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.
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.
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.
Every person working from home deserves a pair of fluffy faux fur slippers. I don't make the rules.
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.
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.
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."
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.)
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.
Remind her to sign off at 6 p.m. on the dot and throw on these "offline" socks. No excuses.
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.
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.
If she's looking to make a difference outside of work, send her Alicia Garza's The Purpose of Power. The Black Lives Matter co-founder wishes she had this guide when she first started organizing what eventually turned into a global movement.
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.
Who doesn't need a pretty ring dish on their desk to place scrunchies and loose hair ties on?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.