Lula's Garden Jewel Garden
Add life to a sparse cubicle with this succulent trio that comes perfectly wrapped in a planter gift box. The desk-worthy garden comes complete with a care kit to keep the petite plants thriving long past the holidays.
- Wolfum Bookends, $56 each
These sustainable baltic birch and ash bookends keep order in the office. Made in Los Angeles, each one is printed with a modern pattern that’s worthy of a shameless shelfie.
Goodbye, Sad Desk Lunch
- Jacobsen Salt Set, $35
Indulge the foodie on your team with a salt tasting set from Jacobsen. The Oregon-harvested sea salt can punch up any meal with flavors like black garlic, pinot noir, and habanero. A wood stand makes it easy to keep them at hand or set them on display.
Cup of Joy
Vanquish the woes of the always-empty coffee pot with this sleek, hand-operated espresso maker. The Minipresso pumps out expert brews without batteries, power, or long lines. The lightweight, compact machine is just at home in the office as it is out on the trails.
No workspace is complete without a photo or two. Put the tape and thumbtacks out of work with a minimalist photo stand from Artifact Uprising. The solid brass and natural cork stand is sturdy enough to hold thick, premium prints.
Stapler envy is so 1999. This sculptural tape dispenser will be the talk of the office with its sublime design that doesn’t sacrifice function.
- Areaware Paper Clips, $20 for a set of 30
It might sound crazy to give your coworker something they can grab out of the supply closet, but these colorful paper clips are truly gift-worthy. The extra large clips can wrangle large stacks and add polish to documents.
There’s an App For That
- Minted App For That notebook, from $16
Celebrate the stationery lover, the precise note taker, or the abundant list maker with an old-school notebook. The clever cover comes in three colors, and you can choose from a lined journal, an address book, or a planner. Dot the I’s with a customized inner cover with their name or photos.
Office Survival Guide
- Work Life: A Survival Guide to the Modern Office (Dovetail), $14
Don’t forget a little something for your intern. Molly Erman’s book breaks down everything you need to survive the modern workplace. Part productivity hack, part “how to be a good co-worker” manual, recent additions to your staff will appreciate the inside scoop on what it takes to succeed.
No more hunting for paper clips or pins. This gold-dotted stoneware dish is as functional as it is eye-catching.
Scent of the Outdoors
Bring the great outdoors in with these national park candles. Each hand-poured, lead-free candle captures the smell of an iconic place–the redwood, bay laurel, and sea salt of Redwood National Park or the cedar and black sage of Yosemite’s Firefall. Even better, the coconut wax candles are made in California and come in 100 percent recyclable packaging.
Off the Wall
This USB- or battery-powered lightbox is the perfect canvas for clever sayings, hilarious inside jokes, and accomplishments worthy of celebration. Don’t forget to include the letters and emojis to fully deck it out.
Forget Me Not
These stickies make writing reminders and important to-dos down-right fun with bright colors and geometric shapes. Give them to your boss to make last-minute asks a little more enjoyable.
Do the entire office a favor and stop the endless “Does anyone have an iPhone charger?” messages right now. This reinforced braided charger cable stays put with a non-slip silicone anchor so it’s always there when it’s needed most, and at 6.5 feet you won’t have to crawl under the desk to check your phone.
All That Glitters
- Minted Pretty Organized Foil-Pressed Stationery, from $49 for 15 sheets
Nothing is quite as professional as personalized stationery. Treat your secret Santa giftee to a foil-pressed set in silver, gold, or rose gold.
Ice Ice Baby
This classic standby is sturdy enough to withstand daily use, from coffee to morning smoothies. The insulated stainless steel bottle keeps hot drinks steaming for 19 hours or keeps liquids ice-cold for up to 50 hours. The narrow base fits in most cup- and water bottle-holders so it’s good to go anywhere.