Holiday Gift Guide

12 great holiday gifts for your coworkers that cost less than $20

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With the holidays fast approaching, it's time to start thinking about gifts you might want to get your coworkers.

Whether you're participating in your office's annual gift exchange or just want to say "thanks" to a few team members, there are plenty of affordable options under $20.

Check out these twelve gifts that are fun, professional and show some personality:

1. Bluetooth speaker

Gift guide: bluetooth speakers

Photo: TJ Maxx

Price: $19.99
Buy now: Bluetooth speaker

No matter what type of music your colleague listens to, this classy speaker will stand out as an awesome gift.

2. Noise cancelling headphones

Gift guide: headphones

Photo: Target

Price: $15.99
Buy now: Noise cancelling headphones

Does your coworker work best when it's quiet? These headphones will be perfect.

3. Coffee mug

gift guide: coffee mug

Photo: theMugHermit via Etsy

Price: $9.84
Buy now: Custom coffee mug

Make a coworker smile by adding their name or an inside joke to something they could use every day.

4. Succulent plant

gift guide: plant in box

Photo: SucculentsAndMore1 via Etsy

Price: $15.95
Buy now: Succulent

Your coworker will love the simple but lovely piece of decor wrapped in a beautiful box. The small, low-maintenance plant will make a desk feel like an oasis.

5. Custom mouse pad

Gift guide: mousepad

Photo: NorthwindSupply via Etsy

Price: $17
Buy now: Custom mouse pad

A custom mouse pad will make any cubicle look well-appointed.

6. Movie theater gift card

gift guide: beauty box

Photo: AMC

Price: $20
Buy now: AMC movie theater gift card

Send your colleague to see a movie and enjoy some snacks for free!

7. Personalized pen

Gift guide: pens

Photo: WinonaWoodCraft via Etsy

Price: $10
Buy now: Personalized pen

Checking off items on a to-do list will feel even better with a pen that seems made just for you.

8. Faux fur throw

Gift guide: blanket

Photo: Sears

Price: $14.99
Buy now: Faux fur blanket

This cozy throw will make the winters a bit more tolerable for your coworker who can't wait for spring.

9. Flameless candles

gift guide: candles

Photo: Bed Bath & Beyond

Price: $19.99
Buy now: Flameless candles

These smart, safe candles will add a calming ambiance to any room.

10. Adult coloring book

Photo: Target

Price: $9.99
Buy now: Adult coloring book

Coloring books for grown ups are the latest fad for a reason: They're fun and relaxing at the same time. This is the perfect gift for a creative coworker.

11. Salt lamp

gift guide: salt lamp

Photo: TJ Maxx

Price: $14.99
Buy now: Himalayan salt lamp

This calming tinted lamp is perfect for a coffee table or at-home office and will brighten your coworker's holiday season.

12. Portable aromatherapy diffuser

gift guide: aromatherapy 

Photo: TJ Maxx

Price: $15.98 ($9.99 + $5.99)
Buy now: Aromatherapy diffuser

If your coworker drives to work, consider offering this portable diffuser — and, if you're feeling extra generous, this jar of essential oil — to make their commute less stressful.

Disclosure: These items have been handpicked by our editorial team. CNBC has affiliate relationships with some retailers so in some cases, if you purchase an item from one of our gift guides, we may get a small share of the revenue from your purchase. This holiday season, the proceeds will be donated to the Council for Economic Education, which supports economic and financial education.

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