30 clever gifts for coworkers that they'll actually be happy to receive

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Uncommon Goods, $40

Shopping for coworkers can become a never-ending parade of mild pine-scented candles, Hallmark cards, and candy that is destined for retirement in a desk drawer for most of January. It’s easier to buy thoughtful, impactful gifts for your closest loved ones, and it gets harder once you add in the subtleties and professionalism of the workplace.

However, there are hordes of fantastic gifts out there for coworkers. And they don’t have to be expensive — in fact, they probably shouldn’t be. The ideal colleague present is thoughtful, unique, and lands somewhere in the casual middle ground between re-gifting paperclips from the supply closet and an all-expenses-paid trip to the Caribbean. 

Below, you’ll find 30 of the best coworker gifts for under $50. 

Looking for more gift ideas? Check out all of Insider Picks‘ holiday gift guides for 2018 here.

A three-month subscription of freshly roasted whole bean, single-origin coffees from a cool startup

Driftaway Coffee Subscription, Three Months, available on Driftaway Coffee, from $39

If they’re practically tethered to the coffee pot, they’ll probably love the fun and thoughtful gift of a three-month subscription to this cool Brooklyn startup’s beans. Driftaway sends freshly roasted, whole bean, single-origin coffees from around the world to their doorstep.

An Atlas Obscura calendar full of daily photos and tidbits about the world’s strangest and coolest places or festivals

Atlas Obscura Color Page-A-Day Desk 2019 Calendar, available on Amazon, $15.99

Add some fun to their day-to-day routine with the Atlas Obscura calendar. There are hundreds of photos that celebrate the world’s strangest and coolest places, festivals, and foods. Travelers and life-long learners are particularly good candidates for this one. 

A funny mug that acknowledges the bond forged by people who have to fix the same defunct printer every week together

The This is Fine Mug, available on Etsy, $12.99

A „This is Fine“ mug is the perfect gift for the only other people on earth who can truly relate to the particularities of your job: a defunct printer, last night’s too-fun team happy hour, and the occasional avalanche of meetings and high-priority emails. Here’s a $13 nod to the fond shared stressors. 

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