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32 Cute-But-Small Gifts For Your Work Wife

Anna Gray

They've always been there for you, whether it's for a sympathetic vent session or a Gchat pep talk or just your daily coffee run. The term "coworker" doesn't cut it; you're committed.

So how do you choose a gift for the person who's there for you from 9-to-5, Monday through Friday? We've rounded up thoughtful presents that will show you care, without depleting your emergency-afternoon-Starbucks fund.

Not only will this plant look excellent as a desk accessory for your work wife, it's a hardy plant that will actually survive the winter.

The Sill Snake Plant Laurentii, $, available at The Sill
You don't technically mind that she jacks your charger every afternoon, but it would also be nice if she didn't, too. Consider this a really nice subtle hint (that will also fit in her makeup bag).

Triple C PowerGloss Universal Power Bank, $29.95, available at Triple C.

Remind her of the pre-Spotify ritual of creating a mix tape for your besties with this nostalgia-inducing, customizable candy.

Sweet Saba Candy Mixtape, $, available at Sweet Saba
Pick any color and short saying or name you want for a truly unique gift.

CW Enterprise Custom Pencils, $12 for four, available at CW Enterprise.

This calendar will provide 12 months of easy reference, for all the times she's tempted to check her phone for the date.

ModCloth Wood You Happen To Know The Date? Calendar, $, available at ModCloth
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​Say "I appreciate you" by upgrading her worn-to-death work tote. This one's versatile enough to wear every day and makes following that "dress for the job you want" wisdom a cinch.

Aldo Elrovine Satchel, $, available at DSW

Provide ongoing inspiration and a little desk decor with this upbeat banner.

Paper Source You Got This Flag, $, available at Paper Source
Bonus: air plants require very little care, so even if she rocks at everything but horticulture, this little guy can still brighten her desk for months to come.

Air Friend You Rock, $14, available at Etsy.

Give her power on the go with a portable cell phone charger.

Cheero Power Plus, $, available at Amazon
Cute headphones are crucial to tune out the office chatter and tune into that amazing Spotify playlist you also made for her.

SkinnyDip London Soundbuds, $, available at Nasty Gal
Perfect for the lunch-packing pact the two of you will make come January 1.

Just Mustard Retro Fridge Bento Box, $14.49, available at Plasticland.

You can go ahead and write in your weekly "Wine Down Wednesday" date onto this magnetic calendar.

Three By Three Magnetic Weekly Planner, $, available at Three By Three
You're both going to pledge to eat better on January 1. Head off any hangry-making New Year's resolutions with this genius book of recipes.

The Experiment The Taco Cleanse: The Tortilla-Based Diet Proven To Change Your Life, $, available at Amazon
These clever push pins/paper clips do double duty — just in time to hang all your selfies from the company holiday party.

Umbra Clipster Pushpins, $, available at The Container Store
You know what they say: Drink for the job you want, not the job you have.

Ban.do Hot Stuff Ceramic Mug, $14, available at Ban.do.

She'll love this travel-sized iron for weekend getaways (or touch-ups in the office bathroom).

Eva NYC Max Heat Titanium Travel Iron, $, available at Anthropologie
Help her corral her lip glosses, hair ties, and pens in one place with this LeSportsac bag that has plenty of zippered pockets, pouches, and a cute pattern to boot.

Rifle Paper Co Travel Cosmetic, $, available at Rifle Paper Co
Detail-oriented, particular, exacting — call it what you want, if your work wife will settle for nothing less than perfection, she deserves the perfect keychain.

The School Of Life Key Traits - Perfectionist, $, available at The School Of Life
Eating lunch at her desk isn't so sad when she's got a travel-sized bottle of her favorite hot sauce handy.

Sriracha Sriracha 2 Go, $, available at Sriracha 2 Go
The straps on this phone case will make it easy for her to keep her bus pass or cash (or even chapstick or earbuds) right on hand.

Triple C Strap Case, $, available at Triple C
A necessary addition to any office survival kit: single-serve honey sticks, perfect for tea, toast, or home remedies for sore throats.

Bee Local Honey Honey Sticks, $, available at Alder & Co.
Help her accessorize for New Year's with some DIY bling.

Flash Tattoos Nikki, $, available at Flash Tattoos
Some days, she needs a stiff drink after work. So give her this rye whiskey that tastes like a cocktail in a bottle — just pour over ice and enjoy, no mixing required.

Hochstadters Slow And Low Rock & Rye, $, available at Caskers
The end of summer doesn't have to mean the end of cold brew thanks to these ingenious, single-serve bean bags. Perfect for that much-needed afternoon caffeine boost.

Grady's Cold Brew Bean Bags, $, available at Birchbox
What is a work bag but a school locker you carry with you? This sturdy (and cute!) pouch keeps all the essential odds and ends corralled and close at hand.

Allie Kushnir Scuffle Zip Pouch, $36, available at Carpenter Hill.

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We like to keep a few beauty essentials at our desk — lipstick, compact, fragrance — just in case a last-minute invite to drinks or dinner comes our way. (And during the holidays, it most certainly will.) Gift your #workwife this pretty fragrance that'll brighten up her desk, and smells delicious to boot with notes of jasmine, vanilla, and juicy berry.

Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy, $94.00, available at Ulta Beauty.



Her self-care routine will get a serious upgrade with this luxe set of 12 single-use face masks.

Glossier Mask Duo Set, $, available at Glossier
Because she knows how often Queen Bey is the only reason you can get through another Monday.

Team Art Evolution of Beyonce Colouring Book, $, available at Team Art
For shading in a Destiny's Child-era Beyoncé (or maybe just prettying up a to-do list), a set of colored pencils in a reusable tin.

Swisscolor Colored Pencil Set, $, available at cw pencil enterprise
This gift set from Fresh offers instantly soothing lip relief with a hint of universally flattering color. Maybe now she'll stop borrowing yours.

Fresh Sugar Rosé Ritual, $, available at Sephora
She'll get some real inspiration from one of the OG girl bosses, the notorious RBG herself.

Dey Street Books Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, $, available at Amazon
Give her the gift of luxury at (or on) her fingertips with a bottle of Burberry nail polish.

Burberry Nail Polish - Military Red No. 300, $, available at Burberry
You both just know Mindy would make your office duo into a trio if she worked with you.

Crown Archetype Why Not Me?, $, available at Amazon
You always help her craft the perfect caption for her weekly Throwback Thursday posts. This frame makes every day a #TBT.

Urban Outfitters Throwback Thursday Glitter Picture Frame, $, available at Urban Outfitters
You've both griped about that Monday feeling, or your Friday brain, or the 3 p.m. slump more than a few times.

Blue Q Get Shit Done Later Socks, $, available at Blue Q
Give her the gift of smooth hands in the dead of winter, plus packaging that'll look pretty sitting on her desk.

& Other Stories Belleville Bakery Mini Hand Cream, $, available at & Other Stories
The perfect gift for a trip to her happy place IRL, not just in her head.

Typo Wanderer Travel Set, $39.99, available at Cotton On.



Nordstrom Rack Cashmere Cable Knit Gloves, $, available at Nordstrom Rack
The pouch also comes in reverse, in case you're actually the Kylie in the relationship.

Paper Source Kylie Pouch, $16.95, available at Paper Source.

Make desktop organizing easy — and cute.

Perch Clarity Tab Paper Sorter, $18, available at Perch.

'Cuz she's your homeslice.

Rachel Pfeffer Designs Pizza Slice Necklace, $58, available at Etsy.

Some days, after-work drinks can't come soon enough.

Jonathan Adler Pop Bourbon Candle, $37, available at Amazon.

Lula's Gardens plants ship in a cute box, meaning she can keep her plants at the office, or cart 'em home easily.

Lula's Garden Jewel Garden, $35, available at Lula's Garden.

These great colors come in a tin that's begging to be tucked away into a desk drawer for emergencies.

Bite Best Bite Redux, $25, available at Sephora.

Food52's kitchen collection with Madewell is also great for tucking away rings.

Madewell x Food52 Rubber-Dipped Wooden Pinch Bowl, $10, available at Madewell.

Not just for Tuesdays.

Seltzer Tacos Keytag, $14.95, available at Seltzer.

A pocket-sized calendar is perfect for the work wife with minimalist sensibilities, as well as the work wife with a really cluttered desk.

Kate Spade New York 12-Month Desktop Calendar, $20, available at Kate Spade.

We love all of Baggu's foldable, reusable bags, but would especially recommend this for the coworker who religiously checks her horoscope every Monday.

Baggu Standard Baggu, $9, available at Baggu.

For the cool cat mom.

Fred And Friends Paw Pads, $8, available at Fred And Friends.

The pencil pouch you loved as a kid, now all grown up.

Quitterie Pencil Case, $17.75, available at Present And Correct.

You can't always take lunch away from your desk, but you can take a five-second spritz break with this face mist.

Herbivore Botanicals Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist, $16, available at Nordstrom.

You're the Dionne to her Cher, so commemorate her flawless fashion sense with the original '90s makeover queen.

ohgoshcindy Clueless Cher Watercolour Print, $, available at Etsy
Give a friend a scarf, you've warmed her for a few winters. Teach her to knit, she'll be warm for a lifetime, or so the old proverb says.

Wool And The Gang My Babe Snood Kit, $34, available at Wool And The Gang.

The real happy hour is when the coffee is ready in the morning.

Ello Bandito Travel Mug, $14.99, available at Target.

Place on tired eyes Monday morning. Repeat on Tuesday-Friday, as needed.

Anatomicals Puffy The Eye Bag Slayer Revitalizing Gel Eye Mask, $4.55, available at ASOS.

Tuck away business cards and the stray sandwich-shop punch card in style.

J.Crew Coin Purse, $29.50, available at J.Crew.

Highly recommended for a good sharer: 10 of Naturebox's most popular snacks, perfect for that 4 p.m. slump.

Naturebox The Nice List, $39.95, avaliable at Naturebox.

No planner for 2017? No problem. This pretty undated planner lets you get organized, any week of the year.

Paper Source Painted Petals Undated Planner, $17.95, available at Paper Source.

A new year deserves a fresh start.

Sugar Paper Kraft Weekly Planner, $14.99, available at Target.

Practice organizing for dummies. Toss all your odds and ends on a pretty dish, then take a break because you've earned it.

World Market Hexagon Trinket Dish, $4.99, available at 3World Market.

Make at least one New Year's resolution that's easy to keep. HydraTrak's colorful bands are meant to be pushed up as you refill the bottle through the day, meaning you don't have to keep track of every trip to the water cooler in your head anymore.

HydraTrak Water Intake Calculator Bottle, $12.99, available at Bed Bath And Beyond.

If you have a little extra cash on hand and can splurge on a gift that'll last for years, a business card holder is the way to go.

Dooney & Bourke, Alto Business Card Holder, $58, available at Dooney & Bourke.

You and work bae may not be able to take an extended lunch break and call it self care, but you can gift her at-home relaxation. Aside from kale and green clay, this mask has vitamin A and lutein to help with skin elasticity, honeysuckle (anti-inflammatory), thyme (acne-fighting and pore-cleaning), and neem (reduces redness).

Brown & Coconut Kale Face Mask, $22, available at In the Pursuit

These handmade tumblers are embellished with metallic gold and silver, and are made by artist Elaine Tian in Brooklyn, NY. They're lead-free, dishwasher-safe, and extra-lovely.

Studio Joo Silver + Gold Tumblers, $55 for one, available at In the Pursuit

The perfect gift for the hair product fanatic. She will thank you for her smooth and radiant locks.

Playa Haircare , $, available at Playa California Haircare
Even if she never uses this, it is a beautiful thing that will look nice anywhere. But she'll probably use it.

Umimug , $, available at ABC Home
For the friend that likes to party but is also very classy.

Izola Gold Flask, $, available at Izola
Always thought jams were a lazy gift until I was gifted jam and it became one of my favorite foods. Change someone's life!

Clif , $, available at Amazon
Never again will she have an awkward encounter with someone drinking coffee from her mug.

Anthropologie , $, available at Anthropologie
We love these tea stems. They're pretty, sustainably sourced from Turkey, and delicious. Your best friend will be thrilled.

Le Bénéfique Le Bénéfique tea stems, $, available at ABC Home
These will be cute at home or on her desk. Wherever she needs a little floral love.

Honey Comb Studio , $, available at Etsy
We love a plant basket-pot! Also good for: blankets, slippers, miscellaneous stuff you want to hide.

Pea Style , $, available at Etsy
A little spendy yes, but definitely useful and even more definitely cute.

kate spade new york , $, available at Amazon
We think its perfectly acceptable for you to put a picture of your face in this frame and gift it to your bestie. Suggesting she hang it next to her bed is also not weird.

Umbra , $, available at Amazon
Your best friend is a unicorn, and she deserves a unicorn pen.

Fisher Space , $, available at Amazon
For the friend that misses their pet too much at work.

Urban Outfitters Cozy Faux Fur iPhone 8 Case, $, available at Urban Outfitters
No one will forget Water Wednesdays with a watering can this cute. Save that poor cactus on your work wife's desk once and for all.

Urban Outfitters , $, available at Urban Outfitters
This year was rough for many reasons, but Michelle Obama has always been a beacon of light pulling us out of the darkness. Share her wisdom with your best friend and find some positivity!

Nick Haramis , $, available at Amazon
A 7-free polish for your very chic, color-and-chemical-conscious friend.

J. Hannah , $, available at J. Hannah
This cute ball is also a secret container for her stash of jewelry, gummy bears, or whatever else she needs to hide.

Fort Standard , $, available at Fort Standard
A very weird and amazing candle, to match her personality.

Aesa , $, available at Aesa
Fancy laundry detergent, because she's worth it.

Tocca , $, available at Barneys New York
Leave this convertible planter standing or hang it. Either way, it's a stunner.

Urban Outfitters , $, available at Urban Outfitters
Prove your cool girl prowess and cop this Dimes facial spray for your BFF. She'll thank you every time she hits that 4 p.m. slump and needs a pick me up.

Dimes , $, available at Dimes
Be the reason her mornings feel elevated with the gift of fancy delicious coffee.

Canyon Coffee , $, available at ABC Home
Even though she probably rarely uses a pen these days this will still be an elegant addition to her desk space.

Hay , $, available at The Line
We all know there's no better gift than that of knowledge! This is a good pick for the design-obsessed friend.

Taschen , $, available at The Line
No, my friend, you are not imagining things. Those are doggy socks.

Pet Life , $, available at Jet
Beautiful measuring cups for the elegant expert baker.

Ferm Living Fein Measuring Cups, Brass, $, available at The Line
We can all use one more white tee, right? This one has a nice sleeve detail and is that lovely, soft Pima cotton.

Everlane , $, available at Everlane
This hand-sculpted letter holder is made from shatter-resistant BPA-free resin. It is organic, simple, and chic.

Tina Frey Designs , $, available at Barneys New York
We've been holding onto this secret for a long time, but we don't mind if you share with your best friend: sometimes we wear our sofa throws as oversized scarves.

West Elm , $, available at West Elm
For the Asian food aficionado who has everything.

Mepra , $, available at The Line

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