Holiday Shopping for Co-workers: How-to & Gift Ideas

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Co-workers are an important part of your holiday gift list. There are a lot of them, so you want cost effective options. Not everyone is equal, so you want good options at different price points. Plus you want them to feel happy with your acknowledgement of them, you see them everyday so don't want them to feel duped.

The first thing you need to do is make your budget. How much money do you want to spend on your lovely co-workers this year? When the budget is done, it is time to create the list of co-workers you are planning on spoiling this year. If you can, categorize the names based on your relationship with them. This is a good way keep your co-worker gift shopping budget friendly - spending less on those you work with infrequently. Plus, it would be strange to give someone you rarely work with the same thing you give a close co-worker.

When that is all done, it is time to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list! We recommend giving everyone in the same gift hierarchy the same thing - this way there is no favoritism. Here are some of our favorite co-worker gift ideas.

Under $15
You don't need to spend a lot for a great gift. If you want to keep the purchases under $15, opt for Christmas Chocolates or a Hanukkah Cookie Gift Set, when looking for festive holiday treats. If you want to get creative, make Custom Tote Bags ($15) for all of your co-workers. You can give them all the same bag, but with different sayings, photos, designs or inside jokes. If they are avid coffee drinkers, customize a Travel (or regular) Mug ($13-$22) for them with the same messaging options. The Custom Mouse Pad ($12) is also a great idea and something they will use everyday. Personalized Wine ($10 & up) is a great gift option too. You can order the wine of your choice and include a custom label sending your holiday wishes. You can also send delicious Edible Gift Cards ($10) or iPhone App & iTunes Gift Cards (any price).

Bigger Budget
If you have a little more money to spend on your co-workers, there are a lot of other great options that they would definitely appreciate. For example, Personalized Notepads that you can have made with the person's name and likeness printed on them. Our favorites are the ones by Starfish Art ($45) & PosePrints ($42). Personalized BPA-free Aluminum Water Bottles ($23) are also a great gift. It helps them limit the waste from plastic water bottles that they likely drink all day. Calendar ($40) or Gadget Organizers ($29) also make for appropriate, office-friendly gifts. So do Personalized Leather Key Chains ($22) and Business Card Cases ($50).

For more great co-worker gifts for the holidays, check out our co-worker holiday gift guide.