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The holidays are tough enough on the wallet, with gifts to buy for family and friends. But you can't ignore co-workers, unless you want to start off the new year on a bad note. Whether you're buying a little something for a few close colleagues or a more anonymous white elephant gift, these budget-friendly choices are sometimes practical, more often playful, and all under $10.

Prices and availability are subject to change.

Plan of Attack Sticky Notes
Amazon

Plan of Attack Sticky Notes

Price: $8 from Amazon
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Procrastinators can't pretend they didn't know what was on the agenda with this practical product that has a big attitude to match its oversize format. (You know they'll laugh at the to-do list's "not a chance" section.)

Recycled Reusable Lightweight Tote Bag in Leopard
J. Crew

Recycled Reusable Lightweight Tote Bag

Price: $9.50 from J.Crew
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How often do you end up carrying something unexpected home from work? Rather than juggle it all, your co-worker can unfold this clever tote that tucks easily into a purse or desk drawer. The chic leopard-print bag is made from recycled plastic bottles.

Teamwork Magnetic Clip Holder
Successories

Teamwork Magnetic Clip Holder

Price: $10 from Successories
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On the surface, this "motivational gift" is all about teamwork, but with an undercurrent of sarcasm — depending who gives and gets the gift. This desk accessory is ideal for that co-worker who all but groans out loud when group projects are launched.

Yes Studio Monday Blink Mug
Amazon

Yes Studio Monday Blink Mug

Price: $10 from Amazon
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This 13.3-ounce mug is dishwasher and microwave safe and puts words to a phenomenon felt in offices around the world.

Magic 8 Ball Classic Fortune-Telling Novelty Toy
Target

Magic 8 Ball

Price: $6 from Target
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"Will the boss let us go home early today?" "Outlook good." This classic piece of Americana will become an office favorite when the future is uncertain.

Cloche Bud Vase
CB2
Rubbermaid LunchBlox Lunch Bag
Amazon
Gold Shimmer Monthly Pocket Planner
Calendars.com

Gold Shimmer Monthly Pocket Planner

Price: $8 from Calendars.com
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You and your co-workers may get standard-issue, personality-free desk planners. Help them up their game with this glamorous faux-leather alternative, complete with surprisingly artistic pastel pages inside.

Ceramic Succulent Cactus Flower Plant Pot
Amazon

Ceramic Succulent Cactus Flower Plant Pot

Price: $5 from Amazon
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If someone's desk is in need of brightening, make a gift of this charming little plant pot complete with bamboo tray. All you have to do is add a mini succulent and they can start their own in-office oasis.

Corelle Glass Cordoba Dinner Plate in Red and White
Target

Corelle Cordoba Dinner Plates

Price: $5 each from Target
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Elevate the break room with these microwave-safe plates complete with an old-time diner feel. They're dishwasher and microwave safe and basically unbreakable. May your co-workers never burn aluminum-wrapped leftovers again.

Sunset Sandscape Desk Accessory
Bits and Pieces

Sunset Sandscape Desk Accessory

Price: $10 from Bits and Pieces
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For those who always seem to have their eye on the end of the week, this desk accessory keeps that goal in mind. It's a picture frame filled with colored sand that creates "unique, relaxing images every time you flip it."

6-Pack of Cat Smartphone Supporters
Amazon

Cat Smartphone Supporters

Price: $8.50 from Amazon
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Cat lovers in the office will fall in love with this six-pack of suction-cup kittens ready to prop up their phone, Kindle, or iPad. With six to a set, there are extras for use at home.

Kinsey Wire Pencil Cup
Crate & Barrel

Kinsey Wire Pencil Cup

Price: $8 from Crate & Barrel
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This design-forward pencil cup is all about practicality but has flair, created out of iron with an antiqued finish that gives it a vaguely art deco feel. The more you look, the more the cage-like appearance might seem perfect for anyone who thinks of the office as a zoo.

Lucoo Kinetic Desk Toy
Amazon

Lucoo Kinetic Desk Toy

Price: $7 from Amazon
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An aluminum fidget spinner with elevated style, this toy adds a bit of a fashion-forward feel to a cubicle even when not in use.

Stainless Steel Manual Can Opener
Amazon

Stainless Steel Manual Can Opener

Price: $10 from Amazon
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Soup season's here, and there is nothing more frustrating than bringing a can of soup for lunch only to realize you can't open it. (Many cans now have pull tops — but just as many don't.) A colleague who gets this can opener likely will end up not only using it often but also loaning it out. It's got an anti-slip grip and vintage styling.

World Market Holiday Cocoa Mix Gift Pack
World Market

World Market Holiday Cocoa Mix Gift Pack

Price: $10 from Cost Plus World Market
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For colleagues who don't like coffee, or who do like the occasional treat, consider this gourmet gift to mix things up. The set features gingerbread, peppermint, and dark chocolate options that can turn a long afternoon into "a delightful, dessert-like experience."

Related: We Tried 11 Hot Cocoa Mixes to Find the Best

Earth Stress Balls
Amazon

Earth Stress Balls

Price: $10 for a dozen from Amazon 
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For those beleaguered colleagues who always seem to have the weight of the world on their shoulders, offer up these foam balls to squeeze away some tension.

Fleece Wrap Shawl with Pockets
Collections Etc.

Fleece Wrap Shawl with Pockets

Price: $8 from Collections Etc.
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This soft, cozy fleece wrap available in six colors seems custom-made for that colleague who's always chilly no matter the time of year.

Holmes Heritage 4" Mini USB Desk Fan
Kmart

Holmes Heritage 4" Mini USB Desk Fan

Price: $10 from Kmart
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And for those co-workers who always seem hot under the collar — from the temperature, of course — this adjustable desktop fan may help keep things cool. It's got retro styling but is powered by a USB cable.

3-in-1 Screen Cleaner
Current Catalog

3-in-1 Screen Cleaner

Price: $5 from Current
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This thoughtful little product for a no-nonsense colleague comes with a refillable spray bottle that holds cleaning solution and a microfiber cleaning cloth. The plastic storage case doubles as a phone stand.

Inspirational Keychain
Amazon

Inspirational Keychain

Price: $7 from Amazon
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Offer someone going through a professional challenge — or gunning for a promotion — an extra boost of confidence with this stainless steel-and-alloy keychain with the encouraging message to "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you have imagined!" 

Ghirardelli Chocolate Favor Gift Box
Ghirardelli

Ghirardelli Chocolate Favor Gift Box

Price: $6 from Ghirardelli Chocolate
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This miniature box of chocolates is a sweet gesture. With the elegant presentation, complete with a bow, there's also no need to wrap it.

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work Aluminum Bottle
Successories

'Teamwork Makes the Dream Work' Aluminum Bottle

Price: $10 from Successories
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Staying hydrated is important, whether the job is outdoors or in a fast-paced office. This practical gift features BPA-free construction and a spill-proof lid. Other slogans range from "Thanks for Being Awesome" to "Together We Can."

Striped Necktie
Cheap Neckties

Striped Necktie

Price: $5 from Cheap Neckties
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For the guy who never fails to dazzle with his ties, microfiber design resistant to stains and wrinkles is a colorful addition to a collection. It can make a bold statement for team members who dress up only for big meetings.

Office Mood Cards
Amazon

Office Mood Cards

Price: $10 from Amazon
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Are you bad at reading your boss or co-workers? Do you always interrupt and feel horrible? This playful flip board displays phrases such as "You are in my space & I feel threatened," or "Dude! Waaay too much to do right now."

Galaxy Gumball Machine
Partypalooza.com

Galaxy Gumball Machine

Price: $6 from Partypalooza
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Whoever gets this gift will have a crowd around their desk. The old-fashioned treat dispenser offers a novel way to encourage interaction — just add gumballs.

Wall Art
Amazon

Wall Art

Price: $10 from Amazon
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When things get tense, lighten up with wall art that can hang in an office or be propped up in a cubicle. "A day without laughter is a day wasted," said Charlie Chaplin — who wouldn't agree?

Blue Peacock Gold Mesh Ball Tea Infuser
World Market

Blue Peacock Gold Mesh Ball Tea Infuser

Price: $4.50 from Cost Plus World Market
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For those who like to break for afternoon tea (and take it seriously enough to use loose tea), this bejeweled infuser is actually quite a bargain.

Toysmith Mini Zen Garden
Amazon

Toysmith Mini Zen Garden

Price: $10 from Amazon
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Add a touch of serenity to anyone's day with this space-saving scene complete with sand, river rocks, and figurines designed to transport the user to another, calmer place.

'Family' Photo Frame
Kohl's

'Family' Photo Frame

Price: $7 from Kohl's
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For the right co-worker, this "Family is everything" frame says it all. Photos can be switched out easily to reflect a new adventure or commemorate a favorite memory.

Lucky Cat: Bearer of Good Fortune
Barnes & Noble

Lucky Cat: Bearer of Good Fortune

Price: $10 from Barnes & Noble
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A charming little gift box yields a "lucky cat," which originated in Japanese culture and is thought to bring good fortune to its owner. This mini figure features a motorized arm and comes with a little illustrated book tracing the history of this ancient symbol.