Cool and Creative Gifts Under $10 for Your Coworkers
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Cool and Creative Gifts Under $10 for Your Coworkers

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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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Burt's Bees Essentials Gift Set
Amazon
Small Square Lacquer Kinsley Tray - Aqua
World Market

Small Square Lacquer Kinsley Tray

$3 from World Market
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These colorful catch-alls (available with gray, aqua, yellow, or coral inside) would make a cheerful addition to any desk for things like paper clips, rubber bands, binder clips, and more.


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Desktop Boxing
Amazon

Desktop Boxing

$10 from Amazon
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Let that perpetually stressed coworker take out some aggression (or have a laugh, at least) with 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.


Related: Unusual Gifts They'll Never See Coming

Desktop Cornhole
Amazon

Desktop Cornhole

$10 from Amazon
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For a more fun game that many in the office might enjoy during break time, there's this set modeled after the classic backyard game.

Blue Peacock Gold Mesh Ball Tea Infuser
Cost Plus World Market
Magic 8 Ball Classic Fortune-Telling Novelty Toy
Target
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 day, 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."

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.

Office Mood Cards
Amazon

Office Mood Cards

$10 from Amazon
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Someone who has trouble communicating with coworkers might appreciate this playful flip board. It displays phrases such as "You are in my space & I feel threatened," or "Dude! Waaay too much to do right now." 

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.

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.)

'Teamwork Makes the Dream Work' Aluminum Bottle
Successories

'Teamwork Makes the Dream Work' Aluminum Bottle

$7 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."

PopSocket
Amazon

PopSocket

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

Friendship Compass Necklace
Amazon

Friendship Compass Necklace

$5 from Amazon
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For that coworker who you not only like but think is going places, this compass-themed pendant necklace makes an apt and likely appreciated gift.

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, this 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.

Badger Lip Balm
Amazon

Badger Sleep Balm

$10 from Amazon
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Ideal for colleagues who could use some rest, Badger Sleep Balm is a blend of essential oils including bergamot, balsam, and lavender that can help speed them 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.

Swearing Is Good For You Book
Amazon
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.


Related: Best Gifts for Cat Lovers

Monkey Vegetable Peeler
Amazon

Monkey Vegetable Peeler

$10 from Amazon
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If your colleague would appreciate 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.


Related: Kitchen Gifts They'll Actually Use 

Amazon
Amazon

The ChapStick Keychain

$10 from Amazon (6 ct.)
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Although it’s commonly called the ChapStick keychain, this cult-classic accessory is not made by the famous lip balm company. Slapped with bright floral-psychedelic patterns, it’s designed to keep snug one tube of lip balm in the standard tube shape that ChapStick made universal.

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. 


Related: Gift Ideas for Men Who Love Golfing

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 on a business trip. Make their bag stand out from a sea of lookalikes at the airport with a personalized leather luggage tag. Available in 11 colors.