If you work at an office like ours with shared desks, you probably spend a lot of the year evaluating your co-workers through their workspace design choices. If there’s clutter or an absence of some element that seems sorely needed, you probably spend a lot of time thinking about how to remedy that, too. What are some great gifts for people you don’t know very well but have this unsatisfied sense of goodwill toward? The best ones, like you yourself, work quietly alongside them until they become their friends. Let these gifts be as much an inspiration to you as they are to your co-workers.
Some of our gifts are highly practical, aiming to make your co-worker’s life easier in the new year. Two elegant varieties of calendars and to-do lists provide them with space to be organized and productive away from the computer. The Ryan McGinness Calendar To-Do List Pad takes the form of a simple notepad and daily tear-off calendar with plenty of room to write. This 6-foot long linear calendar, meanwhile, provokes deeper awareness of time and long-term productivity by allowing them to see days and months as a continuous flow.
If you want to provide a more personal touch, we’ve also found gifts that start conversations and warm hearts. The New York Times 36 Hours in the USA and Canada travel collection is a terrific resource for the entire office as a launching point for plans and reveries. The School of Life’s Utopia candles encourage great conversations about the works they depict or simple create a calming, utopian atmosphere, while Niko Niko’s plantable holiday cards make sure something great comes of even the most perfunctory holiday greetings.