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Every Friday, we take a question submitted by one of our readers and have our professionals field it and provide advice. We then encourage members of the Need a New Gig community to comment below and give their take!
Here is This Week’s Question:
“I recently accepted a new position and things have been going great! The company has a good culture and they plan a number of different team building and social events. Since we are getting closer to the holidays we just picked names for the company party gift exchange. I ended up drawing the name of an employee that I don’t know and I have no idea what I should get for him. Do you have any suggestions on appropriate office gift ideas? Since I am new I want to make a good impression!”
It’s that time of year again – the holidays are fast-approaching! And what goes hand-in-hand with the end of the year festivities? The office party! Office holiday parties are a great way to get in the spirit and also spend some time with your colleagues outside of work. If you are new to an organization, the office party can serve as a great way to meet new people and learn more about the company.
This is an exciting time for some, but a dreaded time for others. What do you buy your co-workers, or your boss? Do you do a random gift exchange? What if you get the new person, that you know nothing about? Well we are here to help!
Where Do You Start?
There are many gifts that will be appropriate and appreciated, regardless of the person’s interests (and I don’t mean that big bottle of Johnny Walker)!
I have compiled a list of tasteful and appropriate gifts that you can give to co-workers that won’t break the bank!
1. Desk Organizers
Desk organizers come in all shapes and sizes, with varying price ranges, based on your budget. I have included links to several organizers below:
- Mindspace Office Desk Organizer with 6 Compartments + Drawer + Pen & Pencil Holder | The Mesh Collection, Silver: $17.99
- Victor Wood Desk Organizer with Smart Phone Holder, Classic Silver, S9525: $32.99
- 3 Tier Country Rustic Torched Wood Office Desk File Organizer Mail Sorter Tray Holder w/ Storage Drawer: $29.99
- ClearTech Acrylic Smartphone and Tablet Desktop Organizer – Charging Station : $12.99
- Go-Go-Station Desktop Organizer, the Dashboard for Your Desktop: $38.99
Adjustable Natural Wood Desktop Storage Organizer Display Shelf Rack, Counter Top Bookcase, Beige
2. Holiday Candles
Holiday candles are both festive, and the fragrance can create the ambiance of the holiday season. The minute I smell cinnamon, my mind immediately drifts to chilly fall days, and the cold winter months! Here are a few of my favorites:
- NEST Fragrances Classic Candle- Holiday , 8.1 oz : $40.00
- Scented Candles – Happy Holidays – Set of 3: Christmas Tree, Candy Cane, and Gingerbread – 3 x 4-Ounce Soy Candles – Each Votive Candle is Handmade in the USA with only the Best Fragrance Oils : $28.97
- Yankee Candle Company 1552454 Holiday Memories Samplers Gift Set: $29.99
- Aroma Naturals Holiday Essential Oil Scented Pillar Candle, Orange, Clove and Cinnamon, Warm Spice, 3 inch x 3.5 inch : $ 14.75
- Chesapeake Bay Candle Heritage Collection Votive Gift Set, 6-Piece, Assorted Fall & Holiday Fragrances : $30.00
Yankee Candle Company 1552454 Holiday Memories Samplers Gift Set
3. Portable Chargers/Charging Cases
We are also increasingly reliant on our mobile phones nowadays! Phone accessories, (especially ones that keep them running longer) are both practical AND appropriate! Here are some of my favorites
- Apple Lightning 12000mAh Portable Charger, Poweradd Pilot 4GS Dual 3A External Battery Pack with Lightning 8-Pin Cable 3.3ft/1M for iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy and More – Rose Gold (pictured above) : $24.99
- Poweradd Slim 2 5000mAh Ultra-compact Portable Power Bank External Battery Pack with ID Identify Tech for iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy and More – Black : $10.99
- Uni-Yeap 11000mAh RoHs Power Bank with Safety Charging Conversion System and Ultra Slim with Screen for iPhone7 7Plus 6s 6 Plus, iPad, Samsung Galaxy and More (GOLD): $19.99
- They even have SOLAR ones! Solar Charger AKEEPOW Power Bank 22000mAh Portable Solar Battery Pack with Dual Ports Input and 3 USB Output External Portable Charger for Cell Phone, iPhone, iPad, Samsung and other Smart Devices: $36.88
- Or a charging phone case! (Upgraded) iPhone 6 Battery Case, Trianium Atomic S iPhone 6s Portable Charger Charging Case for Apple iPhone 6 6s 4.7-Inch ONLY [Black]- 3100mAh Battery Pack Juice Bank Cover [MFI Certified]: $29.99
Portable Chargers 16750 RAVPower 16750mAh External Battery Pack 4.5A Dual USB Output External Phone Charger Battery Bank Power Bank (iSmart 2.0 Tech) for Nintendo Switch, iPhone 7, Galaxy S8 – White
4. Water Bottles
Everyone is trying to be a little healthier, right (I said trying)? Even water bottles have become a designer item, with a slot for infusing fruits, vegetables, or whatever else you choose. Here are a few that made the top of the list this year:
- Bottom Loading Fruit Infuser Water Bottle (OneClick Open Lid) – BPA Free Tritan Plastic – Leak Proof – 24oz – Infusion Recipe eBook Included (Purple): $8.97
- Fruit Infuser Water Bottle 25 oz Leak Proof Flip-top Sport Water Bottle BPA-Free Tritan 25 Oz (Turquoise ): $12.95
- Healthy Human Stein Water Bottle – Thermos Vacuum Insulated 18/8 Stainless Steel Portable Water Bottle with Carabiner- Hot or Cold Liquid Container – 32oz Wood Stock : $28.99
- Nalgene Tritan 32-Ounce Narrow Mouth BPA-Free Water Bottle, Clear: $9.89
- purifyou Premium Glass Water Bottle with Silicone Sleeve & Stainless Steel Lid Insert, 12 / 22 / 32 oz (Jet Black, 12 oz) : $29.97
YETI Rambler 36oz Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Bottle with Cap
5. Himalayan Salt Lamps
Himalayan salt lamps have become very popular in the last year or two, with many swearing by the healing effects of negative ionization. Never heard of a salt lamp? Here is some more information here. Want to give one to an office mate? Check them out here:
- SMAGREHO Natural Himalayan Salt Lamp, Hand Carved Crystal Glow Rock Lamp, UL Listed On and off Dimmer Switch (6-7 inch, 4 – 5lbs): $14.99
- Crystal Decor Natural Himalayan Salt Lamp in Star Design Metal Basket with Dimmable Cord : $19.99
- Salt Lamp, Natural Himalayan Crystal Rock Salt Lamps,OXA Smart, Cube Night Light on Wooden Base with Dimmer Control for Air Purifying, Bedroom Lighting : $32.99
- Salt Lamp, Natural Himalayan Crystal Rock Salt Lamps,OXA Smart, Cube Night Light on Wooden Base with Dimmer Control for Air Purifying, Bedroom Lighting: $26.97
Himalayan Salt Lamp Natural Shape with Wooden Base and 6ft UL-Approved Dimmer Switch Cord – 6 to 8 Inches
What are Your Thoughts? Comment Below!
What have you purchased in the past for a co-worker or boss? How did it go over?!
by Natalie Lemons
Natalie Lemons is the Founder and President of Resilience Group, LLC, The Resilient Recruiter, and Co-Founder of Need a New Gig. She specializes in the area of Executive Search and services a diverse group of national and international companies, focusing on mid to upper-level management searches in a variety of industries. For more articles like this, follow her blog. Resilient Recruiter is an Amazon Associate.