No matter how you feel about the yearly office gift exchange, we can all agree that finding the right coworker gift is near to impossible. Between the burden of gifting something which reflects the recipient’s personality and doing so within budget, the idea of becoming a recluse at the North Pole starts to sound pretty good.
However, before you start scouring Amazon for a red suit you hope to ‘grow into’, check out these 9 last-minute office Secret Santa gift ideas. There’s sure to be an affordable gift for anyone on your list.
For the Avid List Maker
Blue Geek Ombre Pencil Set - $9.76
There is always someone in the office who loves lists. They have their own special notepads, list specifications they rely on, and even…writing utensils. Give this list-geek something better – personalized and inspirational pencils – and bring a little fun to your coworker’s day.
For the Caffeine Aficionado
The Ultimate Coffee Gift - $23.00
Treat your coffee-toting coworker to some of Seattle’s top-rated roasters. This sampler includes four specialty coffees as well as tasting notes, roaster profiles, and brewing tips – if you’re nice, they might share!
For the Cold-Weather Commuter
Tech Gloves - $10.00
Whether it’s by bus, train, or automobile, every commuter deserves to keep their texting fingers warm. Get your coworker a simple set of tech-enabled gloves, and they will get endless seasonal use – take it from me, a Minnesota resident currently suffering through the polar vortex.
For the Ever-Improving
The Sleep Revolution Hardcover - $15.85
For those always looking for the next growth opportunity, give the gift of sleep. Arianna Huffington’s ‘The Sleep Revolution’ is a must-read filled with striking data and anecdotes aimed at improving personal wellness and health - aka. the ideal present for the professional who struggles with work-life balance or those still shaping their new year’s resolutions!
For the Snappy Dresser
Give the office’s dapper dresser a little holiday cheer with this fun spin on the ugly sweater. This DIY Sock decorating kit provides endless combinations of pompoms, sequins, and bows, to ensure you make a truly unique holiday fashion statement that can be enjoyed year after year!
For the Stressed Holiday Planner
Headspace Subscription - $12.95 for a Month
On the TAJ Blog, we’ve written about holiday stress in length – it’s persistent this time of year – so why not give that coworker suffering from seasonal anxiety a little Headspace. This app provides more than 100 guided meditations aimed at improving you focus, happiness, and even sleep. It's simple way to incorporate some mindfulness into this time of year.
For the Tech Enthusiast
With VR gaining popularity, why not give the office techie a fun opportunity to jump in? This cardboard virtual reality kit is the easy to assemble and even easier to enjoy. Have your coworker download the VR app of their choice and instantly start experiencing a whole new 3D world!
For the Health Nut
Smoothie Dice - $18.00
There are a million smoothie recipes out there, and we all have our favorite, but we can get a little stuck in our ways. Give the office vegan, health nut, or even someone looking to embark on a New Year fitness resolution smoothie dice. These delightful little dice are ornamented with vegetables, fruits, nut butters, and more, to provide countless combinations of your favorite smoothie flavors.
For the Person Who Has Everything
William-Sonoma Classic Hot Chocolate - $19.95
No matter how hard we try, there is always someone, coworker or otherwise, who is impossible to buy for. The solution to your gift woes – hot chocolate. This holiday favorite is perfect for practically anyone as well as easy to find, gift, and share with loved ones.