11 Thoughtful Gifts for Your Office Swap

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Along with buying gifts for friends and family, there's always that one extra innocuous present you have to find—the office swap gift. Whether your company opts for white elephant or pulling specific names from a hat, these gifts are suitable for bosses or underlings alike.

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1. KOH-I-NOOR DRY MARKER HIGHLIGHTER PENCIL; $2 EACH

Koh-i-Noor Dry Marker Highlighter Pencils
CW Pencil Enterprises

For the colleague who keeps copious, color-coded lists and agendas, these vibrant pencils will brighten up any Monday morning to-do list. And, at about $2 each, you can buy all six without going over any agreed-upon spending limit.

Find It: CW Pencil Enterprises

2. AIR PLANT ON GOLD-DIPPED QUARTZ; $18

Air plants on gold-dipped quartz.
Etsy

Air plants are the perfect greenery to liven up a desk—they don’t require messy soil and regular misting will keep it fresh and healthy. Plus, the blinged-out base will satisfy both the healing-energy and the decorative tchotchke crowds.

Find It: Etsy

3. MOO HARDCOVER NOTEBOOK; $20

Spread of Moo notebooks.
Moo

This practical notebook features a thick book-quality cover to prevent damage and a special Swiss binding, which allows it to lay flat regardless of where you’re trying to write. And the color options—charcoal gray, midnight blue, wine red, or three “zingy” brighter shades—just enhance its timeless appeal. 

Find It: Moo

4. FELIX CARD WALLET; $20

Herschel card wallet
Herschel

No one wants to have to drag a purse or bulky wallet along when popping out for a quick snack or coffee run. Help your coworkers out with this compact card wallet. There’s plenty of room for an office ID, credit card, cash, and even some business cards, so they can enter you all to win a happy hour sometime.

Find It: Herschel

5. L'OCCITANE HAND LOTION; $24

Bottle of L'Occitane lotion
Amazon

During these dry winter months, your Secret Santa will appreciate having some moisturizing hand lotion that’s just an easy pump away.

Find It: Amazon

6. RUBBER BAND BALL; $9

Black and white rubber band ball
Need Supply

For the coworker who needs utilitarian office supplies like rubber bands, but also keeps a Pinterest-perfect desk: This black and white take on the classic rubber band ball is as display-worthy as it is practical.

Find It: Need Supply

7. ZADIE DRIVE ALLIGATOR LETTER OPENER; $40

Zadie Drive Alligator Letter Opener
Kate Spade

Upgrade someone’s letter-opening experience with a quick swipe of this golden alligator tail. It’ll leave envelopes far more cleanly cut than those scissors ever did.

Find It: Kate Spade

8. WATER SUCCULENTS LAPTOP SLEEVE; $37

Water succulents laptop sleeve
Society6

Lugging a laptop to and from the office may seem like a little less of a chore if it's dressed up in watercolored greenery. This lightweight sleeve is fully lined in microfiber and made to fit 13” or 15” computers.

Find It: Society6

9. PERSONALIZED STARBUCKS TUMBLER; $10

Personalized Starbucks coffee tumblers
Etsy

What to get the most caffeinated among us? A personalized, BPA-free, reusable cup is a gift that keeps on giving. Not only will your office pal be helping the environment when they go on their afternoon coffee run, they’ll save 10 cents each time they use it at Starbucks.

Find It: Etsy

10. PREVIOUSLY, ON…: GUESS THE TV SERIES; $19


Amazon

For the colleague who is always the first to ask “so did everyone watch [insert any culturally relevant show] last night?”, this illustrated card game puts all their knowledge of classic and prestige television to the test.

Find It: Amazon

11. KILNER FOOD-TO-GO JAR; $15

Kilner Food-To-Go Jar
The Container Store

Help your coworker keep their 2018 resolution to bring their lunch to work more often—this Mason-style glass jar features a removable cup for dressings or other toppings under its stainless steel lid, so they’ll never have to worry about soggy salad again.

Find It: The Container Store

11 Awesome Gifts for Skincare Obsessives

Peace Out Skincare
Peace Out Skincare

Need a gift for someone who is constantly streaming pimple popping videos, purchasing sheet masks, and posting their daily skincare regimen to their Instastories? Look no further than this list.

1. Dr. Pimple Popper “Zit Happens” Gift Set

An image of a canvas bag with "Zit Happens" on it, as well as two pimple popping tools.
Dr. Pimple Popper

In addition to a skincare line and a game, Dr. Pimple Popper—a.k.a. dermatologist Dr. Sandra Lee—now sells awesome merch that every blackhead-popping superfan will want. Lee has everything from t-shirts and totes to stickers and socks to shot glasses and coffee mugs, but our favorite is the punny “Zit Happens” gift set. It comes with Lee’s SLMD Acne Spot Treatment, a comedone extractor, and blackhead tweezers in a cute, zip-shut canvas bag.

Find it at DrPimplePopper.com for $48.

2. Da Bomb Bath Fizzers“F” Bomb

An image of Da Bomb Bath Fizzers F Bomb.
Target

This lavender scented bath bomb is designed to soothe the skin and the mind: It dissolves to reveal a calming message.

Find it at Target for $5 and also at these other retailers:

3. Yensa Beauty Pumpkin Tumeric 2-in-1 Radiance Polishing Mask

An image of the Yensa Pumpkin Tumeric Mask.
Yensa Beauty

As its name implies, this mask—which is infused with eight orange superfoods, including pumpkin, ginger, carrot, honey, and orange—has a dual purpose: First it’s a mask, applied in a thin layer to damp skin and left to sit for up to 10 minutes so the ingredients can sink in; then, it’s a scrub, rubbed with warm water in circular motions to exfoliate. It gently polishes skin so it’s soft, smooth, and glowing, and smells good enough to eat (though that’s not recommended!).

Find it at Yensa Beauty for $45.

4. Kalastyle Modern Wash Coffee Soap

An image of Kalastyle Soap's Modern Wash Coffee Soap.
Kalastyle

This bar of soap doesn’t just smell like coffee—it’s also packed with real beans, ground into the perfect texture for exfoliating the face and body, ensuring smooth skin all over.

Find it at Kalastyle for $6 and also at these other retailers:

5. Dermovia Lace Your Face

An image of four Dermovia masks in their packaging.
Amazon

If your skincare obsessive is a fan of multitasking, Dermovia’s lace masks are the perfect gift: They’re equipped with straps at the ears and chin—which both fit over the ears—which helps the mask stay securely in place while providing compression and lift. And because they’re made of cloth, they can be used a second time. Lace Your Face masks come in eight varieties, from exfoliating papaya to healing yogurt, so there’s something for everyone, and once they feel how these masks fit, your skincare obsessed recipient will never go back to regular sheet masks.

Find it at Amazon for $55 for a pack of four or $15 for a single mask and also these other retailers:

6. Peace Out Skincare Acne Healing Dots

An image of Peace Out Skincare's Acne Healing Dots.
Peace Out Skincare

Skincare obsessives sometimes can’t resist picking at their zits, even though they know they shouldn’t—which makes Peace Out Skincare’s Acne Healing Dots the ultimate gift. Made of absorbent hydrocolloid technology (which is patent pending!) and infused with ingredients like salicylic acid, Vitamin A, and aloe vera, the adorable little dots are applied before bed and absorb oil, calm redness, and protect blemishes from picking for flawless skin. Peace Out Skincare also offers pore strips and their puffy eye patches—pick up the whole set this holiday!

Find it at Sephora for $19.

7. Purlisse Perfect Glow BB Cream

An image of Purlisse's Perfect Glow BB Cream.
Purlisse

Available in eight different shades, Purlisse’s Perfect Glow BB Cream hydrates and protects (it contains SPF 30) without clogging pores. It’s easy to apply and provides a natural finish; your skin-obsessed recipient can wear it under foundation for more coverage.

Find it at Amazon for $35.

8. GlamGlow Supermud Activated Charcoal Treatment

An image of Glamglow's Supermud clearing treatment.
Amazon

Whether or not activated charcoal truly works on the skin hasn’t been rigorously tested, but that hasn’t stopped every beauty and skincare company from creating products made with the stuff. GlamGlow’s Supermud is one of those products, and users love it, touting its ability to clear up acne and blemishes—which makes it a perfect gift for the for recipients with oily or combination skin. The mask contains six acids (glycolic, salicylic, lactic, mandelic, pyruvic, and tartaric) that shrink pores and clear skin, and, of course, activated charcoal, which pulls in dirt and oil, among other gross stuff. As the mask dries, they’ll see (and feel!) the activated charcoal’s adsorption at work; oil-heavy areas turn a dark gray. Users should moisturize after use if their skin feels dry. If your loved one has sensitive skin, advise them to apply this mask in problem areas only.

Find it at Amazon for $57 and also these other retailers:

9. SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator

An image of SkinMedica's HA5.
Amazon

Reviewers rave about SkinMedica’s HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator, and for good reason: Applied with a bit of water after cleansing and toning but before moisturizer, it fills fine lines and wrinkles, evens out roughness, and pulls moisture from the air to hydrate the skin for eight hours to create super smooth skin. Plus, it feels really, really nice. Key ingredients include amino acids, antioxidants, algae and herbal extracts, plant stem cells, and Hyaluronic Acid (which is also produced by our skin cells naturally). HA5 is pricey, but a little goes a long way, so pick up the 1-ounce and pop it in your recipient’s stocking.

Find it at Amazon or Dermstore for $96 and also at these other retailers:

10. LUSH Sleepy Body Lotion

An image of Lush Cosmetics' Sleepy Hand and Body Lotion
Lush Cosmetics North America

Skincare obsessives likely have both a regimented skincare routine—and they shouldn’t forget the body! Insomniacs are obsessed with LUSH’s Sleepy Body Lotion, which is made with Glycerin, cocoa butter, and almond oil to moisturize and scented with lavender and tonka for ultimate relaxation—and the sweetest dreams.

Find it at LUSH for $10.

11. Beauty Routine Tee

This 100 percent cotton tee allows skincare enthusiasts to wear their routine with pride. Its a slim fit, so order a size up if your recipient prefers their shirts loose.

Find it at Amazon for $23.

11 Thoughtful Gifts for Secret Santa and White Elephant Exchanges

Uncommon Goods
Uncommon Goods

Finding a suitable gift for a Secret Santa, Yankee, or white elephant exchange can be challenging, especially if you don’t know the recipient all that well. We wanted to help, so we found 11 items that anyone would be happy to receive.

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1. Bourbon-Infused Coffee

We could all use a little kick in the morning, and this Tennessee-brewed coffee is sure to do the trick. A splash of Kentucky bourbon lends the Arabica beans their unique aroma and flavor, but it doesn’t actually contain alcohol, so it’s plenty safe for sipping at the office.

Find It at Uncommon Goods for $20.

2. Bento 3-in-1 Splash Box

A set of containers
Amazon

Plastic-free is increasingly becoming the new norm. The Splash Box has three non-toxic stainless steel food trays that lock together for easy transport, while simultaneously keeping your peas apart from your mashed potatoes. It’s leak-proof, shatter-proof, and safe for the dishwasher, oven, and toaster oven on medium heat.

Find It on Amazon for $35.

3. Clinique Mascara and Balm Travel Ornament Set

A makeup set
Walmart

This travel kit is the perfect accessory for frequent fliers who want to freshen up after touching down in a new city or country. Clinique’s black High Impact mascara and cleansing balm are wrapped up in a convenient—and TSA-approved!—travel ornament.

Find It at Walmart for $16 and also at these other retailers:

4. “Weird & Wacky USA” Jigsaw Puzzle

A U.S. map puzzle
True South

Help someone discover the quirky side of America with this 500-piece puzzle illustrated by an award-winning designer. Colorful icons highlight the odd roadside attractions in each state, and who knows—it might even inspire an unforgettable road trip.

Find It at the True South Puzzle Company for $27.

5. Italian Chesemaking Kit

The cheesemaking kit
Uncommon Goods

Give the gift of good cheese this season with a DIY kit. The box holds enough ingredients to make 10 batches of cheese, including classic varieties such as mozzarella, burrata, and ricotta. No prior cheesemaking experience necessary.

Find It at Uncommon Goods for $25.

6. Jam Hang Up Portable Bluetooth Speaker

A portable speaker
Best Buy

Music lovers will appreciate this durable Bluetooth speaker with a built-in suction and stick pad. They can slap it on a shower wall, mirror, or other smooth surface around the house or backyard and get their groove on. It can be submerged in water for 30 minutes and comes with a rechargeable battery.

Find It at these retailers:

7. SmartKlear Carbon Smartphone Cleaner

A smartphone cleaner
The Grommet

NASA uses SmartKlear’s carbon cleaning technology in its space station, and it can now be used to scrub the germs and grime from any smartphone or electronic screen. Simply swipe the device across a screen, and the carbon substance it contains will get to work repelling any dirt or oil it encounters.

Find It at Amazon for $16 and also at these other retailers:

8. The Tile Mate

The Tile Mate and Slim Combo Pack
Amazon

We all know that one person who’s constantly misplacing their things. The Tile Mate Bluetooth tracker will help jog their memory. It hooks onto keychains, suitcases, purses, bikes, and more to help the user find their items via a companion app. It also works in reverse: Pressing a button on the Tile Mate makes the user’s phone ring, even when it’s on silent.

Find It on Amazon for $10 and also at these other retailers:

9. Homesick Books Candle

The Books candle
Homesick Candles

The Books candle from Homesick would make a thoughtful gift for any bibliophile who already has a stack of unread novels at home. Top notes of orange and nutmeg are rounded out by earthy fragrances like sandalwood and cedarwood. Splashes of vanilla, balsam, and amber form the base and help recreate the unmistakable scent of a good book.

Find It at Homesick Candles for $30 and also at these other retailers:

10. Chocolate-Covered Snowman Oreos

A box of chocolate-covered Oreos
Amazon

Who doesn’t love holiday-themed chocolates? These milk chocolate-drizzled Oreos from Philadelphia Candies come with candy snowmen on top. There’s also a dark chocolate version, as well as a milk chocolate version with winter snowflakes on top.

Find It on Amazon for $15.

11. Ulla Hydration Reminder Bottle

The water bottle on a desk
The Grommet

We often forget to stay hydrated, but this water bottle accessory from Ulla makes it easy to foster healthy habits. The silicone band fits over most bottles and sends out reminders to take a swig any time the user has gone too long without water. Get one for a health-conscious coworker, or perhaps that one person you know who seems to be subsisting solely on coffee.

Find It at The Grommet for $25 or on Amazon for $29.

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