I’m a big believer in loving your coworkers. Think about it: you spend 8+ hours a day alongside these people! For many of us, that’s more time than we spend with a significant other or outside-of-work friends. If we allow ourselves, our workplaces could be a place to find and nurture rich relationships.
If you want to shower your coworkers with some gift-giving this holiday season, I’ve compiled a list of my FAVORITE things to gift your team.
And for some extra fun, I invited my co-worker to join me! On the podcast and the list here, my Marketing Manager Sarah jumped in on the holiday fun with me! So these are our favorites together for you to love on your co-workers this holiday season.
[Just as an aside, unfortunately, you can’t give your terrible boss some coal in their stocking. Instead, perhaps look at giving a gift to your manager as a way to extend the olive branch. Remember, always be the bigger person when you can.]
When I moved down to Nashville, my best friend Brandy gave me a plant that she had been nurturing on our windowsill. She had a zillion things going on when she was moving out of her apartment and didn’t want to take the plant down to North Carolina. Well, Flo (as my sister and I named her) drove on our rental van’s dashboard all the way from NYC down to Nashville TN. That plant started it all – and now I would say one of my main goals in life is to become a certified Southern Plant Lady. Like Shirley McLaine in Steel Magnolias. With all the extra spunk and spice. Plants just give me such joy, they are easy decorations, and I love the idea of nurturing something.
Plants are GREAT gifts for coworkers because often times people don’t think to buy them for themselves, they are relatively inexpensive, and you can pick them up from pretty much anywhere. Heck! You can even find them at Trader Joe’s! Not to mention, they are going to make your coworker healthier and happier.
My suggestion is to NOT get them a succulent, fiddle leaf fig (they are pricey!), or orchid. They look cool but are 100% fickle and I’ve killed every single one of mine. Especially if your coworker thinks that they have a “black thumb”, I would start with some easier plants. My recommendations would be:
From what I’ve heard from people who are NOT plant people, this plant is impossible to kill. It’s beautiful and is great for a desk or at home.
This is honestly my favorite type of plant. They are so full and beautiful and are easy to take care of. In fact, Flo is this type of plant - the gal who started it all!
Sold specifically around the holidays, this one is an easy one to not kill. Plus, if it blooms, it’s super beautiful!
Plants by Mail
If you want to order a plant (maybe you work remotely or prefer to go the delivery route), we’re big fans of The Sill based in NYC. Their plants are amazing, they’re sent with care instructions, they have incredible customer care, and they always look beautiful upon arrival!
I love giving people gift cards. Some people think gift cards are impersonal, but hear me out – what if you got a gift card to your favorite lunch spot to treat yourself?! Wouldn't that be amazing? Give your coworker a gift card to their favorite lunch spot! Pay attention to what they enjoy and treat them to a useful gift to use at their favorite spot. This can also be a great gift to give those you're trying to continue a relationship with from an old job (networking relationally, *wink wink*).
Last year, my sister gifted me some computer glasses from PIXEL and I really love them. So for your coworker that spends a LOT of time in front of the screen (don’t we all these days!), this is a really great gift. I find that when I wear them my eyes don’t get as tired and that I can stay focused for longer. Plus, I want to keep my peepers protected! I already have bad eyesight, I don’t want to make it worse! Yes, these are a bit on the pricey side, but for your boss or work bestie, it could be a good fit!
ABLE has some of Sarah's favorite jewelry on the planet. They have stunning necklaces, earrings, rings, bracelets and more. And the best part: they are an AMAZING company. ABLE is an ethical fashion brand that employs and empowers women as a solution to end poverty. They invest in, train, and educate women so they can earn a living, break the cycle of poverty, and thrive. We are here for that!!!
These make a great gift for your coworker because they can look good while doing good! And you can feel great about where you're spending your dollar bills! One of Sarah's favorites they carry are the Stick Earrings. They're a beautiful classic, minimal earring option. Another favorite are their rings – great for stacking, one signature piece, or a mix of both. Plus the rings start at only $15! For your coworker who loves rocking some jewelry in the office, ABLE has wonderful options!
Beautiful Leather goods
This one is more of a splurge... but we all know every girl needs a good, sturdy, and stylish work bag. Maybe save this for your work wife?! I will say that hands down my FAVORITE bag out there is the Merkato bag from Parker Clay. Not only is it going to lug around my entire entrepreneurial life, they have an amazing mission. For the social-minded work bestie, this is a fabulous gift.
For a couple more affordable options from this amazing company, I love their cord tacos and their leather folders. The cord tacos can help any of us stay a bit more organized, and they're so cute! Their leather folder is a wonderful option for a resume when going on interviews or keeping important papers organized in transit. Maybe a great option for your coworker who splits time between home and the office?
Ever since I was a little girl, I was a book lover. Books are where I learn, where I escape, and how I grow. If you have a book nerd coworker, get them a book! It’s an easy gift, can be last minute (thank you Amazon Prime!), and you know they are going to get value out of it.
Confused as to which one to pick? Here are three career books that I recommend and that are part of our 2020 Career Book Club. To get on the list and be a part of our club, you can sign up here!
Thankfully, Sarah's a book lover too! She has some fun reads for the holidays to balance out my business books. One is a great memoir that reads like fiction – Garlic and Sapphires. You may have heard me reference this book on Episode 28 – Sarah's the one who told me about it! The other is her favorite fiction read of the year, The Huntress. Historical fiction, Nazi hunters, 3 powerful women, 2 incredible men, make a book that's hard to put down.
Sarah and I are both big fans of essential oils. If you’ve been around here a bit, you may remember Episode 13 with Gretchen Schell about Essential Oil Blends That Reduce Stress at Work. Sarah said she's seen essential oils be a game-changer in stress, moods, and sleep! I can attest to the same things! We've got three different gift ideas at different prices.
- Stress Away Roll-On – Young Living’s AMAZING Stress Away oil blend in a roller...roll on neck, wrists, take a big inhale and legit feel your heart rate slow down. Maybe order one for you and your coworker. Stress Away for all!
- doTerra’s Beginner’s Trio Kit – Peppermint, Lavender, and Lemon – the most used, most loved oils. A fun add on for your coworker could be a wooden diffuser – we like this one and this one
- YL Starter Kit – if you want all the gold stars, get your coworker a starter kit. It is the very best way to start out with oils. There’s a diffuser, 11 oils, and all kinds of fun goodies! And they get access to a whole team of people to educate them and get set up, they can dive as deep as they want with it. This is a SUPER nice gift! Best way to get this is to use this link to pick a kit and then Sarah can help you out!
Feel free to email Sarah with any questions on these as she's our in-house oils #1 groupie – firstname.lastname@example.org
When I left investment banking, I was a fraction of myself and had zero confidence left. Over time, my new job, my people, and my faith helped me find my confidence once again. Do you know a lady friend in your office that has LOST her confidence? If so, you may want to purchase a subscription to the Marigold app. It is the #1 confidence app for women. With this app, your coworker can get her daily dose of confidence-boosting encouragement – at work, in relationships, and for her health! I highly recommend it. I was such an advocate for the work, I gave some of my own teachings to the platform.
I love educational classes and courses. (Hi, have you checked out our LinkedIn by Lunch course?!) But instead of enrolling your coworker in something work-related, enroll them in something that is going to be fun! Maybe it’s a workout class if they are interested in fitness, or a cooking class that they can take with their boo, or an art class if they’ve mentioned wanting to get into watercolors. Often times, these are things people want to do but don’t put the money aside to do. Encourage them to get out of the office and have some fun!
I found this through Mind Body Green which has some great gift guides. This isn't something I own yet, but it's on my Christmas list! It looks amazing! It's a 32-page reusable notebook. You can use it to take notes, upload notes to your devices/cloud storage, and then erase and start over again! Great for a coworker who's taking tons of notes, maybe one who's a student, or someone into tech gadgets!
A candle is something I NEVER buy for myself, but when someone else buys it for me I’m really grateful (as long as it’s a good one *wink wink*). Pretty simple. Some of my favorite brands include NEST, White Barn, and Ranger Station.
I also found this REAL cute candle online, and how fitting?!
A coworker of mine at the NYSE bought me this and I brought it over to The Muse and put it on my desk. Anyone who would come to my desk would always talk about it or open it up to make sure their name wasn’t in it! I always have people get such a hoot out of it, so if you have good rapport with your coworker, this could be a funny one.
*Note: we’re not condoning violence at work – or ever.
We hope this was helpful to you! Tell us, what did you end up getting for your coworkers!?!?!
The ULTIMATE Holiday Gift Guide for Your Coworkers
December 4, 2019