18 Valentine's Day Gifts For Your Coworker, The Only One In The Office Who "Gets You"
The concept of a "work husband" or "work wife" is often a tricky one, especially if you're already attached to someone else. But most people understand the boundaries and realize that a "work husband" or "work wife" is simply the person who you can rely on more than anyone in the office — and while Valentine's Day is seen as a day for lovers, it's also a great day to find Valentine's Day gifts for your coworker to let them know how much you appreciate their constant camaraderie. Heck, if it weren't for your work husband, you would have quit your dysfunctional office years ago.
The perfect gift for your work spouse doesn't necessarily need to fall into the "flowers and chocolates" category, and unless you want to take your work relationship to another level, it's probably best to steer clear of presents that somewhat give a romantic vibe. Instead, the gift you'll want to get should focus on the relationship and friendship that you have. Think about the teapot full of private jokes that Jim gave to Pam on The Office (minus the mysterious love card). A tiny golf pencil and a packet of hot sauce might not make sense to most people, but they represented small moments that they shared. Given that your work spouse shares the same sense of humor of you (which is a must when dealing with office life), chances are you'll have a few mementos of your own that might be worth compiling.
If you're still coming up blank, here are a few more gift ideas that'll be absolutely perfect for the occasion.
Desks get messy, so this cool gift will help your coworker get a little more organized. If they are into rustic style, they'll definitely appreciate the thought involved.
Does your work spouse enjoy happy hour more than everything else in the world? This gift from ThinkGeek looks office-appropriate, but is probably more appropriate for hanging out at a friend's house on a Friday night. (Unless your office is super, super casual.) Holding six beers, it's much classier than a paper bag.
At my last office job, I asked if there were any available bookends in the supply closet for my multiple manuals, and the office manager huffed and gave me two pieces of a broken metal desk. "That works, right?" Being new, I didn't want to cause any trouble. And I tried my hardest to decorate my possibly-hazardous metal clump. What I'm saying is, if someone gifted me one of these amazing bookends from Amazon, I wouldn't have complained.
Every job has that one person who makes your blood boil — whether it be a boss that loves to give out pointless busy work, or a salesman who talks himself out of every sale, yet still makes more money than you. If you and your fave coworker like to discuss similar war stories and "seriously?" moments, these sticky notes will help you keep track.
If you want to stick to traditional V-Day colors, this mug might be perfect for your coffee-loving work friend. Obviously they'll be dreaming of sailing far, far away from the office when they use it.
If you and your work BFF are like peanut butter and jelly, these cute cocktail glasses from Urban Outfitters might be perfect. Note that these can be seen as either romantic or friendly, but definitely showcase the connection that you have with each other.
Your work husband can hang this in his cubicle to display to all new hires that he's already taken. And if you have a work wife, have no fear — TheFunnyStitch over on Etsy offers a similar embroidery for you, as well.
8. Air Plants
If your work spouse has a cubicle with hardly any light, these air plants might be a breath of fresh air. Air plants are notorious for being low maintenance, and only require a few spritzes of water on occasion. This listing from AirPlantDesignCenter on Etsy includes both the plants and holders in one. Without a doubt, they'll last much longer than flowers.
If your work spouse has an actual spouse at home, they might enjoy this gift — it's the equivalent of you saying, "please, bake delicious treats with your loved one!" Who doesn't love a holiday that inspires delicious baked goods?
I don't know anyone who wouldn't appreciate a gift like this. It's a known fact that offices often get cold, and it's especially cold on Valentine's Day. These cute mitts will allow your coworker to keep on typing, regardless of the temperature.
Chances are, you both like The Office. If you two are constantly comparing your boss to Michael Scott, your work husband or wife will totally appreciate this amazing Dwight Schrute case to jazz up their cell phone.
If you two love to prank, and have no fear of getting fired for pranks, this sonic meeting disrupter might be a fun little gift. Chances are, it'll be even better if you work in a very large office, so that you have more people to blame once it goes off.
13. Giant Gummy Cola Bottle
Does your work husband or wife have a tradition of grabbing a soda from the vending machine to try and stay awake during the late afternoon? If they're loyal to their product, this giant gummy might be a fun little Valentine's Day present. This thing is almost a full pound of gummy, and they last quite a while, even if your work partner has a serious sweet tooth.
Everyone needs a good lip balm this season, and if it kinda-sorta tastes or smells like pizza? Even better. This gift could easily be part of a "theme" — pick up a gift card to your local pizza shop, and offer your coworker lunch as well. Nothing bonds coworkers like lunch. Especially if that lunch is pizza.
Here's a way to give a sweet treat without making him or her think that you expect the work relationship to escalate into anything more. The only other ingredients that your baker will need will be eggs and butter — everything else is already included in the mason jar.
For the creative work spouse who might have a passion for writing, here's a chance for them to tell their story. This gift from UncommonGoods is amazing, since it proves that you A) realize they have a story to tell, and B) know they'll truly benefit from having them jot it down.
Another fun gift for a fan of The Office, and a practical one, at that. If your fave coworker values important employee annual traditions, such as Pretzel Day, they'll likely get a kick out of this gift. Even Stanley Hudson would appreciate this tote.
This book is technically aimed at kids, but most of the reviews are from adults who bought it for their partners as a V-Day add-on. It includes Valentine's Day cards (that your Star Wars fanatic work friend may or may not use), but also talks about the most important friendships in the Star Wars Universe. It's a perfect way to celebrate the day with a friend.
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