Coming up with good gift ideas can be difficult at the best of times, but getting Kris Kringle presents for colleagues can be particularly nerve-racking. Here are some gift suggestions that will make sure you stay on your coworkers’ nice list.
Welcome to the silly season, folks!
It’s that special time of year when candy canes become an acceptable food group, a carol is something you sing (not the distant aunt you never see) and drinking creamy, eggy alcohol is a thing (no judgement).
It’s also when the office festivities are cranked up to eleven, and you get to bust out your best stocking stuffers for the office Secret Santa!
Some grinches think this time-honoured work tradition is just another reason to hate on the holidays, but seriously, what’s not to love about an entire office getting secret gifts for each other?
There’s intrigue, detective work, a shoestring budget to wrangle with – let the hilarity ensue!
But we feel your pain. Getting an awesome (and safe for work) gift (especially for a colleague you don’t know too well) for under $30, $20 or $15 can seem downright impossible.
So to help you make your list – and hopefully not have to check it twice – we’ve put together the ultimate office Kris Kringle gift guide. You’ll find a bunch of our best gift ideas for guys and gals that’ll make even your most curmudgeonly coworker smile.
And no, there isn’t a single Coles-Myer Gift Card in sight.
Let’s be honest, there are some coworkers you barely speak to. Your working relationship consists of polite small talk in the elevator and seeing their name in department emails.
Despite your best sleuthing efforts, all you know about Joe in accounts is his first name and what department he works in. So how do you get him an awesome Kris Kringle gift? By using our guide of course! Here are some fail-safe gift ideas for $25 or less for any male colleague (be it an intern, your manager or even the big boss!)
If you drew Nancy from sales for Secret Santa, and the most contact you’ve ever had with her is the time you signed for one of her ASOS parcels and she said ‘Thanks’ and you said ‘No worries!’, then this gift guide is for you. These ideas are also great if your Secret Santa is your #GirlBoss.
If you’ve got a colleague who eats ideas for breakfast and loves nothing better than brainstorming into the wee hours of the morning, then listen up. Whether they’re a designer, architect, copywriter or simply a creative fiend, here are some Kris Kringle ideas that will stir their creative soul.
How do you spot a foodie coworker? You’ve stopped asking them what they did on the weekend, and instead ask them what they ate. At work lunches they won’t let anybody tuck into the growing-colder-by-the-minute pub grub until they’ve taken an Insta-worthy pic of the entire spread, and no matter what you’re discussing, you guys somehow always end up talking about cheese.
If you drew the foodie coworker for Kris Kringle, here’s what you should buy them.
For the gal in your office who spends more time with the staff at Sephora than her own family, and cried hysterical tears of joy when MAC brought back her favourite shade of lipstick, here are some gifts that are sure to make her annual ‘Christmas Beauty Haul’ Insta post.
Got a chia-seed loving, kale-crunching colleague who swipes their gym card more often than their credit card? If you drew the office fitness nut for Secret Santa, don’t freak out (we know the world of protein powder and acai bowls is expensive, y’all!).
Whatever their addiction – whether it’s yoga, MMA, cycling, surfing or quitting sugar – here are some awesome Kris Kringle ideas for the office health buff.
Because let’s face it, there’s one in every office. (Actually in our office there are five of them!) If your Secret Santa is the type of coworker who only replies in cat memes and loves a good cat pun, then we’ve got some purrrfect gift ideas that are under $25 and are sure to give them a meowy Christmas!
We know it can be tough to buy a present for the colleague who subconsciously swirls every beverage in sight, and only drinks spirits that are older than they are.
But if you drew the office connoisseur, do not fear! There are plenty of amazing Secret Santa gifts for under $25 that even the most sophisticated palate will appreciate.
For the colleague whose middle name is GQ and appreciates the finer things in life, here are some Kris Kringle ideas that’ll put a spring in his sartorial step.
For the coworker whose cubicle looks less like a workspace and more like a toy store, and who likes to send you things before close of play rather than before close of business (because work is play, yo!), here are some killer gift ideas that’ll keep them (and everyone else in the office) young at heart.
Christmas is all about giving, and this is no different for the colleague who’s got a heart of gold and cares more about helping others and being an eco-champ than getting a hilarious Kris Kringle gift.
If this sounds like your Secret Santa, then honour their verve for giving back with one of these presents.