Secret Santa exchanges are always stressful. They start off exciting and well-intentioned until you realize you've left it to the very last second and that monogrammed diary you had planned to buy is sold out. In a panic, you go on an internet deep dive to find the perfect present: it needs to be thoughtful, witty, and useful all at once. Sometimes, you don't even know the recipient that well, which makes the task incrementally harder. On top of it, you probably have an irrationally low allotted amount to work with—which makes finding the ideal under $5 gift that much harder.
So what to get when you've been surfing online shops for an hour without success—and you really should be getting back to your end-of-year to-do list? Look no further: we found the best under $30 gifts perfect for your office gift exchange. These are safe for work and guaranteed crowd-pleasers.
Because we could all use a glass of wine, especially right before the holiday break.
Between the cute packaging and the fresh smell, this oil roller is a crowd-pleaser.
For the team member who's constantly sage smudging her space.
For the co-worker who likes to monogram everything—they will appreciate the personalized touch.
Give this to members of the Beyhive.
Everyone needs to stay hydrated throughout the work day. Pick a size that fits within your allotted budget.
Because we all have a crazy cat lover in our life.
The perfect gift for the co-worker with exceptional prose.
Because we all need to be rewarded for the hard stuff life throws at us.
For the co-worker with forgetful tendencies.
For the #girlboss on a mission.
Send someone a message with this cinema-inspired lightbox.
For your work bestie who loves to be a tad dramatic. Give them a free pass to have a total meltdown.
Who doesn't love a healthy stash of chocolate at their desk?
Show someone who's had a challenging year that you care.
For the work wife who likes to freshen up before a meeting or event.
Because snail mail is wildly underrated.
Give this to the coworker with a challenging job.
The perfect gift for the office know-it-all—filed with a year's worth of reminders and advice your didn't ask for.
Because we could all use a cuter cardholder for our business meetings.
For the co-worker who keeps a small greenhouse at her desk.