A Workplace Guide to Harmonious Holidays

5. Appropriate gifts for co-workers

It is possible to buy great gifts that will be appreciated without going to the dollar store. Some creative ways to make someone happy for $5, $10 or $20 include:

Calendars, playing cards, books, plants, candles, pen sets, desk gadgets, a cozy throw blanket in a notoriously cold office, or coffee gift card, are great generic gifts.

A nice mug for a coffee drinker, a water bottle for the office athlete, or an ice scraper with warm mitt attached for a co-worker with a long, cold commute are great personal, but not too personal, ideas if you know the identity of your recipient.