The Secret Santa Gift
The Want: A cheap, whimsical gift you can bestow on your assigned cubemate. It should be something that stays on your co-worker's desk all year. Bonus points if you can get some use out of it, too.
The Get: Desktop Ping Pong ($12 at fredflare.com). Table tennis has evolved from a suburban basement pastime to become the new poker—that is, a demi-sport in which adults can participate without embarrassment. The net's suction cups stick firmly to any surface, ensuring the net will stay put even against the hardest hitter. The paddles fit in your palms so you can imitate that Chinese penhold grip you vaguely remember from past Olympic champs.
Inexpensive gifts for your somewhat persnickety co-workers:
The Neat FreakYour obsessive-compulsive colleagues can keep their cube clean with this Mini Robo Vacuum. $20 at fredflare.com
The TCM JunkieIndulge a Bogie-loving co-worker with Cup of Fame—tea bags that feature Hollywood stars of yore. $12 at colette.fr
Happy-Hour MavenThe Disposable Flask makes drinking on the job a little easier. $15 for set of three at restorationhardware.com
The FoodieYour pal's panini won't look as tempting in these green-stained Anti-Theft Lunch Bags. $8 at thinkofthe.com