For Work Friends

Buying gifts for colleagues can sometimes be tough. Itʼs often difficult to discern a colleagueʼs personal taste. Even though you work with them all day, you may not have an adequate sense of their style, or gifts they may enjoy. Whether you are purchasing a gift for a new colleague, one who is retiring or one that recently received a promotion, there are an assortment of different gifts that are elegant and suitable in taste for a wide cross-section of people. Alternatively, you may also be purchasing gifts for a colleague who recently welcomed a child, or purchased a new home. The possibilities of tasteful, appreciated gifts are endless.

Gifts specifically designed for the office are always ideal. Post-it note cubes monogrammed or personalized with a colleagueʼs initials make a novel gift for promotions or during the holidays. A colleague that loves golfing may enjoy a silver-tone golf club pen. Business card holders are another terrific selection when considering the purchase of office gifts. Other gifts that work well in the office include notebooks and journals, desk calendars, stationary and bright, colorful letter openers. Office gifts are also a consideration, such as personalized wax seal kits or rubber stamp kits.

The colleague who loves to entertain may appreciate something for the home, such as bar glasses or other kitchenware. These types of gifts also double as housewarming gifts, for the colleague who recently has become a homeowner. Choose from monogrammed brandy snifters, pilsner glasses or beer mugs that are a welcome addition to any bar. Opt for copper beer mugs and martini glasses that add elegant design to a game room or den. Simple, stemless drinking glasses are also an ideal choice for the couple moving into a new home. Keep in mind that all gifts from Mark and Graham can be personalized and monogrammed. This special touch allows you to freely give gifts to colleagues that they can always treasure as keepsakes. Add the personʼs initials, name or other word or phrase that may be meaningful.

A colleague welcoming a new child into the world or just setting out on maternity leave may appreciate a personalized and monogrammed gift from the baby section, or she may simply enjoy a gift just for mom. Good ideas for new moms include monogrammed jewelry such as rope bracelets, charm bracelets and delicate chains. New moms also may enjoy a personalized keychain or key fob. Women love to receive bags and accessories as gifts. Choose from fun and bright pocketbooks or purses, or opt to give your colleague a small wallet or cosmetic bag that matches her style and taste. Good ideas for the summer months include tote and beach bags.

If youʼre searching for gifts for colleagues “just because,” there are a number of gifts that suit. Choose from colorful pennants, desk ornaments or cellphone cases. Male colleagues may also like a personalized tie or cufflinks set. The possibilities are virtually endless. Colleagues who are retiring might enjoy a scrapbook or journal that they can put workplace memories in, or may appreciate a treasured keepsake, such as an atlas or book. Game and travel sets are also good ideas for gifts for colleagues. Choose from checker and chess sets, or traveling backgammon sets that friends and colleagues can always take on the go. For the colleague who enjoys a good game of poker, a personalized playing card set is a terrific idea. Similarly, colleagues who are traveling or are embarking on retirement may enjoy a small luggage set to help begin their journey. Gym bags and other personalized travel bags are also novel ideas.