Many offices hold "Secret Santa" events during the holiday season, where each member of the office purchases a gift for a co-worker drawn at random. If you have a female co-worker on your list this year--for a Secret Santa or a birthday--it is important to keep the gift professional while not being overly generic, bearing in mind that this person is a co-worker and not a best friend or girlfriend.
Unless your co-worker has severe allergies, it is likely that she will enjoy adding a pleasant scent to her environment at home. People sometimes avoid purchasing thick pillar candles for themselves because of the high cost, making a high-end candle a wonderful gift. Alternatively, purchase an electric oil warmer and a small assortment of scented oils.
A shadow box is an excellent way to display memorabilia or photos. If your co-worker enjoys attending office parties, you might have a few photos of her having fun in years past. Buy or construct a small shadow box for her to hang in her cubicle or office, and fill it with pictures of fun memories from previous parties.
Bookstore Gift Card
If your co-worker loves to read during her lunch break, the chances are good that she has a few new books on her list she has been meaning to buy. A gift card for a local or online bookstore shows that you have put some time into finding out what she enjoys while also avoiding the potential embarrassment of selecting a gift that she might not like.
Afternoon at a Spa
Few women would say no to an afternoon of pampering and relaxation, but, in difficult economic times, it can sometimes be difficult for people to set aside the money for luxuries such as spa services. If you have a local day spa, purchase a gift token that she can use for a facial, manicure and pedicure or massage.
While not actually bamboo, lucky bamboo looks just like a smaller version of the real thing and grows readily indoors. A small potted lucky bamboo plant can be an excellent way for your female co-worker to make her desk or cubicle feel a little more pleasant. A living plant is also an air purifier that costs little and consumes no electricity.
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