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Most Useful: Knock Knock Sticky Notes Packet, Honest Acronyms
She has plenty of the orange and yellow variety. Plus, she can get those for free in the office supply closet. But these? Well, these are not your average sticky notes. The set comes with six packs of sticky notes, and each one has a well-known acronym on it—WTF, ASAP, OMG, FYI, BTW, and TMI—plus a few lines to write a message. And, when you think about it, those six acronyms really cover all the bases. What else could you need to say to a coworker?
Each pad is a 2.75-inches square and has 40 sheets with repositionable adhesive.
Most Relaxing: Be Good Company Executive Mini-Sandbox
No summer Fridays? Well, that’s a real bummer—and something you’ll have to take up with management. The good news? When you’d really rather be anywhere but your desk on a Friday afternoon, this little sandbox can help. Take a break from that spreadsheet and zen out while raking some sand on this personal desk-size beach.
The five-inch square desk accessory includes the pearl white sand, a sand pail, a grooming rake, a digging shovel, mini seashells, a sun umbrella, plus one beach chair.
Best Food Gift: CRAVEBOX Care Package
There’s only one way to get through a long, boring meeting: snacks— lots of snacks. This fun gift will help your coworker avoid the dreaded mid-afternoon slump (that’s a gift for you, too, since nobody likes a hangry coworker!) by ensuring his desk is always stocked with a plethora of snacks.
The box of goodies comes with 30 individually wrapped snacks. There’s candy, cookies, granola bars, and crackers from popular snack brands like Nabisco, Nature’s Valley, and Welch’s inside. And each box is filled with basically everything you could ever want to satisfy any craving, from salty to sweet.
Best Plant: aura creations 3-Piece Tillandsia Air Plant Crystals Kit
When you look at gray walls and a computer screen all day, it can really drag your mood down. Countless studies tout the benefits of greenery and getting outdoors—research shows that being outside is de-stressing and makes people more productive. But spending your days in the great outdoors just isn’t an option when it comes to office life. Make sure your cubemate reaps whatever benefits they can with an array of easy-to-care-for indoor plants.
This trio of three air plants needs minimal light, no soil, and just an occasional spritzing (we’re talking once a week!), plus comes with gorgeous crystal planters.
Best Game: Uncommon Goods Desktop Golf
When he can’t be on the links on a sunny summer day, this fun little desktop game is the next best thing. Just larger than the size of a standard piece of printer paper, this miniature golf course will keep your coworker busy and maybe even improve his short game (no promises!). You may even find yourselves engaged in a little office tournament on, particularly slow days.
This fun game is perfectly sized for a desk—it doesn’t take up too much space, but it’s large enough to adequately play with.
Best Under $20: etsy I'd Rather Be Home With My Dog T-Shirt
Some days—okay, maybe most days—the office is the last place you want to be. This comfortable and comical shirt tells it like it is: Your coworker would really rather be at home binging on the latest season of The Handmaid’s Tale and snuggling with her dog.
The high-quality cotton shirt is handmade in the United States. It features a relaxed cut that looks great on both men and women. Choose crew-neck or v-neck; short-sleeve or long sleeve.
Best Under $10: TheHeirloomTomatos Moderately Successful Adult Award Ribbon
Does your coworker expect a lot of praise for completing a small task? Or maybe they pass doing the bare minimum every day. Poke a little fun at your favorite coworker with this silly and totally unofficial award. The superlative on this satin ribbon is “moderately successful,” though there are other ribbons available that are just as funny. “I put on pants today,” “not the worst,” “I is smart,” and “best at saying what we’re all thinking” are just a sampling of the other ribbons available. Each one has a spot on the back for a personal message.
Under $5: Someecards Office Mad Libs
Sometimes you need a gift that costs less than the price of your cafeteria lunch. This funny and interactive book is destined to be a hit but fits that bill. Just like the classic game you knew and loved as a kid, this 48-page book features 28 fill-in-the-blank stories that are all about office life. It may be a gift for your coworker, but we can just about guarantee it’ll be loved by everyone in the office. (OK, maybe not your boss—it’s a little bit of a distraction!).
Most Relaxing: BrownPaperCrafts Because Work Wine Glass
Work can be hard—really, really hard. At the end of a long week crunching numbers, sometimes what your coworker needs the most is a way to unwind. Netflix can help, but some wine to go along with that Friday night binge-watching session can really be cathartic.
This funny handmade 15-ounce wine glass says “because work” in pretty hand-lettering, letting everyone know exactly why that pour of pinot is so heavy-handed.
If there’s a downside, it’s that this glass needs to be hand-washed—we all know how much effort that takes!