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23 Work Bestie Gifts That You’ll Never Tire of Giving or Getting!

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By Preethi Jathanna

Senior Writer for HR and Remote Work

Reviewed by Kara Funk

Senior HR Consultant, People & Culture

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The people we work with make a big impact on our work experience. Just as it often is the reason people leave an organization, it’s often also the reason people stay. Considering the sheer number of hours you spend at work, having a work bestie who has your back (and you theirs) can influence how you feel about the office and organization, and often enlivens the monotony of our daily routine.

Below we explore some gifts for work besties that let them know how much you appreciate them!

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1. Who is a Work Bestie?

Put simply, a work bestie is a coworker-turned-friend. Like with any friend you’ve madein school, at university, or through other mutual friends, this person is trustworthy, understanding, and dependable. This is likely why you feel comfortable sharing both personal and professional concerns with them. They’re likely to be upfront with you and give you the answer you need to hear rather than what you’re hoping they would say.

 

The bond you share goes beyond just work-related conversations and extends to comforting one another when things don’t go according to plan or being your biggest cheerleader when you hit a work milestone or target. 

2. Best Gifts for Work Besties 

2.1. Personalized Best Friend Candle

For your work bestie that loves candles, this personalized option from Etsy is sure to be a big hit. Select the scent based on your bestie’s preference and then personalize it with their name and a fun definition that describes them. 

2.2. Desk Cactus Humidifier

One of the best gifts for work besties that they’ll get use out of would be this USB desk humidifier in the shape of a cactus. It's small and portable and will make a nice addition to your home office. You just need to connect it to your PC, laptop or screen with an USB outlet. It saves power by automatically shutting off after 4 hours. So, if your work bestie is into desk plants, this is a great gift for the fall and winter seasons! 

2.3. Mug Warmer

If you and your work bestie often find yourselves at the pantry to reheat that first mug of coffee or tea you made, then we’ve found the perfect gift! This mug warmer is a portable heater for drinks, keeping your beverage of choice warm to sip throughout the day. You can have it at your desk and adjust the timer and use the light indicator to know when to turn it off. It costs anywhere between $11 and $28.

2.4. Unlikely Friendships Calendar

The unlikely friendships calendar is the most relatable work bestie gift for that one person at work you never thought you’d have so much in common with! It features the cutest (and sometimes, strangest!) photos and stories of animal pairings. 

Your work bestie will love putting up the calendar on their wall as a reminder of friendships that go beyond workand last for life! It costs $7.49 and can be ordered annually. So, make it a staple in your list of gift ideas for work friends.

2.5. A Huggle

For remote work besties who you see bundled up on screen, the huggle is the perfect gift. The Huggle is an ultra plush hooded blanket that is sure to keep your work bestie warm and cozy this winter.

2.6. Corgi Butt Pillow

If your work bestie appreciates humor and comfort, this car neck pillow shaped like a Corgi’s behind will make them smile . They’ll find it useful if they endure long commutes to and from the office. The pillow can also be used at home when reading, or as an added cushion to regular bedding. 

2.7. Water Art Board

The water art board makes for a great  gift for those work friends who may have mentioned feeling r stressed or anxious. The art board only requires a dish of water, allowing the user todip a brush in the water and paint away. The picture will disappear when it dries so the board is reusable. 

The water art board costs $16.95 and is  eco-friendly and mess-free, letting your bestie bring out their inner artist to unwind. 

2.8. Affirmation Cards

Don’t want to pull off something too cheesy or sappy? Say it without saying it, using affirmation cards. These notes of positivity were designed and created by actor, writer and comedian Suzi Barrett. 

The pack of cards costs $15 on Amazon and contains cute, funny, and inspiring messages that are uplifting and remind one of how much they’re loved and remembered. We all have days where we’re feeling down, and this gift is sure to pick you back up again!

2.9. Ceramic Planters for Mini Succulents

Having plants around the house is known to reduce stress, improve productivity and even purify the air you breathe in. If your work bestie already has succulent plants, this four-piece set of ceramic planters would make the perfect gift. If your bestie is not yet a plant parent, get them a starter succulent set from Fairyblooms or the succulentmarket. 

2.10. Humorous Notepads 

If your work bestie is a bit old school and likes writing their notes or to-do’s on paper, these notepads will be a hit. Every time they make a list not only will they get a laugh, but they’ll think of you! s 

2.11. Temperature Controlled Smart Mug

This Ember smart mug can warm your drink for up to 1.5 hours when it's fully charged and is the perfect gift for your work bestie that loves to sip on their coffee or tea all day. While this gift is on the higher end of our list, costing $114.44, it has some really cool features, including the ability to control it through your smartphone and also get notifications when your drink is the optimal temperature (ideally between 120-145 degrees Fahrenheit). 

2.12. Chocolate

If a sweet tooth is what keeps besties together, get them a chocolate box. The best part? They can eat it all themselves (no judging here!) or share it with the family. 

I’m a huge fan of Lindt and would recommend ordering their dessert collection which costs $18.49. The box features exotic flavors such as creme brulee, Tiramisu and fondant chocolate. Talk about sweetening the deal!

2.13.. Cord Wrangler

The cord wrangler is great for those type-A work besties who like to organize their desk and charging cables. The wrangler separates cords and wires by device, making it easier to identify the ones you need and stow them away when not in use.

The cable wrangler is magnetic and snaps the cables back in place, where it stays until the next time you need them!

2.14. Wine Tote Bag

For the work bestie who loves wine, this insulated wine carrier is a great gift. When you plan a happy hour or picnic post work, make it a BYOB and have the work bestie along a few bottles that your colleagues contribute in this fashionable and practical carrier. 

2.15. Made in the Office

Made in the office is a recipe cookbook written by Rachel Maylor. There are about 70 recipes walking you through how to create quick and healthy meals with just a kettle, toaster and microwave. This is one of the most practical and affordable ($19) gifts for work besties to encourage them to make healthy food choices. 

2.16. Witty 52 Week Planner

This 52 week planner will have your work bestie laughing all year with sarcastic and witty phrases on each week’s pages.  Humor often bonds work besties and this gift is perfect to help yours get their the weekly grind with a smile on their face. 

2.17. Coffee Gift Card

Gift your work bestie liquid gold in the form of a 90 to 120 day voucher to the cafe outlet or coffee brand of their choice. For Starbucks, you can top up the card with any multiples of 5, or add a custom amount before gifting the card to your friend. 

2.18. Daily Journal

If your bestie maintains a diary, gift them a vintage leather daily journal and note planner. This journal contains premium thick paper that won’t tear if you apply a little force or use Sharpies, ballpoint or gel pens. Your colleague can chronicle their daily events or document a recent trip or getaway. Each time they write something, they’ll think of you! 

2.19. Card Holder

If you like gifting personalized presents, you’ll love browsing through Leathorology’s store! Besides business card holders, the store also sells binders, work bags, duffels, and wallets, all of which can be customized with initials, names, dates etc.  These high quality and personalized gifts for work besties are a great option and you’re likely to find one for under $50!

2.20. Food Theft Funny Stickers

Make your bestie cackle with these rib-tickling stickers to protect their lunch in the office fridge.  If you want to help your bestie get a message across with humor and a touch of passive-aggressiveness, get the roll from Amazon or thingamagift

PS: I’d think twice too, if a box I was reaching out for had a label saying “bacterial growth experiment”!

2.21. Work Bestie Keychain

Keychains have lots of potential to convey a sentiment. We like the MAOFAED keychain on Amazon, which is engraved with a funny message. You could even order a pair in matching styles so that you always carry a reminder of them around with you

2.22. Sriracha Hot Sauce

If your bestie still regards you as his or hers after gifting them a bottle of Sriracha hot sauce, then you really have lucked out in the friendship department! Famously hot and spicy, you can get this Thai hot sauce in a pack of 2 from Amazon if your work bestie’s palate can take the heat! 

2.23. Work Bestie Necklace

In addition to keychains, Amazon also sells interlock design work bestie necklaces. Women or men can gift this to colleagues who love jewelry and are often seen sporting minimalistic office-friendly patterns.  The chain is about 18 inches long and is at a length that will suit anyone. The two interlocked circles are a representation of work friendship.

3. FAQs

3.1. What are suitable gifts for your best friend at work?

Suitable work bestie gifts should be something they’ll always value. It's about creating fond memories of how much you mean to each other, and the gift choices below highlight that;

  1. Scented candles
  2. Planters
  3. Recipe books
  4. Beverage warmer
  5. Mousepad
  6. Hooded blankets
  7. Keychains

3.2. What are some gifts for work besties who are workaholics?

Some best gifts for work besties who are workaholics are - mug warmer, Corgi butt pillow, Water art board, and Affirmation cards.

3.3. What are some funny work bestie gifts?

Some funny work bestie gifts are - scavenger hunt vouchers, voodoo dolls, face masks, chill pills, PooPourri, desktop skee ball game, jelly bean roulette, and a pinching bag for a desktop.

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