By Hafsa Hafeez
16 November 2022
The cliché states that the family you choose is your friends. Similarly, your employees are the family that capitalism's enigmatic powers have chosen for you. Show your coworkers they are special, cherished, and more than simply "work pals" with one of these presents, regardless of whether they are in-person teammates, Zoom confidants, or a hybrid combination.
A trustworthy hand warmer is a wise purchase for the devoted winter runner, the intrepid football fan, or the coworker who simply believes the thermostat is always set too low. The Celestron Elements FireCel+, a top pick in our article on the best hand warmers, maintains its average temperature setting of 101 degrees Fahrenheit for more than seven hours, and it recharges in around six hours. It even functions as a mobile phone power bank.
A mug warmer will allow a coworker to sip coffee throughout the day without it getting chilly if they take an eternity to finish their morning cup. The Bestinnkits Smart Coffee Warmer stood out from the rest of the pack among those we evaluated since it works with any cup (rather than a specific type) and consistently maintains its contents between 133 °F and 135 °F for hours. The warmer's wall plug can restrict where your recipient can use it, but it has a modest footprint and can easily fit on any desk or side table.
One of our favorite bags for utility and style is Everlane's The ReNew Transit Backpack, which is perfect for your favorite coworker whether they are traveling to the office across town or just upstairs to get away from their kids. The fold-over flap's ease was especially praised by our testers: one side folds over to form a useful pouch for necessities, and the other side fastens with a pleasing magnetic clasp. Even if one is caught in a sprinkle or unintentionally spills a pitcher of coffee, the water-resistant, recycled-polyester exterior, which is available in a few smart subdued tones, keeps a laptop secure and dry.
A tear-off daily calendar has a nostalgic and endearing quality, and this one, which has 365 sparkling vocabulary terms, is a particularly enjoyable purchase. The Merriam-Webster calendar is perfect for the coworker who enjoys language, lexicography, or just studying anything at all because each page has a comprehensive etymology and example phrase. Since I've been getting one from my mother every year for roughly 10 years, I owe a lot of the best sentences I've ever written at work to her.
This small figurine is guaranteed to bring cheer to their lifeless cubicle or improvised work-from-home setup for the office coworker who enjoys trinkets—you know the desk. Hans Gustav Ehrenreich, a Danish woodturner and counterculture legend created the Hoptimist as a component of the hippy movement in the late 1960s. The Hoptimist, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing happy entertainment to sick children, is the primary sponsor of the Danish Hospital Clowns, which is sure to bring joy to your recipient.
There's a fair likelihood that most of the people you work with would like a fanny pack because they live in that liminal region between random and functional. We adore them since they free up our hands when biking and relieve us of the burden of carrying a tote. Our budget-friendly choice from JanSport is now offered in a variety of colors, so you can select one to match any coworker's style. Additionally, it has enough capacity for a phone, wallet, and sunscreen.
It's comforting to know that your favorite coworkers do exist outside of the context in which you know them. The Stanley Classic is the ultimate thermos for work or play. Thanks to its easy-to-hold handle and tight top, this generously sized container excels at maintaining hot liquids and preventing leaks. After a full weekend spent doing whatever they damn well please, or after their workday, your coworker's coffee will still be scorching hot.