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Your No-Sweat Guide to Coworker Gift Ideas

Whether it's a going-away present, a birthday token, or something special for the holiday season, coworker gift ideas can be tricky to brainstorm - even if you're close with your colleagues! The goal is to pinpoint something heartfelt yet appropriate; something your coworker will be comfortable unwrapping in or out of the office. Here are some things to consider: 

1

Be funny

Humor is a crowd-pleaser, so it's hard to go wrong if you go this route with coworker gift ideas (bonus points for an inside joke between the two of you). Something light-hearted will even bring a little levity to the office atmosphere. But avoid an all-out gag gift until you're sure it will be well-received.

2

Assemble a creative combo

Who says a gift has to be one thing? Sometimes a lot of little meaningful things make for the perfect presentation - and show that you really put considerable thought into your gifting strategy. It's all about the theme, preferably something your colleague can relate to.

3

Play up something you admire about your coworker

Flattery will get you everywhere, as the old adage goes. Maybe your colleague has a cool sense of style or a magnetic personality. Gift her with something that symbolizes that. For instance, an accessory that shows you really "get" her fashion sense. Or get conceptual: A series of stylish magnets to symbolize her "magnetic" personality is nothing short of adorable.

4

Choose a unique desk accessory

Forty hours a week are a lot of hours. That means your colleague is spending a lot of time in his workspace. Depending on his personality, choose a novelty item, a stylish sculpture, or even utilitarian item he'd never buy himself - say, a quirky paper weight.

5

Frame a nostalgic photo

Odds are you have a pic on your computer than your coworker forgot all about: a shot from a fun company offsite, a photo of the two of you goofing off, or something hilarious you Photoshopped and shared with her in a moment of downtime. Resurface that gem and place it in a fun frame. 

6

Get something family-friendly

If your colleague proudly boasts about his family, this one's a no-brainer: Gift him with something he can share with them. What better way to show that you listen this all his stories?

7

Buy a fancy lunch for two

If you're more of an experience gifter and enjoy the company of your coworker, think outside the gift box. Choose a nearby restaurant that's fancier than your typical takeout joint and enjoy a relaxing lunch and some bonding chit-chat (no shop talk allowed). You've earned it!