holiday office gifts

The 25 Perfect Gifts for Your Coworkers

From the office secret Santa to your work wife.

By: Bibi Deitz

The office can be a minefield around the holidays. People you spend more time with than your actual partner, family, and friends loom large during this gift-giving season, raising the question: What is appropriate when it comes to office gifts? And when is it too much?

I had a friend text me recently, asking me to weigh in about whether she should invest in a personalized gift for her boss, as opposed to just writing a heartfelt card. And though either would likely be just fine, it got me thinking about office etiquette and the often confusing territory of deciding to buy or not to buy gifts for your cubicle neighbors or whatever.

In some instances, it’s spelled out for you—say, in the case of an office secret Santa, when there’s a clearly defined price range. Then there’s the less common but highly entertaining office white elephant, which sometimes ends in tears but is always a good time. And then, of course, there are our work wives (and husbands, and non-binary work partners), who can always use a little extra love around the holidays. Click through to discover our favorite gifts—from the lavish ones for bosses and BFFs to the token presents for holiday gift pools, and everything in between.


A case of Sanzo sparkling water—because no one has ever heard of it, everyone needs seltzer to get through the workday, and it’s even better than Spindrift.

This creamy potion transforms the dullest skin from sad to glowy in minutes.

My mom (and Kourtney Kardashian) always says that you should put sunscreen on your face and hands—especially if you have a sunny office (or work outside).

A tiny, lovely present to be the most popular secret Santa of them all—formulated with beeswax and just a hint of color, and no petrolatum, BHA, or fragrance.

We can’t get enough of this coral red and swipe it before attending holiday parties. Bonus: You won’t find parabens, petrolatum, artificial dyes, or anything unnatural in these tubes.

Have you ever seen a classier cheese board? This feels like a boss gift, in both senses of the word.

It’s winter, and our faces need all the hydration they can get. This all-natural duo combines an antioxidant serum with a freeze-dried hyaluronic acid concentrate to create serious skin-care juju.

Two words: bee ring.

Symbolically adopt a wombat. They’re threatened by hunting, and you get a cute stuffed animal out of the deal.

A smart box full of colored pencils—especially apropos if you work in an artsy environment.

The cult cream everyone can’t stop talking about—for someone you really, really love that just happens to work in the same place as you.

Lagerfeld mugs, for the office fashionistas among us.

This stuff smells amazing and pulls double duty if you work in a stuffy spot.

This candle is named after a Simone de Beauvoir novel. Need we say more?

There’s no man, woman, or child who would be sad about receiving these socks as a gift.

Buy this for your desk mate, and enjoy the wafting smell of roses every time they use it.

Who doesn’t love a mask that encourages you to nap while you wear it?

Get you a gift that does both: This body wash is deceptively simple—the scents are unisex, and the formulation eliminates single-use plastic from your daily routine.

Every office has someone who can’t get enough coloring books. Get them one more.

This gemstone is for calming, which we could all use a little more of at the office.

It’s hard to allow yourself to buy a silk pillowcase, which is why they make the perfect gifts.

Geometric coasters at the same price as four lattes.

Five-free nail polish in hues no one else will have.

Somehow all of these lipstick colors look good on all skin tones. Also, they’re organic, vegan, and all-natural.

Maybe you and your co-worker can sneak to the bathroom and do a quick face mask next time things get stressful.

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