Remember as a kid when you couldn’t wait to grow up and be on your own? Well, did you anticipate having to work alongside coworkers who are lazy? Or who talk too loud? Or close talkers? Or food thieves? Or people who ask a big question at the very end of a two-hour meeting? Being an adult isn’t fun, kids! It’s a trap.
Unfortunately, we’ve all had to deal with jerks like these, so here are a few gift ideas that might make going to work suck a teeny bit less.
Sorry, Karl, can’t hear you retell that obnoxious story of how you spent the weekend on your yacht now that I’m wearing these sweet noise cancelling headphones.
This WTF notepad is a fun gift for someone who hates their job. And, chances are other people at their workplace hate it too, so they can pass these notes back and forth for a laugh (just don’t let the boss see!)
Tired of people stealing your food at work? Well, lock up it up in this handy lockabox! Try to steal my Thanksgiving leftovers now, jerks!
Or, how about your own fridge so you don’t even have to enter the break room? This mini-fridge has a unique feature that makes it extra awesome — you can write messages on it. Maybe a meeting reminder? Maybe a “back off, Susan.” You do you.
When your annoying co-worker Steve is going on and on about how unappreciated he is, despite rolling in at 10 a.m. every day and taking 2-hour golfing lunches, you can take a sip out of this super special mug, raise it up, and… there it is.
These emoji stress balls are a great addition to your briefcase, purse, or desk. Give them a gentle (or not so gentle) squeeze when your boss is pissing you off and you might feel a little bit better.
From the person who can’t stop talking about their medical problems to the person who plays on their phone all day, the 10 most annoying work personalities are in this book — which is sure to make anyone’s long Mondays less Monday-ish.
Wear when your calendar is completely full of meetings that should have been e-mails
This desktop punching bag makes a great gift for someone with annoying coworkers, as they can punch out their frustrations any time they need. (Whether they imagine the bag is their boss’s face is up to them.)
The Dilbert comic strip represents the worst of the worst when it comes to terrible co-workers. So a humorous daily calendar can at least make you laugh when Nancy next door starts talking about getting her mole removed.
No one will bother you if you wear an ostrich pillow on your head at work. We can’t promise you’ll get a full-on nap, but you’ll at least get some peace and quiet.
Just strategically place this hilarious cup on your desk and watch as your coworkers read it, think about it, then finally get it. Then wonder if you’re talking to them. (You are.)
If you can’t drink at work (and sadly, that’s the policy for most places), you can at least make some calming tea in your fun “Shuh Duh Fuh Cup” or cup that flips people off, take a deep breath, and pretend you’re in Tahiti.
Listen folks, work sometimes sucks. We get it. There’s always some lazy a**hole who forces us to pick up their slack. Or maybe you have a Napoleon boss who’s on a power trip. But at least you can punch something, flip someone off, or lock up your pad Thai leftovers, right?
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