Holiday gifts for co-workers
A majority of our time is spent with them, yet they're so tricky to buy for come the holiday season. We are talking about co-workers.
Forget the nail polish and makeup sets for your female acquaintances, and what male peers want another gift card or gadget taking up space on their desk? Opt for these affordable gifts instead.
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Neiman Marcus chocolates by Maggie Louise(Credit: Neiman Marcus)
A box of oh-so-fashionable chocolates by Maggie Louise is part of Neiman Marcus' Love to Give campaign, which supports community arts organizations across the nation (on Long Island, the Gold Coast Arts Center); $38 at neimanmarcus.com/lovetogive
Viva Glam Lip Bag(Credit: MAC)
MAC From MAC's Nutcracker Sweet holiday collection, the Viva Glam Lip Bag contains Ariana Grande's dark plum matte lipstick and shimmer pink gloss, $32, and Lip Compact has three shades of lip color, $25; the entire purchase price is donated to the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Bloomingdale's Soma water bottle(Credit: Bloomingdales)
Buy a Soma water bottle made of shatterproof glass, with a leak-proof bamboo cap and colorful easy-grip sleeve and the brand contributes a portion of proceeds to Charity Water, which provides clean drinking water to those in need; $30 at select Bloomingdales and Bloomingdales.com
J.Jill floral print scarf(Credit: J.Jill)
One hundred percent of the proceeds from J.Jill's lightweight floral print scarf support community-based organizations that help disadvantaged and homeless women become more self-sufficient, $39 atl at jjill.com
North Fork note cards(Credit: Lisa Glover)
From Briermere Farms berries to vineyards at Macari, Lisa Glovers' newly launched blank card collection features photos she's taken of 8 iconic North Fork scenes. $16 for a boxed set of 8 cards with envelopes at Love Lane Sweet Shop in Mattituck and North Fork Roasting Co. in Southold. More information at bit.ly/2dx6u5N
Mason jar mug(Credit: Shutterfly/Shutterfly)
The mason jar endures as a good-for-anything glass mug. Get it personalized with initials, monograms or office monikers. $19.99 in 25 styles from shutterfly.com. More information at bit.ly/2cQDO6J
EZ-touch winter gloves(Credit: Lands' End/Lands' End)
Lands' End's tech-friendly fleece gloves have strategically placed fingerpads that ensure the wearer won't have to remove them to text, dial or email. $14 (plus $6 to monogram) in women's and men's styles and patterns. More information at bit.ly/2cTkgyx
Be Mixed cocktail mixers(Credit: Be Mixed/Be Mixed)
The HR-approved way to bestow a holiday drink on your co-workers. Be Mixed's bottled cocktail starters come in cucumber mint, ginger lime and margarita -- they can add a splash of seltzer for a mocktail or a shot of liquor to take it in a stronger direction. $11 for 4-packs at Whole Foods or via Fresh Direct. More information at bit.ly/2d7FlGL
Native Union Key Cable(Credit: Native Union/Native Union)
A keychain with a built-in USB charging cable ensures you're never stranded without a power cord when battery life is failing. Compatible with Apple devices and gadgets that charge with micro-USB connectors. $29.99 at Turpan in East Hampton and nativeunion.com. More information at bit.ly/2cSlak6
Desktop cornhole set(Credit: The Container Store/The Container Store)
A tabletop version of the backyard game gives co-workers a break-time diversion. Includes four mini bean bags and the table's legs fold down for storage. $14.99 beginning in mid-October at The Container Store in Garden City and containerstore.com
Minimergency kit(Credit: Pinch Provisions)
A popped button...spilled lunch...sweat-inducing meetings -- work emergencies can be the unkindest cut, leaving you to suffer through the rest of the day. Pinch Provision's mini toiletry kits have 17 save-the-day essentials like stain remover, breath spray, deodorant packets, double-sided tape and replacement earring backs packed in a cute pouch. $18 at Sephora stores. A men's version, $14 at pinchprovisions.com, has much of the same. For more information: bit.ly/2cEGybt
Lifefactory glass water bottle(Credit: Lifefactory/Lifefactory)
Hydration gets stylish with Lifefactory's glass water bottle. The silicone sleeve is easy to grip, the flip-cap lid prevents leaks, and the whole thing is dishwasher safe. $24.99 in five colors at select Bed, Bath & Beyond stores, grocers and lifefactory.com. More information: bit.ly/2cL2nV7
Water-powered desk clock(Credit: Bedol/Bedol)
Bedol's Squirt digital alarm clock doesn't need a power outlet or batteries to stay on task -- it's powered by filling the cavity with tap water every six months or so. $26 from bedolwhatsnext.com. More information: bit.ly/2dD8nRf
Self-watering plant pots(Credit: IKEA/IKEA)
Banish dead plants from the work desks with a pot that (almost) waters itself. Ikea's Sotcitron planters have a bottom water storage basin with cording that slowly draws the liquid up to the plant as needed. Square, $6.99, and oblong, $11.99, at Ikea stores or online at ikea.com. For more information: bit.ly/2dkXWOc