Looking for an inexpensive office gift for a co-worker that can’t miss (or at least has a greatly reduced chance of offending)? Or maybe you need a last-minute, inexpensive bauble to take to a holiday party. A recent column in Business Insider contains a number of creative ideas, all of which will get you change back from a $20.
There’s a monogrammed notebook for your colleague who’s been to one-too-many meetings that day and leaves his binder in the conference room. Touch-screen gloves allow texting on chilly outdoor train platforms with no frostbite. What about a compact umbrella to leave in your desk in case of a sudden cloudburst?
A handy power cube can turn a single electrical outlet into four or five of them with no pesky wires under foot. Then there’s a staple-free stapler that never, ever needs to be refilled. (That one may be a contender for next year’s Nobel Peace Prize.) Rounding out the choice are a “Go Away” coffee mug that tells your boss you’re having a bad morning, or a hanging air plant for the lowest of low-maintenance cubicle decorators.