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Best gift ideas for your coworkers

What are the best gift ideas for coworkers? We have some technology-themed gifts that should make your office mates happy.
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December 12, 2017

It’s pretty easy to get gifts for your family and friends; you know what they like and don’t like. It’s a lot harder to find good gifts for your coworkers. Yes, you spend a lot of time with them, but you may not know a lot about them personally. So in that situation, what exactly are the best gift ideas for coworkers?

If you are like us, you work in a place where nearly everyone has some kind of gadget or other tech product they use all the time, either at work, at home, or both. In this article, we offer what we think are the best gift ideas for coworkers with a tech-based theme.

Some of these gifts are pure tech products, while others are just related in some way to gadgets and technology. In any case, we think these ideas will make your coworkers very happy.

AmazonBasics shockproof and waterproof bluetooth wireless speaker

Gift ideas for coworkers - AmazonBasics Shockproof and Waterproof Bluetooth Wireless Speaker

There are a lot of cheap Bluetooth speakers you can consider, but AmazonBasics has one that not only can offer better sound from your coworker’s smartphone, but that’s also 1P67-rated for water resistance. That means your fellow office mate can take it into the shower, to the beach, or to the lake and not have any issues with it breaking due to some contact with water. It’s also got a  rubberized rugged exterior and a treated aluminum grill, which means it should be able to take a lot of abuse if it falls.

While we don’t expect the sound quality to be as good as more expensive Bluetooth waterproof speakers, it should still be a lot better than listening to a podcast directly from a smartphone, and it even has a decent battery life of up to 8 hours on a single charge. Amazon is currently selling the AmazonBasics Shockproof and Waterproof Bluetooth Wireless Speaker for $14.99.

Logitech bluetooth mouse M557

 
Gift ideas for coworkers - Logitech Bluetooth Mouse M557
If you work in an office, it’s likely that you and the rest of your coworkers have to use a Windows or Mac desktop. It’s also likely that you have to use an old-fashioned wired mouse with that PC. Your coworker would likely love a Bluetooth wireless mouse, and this model from Logitech is a good choice. It’s small and is also ambidextrous in design, which means it will work for either your leftie or righty office mate. The battery life in this mouse should also last for up to a year, which means your coworker should get a lot of work out of it before switching out batteries. It’s a bit pricey at $30.23 on Amazon, but considering how much your coworkers use PCs, it’s well worth it.

Anker bluetooth ultra-slim keyboard

Gift ideas for coworkers - Anker Bluetooth Ultra-Slim Keyboard
Smartphones are basically mini-computers, but they can be hard to do work on with their relatively small touchscreens. Sometimes its faster to use a physical keyboard. The Anker Bluetooth Ultra-Slim Keyboard is a perfect gift for coworkers who need such a device to do a lot of their tasks while on the road with their phone. It’s thin and lightweight, and it include special shortcut keys for not only Android devices, but also iOS, Windows, and Mac products. It should also last a while on battery power, with up to three months of use (based on two hours use per day). At $16.99 on Amazon, this is a great gift for coworkers who are always travelling and working.

AUKEY car phone mount

Gift ideas for coworkers - AUKEY Car Phone Mount

Here’s a gift for a coworker that’s not only dirt cheap but incredibly useful for people who use smartphones in their car. The AUKEY Car Phone Mount attaches to a car’s dashboard vent and then it uses four magnets on the front so your office mate’s phone can securely attach to it. It comes with both a circular disc for smaller phones and a larger rectangular form factor for the increasingly more popular larger phones. At just $7.99, your coworker will likely get a lot of benefits from this gift if he or she does a lot of commuting every day.

Sandisk CZ48 128GB USB 3.0 flash memory drive

Gift ideas for coworkers - Sandisk CZ48 128GB USB 3.0 Flash memory Drive

Sometimes when you are working on your PC in your office, you need to continue your work at home. However, that also means you will need to transfer files from your work to home PC, and some of those files could be pretty sizeable. You could store them in a cloud server, and then connect at home, but sometimes the amount of cloud space you get for free isn’t enough. The Sandisk CZ48 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Memory Drive should solve this issue for your coworkers. Its large amount of storage space should be enough for most any major files he or she might use.

Also, if the home PC has a USB 3.0 port, transfer speeds should be up to 10 times faster than using the older 2.0 version. Finally, the flash drive comes with SanDisk SecureAccess software, which provides 128-bit AES encryption and password protection, just in case you need to keep those files secure. Amazon is selling it now for $34.97

Photive BTH3 over-the-ear wireless bluetooth headphones

Gift ideas for coworkers - Photive BTH3 Over-The-Ear Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

There is no doubt that you could spend a ton of money for high-quality headphones for your coworker. However, you don’t really need to spend hundreds of dollars to get solid headphones for your office mate. The Photive BTH3 Over-The-Ear Wireless Bluetooth Headphones provide an excellent sound experience, and they don’t cost an arm or a leg.

Not only do these headphones offer excellent sound, they are also pretty conformable to wear for hours. The battery life is also exceptional, with up to 12 hours of playtime on a single charge, and it takes just two hours to fully charge it up. Both ear cups contain buttons to control the playback of music, so your friend shouldn’t have any issues in that department. A hard travel case is included for keeping them safe during trips. At the price of $39.95, this is a perfect gift for a coworker that also loves to listen to music or podcasts, at work or at home.

EACHINE E010 mini UFO quadcopter drone

Gift ideas for coworkers - EACHINE E010 Mini UFO Quadcopter Drone

Drones are all the rage for both kids and adults at the moment, but the more advanced products on the market can be priced well into the hundreds, and even thousands, of dollars. If your coworker, or perhaps his or her kids, wants to check out this trend, you can help out with this gift. The EACHINE E010 Mini UFO Quadcopter Drone is a simple device to drive, but still fun to use. The included remote control allows this drone to do tricks in the air, including making big 360-degree flips. It can also go into compass mode, which means the drone will fly and change direction when the remote itself changes direction, which should make it easier to use for beginners.

The remote also comes with LED lights, which should make it easy to use at night. Finally, in case you lose sight of it, the remote has a button that will allow the drone to come back to the remote on its own. You can get it in green, red or black colors for $20.99

Philips wake-up light and alarm clock

Gift ideas for coworkers - Philips Wake-up Light and Alarm Clock
 
 
We have all been there; we have set our alarm clocks to go off at a certain time when we need to get up to start our day, but sometimes (especially in the fall and winter months) it’s still dark outside when we have to get up. The instinct is to go back to bed until the sun rises, but then we risk getting up late for work. The Philips Wake-up Light and Alarm Clock is a high-tech solution to this problem. In addition to its standard alarm clock sounds, it also has an embedded light that’s designed to simulate the sunrise coming out from a nearby window.
 
The light starts to slowly turn on its brightness about 30 minutes before your requested alarm time. The idea is that when the alarm does come on, you should feel more refreshed because the light is already in your room. The light can also double as a bedside reading lamp and has 10 different brightness settings. This is a perfect gift for a coworker, or even yourself, who has trouble getting up in the morning.  Amazon is currently selling it for $39.99 with an instant $10 digital coupon.

Laboratory beaker coffee mug

Gift ideas for coworkers - Laboratory Beaker Coffee Mug
Our final gift suggestion might be considered at first to be a “gag gift”. However, the truth is that one or more of your coworkers are addicted to the office coffee blend in the morning. Instead of a normal ceramic coffee mug, they might appreciate drinking their morning joe from something a bit different. This glass mug is made to look like a laboratory beaker from your old high school science room. It even has the correct measuring lines on the front.

This coffee mug is perfect for your tech coworker who wants a little retro science in his or her life. Hey, coffee is just a bunch of different chemicals coming together anyway, so why not celebrate that at work with this beaker mug? Amazon is selling it for $11.95.

 
We hope we have given you some new ideas for what kinds of gifts you can give to your fellow coworkers, especially during the busy holiday shopping season. Are there any great gifts for coworkers that you would add to this list? Let us know what suggestions you have in the comments!