As the holiday season approaches, it’s time to start thinking about those office parties and other holiday functions that you will be invited to attend. It’s never too soon to start planning your outfit, food, or gift ideas, and this list contains a whopping 75 suggestions for festive apparel, delicious treats, and amazing DIY gifts.
Looking for the perfect gift for a co-worker with colorful language? This literal F bomb is made from recycled, solid metals, and weighs a hefty one pound. Not only will it keep papers in place, it is sure to cause more than one interesting conversation around the office.
Now you can combine your love of Game of Thrones with your love of Santa in this charming take on a holiday sweater. The Father-of-Elves sits on a throne of candy canes as he rules benevolently over the North Pole. You’ll be the coolest guy at the party in this get-up.
Want a holiday sweater that is a bit… unusual? Fans of the Marvel character, Deadpool, will love this festive take on party attire. This comfortable, goes-with-everything design is perfect for the Christmas party that needs a little superhero flare. Prepare yourself for tons of compliments.
Now you can take the ugly Christmas sweater to a whole new level by wearing it head to toe. This maxi dress comes in ten eye-catching designs that include candy canes, Santa, reindeer, presents, stockings, and more. You can be sure that everyone at the party will notice you in this festive ensemble.
This is the cutest desk accessory ever for a coworker who plays golf. This amazing, miniature replica of a golf bag and clubs sits on a caddy that looks just like the real thing. Each club is a pen with either black, blue, or red ink so they’ll never be without something to write with.
This ceramic, 12 oz coffee mug expresses a thought that too many people have, especially during a busy day at the office. “My brain has too many tabs open” is the perfect companion to keep that morning beverage warm on the long commute. The tight-fitting lid prevents spills and the double-walled insulation retains the temperature.
This beautiful oil diffuser features a dark wood grain that makes a classic-looking accessory in even the best dressed offices. Fill with relaxing or energizing essential oils to create a lovely-smelling work space. You can set a timer for automatic shut-off and either cycle through 14 calming light colors or settle on just one.
Winter is coming. And with it comes both holiday cheer and Game of Throne references. This cheeky “Let it snow” sweater, featuring the character, Jon Snow, is the perfect Christmas attire for the GOT fan. The poly-cotton blend comes in four color choices: black, green, red, and blue.
Want to up your office party game? Make it rain money with this gold money-gun that shoots 15 banknotes per second. Shoot paper money with a prize for who catches the most or real money of different denominations just for fun. It can even shoot coupons, flyers, and business cards.
Want to attend the office party looking like a Christmas tree? This hyper-realistic, digitally printed long-sleeve maxi dress is the answer you are looking for. You can choose from other festive patterns including snowflakes, poinsettias, holly berries, and gingerbread men. You will definitely be the center of attention in this floor-length gown.
This ceramic coffee cup features a sentiment that most of your coworkers have shared at one point or another. “I survived another meeting that should have been an email” is sure to make the lucky recipient laugh knowingly when they open the box. Everyone in the office is going to want one too.
Sometimes you just gotta say “WTF?” With these cheeky notepads, now you can quickly check a box as to the source of your confusion and share it with your office mate. These novelty notes are sure to bring on the laughter. There are other versions available suitable for multiple occasions.
Everyone will forget all about ugly Christmas sweaters when you show up to the party in this attention-getting hat. This plush topper features Santa stuck upside down in the chimney with only his legs poking out. Your office mates will know you’re there to have fun when you are wearing a chimney on your head.
For all those times you can’t remember, and you need to make a “mental note,” these notepads are just the ticket. This tongue-in-cheek, novelty gift gives you checkboxes for options such as “contemplate,” “ignore,” and “eventually forget.” Probably something you were going to do anyway. The perfect gift for a forgetful office mate.
Celebrate the holidays in style with these cute ornament earrings. The assorted cluster of bells in red, purple, blue, green, and silver are attached to a wire hook and measure 1.5”. They’ll hear you coming all the way down the hall to the office party in this festive look.
This is a gift your coffee-drinking coworker will cherish long past the holiday season. No one likes cold coffee and this little 17-watt warming plate keeps that mug of morning brew piping hot. Highly portable, this go-anywhere appliance easily wipes clean and has a long power cord for increased mobility.
This brick-building mug is the perfect way to play while having your coffee. Each of the six color choices – red, blue, yellow, white, black, and green – comes with a random selection of tiny building accessories. Never be bored at work again with this puzzle-building coffee cup.
You’ll be the life of the party in this adorable, A-line dress offered in a variety of print choices. Whether your favorite holiday image is snowmen, Christmas trees, penguins, reindeer, Santa, or gingerbread, you’ll find one you love. At this price, you can buy more than one so you’ll always be ready for a party!
This plastic letter board comes with 188 pieces including letters, symbols, and numbers for personalizing your own marquee. Tell coworkers to “calm down and carry on” or let them know that they should only disturb you if the building is on fire. This quirky gift offers a fun way to express yourself.
For the office mate that has everything, you can be pretty sure they don’t have a pink flamingo desk lamp. Now you can solve that problem by giving them this fun little guy that’s battery operated with an LED light. No need to worry about a power outlet, this festive bird can go anywhere!
If your goal is to win first place in the ugly Christmas sweater contest, check out this beauty. Nothing expresses the joy of the season like Santa riding a stegosaurus. This comfortable conversation starter has an all-over blue and gold “fair isle” pattern with Ole Saint Nick riding the prehistoric beast like a pony.
Now you can express yourself at work without ever saying a word. This funny flipchart has 29 different messages including Longest Day Ever, OMG, TGIF, Happy Hour, and I love my boss. These are the perfect gift for anyone who works in an office because everyone deserves a laugh, even the boss!
This cute Santa shirt is all you need for the office party or any festive occasion this holiday season. The bright red tee is printed with the image of Santa’s beard and belt so you are all dressed up the minute you put it on. 100% cotton and pre-shrunk, it’s available in sizes s – xxl.
You’ll be saying Ho, Ho, Ho in this adorable long-sleeved, flared skater dress. With over 40 patterns to choose from and at less than $17, you should buy more than one so you are ready for any holiday occasion with no need to repeat an outfit.
This cute little red and white beanie makes you look like Ole’ Saint Nick himself. Crocheted from soft acrylic yarn with a festive cotton pom pom on top, this adorable topper will keep your ears warm and your spirits high throughout the holiday season. This is a thoughtful gift everyone will appreciate.
If you want to make a splash this holiday season, check out this set of three novelty hats that are sure to bring a smile to anyone who sees you wearing them. Whether you choose the traditional Santa hat, elf chapeau, or springy Christmas tree topper, you are sure to be the center of attention.
The perfect hostess gift, these 6-pack beer carriers double as Christmas cards. The container has an attached greeting that says “Bringing you holiday cheers” and check boxes on the side that allow you to judge the recipient “naughty” or “nice.” Fill with a variety of bottled fun and be the life of the party.
Spread holiday cheer wherever you roam with this necklace designed as a string of old fashioned Christmas lights. One button turns the flashing strand on and controls six light modes from flashing to a solid all-lights-on. This is the perfect accessory for the ugly Christmas sweater you plan to wear.
This cute set of cactus-themed school/office supplies comes with 2 pencil pouches, 6 pens, and 4 pads of sticky notes. Put them together to make two nice gift sets, pass out one of each to your 12 favorite coworkers, or make it a Secret Santa gift for the “prickliest” person in your office.
Why wear an ordinary beanie when you can wear one that actually lights up? Now you can go the extra mile this holiday season while glowing in the dark like an actual Christmas tree. This one-size-fits-all topper lights up at the touch a button and is the perfect accessory for your ugly Christmas sweater.
Sloths are adorable and you will be too when you wear this Christmas sweater with the notoriously slow-moving mammal grinning on the front. The cute little fella is wearing a Santa hat and embroidered on an overall fair isle design in red, white, and black. 100% cotton, hand-wash only, and available in sizes s – xxl.
Take a thoughtful and practical gift to the office holiday party with this infusion water bottle. Made of high-quality materials and a slim design, this bottle is shatter and leak proof so you can have great tasting water without making a mess. Best of all, it is easy to clean and dishwasher safe.
This classic, yet casual, pull-over hooded sweatshirt will be perfect to wear all winter. With a solid color body and plaid pockets, cuffs, and hoodie lining, you can choose from 7 color combinations. Representing both style and comfort, you will appreciate the practicality of the hood and kangaroo pocket.
Ditch the traditional party topper and go for the laughs in this plush turkey hat trussed up in a string of holiday lights and wearing tiny Santa hats on each leg. And as if that alone wasn’t attention-getting enough, the lights actually light-up. You’ll be the life of the party in this one.
Help your office mate stay tidy with this mini vacuum. It comes in a variety of colors and designs including a pink pig, a skull, and several facial expressions. Perfect for picking up crumbs after a working lunch at the desk, dust, eraser shavings, and more. It’s also a cute desk accessory on its own.
40 Best Holiday Party Recipes and Diy Gifts
Looking for something simple to make, yet creatively interesting for your holiday gathering? Check out this idea for creating a cheese and fruit board designed to resemble a Christmas tree. Feel free to get your creative juices flowing and try some other designs as well. So simple, it just takes a bit of arranging.
Try something new for pizza night with this Christmas tree-shaped pie decorated with meat and vegetable “ornaments.” Using pesto as a base sauce gives you the tree color you are looking for, then roll the dough into a triangle shape and cut as shown. Decorate with toppings of your choice, bake, and enjoy!
Mini sausages in dough, also known as pigs-in-a-blanket, are a party finger-food staple. Check out this simple idea for arranging the savory bites into the shape of a wreath for the perfect Christmas hors d’oeuvres . For a creative touch that will really impress your guests, you can finish decorating it with a red pepper bow.
Create an entire Christmas tree farm for your table with these adorable tree-shaped pita wedges topped with guacamole and diced red bell pepper. Use pretzel sticks for a “trunk” and you have an adorable tasty bite that your guests will love. Super quick and easy to make.
This super-simple cream cheese snowman appetizer is quick to make. Use your creativity to flavor it in any number of ways: add garlic or onion powder, ranch mix, or other spices and decorate with a sliver of carrot for the nose and slices of olives for the eyes and mouth. Use your imagination!
Want to impress your party guests or coworkers? Check out these ideas for ways to make decadent chocolate truffles with a variety of coatings and a fruit tower shaped like a Christmas tree. Easy-to-make, but impressive to look at, be prepared for lots of compliments.
These adorable Santa hat-shaped brownies are easy to make, but so cute you are destined to get lots of compliments on them. With a brownie base and strawberry topper, white buttercream frosting mimics the white fur trim and pom pom on top. Not only are they fun to look at but delicious too!
“Easy” is literally in the name of the recipe. Check out how to make “Super Easy Bruschetta” for your next party. This classic Italian appetizer uses all the best ingredients – tomatoes, basil, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and a baguette to make a super delicious and tasty bite!
Cranberry, almond, bacon, oh my! This unique cheese ball is just bursting with flavors, including chopped cilantro for an added punch. People will gobble this up and ask for the recipe. Don’t be surprised if this becomes your signature dish for the office party, requested year after year.
These adorable hard-boiled egg snowmen are so easy to make, and create a stunning display. This is the perfect addition to an office holiday breakfast or brunch. Check out this blog for step-by-step instructions and stunning photos for how to create these little guys using carrots and peppercorns for garnish.
This recipe is called “white chocolate peppermint pudding cookies” and if the name alone doesn’t excite you, then maybe holiday baking isn’t your thing. These little bites of sugary deliciousness are sure to be a hit at your gathering. Stunningly beautiful, be sure to take copies of the recipe along. People will request it.
Sugar cookies are an addictive staple of the holiday season. Check out this recipe for “the best” sugar cookies ever. Decorate simply with green and red sugar sprinkles and watch them disappear. If you want to be on the “nice” list, you should save a few to leave out for Santa.
This recipe manages to turn two delicious treats into one amazing dessert. Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups takes a sugar cookie base and fills it with hot fudge and mini-marshmallows. Finish it off with a tiny candy cane handle for the cutest sweet you’ve ever seen. Caution – these things are addictive.
This simple dessert is a party favorite. Combining the classic flavors of peanut butter and chocolate, these Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies will disappear like magic. Double the recipe for an office party, make them for family and friends, and be sure to save some for Santa.
This site offers a variety of ways to decorate sugar cookies with a holiday theme. The magic is in the mini-cookie cutters, plus icing, sprinkles, and other creative embellishments. A tray of these would be an impressive addition to the office holiday party. Wrapped up in pretty packaging, they’ll also make great gifts for coworkers.
Chocolate and peppermint are two classic flavors that always seem to go together. These adorable thumbprint cookies feature a chocolate base with a peppermint kiss topper. They are so good, they will fly off the table, so double, or even triple, the recipe! You will be the star of the party with this treat.
What would Christmas be without the exotic, spicy flavor of gingerbread? Check out this classic recipe and instructions for decorating your own. You can stick with the popular gingerbread man, or you can make gingerbread bells, trees, snowman, and more. The best reward is that your home will smell delicious while you are baking.
To properly decorate your holiday cookies, you’re going to need frosting. And lots of it! This recipe offers a frosting with bakery-style taste that is easy to pipe and spread, holds its shape, and can be stacked for freezing or transport. What more could you ask for?
This recipe for a sweet and salty, white chocolate Chex Mix is so addictive, you’ll want to make more than one batch and take it to every holiday gathering. The best part about this treat is that you can whip it up in a jiffy – it only takes 5 minutes to make!
Devilled eggs are a potluck staple and with this creative recipe, now you can prepare them in holiday colors as well. Simple to make, they create a stunning presentation. After removing the yolks from boiled eggs, before filling, simply soak the egg white in food coloring to make festive shades of red and green.
Goat cheese, honey, and cranberries are a classic flavor combination and when you wrap all of that deliciousness in crescent dough to form a wreath, they also make a swoon-worthy appetizer. Check out this recipe for creating your own. You will be so popular, this just may become your signature dish.
This super-simple dessert or snack is also super impressive. Everyone loves a caramel apple and now they will love caramel grapes! Get the largest grapes you can find, spear them with a toothpick, dip them in caramel, then roll in nuts for the cutest tiny bite you’ve ever seen.
Imagine turning a classic Philly Cheesesteak into a warm, cheesy, meaty dip. Check out this recipe and you will no longer have to just imagine such a bowl of deliciousness, you can make it yourself. This is the perfect addition to any celebration and would be a hit at the next superbowl party!
Can it really be Christmas if your house doesn’t smell like gingerbread? Follow this recipe for the classic cookie and you’ll never have to worry because your home will smell heavenly. With simple white icing decorations, you can make this spicy sweet cookie in any shape you like!
This hearty, slow-cooker macaroni and cheese will feed a crowd! Just pop all the ingredients in a crockpot and have enough for 10 or more people in a jiffy. And you can double the recipe if you want to make it for a larger gathering.
Make these stunning Christmas tree earrings and be prepared for tons of compliments. These gift-worthy baubles also make perfect presents for all your earring-wearing friends. Wearing them will become a cherished tradition as they pull them out each holiday season. The stunning, classic design goes with anything!
There is nothing better on a cold winter’s day than curling up with a good book under a soft, warm blanket. This tutorial shows you how to make them with three different trim options – bias tape, poms poms, and zig zag. Use your imagination and create these cuddly lap warmers for all of your friends.
These adorable DIY cocktail mugs are easy to assemble, and make festive gifts for all of your friends and coworkers. All you need are 16 oz Mason jar mugs, cute straws, twine, gift tags, mixers and mini liquor bottles, then use your imagination to pair them in pleasing ways.
Cinnamon is one of the classic scents of the holidays. Dress up some plain candles with fragrant sticks and you have an elegant and sweet holiday accent that will dress up your home and those of your friends. Make lots of them in different sizes so you’ll have plenty on hand.
Nothing is more luxurious than taking a nice, relaxing bath, but beauty products can be expensive. This tutorial for holiday bath bombs means you can make thoughtful, quality gifts for everyone you know. Use your imagination to make scents and colors of your choice. Peppermint, ginger, cinnamon, and fresh pine are all lovely options.
Tis the season… for cookies! All of your friends and family will appreciate these cookie mix gift sacks in festive bags you make yourself. This tutorial includes a double chocolate mint recipe, but you can use any that you like for your bags. Finish with a floral pick and some measuring spoons.
These clementine wreaths are the cutest way to gift this festive, seasonal fruit to friends and coworkers. When they are tired of all those sugar laden treats, they will have you to thank for a fresh, healthy treat. They are super simple to make with some cellophane and baker’s twine.
These cookie cutter votive candles are adorable small gifts that everyone will appreciate. You can present them two ways – as individual candles or still in the cookie cutter mold (which can be used to make cookies once the candle is gone.) Add some essential oils to make them smell as good as they look.
Check out these adorable dip mix ornaments. On this site, you will find recipes for several mixes that you can whip up. Use a funnel to add them to plastic, fillable ornaments in a variety of shapes. You can give these thoughtful gifts individually or create a delicious set.
Use your crochet skills to make this simple cozy cup holder that will keep your beverage warm and protect your hands. They are so quick and easy to make that you will have trouble stopping yourself from making too many! Make them in lots of colors with different embellishments to personalize for each lucky recipient.
Make bathtime extra special and sweet smelling with these little jars of DIY bath salts. All of your friends, family, and coworkers will appreciate these tiny, luxurious containers and will think of you everytime they use them. Perfect for teachers, neighbors, or anyone who enjoys pampering themselves.
These little jars of dried fruit and spices are perfect for mulled wine, warm apple cider, or just simmering on a pot on the stove to make the house smell fantastic. Dry orange slices overnight, gather spices, and start your assembly line! You’ll want to make these for everyone you know!
Looking for something different? Check out these DIY tea towel designs. Simple and inexpensive to make, all you need are towels, stencils of your designs, and a good Sharpie. Carefully fill in your design and give them at least 48 hours before using or washing.
Get yourself a silicone spoon mold and follow this recipe to make delicious peppermint candy spoons with chocolate and sprinkles. Perfect as a party favor for the cookie exchange, you can attach them to a mug with hot chocolate mix for an extra special gift.