Best Group Gift Ideas From the Office

By Ali + Julie on 30 May 2023

We get a lot of questions from people who have used GroupTogether for wedding gifts, 40th birthdays or coach gifts who are wondering if they could GroupTogether at the office for co-worker gifts. Yaaaaaasah! There’s no easier way to collect from colleagues than using GroupTogether.

Goodbye embarrassment! There’s no need to walk around with an envelope asking for money. Instead we discreetly email invitations to everyone in the department.

Goodbye angst! There’s no follow-up required by you, we send polite reminders to those colleagues who haven’t responded.

Goodbye getting left short! No more IOUs, we make it easy for co-workers to pay quickly and safely online.

Goodbye hassles! You no longer need to lose sleep over keeping track of funds, we keep track of who’s paid and who hasn’t.

Hello relief! No need to track down everyone to sign the group card because we create one for you with photos and messages from everyone.

GroupTogether is a game changer at the office! A collection only takes minutes to set up and then we do the rest of the heavy lifting. Now you only need to figure out what gift you’ll give and we can help you there too. Check out our list of great group gifts for any occasion.

Baby Gifts

We surveyed over a hundred mums and dads to find out what baby gift was the most loved, most useful or had the most impact, and here is the short list:

  1. Nappy Bag (works equally well for both mum and dad)
  2. Baby Carrier (both mums and dads preferred the front carrier)
  3. Baby Monitor with video.
  4. Meals Delivered
  5. Family Photo Shoot
  6. Baby Sitter/Night Nurse

Whether you arrange for the gift yourself, give a gift-voucher or give gift funds so the new parents can decide, these are all fabulous gifts, that will be treasured by your colleague.

Wedding Gifts

Aside from the obvious gift registry option, we think a luxe twist on the more traditional wedding gifts will make your colleague & partner feel spoiled like they are staying at a luxury spa or hotel.

  1. (Bath) Egyptian Cotton sheets and Cashmere blanket
  2. (Kitchen) Espresso Machine
  3. (Entertaining) Coordinated serving platters & serving spoons & forks
  4. (Home) Artwork or sculpture
  5. (Honeymoon) “Experiential gifts” like hot air ballooning or day at the spa.

As wedding gifts tend to be more of a big ticket item, it is worth doing a bit of homework to find out your co-worker’s favourite shops and interests before buying the gift.

Farewell (Retirement or Moving to New Company)

As there is a lot of variability in who is leaving and why, these gift ideas can be bought at price points from practical to luxury.

  1. (Old Stand By) Flowers, wine, chocolates
  2. (Hipster Twist) Guidebooks, restaurant vouchers, museum membership.
  3. (Classic Corporate) Monogrammed pen, satchel, briefcase
  4. (Timeless) Silver photo frame with pic of the office gang.
  5. (Aspirational) Carry-on luggage, overnight bag.

This group gift is a bit trickier as you need to take into consideration not only your colleague’s position in the company (your boss?) but also time spent at the company (20 years or 2 years) and within the department.

Get Well

A get well message from everyone is a standout gesture that will always be remembered by your co-worker. If you’d also like to include a gift, here are some lovely options.

  1. Give a beautiful flowering plant instead of flowers
  2. Have hot meals delivered over a couple of days or weeks.
  3. Give cozy pyjamas, slippers &/or a robe.
  4. Music e-voucher that can be redeemed online.
  5. A charitable donation

It’s always the thought that counts but sometimes a little gift will help lift the spirits of your co-worker.


It’s one of the most emotional times that your colleague will ever go through. It’s also fraught with anxiety and awkwardness for co-workers who want to say the right thing but clam up because they don’t want to make a mistake. Just a simple “how are you, I’m thinking of you, just wanted let you know I heard what happened”, can be enough. Sometimes a small act of kindness can bridge the gap.

  1. Have meals delivered, especially after the first few weeks have passed.
  2. Make a charitable donation from your team on behalf of your colleague.
  3. Plant a tree to memorialise their loved one.

“I Don't Want to Collect, It's All Too Hard."

Not any more, GroupTogether makes it easy. Set up a collection in minutes and we do the rest of the work for you. We make it easy to donate to charitable causes and can even save you that trip to the shops by providing e-gift vouchers. To learn more, visit GroupTogether.

Use GroupTogether to organise the perfect office gift

Let everyone chip in and sign the card online.

Ali Julie Square

Ali + Julie

Co-Founders, GroupTogether

Life’s busy. That’s why we’re here to make it easy for you to collect money from a group. Less wasted time, less packaging waste, and spending a little less but giving a lot better!

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