11 Better Gifts for Your Office Gift Swap
Getting gifts for coworkers can be tricky, especially when there’s a swap and you can’t predict the lucky recipient. Fear not, we’ve got a few suggestions on how to shop for (and please) everyone. With these selections, your item will surely get raves at the water cooler the morning after.
1. MR. COFFEE MUG WARMER; $9.99
With a million different mug styles available, it can be hard finding the right one to suit a wide variety of coworkers. Instead of committing to the hardware itself, grab this portable warmer that can be used to keep a cup of coffee, tea, or cocoa piping hot. It’s especially useful for those folks who are always chilly.
Find it: Amazon
2. BOURBON MARSHMALLOWS; $7.95
Speaking of cocoa, here’s a little holiday treat to make your cup a little more festive. Makers Mark Straight Bourbon Whiskey gives these sugar pillows a warm and unmistakable flavor; and if you’re feeling adventurous, they have Fireball, beer, and gin flavored varieties, too.
Find it: Wondermade
3. WHAT WOOD YOU SAY? WOODEN DESK PHRASES; $50
Everyone needs a little encouragement from time to time, and this fun desk sculpture—with three different messages to choose from—is a good way to give your coworker glad tidings all year round. It’s a great way to say something meaningful without uttering a word.
Find it: Uncommon Goods
4. TOUCH TONIC; $20
File this one under the category of most-brilliant-thing-ever-you-didn’t-know-existed. Touch screen-friendly gloves aren’t always the most stylish or warm, but with Touch Tonic, every pair of gloves can be screen friendly. The gift-getter can apply it to his favorite pair and let the selfies and texts fly without freezing his fingertips in the chilly winter air.
Find it: Photojojo
5. SRIRACHA2GO; $14.99
This package (there are a few to choose from) includes three different sizes of portable hot sauce containers because no one should ever be without the perfect condiment. The bottles are refillable and even come with hooks, so you and your Sriracha can literally be attached at the hip.
Find it: Sriracha2Go
6. EMOJI PIILLOWS; $19.99
This will surely be the item the whole office fights over. Whether you’re a hearts-in-the-eyes texter or you prefer the smiling poo pile, everyone can agree that emojis make the best decorations.
Find it: Throwboy
7. THE ANSWER IS ALWAYS TACOS WOOL PENNANT FLAG; $25
Assuming your office is made up of hot-blooded, sane human people, there will be more than one taco fan who will need this adorable wool pennant. It’s kind of an updated “Keep Calm and Carry On” poster for those moments when the hustle and bustle of the office insists that you channel your Zen—or, you know, if you need some lunch inspiration.
Find it: Etsy
8. GAME OF PHONES; $20
In all likelihood, you’re headed to the company holiday party right after the office gift swap (and if not immediately after, then in the coming days). And while things might be chummy with everyone on the 5th floor, it’s not always easy to transfer that 9-to-5 rapport into fun cocktail chatter. This game contains prompts that ask participants to rifle through their photos and share with the group. It’s the perfect way to keep everyone engaged and maybe learn a thing or two about Dave from Marketing.
Find it: Game of Phones
9. FICKS HANGOVER PREVENTATIVE COCKTAIL FORTIFIER; $12.99
Speaking of that office celebration, here’s another handy helper that might not exactly add life to the party itself, but will definitely add life to all the imbibers who have too much punch. This fortifier contains vitamins, electrolytes, and antioxidants so the whole gang can pour a little into their beverages and say goodbye to tomorrow's headache before it arrives.
Find it: Brit + Co
10. PULSEPAK EMERGENCY CHARGER; $20
The theoretical “perfect gift” is something that the recipient needs or wants but wouldn’t think to buy for him or herself, and this charger lives right in that sweet spot. After all, everyone has been in that dreaded situation of needing some battery juice with neither a socket in sight nor a cable on-hand. This super small external battery provides two hours of charge and can fit in a pocket or purse with ease. In other words, why don’t you already have one?
Find it: Firebox
11. THE OBSESSIVE CHEF CUTTING BOARD; $26
For the office’s resident culinary expert (but really anyone who needs to up their kitchen gadget game) there’s this beechwood cutting board that makes chopping anything an exercise in perfect measurement—if you want it to be.
Find it: MoMA Store