10 Great Gifts for Colleagues and Friends for under $15

Buying gifts for colleagues and friends, like those in parents groups or sports teams, can be difficult. With our budgets stretched, we want to acknowledge the friendship, but can't afford and it often isn't appropriate to splash out too much. But you still want to get something thoughtful that they'd like and that is practical. 

I despise useless and goofy (waste of money) presents that are often found at office parties. Instead of having to resort to the tacky, I have devised an awesome list of ideas you will be proud to treat your colleague, office Secret Santa or friend to, without dipping too deep into your holiday fund. Most of these gifts would appeal to both men and women. 

Pretty reusable bags, perfect for carting your lunch or gym shoes to work. 

Cashtag keyring
Allows you to hide cash or coins on your keyring. 
Available at Howards Storage in store and online. 

Fantastic for the beach and pool to keep your phone useable but dry and sand free.
Dry Pouch
Again, available at Howards Storage. 

It's like a little oyster case to put your valuables in. Very handy for stashing your jewellery at home and away. Could be combined with the Dry Pouch for a great gift. 
Lots of colours. 
Another beauty from Howards Storage. 

Safe Keeper
We are huge Moleskin Notebook users in this household. I always have one in my bag and my husband uses about eleventy billion (ok, maybe around 8) a year. 
They are widely available. David Jones stock a good range and if you're shopping online check out 

If your Giftee is an espresso/piccolo orderer, like me, they want one of these. 
Biome have a great range in their stores and online, for those outside Brisbane. 

Bamboo Pen
Bamboo pen (refillable)
From Biome again….yep, I love that place! This is a really stylish gift with an eco edge. 

This allows you to chip in a little extra to pop a nice little box of Twinings flavoured tea with it or some hot chocolate. You could also fit a 3 pack of Ferrero chocolates inside or present it in an inexpensive basket with some lemons and a bottle of sparkling mineral water that suits your budget. 
I personally detest the mason jar craze but it's loved by others and still has major cool factor. 
Kmart $2.00

L'Occitane Hand Cream
Lots of people who work in offices have a tube of hand cream in their top drawer. These are beautiful and there are loads of scents in this 30ml travel size. The new Arlesienne fragrance is my favourite - so gorgeous - worth a trip into a store for a sniff. 

Officeworks sell 3 packs of $10 voucher cards and they are a great option if you're truly stumped for ideas. 

I love shopping for gifts and giving them and we so rarely get to tell the ones we appreciate what they mean to us so don't forget to write a lovely note on an inexpensive card to go with your pressie. 

Have you got any great under $15 gift ideas?


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