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13 Holiday gift ideas for your co-workers

Dreading the holiday office party because you have no idea what to get that co-worker whose name you pulled out of a hat? Not to worry, we’ve got a list of gifts under $10 that will make even the grumpiest co-worker happy.

1. Magazine subscription

magazine subscription

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This gift is truly one that will keep on giving all year-round. Check out Amazon for deals on magazine subscriptions for under $10, and you’ll find plenty of bargains and magazines for every taste.

2. Schatzii Smart Cloth

Schatzii lens cleaner

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This lens cloth is good for all your co-worker’s electronic devices, from tablets to smartphones. It comes with static and anti-dust protection and is machine washable.

3. Make your own gift set

Oreo DIY gift

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One way to give your co-worker an economical but cool gift is to make it yourself. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a DIY wiz to create something this nice. Just a tray, some of their favorite goodies, printed cellophane, ribbon, and you’re good to go.

4. Barnacle


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This little gadget is incredibly useful for anyone with a smartphone. It sticks to a desk, windshield or even a mirror, and allows the user to view their phone easily from multiple positions.

5. Electronic cleaning brush

electronic cleaning brush

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Dust has a way of getting into everything, but this handy brush will help your co-worker get into those nooks and crannies to keep the crumbs out of their keyboards and other electronic devices.

6. Survival credit card

survival credit card

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If your co-worker is the kind of person who likes to be prepared for anything, then they will love this device. It’s about the size of a credit card but chock full of 11 useful tools, such as a ruler, screwdriver, bottle opener and more.

7. Scribd membership

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Have a co-worker who always has their nose buried in a Kindle? Give them the gift of books by getting them a one-month membership to Scribd, a website that allows unlimited access to e-books and audio books.

8. Touch screen-compatible gloves

touch screen gloves

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There’s always at least one person in the office whose hands are always cold. Help them keep their digits warm with these ingenious gloves that allow for use of touch screens.

9. Chalk note Mason jar mug

mason jar mug

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With a chalkboard section, this mug allows you to add a personal message before giving it to your co-worker. Or just leave it blank, and let them add their own message.

10. Cookie sheet magnet board

cookie sheet magnetic board

Photo credit: American Crafts

This is another gift that is easy to make yourself and costs almost nothing, especially if you take advantage of deals at your local dollar store or thrift store. Check out how easy it is to make this cookie sheet magnet board.

11. Birdie envelope opener

birdie letter opener

Photo credit: The Container Store

If your co-worker is someone who still has to deal with mail on a daily basis, then they will love this clever little gift. It’s both useful and unique.

12. Santa goblet

santa goblet

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Even if your co-worker doesn’t drink wine, chances are they will smile when they receive this gift. The sight of this jolly goblet will make anyone happy during the holidays.

13. Teacup candle

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This gift is another DIY project that’s not difficult to make. All you need for this lovely gift is a teacup (hit up your local thrift store to find a unique one at a bargain price) and some crafting wax.

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