Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Gifts for Co-workers

Tristan Eden

You want to get them something, and you want it to be fun-or pretty, or useful, or tasty-but you also know you shouldn't overdo it. Here are six great gifts around the $20 mark.

Moleskine notebook ($13-$19)

The Book Loft

The classic notebook, ideal for anyone and for everything. Keep a journal, make lists, jot notes or draw. Available in a variety of colors.

Baba Budan coffee ($19 per pound) and a reusable cup ($2)

Stauf's Coffee

Smooth, with low acidity and a full body, Baba Budan is the perfect blend for "someone who likes coffee but doesn't consider themselves a coffee aficionado," says Stauf's team manager Jordan Wright.

Lay It On Me portable smartphone speaker ($19)

Restoration Hardware

This deceptively simple little gadget plays music from your phone without cords or even Bluetooth: You just lay your phone on top, play music in speaker mode and Lay It On Me amplifies the sound.

Smudge Ink floral-pattern stationery ($14.50)

Peabody Papers

Beautiful and bright eye-catching floral-printed stationary. Blank, on heavy cardstock, set of 10 cards.

Cupcakes ($3.95 each or $39.50 for a dozen)

Pattycake Bakery

Treat your whole office to these gorgeous, big cupcakes from this vegan bakery in Clintonville. Lemon (their most popular), vanilla and chocolate are always available, but during the holidays Jennie Scheinbach and Co. bake special seasonal varieties like Peppermint Patty.

Vina Borgia red wine ($7)

House Wine

Vina Borgia is a good wine at a great price. "It's a reliable and fun party wine," says Donnie Austin, owner of Worthington's well-stocked House Wine shop. Even the label is festive.