35+ Gift Ideas for Coworkers They’ll Actually Want

Last Updated: Nov 28, 2018

Plenty of occasions call for giving your coworkers gifts: holiday parties, birthdays, to say thank you for their help or to celebrate an accomplishment. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to show someone you appreciate them, either. That’s why we’re sharing 36 creative gift ideas for coworkers. From delicious treats to wall decor to jewelry, we have something for everyone in your office. Recognizing the people you work with is important for building relationships and fostering a positive work environment.

For something more personalized, customize coasters or a desktop plaque. Your coworker will appreciate all the care and thought that went into their gift.

1. Healthy Muffins

Surprise your coworker with a healthy treat by stirring up a batch of muffins. Try a zucchini, banana nut or pumpkin recipe.

2. Washi Tape Candle

Carefully melt candle wax, then pour it into glass jars and vases. Decorate your glassware with patterned washi tape such as polka dots or zig zags.

3. Mason Jar Garden

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If your coworker loves bringing homemade lunches, gift them a mason jar herb garden to add to their daily meals. Customize the jar with their initials and include herbs like rosemary and thyme.

4. Colorful Business Card Holder

Your coworker can tote their business cards to meetings and conferences in style. With duct tape as your main material, this project is one of those awesome inexpensive gift ideas for coworkers.

5. Apple Cider Mix

For an afternoon pick-me-up or Sunday morning treat, flavored apple cider makes for a tasty gift. Make a large batch, then place your mix into small jars for each person in your department.

6. Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Often the best gift ideas for coworkers are ones that satisfy their taste buds. Dip fresh strawberries into melted chocolate then place them on a decorative platter.

7. Bottle Cap Magnets

Transform bottle caps into magnets to place on a filing cabinet,magnetic board or refrigerator. Include fun images, seashells and superheroes to match your coworker’s personality.

8. Homemade Milk Candles

Milk is naturally soothing, and when mixed with melted wax, it makes for sweet, creamy candles. Make yours with purple, pink or blue wax.

9. Beaded Bracelet

Fashion a bracelet out of beads and memory wire. Not only is handmade jewelry beautiful and thoughtful, but it’ll add to your coworker’s wardrobe, too.

10. DIY Mug

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If you and your coworker have a funny inside joke, stencil it onto a mug using a permanent marker with this easy DIY. They’ll smile every time they head for that afternoon pick me up.

11. Floral Chalkboard

Paint a wooden panel with chalkboard paint to make unique wall art. Write a thoughtful message across the board before wrapping your gift. Your coworker can hang the board in their office or bedroom at home.

12. Cork Mouse Pad

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Add flair to your coworker’s office with a custom mouse pad made out of cork. Paint a heart, star or their favorite U.S. state on the surface for a personalized touch.

13. Bath Bombs

Give the gift of luxury with homemade bath bombs. Include a relaxing fragrance like lavender or mint for a calming vibe.

14. Tassel Earrings

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Create tassel earrings out of embroidery floss. Choose a neutral tone or go with a fun color like blue or green. Your coworker can show these off at the next holiday party or team meeting.

15. Stenciled Scarves

Enhance a plain colored scarf with an original design. Add an abstract or floral pattern with metallic fabric paint.

16. Relaxing Eye Mask

Give your coworkers a reason to kick back. Sew an eye mask out of super soft fabric, then fill it with rice, flax seed, dried herbs and essential oils.

17. DIY Hand Lotion

Blend coconut oil, shea butter and essential oils together to form your own all-natural lotion. Add any fragrance you want such as lavender or lemongrass.

18. Festive Candles

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Accent a delicious smelling candle with beautiful washi tape patterns. Find designs with hearts, stripes or polka dots to make your project easy.

19. Homemade Soap

Pamper your coworkers with creamy, aromatic goodness. Stir up a batch of all natural soap embedded with essential oils. Your coworkers will love unwinding at the end of a long day.

20. Anniversary Collage

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For the coworkers that are hitting a big milestone, like a work anniversary or birthday, gift them a photo collage representing the years. Include photos they’ve taken over their tenure at the company and have everyone sign it with messages of gratitude.

21. Glitter Mugs

Have a coworker who loves tea or coffee? Dip the bottom half of a mug into glitter for a festive cup everyone in the office will envy.

22. Knitted Infinity Scarf

Put your craft skills to use by knitting a cozy scarf. Your coworker can bundle up on chilly days while still looking chic.

23. Specialty Cupcakes

Whip up a batch of chocolate or vanilla cupcakes. Top your treats with whipped frosting, fresh berries and crushed candy bars. Package them in a gift box for a professional look.

24. Pumpkin Rolls

Spiced pumpkin cake rolled with a soft, cream cheese filling is bound to put a smile on the face of any coworker. Make a double batch so you can keep an extra pumpkin roll at home.

25. Jewelry Dish

Repurpose tiny plates into jewelry dishes using stencils and paint. Line the edge with a vibrant color or metallic tone. Add a butterfly, cat, rhino or bird to make your dishes quirky and fun.

26. Cucumber Mask

Make a spa-like treatment for your coworkers out of cucumber, coconut oil and aloe vera. This all-natural mask will leave their skin (and their souls) feeling refreshed.

27. Homemade Salsa

Yum! Toss some spicy ingredients together for homemade salsa. Pour your masterpiece into jars then label the lid and pair your gift with a bag of tortilla chips.

28. Essential Oils Diffuser

Help your coworker’s office smell like a dream. Find a glass container and place diffuser reeds inside. Your coworker can fill the jar with any scent they want, like mint or wild orange.

29. Yoga Mat Bag

Have a coworker who can’t get enough of yoga or pilates? Fashion a carrying bag for their mat out of a repurposed rug.

30. Decorative Cork Board

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Cover a cork board in white paint for an chic background, then add metallic scallops around the border. Your coworker can display their photos, to-do lists and special notes on this festive board.

31. DIY Crushed Can Planters

Looking for gift ideas for coworkers that are environmentally-friendly? Bring a bit of nature into your coworker’s office by planting indoor greenery in recycled crushed cans.

32. Business Card Box

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Cute and trendy, this mini box can sit on your coworker’s desk for storing their business cards. Decorate one with lace or washi tape.

33. No-bake Energy Balls

When your coworker needs a pick-me-up, they can reach for one of these delicious energy balls. Made with peanut butter, chia seeds and protein powder, these tasty treats will gone in a matter of days (or hours!).

34. Photo Magnets

Personalized magnets can go on a fridge at home or filing cabinet in the office. Opt for photos of your coworker having fun at a happy hour or on a hike with their family.

35. Simple Earrings

Even small gift ideas for coworkers can be filled with plenty of love and thought. Craft your own dangly earrings out of beads and earring posts.

36. Personalized Cutting Board

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For the coworker that loves to host, gift them a personalized cutting board for their next wine and cheese night. Pair it with some gourmet cheeses or a gift card to their favorite specialty food store.

No matter the reason, make your gift-giving easy and stress-free. If you’re still unsure of what to gift, a thoughtful desk accessory like a personalized notepad or mug shows you put some extra thought into improving their workday. You can also find additional information with our gift finder.