2018 Holiday Gift Guide: For Your Coworkers

Coming in with a few gift ideas for your coworkers–who can be tough to shop for! I’ll note that I love the idea of baking something but if that’s not your preference, here are nine items under $15 that may do the trick. It’s generally female-focused and for most men, I’d personally probably stick to the food or gift card categories. These could make good Secret Santa or white elephant gifts, too! At one of my past jobs, we did a higher budget exchange and cookbooks were pretty popular. My one thing is that a thoughtful note always goes a long way, and helps tie together some of the more “random” or small gifts. We spend a lot of time with our coworkers so taking a moment to show that appreciation (and explain context around a gift, if necessary!) goes a long way.


ONE: Monogrammed makeup bag ($12) // TWO: Anthropologie candle ($12) // THREE: Rifle Paper Co. weekly planner ($12) // FOUR: J.Crew Factory earrings ($10.50) // FIVE: Old Navy socks ($6) // SIX: Le Pen set ($14) // SEVEN: Anthropologie tiled initial mug ($10) // EIGHT: L’Occitane ornament set ($14) // NINE: Glass taco ornament ($9)


MONOGRAMMED MAKEUP BAG: Can you believe this is only $12? It may be one of my favorite gift ideas! There are three color options and I’ve been impressed with the quality of the CB Station products I’ve purchased.

ANTHROPOLOGIE CANDLE: Candles can be a nice gift for someone you don’t know well, and Anthro’s always come through in the “presentable” department. Add a bow and you’re good to go!

RIFLE PAPER CO. WEEKLY PLANNER: These weekly planners are the best (and double as mousepads)–to me, they’re the ultimate coworker gift since they stand well alone and don’t really require context or a close personal relationship.

+  J.CREW FACTORY EARRINGS: A bit more personal but if you know her style, this is a good one!

OLD NAVY SOCKS: Another more personal or humorous gift, depending on what you’re going for. I like the idea of gifting these with some kind of cute hot chocolate or tea.

LE PEN SET: The best set of pens–if you want to go all out, pair it with a weekly planner or nice notebook.

ANTHROPOLOGIE TILED INITIAL MUG: An old favorite with a new spin on an old favorite–the price is right, and it’s easy to fill with treats.

L’OCCITANE ORNAMENT: If you need something quick and pre-packaged, this ornament set could be a good one. L’Occitane products are indulgent but not over the top, and the shea scent is a solid neutral.

GLASS TACO ORNAMENT: There are so many good ornaments on Amazon and the glass taco is so cute! Snag it for your taco-loving deskmate…if it doesn’t make the tree, it’ll help dress up her desk.



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  1. Erica wrote:

    I love your gift guides this year, Monica! I know how time consuming they are to put together. You provide details about each item, which is so helpful!

    Posted 11.28.18 Reply
    • Monica wrote:

      Thank you so much, Erica! That means a lot, and I’m so glad they’re helpful :)

      Posted 12.2.18 Reply