12 Goodbye Gift Ideas to Give Your Coworkers

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If you’re like most, you spend a lot of time at work. When you get along with your coworkers, they can become like family to you. When a coworker retires or pursues a different job opportunity, it may feel like a complete disruption to your workplace environment. Since you care for your coworkers, it’s important to find the perfect goodbye gift to give your office friend who’s on their way out.

When choosing a goodbye gift for a coworker or supervisor, keep your office’s gift giving etiquette in mind. You should find a gift that’s unique to your coworker’s personality and the relationship you have, but that’s also appropriate and professional.

If you’re not sure about the type of gift you can give, review your employee handbook or check in with a supervisor before buying it. Generally, office-related or inspirational gifts are the perfect way to say goodbye to your coworker. Consider one of these 12 goodbye gift ideas for your boss or coworker.

1. Wireless Phone Charger

If you have a coworker who considers their phone a lifeline, they may only feel complete with a full battery charge. A wireless phone charger is a great goodbye gift because your coworker can get their charge in without carrying around charging cords. You can find a wireless phone charger at your local electronics store or online. Depending on the functionality of the charger you choose, you could spend between $15 and $50.

2. Temperature Control Ceramic Mugs

Coffee and tea are office staples and if your coworker indulges in either of these hot beverages, a temperature control ceramic mug would make a great gift. With this mug, your coworker can set the exact temperature they want their beverage to stay at and they can even control the mug through a smartphone app. This generous goodbye gift will set you back about $100.

3. Insulated Water Bottle

Reusable water bottles are a great way to stay hydrated while doing your part to help the environment. With an insulated water bottle, your coworker can carry their own H2O or another beverage while ensuring it stays cold. Having a nice cold drink at your desk at all times could make working more enjoyable. You can find a simple insulated bottle for $15 but if you choose a high-end brand, be ready to spend about $50.

4. Candle With Personalized Goodbye Message

A candle is always a great neutral gift for any occasion. Show your coworker how much you’ll miss them by personalizing a candle with a goodbye message. There are many online stores that specialize in personalized candles, which range in price from $10 to $30.

5. “The Adventure Begins” Tumbler Cup

Whether your coworker is beginning a new job at a different company or entering retirement, it’s bound to be a new adventure. Show them how excited you are for them to venture off with a customized tumbler that declares, “The Adventure Begins.” There are several online stores that offer customization on many items, including tumblers. A personalized tumbler may cost between $10 and $25.

6. Digital Photo Frame

Digital photo frames are a great way to display multiple pictures and there’s no better place for one than on an office desk. Giving your coworker a digital photo frame as a goodbye gift shows them how much you appreciate the friendship you’ve built. Depending on the type of frame you choose, you could spend between $50 and $150. Bonus points if you load the frame up with photos of your coworker with you and other office staff.

7. Farewell Bracelet/Necklace

When you give your coworker a farewell bracelet or necklace, they’ll always be reminded of the special relationship you had at the office. Consider a piece of jewelry with a charm that says, “You’ll be missed” or “Farewell.” Depending on the material and type of jewelry you choose, you can expect to spend $20 to $200 on this goodbye gift.

8. Photo Album

Adding personal photos to an office environment makes it feel more comfortable and inviting. A photo album is a great addition to an office environment, making it the perfect goodbye gift for your coworker. Find an album that matches their personality and start it off with a few photos of your coworker with you and other staff members. A photo album costs between $5 and $30, depending on the size and type.

9. Flower Bouquet

Everyone loves receiving flowers and a flower bouquet may be just what your coworker needs to brighten their day as they say goodbye. You can have a bouquet delivered to the office or pick it up on your way in. Depending on how elaborate a bouquet you opt to purchase, this goodbye gift costs between $10 and $50.

10. Weekender Bag

If your coworker’s new job or new retired life involves travel, a weekender bag is a thoughtful and useful goodbye gift they’re sure to appreciate. A large duffel bag is the perfect overnight bag they can be used for a quick getaway or business trip. It’s possible to find a nice weekender bag for $30 or if you want to personalize it or buy a designer brand, you could spend $100 to $200.

11. Homemade Treats

Baking treats at home and bringing them to your coworker as a goodbye gift is a thoughtful gesture that shows how much you’ll miss them. Whipping up a batch of brownies or cookies is an inexpensive way to make your coworker understand how much you appreciate the time you shared together in the office.

12. Personalized Goodbye Letter

You may not even need to buy a gift to show your coworker how much you’ll miss having them around at the office. Write a thoughtful letter of appreciation that touches on personal memories you shared together and your coworker will be touched and delighted.

It’s always a sad occasion when a coworker you enjoy moves on to a new opportunity or retires from their job. Show your coworker how much you’ll miss them with one of these thoughtful goodbye gifts.


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