If you’re like us sock fairies, you love spreading cheer every single day and especially during the holiday season! There’s really no other month-long period when you can bring so much joy to so many people, in such a short amount of time.
It’s not uncommon to want to treat your colleagues to something special during the holidays, but it can be difficult to find quality presents that don’t break the bank if you don’t know where to look. If you’ve found yourself wondering, “what are good inexpensive gifts for coworkers?” lately, we’re here to help you out!
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From fun desk accessories to Christmas cocoa, there are so many great gift ideas out there that will help you spread the Christmas cheer this year. Read on for a spark of seasonal inspiration — and discover how business gifts can boost morale and help your bottom line. (What a win-win!)
why get gifts for coworkers?
There are so many unique reasons someone might consider getting some holiday gifts for their coworkers, but one that we think is particularly interesting has to do with the way that happy employees can boost your business.
When exploring the effectiveness of business gifts, some nifty studies out there have shown that giving gifts in a workplace setting not only serves a marketing purpose that reminds customers to think of you with happiness, but it can also inspire an employee morale boost as well. Savvy business people know that happier employees are more productive, so the seemingly small act of giving a meaningful gift, even if it’s inexpensive, can make a really big impact on your bottom line. (Bookmark this one for the boss! Wink wink.)
spreading cheer on a budget
You don’t have to completely break the bank to give people a reason to smile this holiday season. There are so many affordable gift options for you to be able to treat all your coworkers while still staying within a reasonable budget.
they’ll love the festive tastiness of some seasonal hot cocoa mix.
A cozy cup of cocoa would help get anyone into the holiday spirit, and there are plenty of different varieties of hot cocoa mixes to choose from! Whether you pick a classic mini marshmallow packet or a fancier gourmet blend, you really can’t go wrong. Add a packet of sprinkles to sweeten the treat even more.
refresh their space with a cluster of teeny-tiny succulents for their desk area.
Spending the workday indoors can leave a lot of people longing for the opportunity to get out and adventure in the fresh air. For the coworker who daydreams about hiking, help them bring a little bit of the outdoors in with a small trio of desktop succulents. These plants are fairly low maintenance and can still thrive even if they don’t get tons of light. Or if the recipient is truly not great with plants, try the sock version instead!
the colleague who can never seem to find the right position to sit in might like a supportive pillow to help them get comfortable.
Sitting down at your desk all day can be, quite literally, a pain! If you have a coworker who’s always repositioning themself in their chair, consider giving them the gift of a squishy lumbar pillow to provide some relief.
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your decaf-drinking friend will love sipping on a delicious set of herbal teas.
Those who don’t rely on a morning brew to start their days with a jolt of energy will still enjoy something sweet to sip at their desks. Whether your coworker’s at home or back in the office, a set of herbal teas that seem fancy but don’t come with a steep price tag can make for a thoughtful gift.
a bundle pack of hand sanitizer and lotion will help your coworker stay clean and moisturized.
If you think about things a little differently after we started living in a pandemic, you’re not alone! You might have a coworker, or a few, who are really looking to keep safe once you start heading back to the office. Gift them some pleasantly-scented hand sanitizer to clean their hands with and an equally-yummy lotion to put on afterwards.
clever desk accessories will give your coworker a chuckle that helps them through the workday.
If the team is still remote, or even if you’re not, an assortment of fun desk accessories will help your colleagues get their projects done with a smile. From sticky notes with silly sayings to rainbow-colored pencils, to sparkly staplers and more, this is a great way to help them jazz up their workspace and keep those creative juices flowing.
gift cards aren’t cop-outs when you’ve put some thought behind them.
Some people write gift cards off as impersonal, “easy” gifts to get for people, but the truth is that it’s one of the most practical gifts you could give. Pay attention to where your coworker always orders lunch from, grabs their morning smoothie at or picks up their dry cleaning from on their break. They’ll know that you care about the little things they love when you give them a gift they can put toward something they like to treat themselves to, like perhaps socks.
help them build their core strength with a balance ball they can use while working hard.
If you have an office multi-tasker who’s really into health and fitness, they might appreciate the gift of an exercise ball that they can swap their chair with throughout the day to build up their core strength. These aren’t super expensive gifts, and because they’re inflatable, they’re pretty easy to travel with, too.
your eco-friendly colleagues will think of you every time they shop with their gifted tote bag.
Even outside of states that have banned single-use plastic bags, people are turning to reusable totes to get their grocery shopping done and reduce waste in the process. If you have a coworker who cares deeply about the environment, they might love that you thought of a way to support them on that path. You can easily find a print or pattern that reflects their personal style, and you don’t even need to gift wrap it!
a bottle of their favorite wine will help them relax and unwind after a tiring day full of Zoom meetings.
If your teams are still fully or partially remote, your coworkers might be experiencing the dreaded Zoom fatigue that comes from staying on for too many meetings throughout the day. If alcohol is allowed to be gifted at your company, consider gifting an inexpensive, but tasty, bottle of vino to help them “wine” down after they clock out.
photo frames are a go-to because they somehow manage to be both personal and crowd-pleasing at once.
Picture frames are big holiday gifts, and it’s no wonder why! They’re a great way for coworkers to display the people and places they cherish most so that they have a constant reminder of what they’re working for. For an extra special touch, take the liberty to add a picture to the frame before you give it as a gift.
help them find their inner peace with a mini zen garden for their desktop.
Let’s face it, some days at work can be long and stressful, even for people who really love their jobs. A desk-size zen garden will give your office buddy something to keep their hands and mind distracted, so they can take a break and chill out before pulling their hair out!
a little alarm clock is more than just a gag gift for the coworker who always hits the snooze button.
This one is certainly funny, but it’s also really practical! If you have someone at the office who tends to be a little bit late (but who still has a great sense of humor), consider getting them a classic alarm clock to bring a hint of style and urgency to their work station.
you really can’t go wrong with a holiday-inspired candle or diffuser.
The sights and sounds and smells of Christmas help remind most of us of our favorite holiday memories. Scents like peppermint, evergreen, balsam or cinnamon spice are inviting and delightful, and they make perfect gifts for coworkers.
sock gift ideas
Hey listen, you had to know we were going to dedicate a whole section to socks in here! (We are a sock company, after all!) We promise that you really can come up with sock gift ideas for every single person on your “nice” list for the holidays, and your coworkers are no exception! Here are a few of our favorites.
a quirky pair of geek socks celebrate your most gifted and intelligent work spouse.
Every company has that team member who always seems to be able to answer everyone's questions and somehow has a limitless catalog of random knowledge. The proud nerd at yours might love a pair of geek socks to wear both while they’re on the clock and enjoying their time off after hours.
creative types will get inspired by colorful socks designed like their favorite works of art.
We like to say that a painted canvas is to a wall what a pair of socks is to your feet! If you have a coworker who really appreciates art, gift them artsy styles featuring designs that reflect some of their favorite works.
optimists on the team will love pairs that are perky, colorful and tons of fun!
The person at the company who is always thinking about the positive side of things likely has a bright and peppy personality, plus a personal style to match! Give them funny socks in bold prints and funky patterns to make their infectious smile even bigger and brighter.
dressier styles perfectly suit the office fancy pants who wears a tie even in quarantine.
You don’t have to blow your budget on an overpriced premium blend of socks to satisfy the super sharp dresser on your team. In fact, we can attest to there being tons of cool luxury socks out there that only cost around 20 bucks.
introverts will warm up to cozy socks they can wear while settling into their next Netflix binge.
Every team has an introvert who’s taking their Zoom calls with the camera off. Help them cozy up and relax after an exhausting day of peopling with some socks for introverts that include designs inspired by our furry friends, love of reading and favorite lazy day animal: the sloth.
have the whole team dress the part in holiday socks that spread the Christmas cheer.
Spreading holiday happiness and having a good time is so much easier when you dress the part, so why not get the whole gang matching Christmas socks to wear to the holiday Zoom sesh? This is one of the best ways to share the Christmas cheer!
When it comes to thanking your coworkers for all the efforts they put in to keep things going at the company, the holiday season is the perfect time to give a gift that shows your appreciation. We got into the sock business to spread happiness at an affordable price, and we can tell you from experience that you really don’t have to break the bank to remind your colleagues how much you care!