Shopping for coworkers can be tricky. You know them well enough to ask about their weekend trip upstate, but not enough to know what they truly need or enjoy. The key is to strike a delicate balance between professional and thoughtful, not only so they’ll feel more inclined to cover your shift when your sick, but to maybe, potentially, score a new work BFF.
Think about the context in which you’re offering them a little something, whether it’s to congratulate them on their promotion, share in the holiday spirit, or just because. Feeling the pressure? Fear not. Certain items are safe bets across the board. Speaking of which:
UGG Classic Sherpa Throw Blanket
The holidays coincidentally line up with colder weather, so treat your coworker to a warm hug of a blanket available in four shades that complement any sort of décor scheme. You give them the joy of enveloping themselves in dual-sided premium Sherpa—without needing to know what size they are in Ugg boots.
French Kitchen Marble Wine Cooler
The best kitchen gadgets serve a design purpose. Made of an ever-trendy and durable (real) marble that naturally keeps wine cool (or any drink you can fit in its 4.5-inch opening!), it’s the perfect star of an at-home wine tasting or accompaniment to charcuterie night.
The North Face Salty Dog Beanie
Who doesn’t love a comfy hat in the fall and winter that looks good on virtually every face shape? Featuring an adjustable cuff, this cable-knit beanie is as stylish as it is practical and durable. Its neural heathered charcoal hue will also pair well with any outerwear your coworker already has.
Slip Sleep Mist
Catching ZZZ’s isn’t as simple as laying your head on the pillow and drifting off. Sometimes it takes a little witchcraft—the sweet-smelling kind—in the form of this non-streaky pillow mist loaded with scents of lavender and chamomile, which are both proven to induce calm, relaxation, and hopefully the sweetest of dreams.
The Cellar Chip 'N Dip Bowl
It doesn’t get cuter and more kitschy (in a classy way!) than a two-in-one chip and dip bowl made of non-porous porcelain mounted on an iron stand with handy wooden handles for serving. The serving bowls are dishwasher safe, so your coworker will appreciate this new fuss-free way to snack and entertain.
Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker with Timer
Whether you have that one coworker who’s always buying breakfast before work or who never has time to eat in the mornings, this breakfast sandwich maker, complete with an audible timer and removable dishwasher-safe parts, is a game-changer. Use its quick and easy recipe guide to make restaurant-quality sandwiches with your favorite fixings in only a handful of steps.
Yeti has become as household of a name as, say, Band-Aid or Kleenex. When you get this 14-ounce Yeti rambler, you know your drink will stay ice-cold or piping hot “until the last sip,” according to the brand. It features a wide handle so you can easily drink from it outside while wearing mittens, and it comes in 19 colors, so you’ll have as much fun choosing the mug as your coworker will while sipping from it.
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