “ahhhh.”

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This article originally ran in 2020; it has been updated for 2021.