29 flawless gift ideas for the exchange of gifts at the office


The annual gift exchange at the office is here, and you do not know what to buy this silent guy from the other department. Do not panic. These gifts are sure to please your colleague (and maybe even make you laugh) – and you do not even have to secretly exceed the spending limit. Here are some of our favorite items, classified according to three typical spending limits: $ 10, $ 15, and $ 20.


Less than $ 10

Adult coloring book Release your anger

The trend of adult coloring books may be fading, but that does not make the activity less therapeutic. Help your peers relax and relive their childhood by adding a few ahem colorful language. $ 5.

Stickers for adults

Give your colleague personal satisfaction "just voted" every day of the year with a sticker laying the foundation of life. Sometimes it's nice to be recognized for achievements, even if they are as modest as paying your bills on time. This is the idea behind these "adulting" stickers: do something good and then boast. $ 9.

Maybe you have colleagues who love squirrels (or tea?) Or maybe this thing is really cute. Whatever the case may be, the tail of this squirrel turns to make a nice cup of tea. $ 8.

It's a great gift for someone you work with, especially one who does all the paperwork. $ 13.

Field notes are excellent notebooks. They are lightweight, super durable, small enough to fit in your pocket, and contain a variety of tools, including a ruler printed on the inside of the cover. PopSci Trade editor Billy Cadden noted at the beginning of the year that field notes can be delivered with plain, squared or squared paper, but they now come in a special version (read: " inverted ") for left-handed people. $ 10.

Remember: Millennium love lawyers. In fact, if you believe the experts, we like so much to put them toast with salt, pepper, lemon juice and olive oil that we do not have the means to buy a house. The millennial generation also loves cool socks. These socks have lawyers and they are very good. Available in men's and women's sizes for $ 10.

Imagine: you go for a day at the beach with your colleagues. You tell them everything, you will bring a beach ball. Soon you will see them all laughing or horrified by this, just like the balloon. $ 8.

What's more fun than a voice changer? Have it circulate in the office and let everyone try to see how different it is. $ 10.

Of the 29 items on this list, it's easily my favorite. Look how much his majesty the lazy king is monstrous – the crown, the armor, the scepter. It is a creature that I would follow willingly (very slowly). $ 10.

Blue Sky White Clouds Folding Travel Umbrella from ColorDrip Adult Unisex

The weather can be miserable, but there is always a blue sky above this umbrella. $ 10.

I like code names. I have played it a handful of times and every opportunity has been so much fun. Wil Wheaton and TableTop collaborators have done an excellent review, in which they explain the rules and play. 11/10, strongly recommend. (PS: Wil, if you're looking for new guests at TableTop, I'll be happy to fly to California to participate in an episode.) $ 15.

As I mentioned earlier, the socks are excellent. So is the space. Show your love for NASA with these cool socks for astronauts. $ 12.

Do not forget how "simple" was Staples' button was fun (and certainly not embarrassing)? It's just like that, but it can mean more than "it was easy". $ 11.

The Guild of Unemployed Philosophers makes excellent cups and I have bought many as gifts for friends and family. Take a look at their store: you will find one that your colleague will love. $ 16.

Christmas tree scented candle

Why can it smell like a pine smell between Thanksgiving and the New Year? This candle will leave your colleague 's home smell of vacations all year and its crackling wick. $ 15.

One of the best things about seeing a show on Broadway: drinking wine as if you were a toddler. These cups have lids, so you have to take them away. And as they have the shape of wine glasses inside, they are elegant. $ 11.

I enjoy a good word game and, as a video producer, a good movie reference (send word games to [email protected]). Party with gin lists 50 cocktail recipes, each associated with the themes of a movie. $ 12.

Yes, this is a truly hilarious concept that provokes heated discussion at the team's party. But also: it's a quality product. Your colleagues will all laugh when someone opens his white elephant gift and sees the word "poo". But at the end of the night, your colleague will understand the true powers of this anti-odor spray. So who's the joke? $ 12.

Pac-Man in the palm of your hand. $ 18.

Look at this Sasquatch. Really watch it. That's so cute god. Everyone would be happy to open a package to find that boyfriend. $ 18.

Edgar Allen Polka Dot Tote Bag

I meant when I said that I like word games. Edgar Allen Poe-ka points. Bravo. $ 20.

Matador Mini Pocket Cover

Folded, this waterproof cover is small enough to hang from a belt buckle. But once opened, it's almost 4 x 2 ". This is a great gift for outdoor enthusiasts. $ 20.

Who does not like brownies? The Mason Jar Cookie Company will send you fine ingredients and your coworker will keep the mason jar. Brownies come in the varieties of peppermint and peanut butter. $ 16.

Exploding Kittens is an awesome card game that only takes a few minutes to learn. In fact, there is a video tutorial commented by Lucky Yates. Many PopSci the staff members are also fans. $ 20.

Asteroids Mini-Arcade Game

Play this classic Atari game wherever you are (or just under your desk, out of sight of your boss). $ 17.

PopSci Associate Editor Sara Chodosh swears by this thing. She has one under her desk and says "it's so nice" to get up when she feels uncomfortable. $ 13.

Letters of love is a nice classic card game. Each card contains one action and the goal is to eliminate all other players. This version replaces the original game characters by Batman, Robin and a crew of classic villains. The game can be played with 2-4 players. $ 20.

Help your colleagues keep their heads (and their faces) warm this winter. $ 20.

Get a length ahead of your Instagram game with these lenses for your device. Note: This will not work on phones with two cameras, so take a look at your colleague's phone! $ 13.


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