Black Friday Gifting Idea: 4 Things To Buy A Great Co-Worker

Whether your colleagues are in-person teammates, Zoom confidants, or a hybrid mix, show them they’re special, valued, and more than just “work friends” with these gift ideas.Colorful book ends by Index.

Index Bookends ($30 at the time of publication)

If your coworker’s commute bag always has a dog-eared paperback tucked inside, or you’ve spied overflowing bookshelves during Zoom meetings, streamlined steel bookends would likely be much appreciated. Available in a prismatic rainbow or ombre gray, the five pieces included in this set from Index have tabs at differing heights, to neatly separate their Importance of Being Earnest from their Ernest Hemingway. Since each bookend is paper thin, they’re also excellent for organizing reference manuals, binders, and folders on small desktop spaces.

The Society6 laptop sleeve, show in black with artistic sketch style white outlined faces, makes a great gift for coworkers.

Society6 Sleeve (about $35 at the time of publication)

Yes, your colleague can customize their laptop with stickers, but a cute laptop sleeve is a less-committed, less–Gen Z choice (especially if their device technically belongs to the company). Some of our favorite sleeves from testing are those sold by Society6. Artists use this platform to have their work printed on dozens of different items, which means there are thousands of prints to choose from, including line-drawn faces (pictured above). Whatever design perfectly suits your recipient, it will come printed on a stiff, canvas-style polyester sleeve, which protects against dust, scratches, and bumps, and closes with a durable YKK zipper.

A hand cradling the black and green oval shaped Celestron Elements FireCel+ hand warmer.

Celestron Elements FireCel+ (about $50 at the time of publication)

For the committed winter runner, the football fan who braves all weather, or the colleague who just thinks the thermostat is perennially too low, a dependable hand warmer makes a thoughtful choice. The Celestron Elements FireCel+, a pick in our guide to the best hand warmer, stays at around 101 degrees Fahrenheit (its average temperature setting) for more than seven hours of battery life, and it recharges in about six hours. It even doubles as a power bank for a mobile phone.

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