I used to overthink Christmas gifting around the office (particularly because the gift exchange used to be firm-wide in the boardroom!) but I now stick to my usual pool of gifts that I think work well for when you may not be familiar with the personal taste of the person you’re buying for.
Here are my ideas for the often-dreaded Office Kris Kringle:
Re-usable coffee cup
Inexpensive, useful and good for the environment. Winning.
Sticking with the same hot beverage theme, specialty teas make great presents for co-workers. I typically stick to Twinnings or Lipton when I’m in the office (as do most of my colleagues) so I’m always chuffed to receive something a bit more luxurious to elevate my morning and afternoon tea ritual. I particularly love French Earl Grey by T2 and Pukka’s Relax tea.
Keep their drinks ice cold
…and on the other end of the beverage spectrum, this wine chiller stick does a great job of keeping your wine nice and cold as well as these ice moulds that create fun ball-shaped ice to pop into a glass of some liquid courage.
There are so many of these on the market and depending on how well you know the person you’re buying for, you can go down the sleek and functional route with this Bose speaker or the fun and frivolous one with this iBasics cube speaker!
Some greenery on their desk
Inject some life into your colleague’s workspace by way of a plant! I’m notoriously bad at keeping plants alive… we’re relying on artificial ones to inject some green into our home – but I have managed to keep mini cacti and succulents plants alive at work because they’re particularly low maintenance and bounce back after a missed watering… or five.
Some kitschy stationary
…and on the same theme of desk-brightening – kitschy stationary makes a great gift and a way to show your sense of fun.
I’ll be posting more gift guides here in the coming days.
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