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Cool and Creative Gifts Under $10 for Your Coworkers

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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 coworkers, 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.


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Ghirardelli Chocolate Favor Gift Box
Ghirardelli Chocolate
Sunset Sandscape Desk Accessory
Bits and Pieces

Sunset Sandscape Desk Accessory

$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."


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Teamwork Magnetic Clip Holder
Successories

Teamwork Magnetic Clip Holder

$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 coworker who all but groans out loud when group projects are launched.


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Recycled Reusable Lightweight Tote Bag in Leopard
J. Crew
Teamwork Makes the Dream Work Aluminum Bottle
Successories

'Teamwork Makes the Dream Work' Aluminum Bottle

$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."


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Fleece Wrap Shawl with Pockets
Collections Etc.
Small Square Lacquer Kinsley Tray
Cost Plus World Market
Office Mood Cards
Amazon

Office Mood Cards

$10 from Amazon
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Are you bad at reading your boss or coworkers? 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." 


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Cinch! Luxury Wine Socks
Amazon

Cinch! Luxury Wine Socks

$10 from Amazon

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These super-soft socks will keep the feet of any wine-loving lady warm (and let someone nearby know when she needs a refill). They come in cute cupcake-like gift packaging. 


Plan of Attack Sticky Notes
Amazon

Plan of Attack Sticky Notes

$9 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.)


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Etsy
Etsy

Enamel Coffee Pin Badge

$10 from Etsy
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Is one of your coworkers a coffee lover who has a certain flair for wearing pins? Then give 'em this enameled coffee cup pin, and they can let everyone know how much they love coffee ... even if they're a little grumpy before having that first cup.


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CaLeQi Kinetic Desk Toy
Amazon
PopSocket
Amazon

PopSocket

$10 from Amazon
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The PopSocket collapsible grip sticks to the back of a device, making it easier to hold. It also serves as a stand for those long office video calls.

Desktop Boxing
Amazon

Desktop Boxing

$10 from Amazon
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Let that perpetually stressed coworker take some of his or her aggression out on this mini-punching bag. The set includes a suction cup-equipped bag, two finger gloves, and a mini book with basic finger boxing moves and boxing trivia.


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Desktop Cornhole
Amazon
Burt's Bees Essentials Gift Set
Amazon
Blue Peacock Gold Mesh Ball Tea Infuser
Cost Plus World Market
Friendship Compass Necklace
Amazon
Inspirational Keychain
Amazon

Inspirational Keychain

$8 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."


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Magic 8 Ball Classic Fortune-Telling Novelty Toy
Target
Lucky Cat: Bearer of Good Fortune
Barnes & Noble

Lucky Cat: Bearer of Good Fortune

$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.


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Galaxy Gumball Machine
Partypalooza

Galaxy Gumball Machine

$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.


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Cave Tools Meat Claws
Amazon
LACMA
LACMA

An Artsy Face Mask

$10 and up from LACMA
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By this point, wearing face masks has become a part of ordinary life for us all. That doesn't mean face coverings need to be ordinary, too. For an artsy coworker, choose from colorful cloth masks designed by artists like Shinique Smith and Jim Eisermann.


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Face Mask Extender 10 Count
Amazon

Face Mask Extenders

$9 for 10 from Amazon
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Are face coverings de rigueur at your workplace? Even the world's comfiest mask can result in sore ears after hours of wear. These mask extenders attach to a mask's elastic loops, helping take the pressure off the ears and providing a closer, more comfortable fit.

Ruby Shimmer Monthly Pocket Planner
Amazon
Lighted Beanie Cap
Amazon

Lighted Beanie Cap

$10 from Amazon
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This beanie gets great reviews, comes in tons of colors, and might make those walks from the office to the car feel a bit more secure.

Striped Necktie
Cheap Neckties

Striped Necktie

$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.


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Badger Lip Balm
Amazon

Badger Sleep Balm

$10 from Amazon
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An ideal for a colleague who could use some rest, Badger Sleep Balm is a blend of essential oils including bergamot, balsam, and lavender that can help speed her off to dreamland naturally. It's made in New Hampshire, certified organic, and cruelty-free, too.

WTF Notepad
Amazon

WTF Notepad

$7 from Amazon
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This notepad is great for that coworker who would rather just leave a grouchy message than argue. The WTF notepad offers plenty of prickly options such as "WTF were you thinking?" and "WTF is wrong with you?" and the notes can be applied to any situation they find annoying.

'This Is Fine! Everything Is Perfectly Fine!' Vinyl Sticker
Always Fits

'This Is Fine! Everything Is Perfectly Fine!' Vinyl Sticker

$5 from Always Fits

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Here's a fun little something for that eternal (or ironic) optimist at your job. Or just for that person who can never get enough stickers. Or memes.


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Swearing Is Good For You Book
Amazon

'Swearing Is Good for You' Book

$8 from Amazon

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Directly contradicting the concept that swearing is a sign of "a stunted vocabulary or a limited intellect," author Emma Byrne takes a scientific look in this book at how profanity can actually have "surprising benefits." 


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Clown Nose
Amazon

Emergency Clown Nose

$8 for a pack of 12 from Amazon
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For those times when a laugh is needed urgently, these emergency clown noses are a quick and easy way to bring on the chuckles. The squishy foam noses can be used for any occasion and come in a 12-pack so other coworkers can share in the fun.

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Amazon

Cat Hair Clip

$8 from Amazon
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For the resident cat lady in your midst, this inexpensive gift gets great reviews from buyers, most of whom note that it's sturdy, cute, and has a great grip.


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Monkey Vegetable Peeler
Amazon

Monkey Vegetable Peeler

$10 from Amazon
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If your colleague appreciates a little whimsy in the kitchen, this funky monkey helper will probably bring a smile — and encourage a battle over who gets to peel the potatoes for a holiday dinner.


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Amazon
Amazon
Chocolate Golf Balls
Etsy

Chocolate Golf Balls

Starts at $7 from Etsy

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These solid chocolate golf balls are for the colleague who believes the real business gets done on the links. They’re available in milk, white, or dark chocolate, and available individually or in packs of up to 20. 


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Animal Paw-Print Socks
Amazon
Personalized Luggage Tag
Etsy

Personalized Luggage Tag

$8 and up from Etsy

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It would be a shame if something happened to their fancy new luggage. Make their bag stand out from a sea of lookalikes at the airport with a personalized leather luggage tag. Available in 11 colors.


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