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<p>I just started a new job 4 weeks ago and the office Christmas party is this coming Saturday. One of my coworkers mentioned this morning that they usually all get each other presents for Christmas and I've been having a minor panic attack all day over this! It's a teeny office, so there are just 3 women besides me plus the doctor/owner. They've all worked together for 9+ years and I'm brand new. And the gifts that were mentioned throughout the day weren't just small tokens: things like a watch and PJ pants were mentioned.</p>
<p>I hate Christmas shopping with a passion and I won't have much time to hunt stuff down. I don't/won't shop at WalMart or Target. My first thought was a plate of homemade cookies for everyone, but I think that might not be enough. My other thought was a small box of Godiva chocolates, but we're getting overwhelmed with all the chocolates and cookies from clients, so that seems kinda lame. This is just really awkward since I hardly know these women. To top it off, I don't really have the money to do much for three people, plus, presumably our boss. (I started this job after being essentially fired from my previous, much more highly paying job....money is really tight right now!).</p>
<p>So all that having been said, I could really use suggestions of easy to find/make gifts for my coworkers that won't break my budget. If it helps, two of them are in their mid-50's and the third is in her late 20's.</p>
 

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<p>Since you are new there I don't think you need to do gifts on the same scale as the others. How about a fresh baked loaf of bread (from a bakery - save yourself the trouble) and a nice jar of jam (from grocery store - just pick on in a nice looking container)?This would be in the $10 range.</p>
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<p>A mug (from dollar store) and package of decent coffee. Also less than $10.</p>
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<p> I would certainly do the same gift for everyone - you just haven't been there long enough to know what each person would want.</p>
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<p>I am giving home made salsa or pickels to the folks I work with.</p>
 

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<p>A nice jug of apple cider for each (there's probably something semi-local at groceries nearby?)- you could bag up some mulling spices if you like it/it's easy and tie that to the jug.</p>
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<p>Homemade spiced nuts are easy - or even whole nuts with a simple nutcracker.</p>
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<p>Small plant (poinsetta, christmas cactus, even herbs). </p>
 

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<p>Coffee, tea, special jar of jam, an ornament, notecards with their initial.  All under $10, all thoughtful.  Add a small box of homemade fudge if you want.  Super easy to make.</p>
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<p>I doubt they are expecting you to contribute much since you have only been there a month.</p>
 

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<p>I love the coffee or tea idea. I'd think that was a great gift from a co-worker I didn't know very well.</p>
 

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<p>I came up with the idea of getting them each a container of the really yummy fair trade hot chocolate from my local natural grocery store along with some of those nifty square homemade marshmallows. Maybe a mug as well. I figure that would come in around $10-15 each which is do-able and I know they all love chocolate. If nothing else, they all have kids/husbands to share with!</p>
<p>I like the ornament idea and I've seen some star shaped ones that would make great decorations on the gift wrap. That might be better than a mug since I know my kitchen tends to fill up with gifted mugs if I'm not careful!</p>
 

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That sounds like a great idea.  I always hated office gift exchages and went for 'food' gifts too.  Enjoy the party!</p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>oiseau</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1283953/need-help-with-gift-ideas-for-brand-new-co-workers#post_16100857"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>I came up with the idea of getting them each a container of the really yummy fair trade hot chocolate from my local natural grocery store along with some of those nifty square homemade marshmallows. Maybe a mug as well. I figure that would come in around $10-15 each which is do-able and I know they all love chocolate. If nothing else, they all have kids/husbands to share with!</p>
<p>I like the ornament idea and I've seen some star shaped ones that would make great decorations on the gift wrap. That might be better than a mug since I know my kitchen tends to fill up with gifted mugs if I'm not careful!</p>
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<p>Definitely go with the ornaments rather than a mug. I de-cluttered the kitchen and got rid of a lot of our mugs a few years ago, and it's a little depressing how we've collected more since then. OTOH, most people always have room for another ornament on the tree or to use as decoration elsewhere. </p>
 

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<p>I think either the mug idea or the ornament idea would be nice. I don't think anyone would expect you to get a more personal gift since you just started working there. In my experience, if a gift is edible people either enjoy it themselves or easily pass it on to someone else.</p>
 
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