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Holiday Gift Guide for 2021 Best Gifts for Coworkers + Friends

2021 Holiday Gift Guide for the best gifts to give your friends, coworkers, teammates, and anyone else on your holiday gift list.

It’s the time of year we all start asking ourselves, “What the heck am I going to give my coworkers and friends for the holidays?” Or you ask, “Is this a good gift for an employee?” Some of us even ask ourselves, “What gift do I give someone who already has everything?”

Gift ideas take some real consideration. When looking for a gift for someone you genuinely like, you want it to be seriously awesome. This gift has to WOW them when they see it the first time. Don’t default to a lame gift basket this year. Unless it’s too late now, or that’s the least stressful gift idea you may have.

Fortunately for many people who don’t buy gifts throughout the year, our team put together a 2021 Holiday Gift Guide that offers affordable, fun, and appreciated gift ideas for anyone on your holiday gift list this year!

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Read more below to learn what cool gifts you can give this year your recipient will not expect.

Infusing water bottles, for things like fruit-infused water.

A water bottle made for infusing a companion item can boost the flavor of water and add some pretty healthy nutrients as a bonus! Jazz up that daily dose of hydration with things like

  • Pineapple and mint
  • Pineapple and basil
  • Lemon and basil
  • Grapefruit and lime
  • Blueberries

They’re common among coffee and tea drinkers. They’re good to use for any temperature beverage and are microwave-safe! Ceramic mugs are the most neutral in terms of flavor, too. They do not hold on to flavors from other drinks. Informing the gift recipient of this expert knowledge while giving them a great mug is a gift that keeps on giving!

If someone is getting creative with the coffee mug, they can hold small plants as well.

Enamel coffee mugs.

Enamel mugs are an incredible gift, customizable, and do not shatter when dropped. That is a massive bonus for the young and elderly, or the clumsy.

Making a comeback in pop-culture, the enamel mug is a great sixties throwback gift for anyone who has extra cabinet space.

Long-sleeve tee shirts.

A great gift for anyone, and fairly priced in most cases, is a comfortable sweater, long-sleeve tee shirt or novelty pullover.

Short-sleeve tees.

T-shirts are generally made of a stretchy, light and inexpensive fabric and are easy to clean. Graphic tees are going to hit the mark for any gift-giver and gift-recipient.

Ball caps and beanies.

After learning there are multiple baseball cap styles, falling into an internet-search rabbit-hole, and deciding on our favorite hat style, you must share in this knowledge.

  • Fitted caps, without the buckle or snap in back.
  • Dad hats, which seem gender-neutral enough and have a closure in the back.
  • Snapback caps, have the plastic snaps in back.
  • 5-panel caps, a vintage look with a shorter bill.
  • Trucker hat, you know, with the mesh?

Having a hard time picking a hat as a gift after learning the above? Opt for a beanie and happily move forward to the next person on your holiday gift list.

Novelty socks.

Funky socks can spark up any casual and even classy outfit. Get a pair personal to each person, or just buy a bunch and hope it all works out.

Phone accessories, like kickstands.

This case looks sleek, but it’s tough. Its solid construction fits your phone perfectly, and it protects from scratches, dust, oil, and dirt. The smooth finish also makes it stylish and easy to hold.

Cooking aprons, which double as painters aprons.

Why did we stop using these regularly? A sturdy cooking apron saves hundreds of gift shirts annually.

After finding so many great apron options, you will be happy to learn a bread baking kit is a fabulous and budget-friendly holiday gift option for anyone! Give one or both, the choice is yours but rest assured that your coworkers and friends will be overjoyed you gave them a functional gift.

Unique cookbooks, like the Bob’s Burgers Burger Book.

As the author of this post and a fellow owner of a Bob’s Burgers cookbook, 9/10 highly recommend. This was the best gift that holiday season and our family has yet to complete each recipe! We made a nice feature of doing a burger a month too.

Think along those lines and you’ll be this holiday’s gift-giver champion.

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Parody books, short and sweet.

(Another meeting, more emails.)

We all love the Samuel L. Jackson reading of “Go to sleep.” Get forty copies and give them to everyone this holiday season. Or go for something a little more niche, like Dr. Suits.

Inspirational flip calendar, a fun desk accessory.

Instead of leaving a hand-written sticky note on the bathroom mirror each morning, which is not appropriate for coworkers, gift someone a fabulous daily reminder of how great they should think everything is!

High-quality notebooks and stationary.

Know someone forgetful? Are you forgetful? Do you forget?

A notebook or novelty stationary set makes a great gift for everyone. Who doesn’t need to write down to-do lists, ideas, and anything else that comes to your mind? Writing it down just helps someone remember!

Bonus points are given out if you go in a cheeky direction. Give someone “Thank You” cards as a stocking stuffer or holiday gift. Hey, they will probably use them pretty quickly.

Stickers and decals.

Without reaching for the scratch-and-sniff sticker sheet, a nice set of decal stickers can be a fabulous stocking stuffer for any age.

Eyeglasses holders, a fun desk accessory.

A great choice for the eclectic gift recipient this holiday season, check out some strange and unique desk sculptures that double as eyeglass holders. This type of gift is great for all genders, relationship levels, and budgets.

If the recipient has perfect vision, they can use this type of gift to hold their sunglasses because though they are very cool, sunglasses are not meant to be worn indoors.

Tribute or gift donations to your preferred 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Essentially, tribute donation is the practice of donating in honor of someone. Tribute giving is one of the most personalized and meaningful gifts. Furthering the goals and values of the gift recipient demonstrates real thought and intention behind the kindness.

You can practice tribute giving in honor of your family members or loved ones, too!

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