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The best gifts for office co-workers and staff in 2021

Unique finds for all of your favorite people from the office.
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Whether you're searching for the perfect Secret Santa gift or just picking up something to show your work bestie how much you appreciate them, it's always fun to think outside the box while shopping for co-workers.

From edible and personalized finds to options for pet lovers, Shop TODAY has rounded up 35 unique and thoughtful gifts for co-workers that'll win you some major brownie points. Our favorite part? They are all under $50!

From gifts for the office techie to the assistant moonlighting as a foodie, read on for our picks for the best gifts for co-workers at every budget.

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Don’t forget to check out Shop TODAY’s 2021 Gift Guide to find the perfect present for everyone on your list!

Best tech gifts for co-workers

Arvok Water-Resistant Laptop Sleeve

The work environment has drastically evolved over the last year, which means your co-workers might need to bring their laptops to and from the office regularly. Fortunately you'll have them covered with this padded sleeve!

Amazon Smart Plug

One of the hottest tech gifts around is a smart plug — and for good reason. For starters, you can turn on and off lights and appliances thanks to its Alexa capabilities.

Anker SoundCore Bluetooth Speaker

This speaker is a great gift for the co-worker who has taken on the role of office DJ. The tiny speaker is portable and can play up to 24 hours on a single charge.

Echo Dot

Hire them a personal assistant! Or at least get them the next best thing with this voice-controlled smart speaker. Available in four shades, it can provide meeting alerts, check the weather, read the news, play music and more.

Best beauty and wellness gifts for co-workers

H2O+ Travel Kit 2021

Anyone that travels frequently for work will dig this travel kit that's full of everything you need to stay hydrated while you're on the go. It comes with a travel sized cleanser, priming water essence, replenishing serum, refreshing gel moisturizer and an eye cream.

Savvy Infusion Water Bottle

Your favorite colleague will enjoy hydrating with this infusion water bottle. Simply add frozen or fresh fruit along with flat or sparkling water for a refreshing water break.

Shiatsu Neck Shoulder Massager

We all know things can get stressful at the office sometimes. This shiatsu neck and shoulder massager is like having a personal masseuse on call.

Laneige Hydration To-Go! Set

This gift set includes the cult-favorite lip mask to help get anyone's skin through the winter months. The formula can help with dryness and uneven texture.

RoselynBoutique Jade Roller and Gua Sha Set

Skin-care aficionados will love their own jade roller, which helps face cream absorb more effectively while massaging tense muscles. Sounds like the perfect way to cap off a stressful day to us!

URPOWER Essential Oil Diffuser

This top-rated essential oil diffuser also doubles as a humidifier, adding another calming layer to their aromatherapy practice.

Best food gifts for co-workers

Bougie Bakes Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Shopping for a group of coworkers? Treat them to something sweet with this set of 16 chocolate chunk cookies from Bougie Bakes. You won't have to worry about dealing with any allergies since they're free of gluten, soy and dairy, yet they somehow taste ultra delicious.

Budweiser Classic Beer Bread Mix

Work with someone who took up bread making during the pandemic? We bet they'd love to try their hands at whipping up this beer bread from Budweiser. Just make sure to hint that you'd like them to bring in a piece (or two) for you!

Takeya Deluxe Cold Brew Coffee Maker

The resident coffee snob will appreciate making the perfect glass of cold brew with this premium coffee maker.

The Cocktail Box Co. Premium Cocktail Kit

It's happy hour somewhere — most likely inside their home, thanks to this cocktail kit.

Popcornopolis Gourmet Popcorn Gift Basket

Now, this gift may be a little self-serving, especially if your desk is next to the giftee. It's a basket of five delicious favors of popcorn so big that your officemate won't be able to refuse your humble request for a handful (or several) every now and then.

Tea Forte Petite Box Tea Tasting Assortment

The tea lover on your team will rejoice upon receiving this beautiful gift box filled with an assortment of Tea Forte’s blends. The sampler includes 10 individual pyramid tea infusers for 10 days of tea time bliss.

SIMPLi Quinoa Set

This is a great gift for the boss or co-worker who's a health nut. Elegantly displayed in handwoven bags, this five-bag set of ethically farmed quinoa is as beautiful as it is tasty. The food comes directly from farmers near Lake Titicaca, Peru.

Best clothing and accessory gifts for co-workers

LOFT Pearlized Earring Set

Find yourself constantly complimenting your work bestie on her accessory game? Gift her this set of five earrings with pearl detailing. The pretty designs come in a gold finish and range from studs to drop earrings, so she'll be able to switch up her style depending on her mood.

MudLove Custom Tagged Mug

Love supporting small businesses? This Indiana-based pottery boutique was founded by a husband-wife duo that donates one week of clean water for every product their business sells in partnership with Water for Good. The brand's popular stamped mug can be customized with a phrase or name and makes the perfect gift for coworkers that are constantly carrying their coffee around with them.

Bath & Body Works Vine Leaf 3-Wick Candle Holder

Perfect for homebodies, this candle holder helps add a festive touch to your favorite fragrances with its leaf detailing. As an added bonus, it also makes it easier to transport lit candles from room to room when they're warm.

Creazioni Babo Diamond Flower Ring Gloves

Every office has a resident fashionista, and these chic gloves will definitely help her dazzle this holiday season. The comfy gloves are made in Italy and feature jewel detailing in the shape of a flower on the ring finger. Gorgeous, right?

Wine Enthusiast Push Corkscrew

The co-worker who's always initiating happy hours will get plenty of use out of this handy wine opener that effortlessly pops the cork right off of bottles. It's good for eight hours of use on just one charge and has a blue light that doubles as a night-light.

Zodiac Necklace

If your co-worker is into astrology, look no further. This is a great gift with a personalized touch.

The Comfy

Nobody knows what you're wearing if you're working from home, so why not rock a Comfy?

FONYVE Silk Feeling Scarf

The stylish co-worker is going to love this trendy scarf that has over 5,600 5-star reviews on Amazon. They can use it to tie back their hair or as a statement piece on their computer bag.

LifeArt Blue Light Blocking Glasses

Especially great for those who rely heavily on a computer to make a living, these stylish glasses can help protect eyes from blue light rays. You can also personalize the purchase by having your giftee choose the style and magnification that’s right for them.

Best unique gifts for co-workers

Cricut EasyPress Mini

With this compact crafting device, your creative co-worker can channel their inner Martha Stewart and customize a number of items, including shirts, shoes, stuffed animals and more. It has three heat settings and an auto-shutoff feature, and it's small enough that it won't take up a lot of space.

Pyrex Harry Potter Storage Set (Set of 8)

This Harry Potter Pyrex set will cast a spell on muggles and wizards alike! The four-piece set comes with two round and two rectangular storage containers and the accompanying lids that are safe to use in the dishwasher, freezer and microwave. Magical, right?

Rover Store ‘Dog Mom’ Insulated Tumbler

Have a co-worker that loves dogs? We've got a fun gift option for them! Rover's cute "Dog Mom" tumbler has copper vacuum insulation to keep beverages cool or warm and can be used to carry 12 oz. of your fave drink.

Cute Purrmaid Cat Mermaid Hardcover Journal

Looking for the purr-fect gift for your cat-loving colleague? Consider your search complete. They'll proudly carry Redbubble's cat mermaid journal into meetings and get lots of compliments on it, too. It comes with 128 pages and is available in ruled, graph or blank pages

Nancy Drew Mystery at Magnolia Gardens Game

True-crime lovers will flip for this board game that lets players channel their inner detective to solve a mystery. You get to investigate evidence, witness testimonials and alibis and more to find out "who done it."

Ferry-Morse Grow-Your-Own Kitchen Herb Kit

That co-worker that's always tasked with taking care of the office plants will have fun putting their green thumb to use with this grow-your-own herb kit that comes with four seed packets (basil, rosemary, oregano, and cilantro), soil and a mini planter.

Old World Christmas Virtual Friends Ornament

Whether you're still working remotely or you're back in the office, this is one ornament we can all relate to this year. Pick one up for your work bestie to show them that you'll always be tight, no matter where you're located.

Otterbox Elevation Tumbler with Hydration Lid

This insulated steel tumbler from Otterbox maintains a beverage’s ideal temperature for keeping cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot. It's available in a range of sizes and colors and did we mention it comes with a lifetime guarantee?

Vornado Circulator Fan

Help your co-worker keep their cool with this personal desk fan. It’s USB-powered and has two speeds ensuring maximum personal comfort.

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This gift guide was originally published on Dec. 12, 2017.