The annual office gift exchange is here, and you have no clue what to buy that silent guy in the other department. Don't freak out. These gifts are sure to please your coworker (and maybe even get you a laugh)—and you don't even have to secretly go over the spending limit. Here are some of our favorite items, categorized for three typical spending limits: $10, $15, and $20.
$10 spending limit
The adult coloring book trend may be winding down, but that doesn't make the activity any less therapeutic. Help your peers de-stress and relive their childhood, with the addition of some ahem colorful language. $5.
Give your coworker the "just voted" self-satisfaction every day of the year with a sticker set themed around accomplishing the basics of being alive. Sometimes it's nice to be recognized for your accomplishments, even if they're as small as paying your bills on time. That's the idea behind these "adulting" stickers—do something good and then brag about yourself. $9.
Maybe you have a colleagues who loves squirrels (or tea?) or maybe this thing is just really cute. In any event, this squirrel's tail flips around to make a fine cuppa. $9.
This is just a great gift for someone you work with, especially one who handles any administrative duties. $10
Need I say more? $10.
Field Notes are great notebooks. They're lightweight, super durable, small enough to fit in your pocket, and have a variety of tools within them, including a ruler printed inside the cover. PopSci commerce editor Billy Cadden pointed out earlier this year that Field Notes can come with ruled, gridded, or plain paper, but they also now come in a special-made (read: "reversed") version for those who are left-handed. $10.
Remember: millennials love avocados. In fact, if you believe pundits, we love putting them on toast with salt, pepper, lemon juice, and olive oil so much, we can't afford to buy a house. Millennials also love cool socks. These socks have avocados on them and they are very good. Available in men’s and women’s sizes for $10.
Just imagine: you're off to a day at the beach with your coworkers. You tell them all you'll bring a beach ball. Pretty soon you'll see them all laugh or be horrified by this—and so will the ball. $8.
What's more fun than a voice changer? Pass it around the office and let everyone have a go to see how different than can sound. $10.
Of the 29 items on this list, this is easily my favorite one. Look how freaking regal his majesty the sloth king is—the crown, the armor, the scepter. That's a creature I would be gladly follow (very slowly). $10.
$15 spending limit
The weather may be miserable, but there are always blue skies overhead with this umbrella. $13.
I love Codenames. I've played it a handful of times, and each occasion has been so much fun. Wil Wheaton and the good folks at TableTop did an excellent review of it, wherein they explain the rules and play the game. 11/10, highly recommend. (PS: Wil, if you're looking for new TableTop guests, I will gladly fly out to California to be on an episode.) $13.
The Unemployed Philosophers Guild makes excellent mugs, and I've bought many as gifts for friends and family. Take a look through their store—you'll find one your coworker will love. $15.
Why can it only smell like pine between Thanksgiving and New Year's? This candle will let your coworker's home smell like the holidays year round, plus its wick crackles. $14.
One of the best parts about seeing a Broadway show: drinking wine like you're a toddler. These cups have lids, so you have take them on the go. And they're shaped like wine glasses on the inside, so they're classy. $14.
I appreciate a good pun and, as a video producer, a good movie reference (please send puns to email@example.com). Gone with the Gin lists 50 cocktail recipes, each paired to the themes of a movie. $12.
Yes, this is a genuinely hilarious concept that makes for great discussion during your team holiday party. But also: it's a quality product. Your coworkers will all laugh when someone opens their white elephant gift and see the word "poo." But at the end of the night, your coworker will come to understand the true powers of this smell-hiding spray. Then who's the joke on? $13.
Pac-Man in the palm of your hand. $14.
$20 spending limit
Look at this Sasquatch. Really look at it. It's so gosh darn cute. Anyone would be happy to open up a package to find this little friend. $18.
I meant it when I said I like puns. Edgar Allen Poe-ka dots. Bravo. $18.
Folded up, this water-resistant blanket is small enough to hang from a belt loop. But once opened, it's nearly 4' x 2'. It's a great gift for the outdoorsy type. $20.
Who doesn't love brownies? The Mason Jar Cookie Company will send you ingredients all measured out, and your coworker gets to keep the mason jar. The brownies come in peppermint and peanut butter varieties. $16.
Play this classic Atari game wherever you go (or just under your desk, out of sight of your boss). $18.
Love Letters is a pretty classic party card game. In it, each card has an action, and the goal is to eliminate all other players. This version swaps in characters from the original game for Batman, Robin, and a crew of classic villains. The game can be played with 2-4 players. $20.
Help your coworkers keep their heads (and faces) warm this winter. $20.
Get a leg up on your Instagram game with these lenses for your device. Note: this won't work on phones with dual cameras, so be sure to get a look at your coworker's phone! $20.
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