Buying gifts can be difficult no matter who you're getting it for. Some people are harder to shop for than others, however, including colleagues. Choosing gifts for your co-workers can by trying, but it's often necessary. Perhaps you have an office Secret Santa or you need to buy something to say thank you to your team. Whatever your reason for giving them a Christmas gift, you might be feeling stumped on what to give. You can't spend too much, and your usual go-to ideas may not be right for the office environment. Try these suggestions for some things that your colleagues are sure to love.
Stationery and Office Equipment
If you work in an office environment, there's not much more appropriate than something to keep on or around their desk. Most people will appreciate something useful that they can make use of at work. And they're like it even better if it's something fun and a little whimsical instead of being too serious. For example, a pad of post-it notes isn't a gift, but one with an interesting or funny shape is. There are many stationery and office equipment items that are small and inexpensive. It's easy to find gifts that that don't cost much and will put a smile on your colleague's face.
Things to eat and drink usually go down well, although you have to be a little careful. If you're thinking of drinks, make sure you check whether people drink alcohol before buying any. Some people appreciate a bottle of wine but others won't. Tea and coffee can be excellent choices as they will last much longer than a bottle of something. Many suggestions for gifts for men include chocolates and other sweet treats that most people will love. Just check for any allergy or dietary issues before you start giving out food. You could even make something at home, such as jam or cookies to give to people individually or as an office gift.
Something for the Breakroom
Break time is always the best part of the day at work, so give your co-workers something to enjoy. You could leave something to eat or drink in the breakroom as a gift to the whole office. Something else you could do is add in a fun appliance for people to use. For example, you could buy a popcorn maker that everyone could use whenever they want. But there are other options too, such as buying people new mugs to drink from. You could even personalize them so that they're a bit more special than a standard mug.
Something for Home
Not everything you give your colleagues has to be for the office. You can give them something to take home too. There are lots of things you could consider, whether you want to spend a little or a lot. It could be a small tool or gadget, like a fun bottle opener. Or it could be something decorative, such as a cushion or candle.
If you know you co-workers well, buying them Christmas gifts shouldn't be too hard. If you're unsure, stick to buying things anyone would like.