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Small Christmas gifts for colleagues: unique and inexpensive DIY ideas that will surprise your employees

When it comes to your colleagues, your Christmas gift should express your special attitude towards them. Especially considering that you spend so much time with them on a weekly basis. It’s always a welcome gesture to show your co-workers how much you appreciate them. On this list, we’ve compiled small Christmas gifts for colleagues that are unique, inexpensive, and suitable for anyone.

Christmas DIY gift ideas for colleagues

Surprise your colleagues with homemade Christmas gifts

Since this time of year can be pretty expensive, you need to be creative when it comes to making gifts. Everyone knows that homemade Christmas gifts are often very special and can’t be bought at the store. Just the time and care you put into making these gifts is a gift in itself! That effort is certainly noticed by your colleagues. And there are many incredible, fun and unique gifts to make yourself.

Glitter Santa canning jars

Make glittery Santa Claus from canning jar yourself

When you think of gifts in canning jars, you think of food mixes. But this project takes homemade Christmas gift ideas to the next level. Whether planned or made at the last minute, this Santa is really great.

You’ll need:

  • Glass jar (any kind of glass)
  • Glitter – red and white
  • White acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Black ribbon
  • Newspaper
  • Gold glitter paper
  • Container for glue
  • Napkin glue (Mod Podge)

Spread out the newspaper on your work area. Paint the top of the container with white acrylic paint because white glitter is not as “white”. Pour some glue into the jar and paint an even layer all over. Next, sprinkle the top of the jar with the white glitter and the rest with the red. Cut out a heart from the gold glitter paper. Glue the black ribbon and heart to the jar.

Little Christmas gifts for colleagues: Bath bombs

Make your own scented bath bombs in different colors for Christmas

This gift idea is especially good for people who don’t have much time, but still want to relax after a long day at work.

To make bath bombs, you’ll need the following:

  • 100 g baking soda
  • 50 g citric acid
  • 25 g cornstarch
  • 25 g Epsom salt
  • 2 tsp oil
  • Water
  • 5-7 drops of essential oils of your choice
  • A few drops of liquid food coloring

Place the baking soda, citric acid, cornstarch and Epsom salt in a glass bowl and mix thoroughly. Add the base oil, essential oil and food coloring to a small bowl. Mix them well so that the oil combines with the color as much as possible. Very slowly add the oil mixture to the dry ingredients and a few drops of water. The mixture should clump slightly when you squeeze it in your hand. Pour the mixture into the chosen mold, press down and smooth the surface with a teaspoon. Let the bath bomb dry in the mold for 2-4 hours.

Office plants for the desk give for Christmas

Small Christmas gifts for colleagues - plant a desk plant yourself


Who doesn’t like plants? If your colleagues do not have any on their desk yet, you can give them a small potted plant or succulent to beautify their area. This special and inexpensive Christmas gift is easy to make if you’re into gardening and already have plenty of plants at home. You can use the seeds or seedlings to make the plants you want. If you are not able to do that, it’s not a problem because there are tons of different potted plants at affordable prices that will surely make your colleagues happy.

Craft small Christmas gifts for colleagues: Simple hand warmers

DIY hand warmers to give to colleagues for Christmas

To use these simple hand warmers, all you have to do is microwave them for 20-30 seconds. But be careful. They will be hot. Then put them in your coat pockets to keep your hands nice and warm while you’re outside.

Want to make a pair of hand warmers yourself as a gift for a colleague? Then you will need fabric cut into four 9 cm squares and six tablespoons of rice.

Place two pieces of fabric right sides together. Sew around all four sides with a seam allowance, leaving a 5 cm hole on one side. Cut the corners diagonally to remove some of the excess fabric. Use the hole to turn the hand warmer inside out. Using a funnel, fill the hand warmer with 3 tablespoons of rice. Close the hole by topstitching it. Start and finish the seam with a few back stitches for extra stability. Repeat the steps for the second hand warmer.

Homemade jams

Homemade jams make a wonderful delicious gift for coworkers


Make a sweet gesture (literally) with a quartet of homemade spreads. For a well-rounded gift, place this colorful variety in a basket with cookies, crackers and nuts.

Small Christmas gifts for colleagues: Craft a photo collage

Make photo collage for Christmas gift

Whether your colleagues just got back from a trip or celebrated an important milestone, they can capture their fondest memories with this homemade photo collage. Print out their favorite photos and customize the frame with a patterned background and colorful clothespins.

Make your own wine bottle rack for coworkers

Make small Christmas gifts for colleagues yourself - wine bottle rack

If you’re particularly skilled at carpentry, a handmade wine bottle rack is an ideal gift for any wine drinker.

You have many options to choose from when designing the wine bottle rack: You can go rustic and use wooden boards for it. Or you can take metal bars and make it look industrial.