19 Gift Ideas Under $25 for Your Office Holiday Gift Exchange
Tired of giving your office mates the same old mug or standard box of chocolates every single year at office gift exchange time? We hear you.
To save you from yet another year of eye-rolling white elephant exchanges & Secret Santa boredom, we've rounded up the most interesting and fun gift exchange ideas you can give your cubicle cronies this holiday season. Gather 'round for our best gift exchange ideas under $25 for your office gift exchange:
Gift ideas for the quiet coworker
Oh great. You got that one coworker in the draw you know nothing about. What do you get them? Here are some generic gifts that any co-worker would love.
Image Credit to The Strategist
This gift should work for any co-worker you see typing at their computer all day. Chances are, they're feeling it, whether they've said so out loud or not.
For those of us who type all day and feel it in our elbows later, never fear — Jelbows are here for a Christmas gift exchange idea! Available in 4 colors (black, blue, clear, and pink), Jelbows are lightweight, pressure-relieving, and come in two sizes (6 inches and 4 inches).
They're so incognito on your desk that after you've used them for a while, you'll likely forget they're there, and what's more, according to The Strategist, "They almost completely ease the pain of repetitive work strain that can start at the elbow and radiate all the way down to your wrists and fingers."
Buy it: Jelbow Ergonomic Gel Wrist Rests Elbow Pads, 2-pack: $21.99.
If your co-worker has a phone or tablet, chances are they'd like a PopSocket. These superb office gift ideas just attach to the back of any device to give users an easier time holding it steady while watching videos, reading lengthy emails, etc. Pop it out to use it; collapse to lay it flat. View the introductory video here.
Launched officially out of owner David Barnett's Colorado garage in 2014, this now-booming business grew out of a previously successful Kickstarter campaign. With hundreds of colors, styles, and designs to choose from, PopSockets has sold over 40 million units worldwide.
Keychain phone charger
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Anyone who owns a phone needs to charge it, and this gadget makes that easy and convenient, even for the most forgetful among us.
You can't possibly forget your phone charger with this gadget. As long as it's attached to your car keys and you're driving your car to work, you'll be bringing your charger to work, too.
Just recharge the keychain using a USB when needed and maintain power all day. This one's from Merkury Innovations, and is also available on Amazon. Make sure to check these Merkury Innovations promo codes, too.
Cell phone speaker amplifier
Probably one of the best office gifts for a low price, this Bluetooth speaker is perfect for anyone who needs a little extra volume to enjoy their music, apps, games, movies, podcasts, etc on their cell phone. Connects quickly over Bluetooth to any Smartphone, iPhone, and Tablet.
Available in 5 sizes, the OontZ Angle solo Super Portable Bluetooth Speaker is the smallest (but still powerfully loud) cell phone speaker amplifier by Cambridge SoundWorks. The OontZ Angle solo brings the audio in nice and clear up to 100 feet from your device, is rain-proof, splash-proof, shower-proof, and super lightweight, all for an amazingly low price.
Buy it: OontZ Angle solo Super Portable Bluetooth Speaker: $23.99.
Sweater Mug Huggers
These handmade mug cozies will amuse anyone who enjoys hot drinks at the office — and one of them even has a pocket for a tea drinker's teabag (or an extra pack of raw sugar?). Handcrafted by artisans in the Andean villages of Huancavelica and Huancayo of Peru exclusively for Uncommon Goods, the Sweater Mug Huggers are each sold individually.
These cozies fit mugs 3.25 inches in diameter or larger. Each one is unique and may vary slightly due to their handmade quality.
Lunch Packin' Pals
Everybody who packs their lunch for work will love these. Top notch containers for leftovers, keeping your homemade hummus or chopped fruits and veggies fresh, and bringing it all with you for lunch the next day.
Reusable glassware is an eco-friendly alternative to plastics and disposables. This glassware is safe to use in the freezer, dishwasher, microwave, and oven. Lids fit snugly. This set of 6 includes 3 sizes for optimal storage and organization.
Buy it: Round Glass Storage Containers, Set of 6: $19.99 from Sur La Table. You can get 20% off your purchase with these Sur La Table promo codes, or sign up for their email list, and get 15% off your first purchase.
See all of our top kitchenware brands here.
Tile Mate Key Finder
Anyone who misplaces stuff a lot will be thrilled with the Tile Mate Key Finder. Attach a 'Mate' to anything you need to keep better track of — keys, your phone, wallet, whatever. Then just sync it with the app on your phone and track your desired objects by ringing within 150 sq. feet or checking the map for its last known location. You can also ask the Tile community to help you find a lost item. Tile even provides a replaceable battery to make sure your Mate keeps working for you.
Gift ideas for the movie-loving coworker
100 Movies scratch-off movie poster
For the hardcore movie lover in your office, this scratch-off poster from Uncommon Goods encourages bucket list viewing of 100 well-known films including Rocky, Jaws, Jurassic Park, Casablanca, Dirty Dancing, and many more.
Scratch off the titles as you watch each flick to reveal the movie-related artwork beneath. Measures 23.2" high x 16.5" wide, and arrives rolled in a poster tube (but you can opt to add a frame on the site at time of order too). There's also a partial list of top directors included as well.
Peanuts holiday DVD set
Who among us doesn't still get excited with the Charlie Brown Christmas music comes on? Now you can own the whole wholesome Peanuts Holiday Series DVD set for a super low price — and we're pretty sure any movie-loving office gift exchange recipient would love this as well.
This series includes A Charlie Brown Christmas, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, and A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. It maintains a 4.5 star rating after 1.096 reviews on Amazon, so we're thinking it's probably not too shabby.
Gift ideas for office game night enthusiasts
Any gamers in the office? Here are some ideas for them. Check out all of our top board game brands as well.
The '80s and '90s trivia game
If you've talked about being close to the same age or having grown up in the '80s or '90s, this might be a great gift for your coworker. A broad range of ages will surely have a blast with this '80s and '90s trivia game from Outset.
Can you (or your coworker) answer any of these?
- Belinda Carlisle was a member of what all-girl band?
- What is Indiana Jones' first name: James, Walter, or Henry?
- What shoes did Michael Jordan introduce in 1985?
Get the answers when you play the game! Ages 12 and up work best with this game, and at least 2 players are required to play.
Bob's Burgers Monopoly
Bob, Linda and the kids want to know if you're ready to play Monopoly — Belcher-style! In this version, you'll buy and sell the shops and locales from the show. Ever wanted to own Wonder Wharf? Jimmy Pesto's place? How about Wagstaff School? Pick a character token (I call dibs on Louise!) and make your way around the board just like the regular Monopoly.
This game suits players ages 8 and up, and requires two to six players to play.
Golden Girls Trivial Pursuit game
Cue the 'Thank You for Being a Friend' opening theme song. Any Golden Girls fans in the house? You may be surprised how many people loved (and still love) that show! And thanks to Hot Topic, you can now get right back into the antics of Sophia, Blanche, Dorothy, and Rose.
Questions from 6 categories will test your memory of the cast's hilarious adventures across 7 seasons. Ages 12 and up work best with this game, and 2 or more players are required to play.
'Bob Ross: The Art of Chill' board game
Can you finish a Bob Ross painting before he does, and suck up all the remaining "chill" points?
Earn 'chill' status as you complete landscape paintings, including Bob's beloved 'Happy Little Trees,' using the colors and brushes provided in your hand of cards. Use a little strategy as you observe how the other artists are coming along with their masterpieces and be sure to follow Bob's chill guidance along the way.
2 - 4 players are required to play. Ages 12 and up are ideal for this game.
Gift ideas for your funniest co-worker
If you're more interested in getting funny gifts for coworkers, some of these should suffice. Just take care to give each one some thought beforehand to make sure you don't end up with a misunderstanding lingering in the office.
This very true mug
Let's face it - most of them should have been. All torturous meetings aside, this beverage-holding brilliance comes in a pack of two, (one for you, one for your Secret Santa recipient, perhaps?), is dishwasher and microwave safe, comprised of high quality ceramic, and has printing on both sides.
We think this will be one of this year's great funny Christmas gift exchange ideas if given to the right person.
One pound of pink Starbursts
You know the age-old adage: "Don't let anyone treat you like a yellow Starburst. You are a pink Starburst."
Arrives in a one-pound resealable, heat sealed bag, with about 90 individually wrapped candies. You'll have all of the flavors you want and none that you don't.
Dunder Mifflin mug
Who doesn't love The Office? This quality mug is sure to encourage reminiscing on everyone's favorite episodes and funniest moments from the well-loved NBC comedy — from The Dundies to Prison Mike to Angela's cat-cam to Jim's Secret Santa teapot gift (full of all the extras) to Pam.
Got more Office-lovers to buy for? May as well grab a few of these. RedBubble has a Buy 2 mugs, get 15% off deal going - as well as a Buy 4, get 20% off deal.
Dunder Mifflin t-shirt
If you'd rather give a clothing gift, RedBubble has plenty of Dunder Mifflin-related t-shirts available, many under $25.
Office Violation sticky notes
For the Dwight Schrute in every office. Does your coworker need to be put on notice? Give out some violation stickers to get people back in line! Messy desks, stinky lunches, crazy outfits, and too much "borrowing" of others' supplies can get you a ticket from the office police.
Just fill out the violation deets and slap one of these official-looking notices on the offending person's desk. (Be sure to mark the "Just Kidding" box on the bottom right and try not to hit too close to home in case anyone is highly sensitive.) 50 sheets per pad, 4 inches x 6 inches.
Desktop cornhole game
Need a break from the Monday morning doldrums? On hold with a client for a long time? Go ahead and toss a few bean bags in. Nobody will mind!
If they like to play it at backyard barbecues, they'll love it on their desk. Comes with 2 raised platforms, 8 miniature bean bags, and a 32-page book brimming with illustrations and guidance on the popular game.