Holiday Gift Guide: What to Get Your Coworkers
You spend least 60 percent of the day with your them so it makes sense you want to find the perfect gifts for your coworkers. These essential gift ideas cover everyone in the office from the interns to the big boss.
It’s that time of year: Christmas carols are played in a perpetual loop, “black” is applied to every day of the week to spur shopping sprees, and the pressure to find the perfect gift for everyone from your parents to your pet sitter is percolating. But there’s one area in your life where you can breathe easy: We’ve taken care of your work life. From the boss to the interns, we’ve compiled a list for those oh-so-tough-to-shop-for people, your coworkers—but you’ll have to figure out Fido’s fetcher’s gift on your own.
For the Interns
Let’s be honest: Interns often get shafted on the gift front. Their existence can be ephemeral both in the sense of timing and how well you actually get to know them. But, that’s no reason to leave them out of the holiday fun. Give them a gift that is incredibly useful yet can have multiple meanings, like the TSA Ultralight Lock ($10). If the intern is doing well, it says, “You’ve got this job locked down!”; if not, it says, “good luck traveling on.” Or, for those who seem a bit … scattered … the Pack-It Original Mini Quilted Cube Set ($25) can gently help them get their stuff together.
For the Assistant
Your assistant is your lifeline at the office—he or she deserves a gift that shows appreciation for their contributions for all they do, as well as stand out as something special. Does your assistant take the weight of the work day off of your shoulders? Make it easier for him or her to carry it with the Wayfinder 20L backpack for women or men ($79). If your assistant loves traveling, compression Smartwool socks for women or men ($49.95) that are as stylish as they are supportive make long flights more bearable.
For the Co-Worker
Ah, the co-workers. Here’s perhaps the most difficult gift-giving segment of your holidays. It’s a delicate dance between finding thoughtful, appropriate gifts for those you work closely with and not forgetting Milton down in the basement. For your coworker who is always lending a helping hand, these striped knit mittens ($28) from Smartwool will show your appreciation. Do you have a super fit co-worker who spends the other half of his or her life at the gym? The Pack-It Active Collection has several options that are ideal; The Pack-It Active Essential Set ($25) makes it easy for him or her stow sweaty (and possibly smelly) clothes after a good workout. For your coworker who spends as much time planning for their next festival as they do work, gifting the Wayfinder Waist Pack ($40) shows that you appreciate a good hippy dance as much as they do. And for that person who is always cold, even when it’s 95 degrees outside? The Cat Nap Blanket ($31) is the perfect present in which to cuddle up and stay cozy—just keep an eye on them to ensure they don’t slip off to sleep.
For the Boss
Remember that scene in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” when Clark leaves his present for his boss on top of the stack of identical presents? You don’t have to be Clark this year. For the boss who’s constantly on the road, the Convertabrief ($199) is the perfect gift. It boasts plenty of internal organization and lockable zippers, plus it can be carried like a backpack, an over the body bag, or by the handles to help speed through security. And for the boss who uses every bit of vacation time for adventuring, the Cargo Hauler Rolling Duffel ($169) will provide a lightweight (four pounds!), durable solution for all of their off-the-clock travel.
What’s the best—or worst—gift you received at the office? Let us know in the comments!