15 Best Gifts for Coworkers Under $30 – Ideal Secret Santa Picks That Won’t Collect Dust!

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Spend $30 for less on our unique ideas for coworkers! We’re sharing the perfect Secret Santa ideas for one or more of your hardworking peers.

Be sure to check out our Christmas Shopping Challenge – it has a gift guide for everyone on your list this year! 🎁🤩

Here are our Gifts for Coworkers Gift Guide:

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1. Give their laptop a splash of personalization with their favorite color. 

close up of blue apple mac laptop with blue cover on back

Hard Shell & Keyboard Cover Set – $14.39 (regularly $18.99) 

Consider decking out your coworker’s laptop with this set if they’re really obvious about their favorite color! It comes with an exterior hard shell cover, a silicone keyboard cover, and even a screen protector for added durability. It comes in over 40 color options and is compatible with MacBook Pro 13-inch laptops.

Need a different size? Shop all laptop covers on Amazon!

2. This trendy tumbler makes a great Secret Santa gift exchange idea and could be paired with a gift card too. 

hand holding a white ozark trail tumbler in car cup holder

Whether they’re commuting to an office or working virtually, any coworker will appreciate this trendy tumbler if they love the look of Stanley. It fits 40 ounces of their favorite drinks and it’s easy to carry around. Of course, you could splurge on the real Stanley if your budget is flexible, but we love this affordable option from Walmart which performs just as well if not better! If you’re gifting this to a coworker as a Secret Santa gift exchange, you could even elevate the wow factor by adding a Starbucks gift card too.

3. The person who’s always finding solutions in the workplace deserves this title on their desk. 

fixer of everything wooden desk sign with gold plaque on desk

There’s always that one person in the workplace who is the solution-finder or literal fixer of all the things! While this could definitely be a funny gag gift, it’s still a compliment we think any coworker worthy of the title will love displaying on their desk.

4. Grab these webcam covers for those coworkers who are always sticking tape on their laptops. 

black you're awesome smiley face cam cover on laptop

Cheersville Web Cam Privacy Cover 5-Pack – $18.69 ($3.74 each) 

You could potentially break these cam covers up into 5 separate gifts and would be perfect if you’re planning to do a few gift baskets for your coworkers. Since you’ll get 5 in a pack, you’ll pay just a few bucks each and they’re a fun and practical way to brighten someone’s day. Plus, the end doubles as a screen duster too!

5. A personalized cable holder is the perfect sophisticated gift for a coworker who’s always on the go.

camel brown and black Personalized Leather Cable Holder on white cord headphones

Personalized Leather Cable Holder – $11.99
Choose your lettering for personalization – $1 for imprinted or $2 for gold letters
Final cost as low as $12.99 SHIPPED 

Even the coworkers who appear to have it all will appreciate this thoughtful gift idea! It’s minimal but is super practical and sleek for even the most stylish people in the company. We love that it can easily be personalized with up to 6 letters and you can choose between 7 different neutral vegan leather colors.

6. This handheld frother is versatile and something they can keep in the office too. 

silver handheld frother on table in front of yellow tub of collagen

Handheld Milk Frother – $5.57 (regularly $6.99) 

A handheld frother makes it easy to whip up your favorite drinks. Whether your coworker loves a frothy latte in the mornings or if they like to put collagen in their drinks, this handy tool will froth it up or mix anything in seconds! It’s so affordable at under $6 that you could even pair it with some coffee beans and a mug or their favorite tub of collagen!

7. Keep their coffee hot all morning long so their mornings have zero interruptions.

white mug on mr coffee mug warmer on wood nightstand next to bed

Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer – $14.99 (regularly $19.99)

Speaking of coffee, a mug warmer is a genius idea for any coworker who often finds themself at the microwave. The Mr. Coffee mug warmer is currently under $20 and will warm their coffee in under 2 minutes keeping their workflow on point every morning.

Want to gift something even more boujee to your coworker?

hand holding heating ember coffee mug

Consider a highly-rated Ember Mug to splurge on. (Although, currently on sale for Black Friday!) This mug and heating pad is wireless, can be controlled with a smartphone, has an 80-minute battery life, and is as sleek as ever.

8. You can never go wrong with a new candle they can refill over and over. 

hand holding top of festive candle on stack of holiday scented candles on store shelf

Candles always make excellent gifts and it’s something that will make teachers feel warm and cozy on days they’re not in the classroom. Coworkers will love taking one of these festive candles home during the holiday break and they have many fun and festive scents like Holiday HustleSanta’s Sleigh, and Baking Spirits Bright just to name a few. 🤩

woman holding white candle in palm of hand

These Walmart Better Homes & Gardens jar candles are another candle idea we love! The sticker on the front is easily removable and the glass jar complete with a wooden lid is something they’ll want to refill over and over!

Hip Tip: A candle warmer lamp is a genius idea so your coworker can enjoy their new candle at the office without a flame! 🤯

9. This lap desk is super affordable and travel-friendly. 

person with laptop and desk on lap sitting on white couch

Mind Reader Adjustable Portable Laptop Desk – $8.47 (regularly $16.99) 

Someone doesn’t understand the genius invention of a lap desk until you’ve had their own. I personally own this lap desk and toted it to and from the pool all summer to work virtually so I can attest to the quality. It has two cushions so it’s comfortable to have on your lap and its handle makes it easy to tote. As a bonus, it has a ledge and 8 adjustable positions making it perfect for books too!

Score a two-pack of these lap desks for under $16 – that’s just $7.74 per coworker! 😱

10. Gift them a mini vacuum cleaner that doubles as a desktop and a keyboard cleaner. 

close up of blue mini desktop vacuum cleaner on spiral notebook

Desktop Vacuum Cleaner$10.36 (regularly $18.99) 

This mini portable desktop vacuum cleaner is likely something your coworkers will never think of on their own but will LOVE having! It comes with a small brush and a miniature nozzle to clean in the hardest-to-reach places like their keyboard. Plus, it features a strong suction so they can even use it for pencil shavings and debris from their excessive erassing.

11. Save the sticky notes and grab this stylish reusable board. 

white and yellow plaid dry erase board on white table with marker

Acrylic Dry Erase Desktop Board – $21.75 (regularly $29) 

That coworker who is always using sticky notes NEEDS this cute acrylic desktop sign! It’s endlessly reusable and comes with personalization to add their name or anything else you think it should say! It’s a minimal and stylish piece we know they’ll love looking at and using on a daily basis!

Think they’ll love a solid color more? We found a similar dry erase board to fit their minimalist aesthetic or a “goal” dry erase board if they’re very goal oriented.

12. Gift cards are gifts for coworkers that anyone will always appreciate. 

starbucks gift card held by hand

Starbucks Gift Card$24.48 ($25 value!) 

Let’s be honest, sometimes the best gifts for coworkers are a good ol’ gift card! Sometimes, gifts for coworkers don’t need to be super personal and a gift card is something they’ll really love using. We love the idea of a Starbucks gift card so they can treat themselves before work!

starbucks gift card snow globe

Shopping for more coworkers? You can also score a pack of 3, $10 gift card for $28.98 or a pack of 10, $5 gift cards for $48.98.

Hip Tip: Check out how our Hip sidekick Lina totally elevated her gift cards into snow globes. 🤩

13. Make your coworker laugh with this novelty self-stamper. 

stock photo of self stamper with red not my job letters

This novelty stamp will be such a funny joke to gift a coworker! They could even potentially use it on sticky notes to play jokes from time to time if the workplace is appropriate. Either way, it’s something we think they’ll love using even if it’s just at home.

14. These magnetic balls are addicting to play with and perfect for the fidgety coworker. 

hands pulling apart magnetic balls

Speks Magnetic Balls $34.95
Use promo code SPECTACULAR ($10 OFF)
Final cost just $24.95

*Shipping is $7.04 or FREE with orders of $75 or more.

Speks are fun to play with and something we know every fidgety coworker will appreciate. Ever notice them talking on the phone and playing with a pencil? This will be the perfect innovative replacement and will keep their hands busy on the longest of calls. We personally own these and love them and shared 10 reasons they’d make a great gift for any adult!

Looking for a more affordable fidget? Consider this Speks-inspired putty for under $20 on Amazon!

15. Wow their bellies with some Moose Munch they can take home for the holidays.

woman eating Harry & David Moose Munch

60% OFF Moose Munch at Macy’s – $9.99+ (regularly $26.99+) 

Harry & David’s Moose Munch is a delicious blend of popcorn, chocolate, and/or caramel and nuts – depending on which flavor you choose. These snacks are quite popular with our readers and Hip team so we know any coworkers of yours will love it too. For a limited time, you can score 60% OFF various gift ideas from individual boxes of Moose Munch for just $9.99 (regularly $26.99) or 24-piece Advent Calendars for just $15.99 (regularly $39.99)!

Check out all of our other gift guides for everyone on your list!

About the writer:

Sara is a self-taught blogger & photographer and brings 9+ years of experience to her craft. Her work has been featured in numerous esteemed publications, spanning building, travel, and fashion. Beyond her creative pursuits, Sara’s primary mission is to empower others to embrace a toxic-free & sustainable lifestyle.

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