Gift ideas for co-workers you hardly know

5th September, 2013

Gift ideas for co-workers you hardly know

It’s September already, and for some, the last quarter of the year means the start of their holiday planning and shopping. Yeah!

Having a gift exchange at the office this year? What do you do if you picked a co-worker you barely know or someone who was just hired a week ago?

Here are some of Thankyou‘s tips to help you buy a present for them:

  • Get them a gift card. This is a safe choice because you won’t be buying anything specific. If you spot your co-worker with a Starbucks cup, perhaps a gift certificate from there won’t be a bad idea!

  • It’s hard to find someone who doesn’t like TV or movies. A gift certificate to the cinema or an online streaming subscription will be awesome.

  • If the only thing you know about the person is their name, get them a customised gift – like an engraved pen or photo frame with their name that they can keep on their work station.

  • Ask any of your co-workers if they know the person in more depth. Inside information will help you a lot in choosing a more personal gift.

  • Everyone needs to eat, so, a gift related to food won’t be a bad idea! Get a gift certificate to your favorite restaurant and write a note about the meals you recommend the most.

  • Spy on your co-worker during break hours and check out if they prefer coffee or tea, then get gourmet tea or coffee beans for them for a nicer drink!

Final tip:  Don’t give office supplies, like a cute stapler or puncher. It doesn’t matter if it’s cute, it reminds them to get back to work!

Did you ever have to buy a gift for someone you hardly know? What did you get them? Share with us your stories and tips below.

2 Comments

  1. William says:

    I had some issues finding a gift for my co-worker’s birthday a few weeks ago and while searching on the net and reading your article (great ideas by the way, although i didn’t spy on her, thought that would be a little creepy lol), i stumble upon this cool website with really cool gift ideas and I had to let you know about it :p
    I ended up getting her this cool alarm o’clock (she’s late most days, so yeah) and she looooooved it!
    (this is the link if you wanna check it out http://www.urbanattitude.com.au/living/tnt-alarm-clock)

    Anyway, great post and yeah, sorry for the long comment, had to let you and your audience know about this :p

  2. Jugee says:

    Thank you, William and glad to have helped you out!

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