As many of us have spent nearly two years working from home, coffee mugs have replaced co-workers and “office” attire now includes sweatpants. The annual work parties (opportunities to share gifts and some drinks) may be on hiatus, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate your colleagues, even if you haven’t met them in person yet or haven’t seen them in months. Show your coworkers how much you appreciate them and their hard work with a gift that says “See you,” even though, you know, you haven’t.
Here are our recommendations for the best gifts for coworkers.
Husband and wife Aditya Srivathsan and Shilpa Rajahamsa have brought a taste of home to Canada with their South Indian coffee company, Madras Kaapi. Their chicory blend contains 10 percent chicory and the bold, spicy smell alone will keep you awake and ready to face the day.
Chicory mix coffee, $ 16, masdraskaapi.com
Book Subscription Gift Box
Do you have a co-worker who loves to read? Scratch your itch with a subscription to Raven Reads, an indigenous and women-owned company dedicated to bringing their culture to Canadian homes everywhere. Each box includes a book written by an indigenous author, a letter from them, a history card, a handmade indigenous art or craft, and a literature-themed trinket.
Seasonal subscription to indigenous books, $ 88, ravenreads.org
Luxury velvet slippers
With so many of us working from home, it’s safe to assume that we are prioritizing comfortable footwear. Nothing says comfort like a pair of velvet slippers that are stylish too.
PUEBCO velvet slippers, $ 45, drakegeneralstore.ca
Funny stickers to decorate your laptop with
Quirky Pennants, based in Kitchener, Ontario, is the place to go for the colleague who has moved beyond the label of simple “coworker” and become a friend. There, you can find an “Emotional Support Coworker” vinyl decal that will make the label official, or stickers that say “Survived a meeting that should have been an email” and “Your productivity does not determine your value. ”
Emotional Support Coworker Vinyl Sticker, $ 4.50. etsy.com
Hand poured soy candle
There is no more Toronto than this company. Made in the Parkdale apartment of small business owner Gerasil “Geri” Coria, her hand-poured candles were born during the COVID-19 pandemic and are meant to refresh the space and mood of her co-workers. Especially if they have been locked up at home and are experiencing a hint of… * drum roll *…cabin fever.
Cabin Fever Soy Candle, $ 16, apothegeri.com
Sponsored: Nibbl Gourmet Cheese Boxes
Few things show appreciation for employees or customers like a delicious and beautifully cured box of cheese. Look no further than Nibbl Cheese’s corporate gift program, with options like this premium box from Ace Pairings. Filled with five delicious and delicious cheeses, including a Lady Laurier d’Arthabaska vanilla flavored triple cream brie, two delicious fruity spreads, and artisanal cookies, it comes perfectly packaged with accessories in a premium keepsake box. Taste something special!
Ace pairings, $ 85, nibblcheese.com
Electric cup warmer
Whether your co-worker is a tea or coffee (or midday) drinker, they’ll probably appreciate this affordable little gadget that keeps your drink warm and your energy high.
Salton coffee mug and teacup warmer, $ 13, amazon.ca
Maple Syrup Mini Set
For an especially Canadian treat, this set includes three bottles of New Brunswick-based Wabanaki’s signature barrel-aged maple syrup in three flavors: Bourbon, Whiskey, and Toasted Oak. For this indigenous and women-owned company, maple syrup represents many things, including healing and nutrition. What could be a more meaningful gift for your favorite coworker?
Wabanaki maple syrup packet, $ 33, wabanakimaple.com
Food flavoring with a kick.
Working from home comes with a lot of food, and at this point in the pandemic, we’re all a bit tired of what our pantries have to offer. Zing enters. This Toronto company is interested in bringing you shortcut products that can add that special “twist” to your meals without hours of preparation or expensive grocery purchases. This three-pack includes the essentials: Hakka-ish Chili Crisp, Mogambo Spiced Garlic Spread, and Buzz Hot Honey. Use them in everything from morning eggs to lunchtime noodles.
Zing Triple Threat Flavor Jars, $ 38, cookwithzing.com
Easy-to-use rally planner
PleaseNotes, the Toronto-based affirmation company of Cheryl Sutherland, offers magazines that cultivate gratitude. The Rally Planner will help anyone get rid of their Imposter Syndrome and find ways to realistically achieve their goals.
PleaseNotes Rally Planner, $ 50, pleasenotes.com
CBD Bath Bomb
At the end of the day, the body needs to rest. There is no better, faster way to achieve that relaxation than with a bath. Add this CBD-infused bath bomb, and your stress and tension will disappear as your skin reaps the hydrating benefits.
Marena Wellness Bath Bomb, $ 15, kasandy.com
Oversized water bottle
It’s pretty easy to forget to hydrate while working, especially on days when you have back-to-back Zoom calls. This 2.2-liter water bottle is a must-have, available in pink and black, through Good Goddess, Toronto business owner Natasha Geddes.
Black Rose water bottle, $ 25, goodgoddess.com
Eco coffee cup
If you have a green thumb in the workplace, this is for them. Conscious apparel company Novel Supply Co. is based in Vancouver and run by owner Kaya Dorey, who is dedicated to bringing style to eco-friendly products. This 15 oz stainless steel “I Love Turtles” mug is just a sample from their catalog, it is 100% BPA free and recyclable.
“I like turtles” coffee mug, $ 45, novelsupply.com
Espresso martini kit
By the time the job is done, you will likely be low on energy. This espresso martini kit will get you buzzing in no time and can make you a cold martini lover. Happy hours have never been more energizing.
Espresso martini duo, $ 27, cocktailemporium.com