It can be a bit tricky to buy a gift for a coworker. Whether you’re looking for a small token to say thank you, celebrate her birthday or congratulate her on a promotion, you want the gift to be personal… but not over the top.

What are some tips for buying a gift for a coworker? Here are a few thoughts:

  • Desktop gifts can be thoughtful and functional, such as a paperweight, picture frame or mail sorter.
  • Be mindful of allergies your coworker might have, particularly if you are giving a food gift.
  • Do not draw attention from others when you give the gift.
  • Don’t be too extravagant in the dollar amount you spend.
  • Give a gift card!

Gift cards are an ideal gift to give a coworker and they’re also thoughtful. You can select a reasonable dollar amount and not draw any attention to yourself when you slip your coworker a card containing the gift card. Not only that, but a gift card can be a really nice treat for your coworker. They just got a little extra money to spend on themselves. How thoughtful is that?

Rather than opt for an impersonal gift card (like one to a big box chain), consider a gift card to one of the carefully curated Giftbar merchants. Here are some suggestions to get you started. The best part? Your co-worker can easily find something they want with a gift card for $25 or under!

White’s Mercantile (Nashville, TN)
This shop is pretty much Nashville’s answer to the 21st century general store. That makes it the ideal shop to purchase a gift card from for your coworker. She’ll be able to choose from home decor items, to natural grocery selections and even fashionable accessories. Some of the brands featured here include Board & Bread, My Friend Who Loves to Cook and Coral & Tusk.

Village Paperie & Gifts (Chicago, IL)
Here your coworker will be able to choose from a wall of unique personalized gifts as well as an extensive stationery collection. This shop has been in business for over 20 years, so the owners, Frankie and Johnnie, certainly know how to keep customers coming back for more. Some of the brands these sisters keep in stock include What A Dish, Prints Well and Checkerboard.

Olives & Grace (Boston, MA)
Olives & Grace is the perfect place to treat the foodie co-worker. They offer handmade gifts and many delicious treats. This shop also offers home decor items that will leave anyone’s home feeling more… well… homey.

Modern Bite (Burbank, CA)
For the co-worker who loves a sweet afternoon treat, give her a gift card to Modern Bite. This bakery has plenty of drool worthy sweets to offer including a decadent triple chocolate brownie and toffee peanut pretzel cookies.

Avoid any awkward situations when you give a gift to a co-worker with these tips and fabulous gift card suggestions. Remember, you shouldn’t spend a great deal of money when shopping for a co-worker (unless you’re close friends outside of the office). Gift cards make a great gift, because they are discrete and allow the recipient the ability to choose something she’d love to have.

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