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Thoughtful Gift Ideas for the Work Wives You Miss Dearly

Also known as the people who make Monday-Friday bearable.

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Fact: The best-kept secret of adulthood is that the majority of your life will be spent with your colleagues. While the pandemic has most of us still adjusting to a new life without seeing our co-workers every day, there are still ways to show our appreciation for the small crew that we love and trust. I mean, how else would we get through those Zoom meetings that should be a phone call without slacking them about it every 10 seconds? Send your co-workers any of these thoughtful gifts perfect for their home "office" and beyond, all under $50, ahead.

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Phenomenal Woman T-Shirt
Phenomenal
$35.00

Remind her how amazing she is by gifting her this "Phenomenal Woman" unisex tee created by Meena Harris' (yes, Kamala Harris' niece!) brand, Phenomenal Woman Action Campaign. 

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"Langston" Nightclub Map Candle
Harlem Candle Company
$50.00

Sure, you're never supposed to light up candles in the office, but working from home is a game changer. Harlem Candle Company's "Langston" nightclub map candle is a delicious mix of jasmine and sandalwood and very aesthetically pleasing. 

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Quilted Scuff Slippers in Recycled Faux Fur
Madewell
$39.50

Every person working from home deserves a pair of fluffy faux fur slippers. I don't make the rules.

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The Goals Guided Journal
Gray Malin
$20.00

Filled with travel photographer Gray Malin's gorgeous prints, the Gray Malin goals guided journal will give her the motivation she needs to keep going knowing that better (travel) days are ahead. 

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Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask
LANEIGE
$20.00

Laneige's top-rated lip sleeping mask, known to smoothen and moisturize lips overnight, is exactly what she needs after a long day of answering emails and hosting Zoom meetings from her couch. Trust.

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Rise & GRND Coffee Blend, Medium Roast
BLK & Bold
$14.00

Instead of running around the corner to Starbucks every morning, encourage your work wife to brew a cup of BLK & Bold's "Rise & GRND" medium roast blend. The Black-owned company provides delicious coffee while pledging five percent of its profits to "initiatives aligned to sustaining youth programming, enhancing workforce development, and eradicating youth homelessness."

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Comma La | Kamala Harris Mug
Legend Influence
$14.95

Once you gift her the beans, she'll need a cute cup to pour her coffee into, like this "Comma La" coffee mug that correctly pronounces the name of Democratic vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris. (Lookin' at you, Senator Purdue.)

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Morgan Harper Nichols 2021 12-Month Planner
Garden24
$29.99

2021 is only a couple months away, which means she likely needs a new planner. Poet Morgan Harper Nichols' 12-month agenda is a work of art—literally—and will help inspire her with its empowering quotes throughout.

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Offline Graphic Crew Socks
Aerie
$9.95

Remind her to sign off at 6 p.m. on the dot and throw on these "offline" socks. No excuses.

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Lonely Weekend Puzzle
Kacey Musgraves
$34.99

If she was one of the avid puzzle enthusiasts during the early days of the pandemic and still listens to Golden Hour on repeat, she'll appreciate Kacey Musgraves' 500-piece "Lonely Weekend" puzzle. 

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Signature Cookie Assortment
Levain Bakery

Imagine how she'll feel when an assortment of Levain Bakery's delicious cookies show up to her door in the middle of a rough work day?! Send her an assortment of chocolate chip walnut, dark chocolate chocolate chip, dark chocolate peanut butter chip, and oatmeal raisin flavors so she can have the best of...four worlds.

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'The Purpose of Power' by Alicia Garza
Bookshop
$24.84

If she's looking to make a difference outside of work, send her Alicia Garza's The Purpose of PowerThe Black Lives Matter co-founder wishes she had this guide when she first started organizing what eventually turned into a global movement. 

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"If You Love Me..." Sweater
McNally Jackson
$35.99

Support local bookstores like McNally Jackson and gift her this "If you love me read me a book" sweater that she should most definitely wear to the park on the weekends. 

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Ring Dish
Rifle Paper Co.
$16.00

Who doesn't need a pretty ring dish on their desk to place scrunchies and loose hair ties on? 

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Kaya Shorty Ceramic Planter by Justina Blakeney®
Jungalow
$38.00

Since she's home 95 percent of the time, the time has come to convince her to become a plant person. Do so by giving her one of these cute ceramic planters.

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Pine Green Meadow Notebook
Papier
$49.99

Help keep her organized with Papier's gorgeous monogrammed notebook, so she can jot down important notes and all of those ambitious middle-of-the-night ideas. 

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Capri Blue 12 Days of Volcano Holiday Gift Set
Anthropologie
$92.95

Before you look at the price, hear me out: Instead of buying separate gifts, strategically choose from Anthropologie's Capri Blue 12 Days of Volcano advent calendar that comes with lotions, diffusers, and candles galore. Then keep the remaining items for yourself. 

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'The Art of the Bar Cart' by Vanessa Dina
Barnes & Noble
$22.95

A bar cart recipes and styling book for the cocktail-loving gal. This book doubles as a piece of chic decor to prop up her laptop (Zoom double chins are very much a thing) or directly on her home bar cart. 

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Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask
Summer Fridays
$25.00

Marianna Hewitt and Lauren Gores Ireland's Summer Fridays jet lag mask has gotten rave reviews for its lightweight formula and instant hydrating effects. You don't have to wash it off, so it can be applied during the work day or right before you hop into bed. Either way, it will help her have fresher, dewier skin and unwind after a rough day.

Pan Macmillan
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'Joy at Work' by Marie Kondo
Bookshop
$22.08

It's never been more important to find joy in our work. Marie Kondo's latest book takes her favorite decluttering strategies and applies them to your (home) office space. You can read more here.

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Ceramic Llama Planter
West Elm
$50.00

This adorable ceramic llama planter, in which she can nestle succulents or a little orchid at her desk or on her window sill, is sure to make her smile every time she sees it. 

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