NYLON’s Holiday Gift Guide 2018: The Office Secret Santa/ Colleague

As you’re putting together your list of people to get presents for this Christmas, don’t forget your colleagues! After all, you spend two thirds of the week with these people. Whether you bonded over petty office arguments, entitled customers who think that they are always right, or OT-ing late into the nights, they really, really deserve a gift to show how much work life would suck when they aren’t around. Just try not to shop during office hours because you don’t want to spoil the surprise!

1. LASKO 754200 CERMAIC HEATER WITH ADJUSTABLE THERMOSTAT, USD28.22
Available at Amazon

Know of anyone in the office who lives under the AC? This heater might just be the life-saving present that your colleague would need at theirdesk. In an environment that’s as chilly as the office, your fellow neighbour might already be chilled to the bone. This Lasko heater comes in handy as it heats up small spaces – place it under your desk to warm your legs up or just bring it home if the unforgiving weather isn’t blazing hot enough already, that is.

2. CATTITUDE LUCKY CAT, £14.95
Available at locomocean.com

Turn any frown upside down with this adorably rude kitty, which happens to be the purr-fect gift for your permanently scowling desk mate — no judgment here, we’re all for that paggro sass. Whoever he/she is, they’re one lucky cat!

3. OSTRICH PILLOW LIGHT, $62.90
Available at the-expedition.com

Hard-working colleagues deserve a quick snooze. Bring this portable pillow everywhere you go: If you’re early for client meetings, out taking care of your kids, or simply at your desk. This pillow can be used as a headrest, neck pillow, or an eye mask. Made of eiderdown cotton and polystyrene microbeads, it guarantees that you will be getting some quality shut-eye.

4. OSIM USCALP HANDHELD MASSAGER, $149
Available at OSIM stores and at osim.com

Hours of sitting at desks, hunched over and squinting at computer screens. Sounds familiar? You may have seen several colleagues like this or maybe you’re one of them. And if you’ve ever experienced a massage at the hair stylist, then you’ll know how soothing and comfortable it is. The OSIM uScalp handheld massager gives you a salon-style massage, anytime you like!

5. CATALONIA WEARABLE BLANKET, USD22.35
Available at Amazon

These snugglies may come off as a fashion faux pas for some, but if it’s functional, why not? We know it may not be the cutest of things to wear in the office but that’s not the point (even if it means looking like Voldemort from Harry Potter, or Valak from The Nun). Psst, there’s even a small pocket in the middle of the robe for your phone too!

6. CHARLES AND KEITH ZIPPED CARDHOLDER, $27.10
Available at Charles and Keith stores

As we move towards a more cash-free society, what else would make a better gift for your colleague than a cardholder? Always rummaging through your bag for your employee ID at the turnstile gate? You can never go wrong with this cardholder that acts as a perfect lanyard but with more compartments to fit more cards and coins!

7. SWATCH SKIN IRONY ROSEE / SKINBOOT, $230 EACH
Available at Swatch stores

Now they’ve got no excuse for the next time they’re late for that meeting! Especially when they’ve got this pretty a watch on their wrist. The Swatch SKIN IRONY’s slim yet tough, and with the stainless steel designs in rose gold or brushed metal faces, you don’t wanna waste time on finding the right gift — it’s clearly this one.

8. OEM FOOT HAMMOCK, $18.68
Available at Lazada

This portable piece is great for bringing outdoors or leaving it indoors. Just stick the hooks to two opposite ends and hang the hammock. Assembling and disassembling is made easy! Now all you need is a cocktail with a mini umbrella.

9. SOUL ELECTRONICS RUN FREE PRO BIO, $249
Available at authorised retailers and at soulelectronics.com

And for that fitness buff who keeps sneaking to the gym during lunch: this wireless running earphones from Soul Electronics. The A.I. powered earphones comes with voice coaching, using GAIT Analysis technology to monitor your running form and provide real-time voice coaching to help you avoid injuries and over-straining yourself. Now, if only we could get a voice coach on what to do in awkward office pantry situations.

10. THE PAPER BUNNY YOU GO GIRL COSMIC LAPTOP SLEEVE, $46
Available at thepaperbunny.com

Who wants a blah laptop sleeve in black? Not when it can look as stylish as this! The handle allows you to easily carry your laptop around, while the minimalist design ensures you’ll look your most chic when breezing into your next meeting.

11. ANKER POWERWAVE 7.5, USD49.99
Available at Amazon

A wireless charging phone stand is probably one of the best things that you could get for your office desk. And this one works will all the wireless phones – whether you’re an Apple, Samsung, or even LG user. The stand even works through heavy-duty cases, and once again, here’s another device that’ll make you very popular in the office. That only applies if their phone has the wireless charging option (duh).

12. CREATIVE HALO, $99
Available at Creative stores and authorised outlets, creative.com and Shopee

Are you the designated DJ for the day? Bring the party wherever you go with this portable speaker will attract all the attention in the office with the cool light show that beats in time with the song currently playing. It has up to 8 hours battery life, and when you need to set up a last minute conference call, the Creative Halo can even function as a speakerphone too. Your colleagues are gonna love you.

13. FRANKIE DIARY AND CALENDAR BUNDLE 2019. $59.95
Available at frankiepress.com.au

Christmas is just a week away from the New Year, so what could be a more practical gift than a planner? Frankie is known for their quaint illustrations, and this diary and calendar Bundle is full of cute prints to get you on track with your schedule!

14. EMBER TEMPERATURE CONTROL CERAMIC MUG, $79.95
Available at Amazon

You just want to enjoy a hot cup of tea in the morning while doing work, but your drink is already cold not even 10 minutes later… This smart mug is the device you never knew you needed. It keeps your drink warm with customisable temperature options. Now, you can start your day right — take your time to enjoy your hot tea in the morning, from the first sip to the very last drop!

15. NESPRESSO INDIA MAHDAVI ORIGIN COLLECTION, $35-40
Available from mid December 2018 at all Nespresso boutiques and online

Who doesn’t love a cute coffee mug? These limited-edition cups were designed by India Mahdavi for Nespresso’s Parisian Gourmandise-inspired festive collection! They’re shaped in a coffee bean silhouette to fit your palm nicely while you indulge in a rich cup of café! Enjoy it together with the festive blends.

16. T2 DEEP BLUE DREAMS, $70
Available at T2 stores and at t2tea.com

Retreat into the dreamy floral realm of Lavender, Chamomile and Passionflower! This gift set features the Limited Edition Fine Bone China T41, Loose Leaf Flavoured Herbal Tisane! Help your colleague unwind when they are back at home or in the office whenever they need an alternative to coffee or the usual Red Bull.


For all those items with the ‘WIN’ labels, we’re giving them away in our massive holiday gift guide GIVEAWAY — head over to our Facebook page and Instagram page daily to take part in our contests. 

More of NYLON’s Holiday Gift Guides, coming soon — stay tuned! Click here to see our full list of gift guides.

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