Cheap Gifts for Coworkers Under $5

If you are feeling generous this holiday season, and you want to buy a little something for everyone in the workplace, you are probably scrambling for inexpensive gift ideas for coworkers. Is this really something that will fit in your budget? Will you be able to find cheap gifts for coworkers under $5 that will not end up in the trash bin an hour later? Well,  believe it or not, there are a lot of great gifts that anyone is sure to appreciate.

Business Card Holder

One can really never have too many business card holders. Even if they already have one, they could use a spare to keep in their car, game bag, golf bag or anywhere else they might need a card unexpectedly. A few recommended picks include:


A calendar is something that everyone needs, but no one really likes to buy for themselves. You almost expect someone to get one for you, but they never do. You can find a large variety for under $5, if you know where to look. No, it is not acceptable to snag a bunch of free ones from the bank and hand them out either.

Mouse Pad

How worn out are the mouse pads that your coworkers are using? Better yet, when was the last time they were cleaned? A mouse pad is a haven for germs to just linger; no wonder everyone in the office passes around the same common cold all season long.

Coffee, Tea or Hot Cocoa

This category is pretty extensive, so it does not matter who you are shopping for, you are sure to find something for everyone. You can buy anything from single serve instant coffee packs to a box of tea to a flavored powder creamer, depending on what the person drinks. If you are buying for a bunch of people, you could always buy several packs of single serve coffee and a few boxes of tea, and create little sampler packs for everyone.  Coffee gifts for coworkers

  • Maxwell House, International Café Iced Latte Single Serve Packets
  • Cinnamon Sugar Cookie Trial Size
  • Celestial Seasonings Herbal Tea Fruit Sampler
  • Earl Gray Tea in a Can
  • Celestial Seasonings-Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride Holiday Herb Tea

Desk Gifts

Are your coworkers always stealing your pens or borrowing your stapler? When you happen to answer their phone, are you aggravated that there is never a notepad handy to take a message? You can either get each person what they need the most, or make gifts bags for everyone with a hodge-podge of supplies, such as pencils, liquid paper, staples, note pads and tape. This is a desk gift that can be combined with the coffee, tea and hot cocoa idea as well. There is no reason why you can’t give them a medley of beverages and supplies.

Baked Goods

Some of the best gift ideas for coworkers are those they come from your own kitchen. If you make holiday cookies, fudge, candy or pastries, make everyone a gift bag full of them. Decorative cupcakes are a popular pick too! Not handy in the kitchen? Buy everything from a bakery, and then split it all up into separate gifts; they will never know.

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