What would make your office a nicer place?
February 20, 2009 8:49 PM   Subscribe

In a week I'll be moving away and leaving behind the tiny law firm that I've worked at for the last several years. I would really like to purchase something for the office that will make my (soon-to-be-ex)co-workers' workdays a little brighter. However, I'm stumped about what would be an appropriate, and appreciated, gift.

We have a very small lunch-room, and already have a coffee-maker and microwave. Demographically, there are four women and one man working here. Geographically, it's a place that stays cold and miserable for six months of the year, and excrutiatingly hot for the rest.

I'm not too concerned about the price point, although I certainly won't be springing for a new laptop.

Any unique ideas?
posted by Pomo to Shopping (9 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: What kind of Internet connection do they have? Would a Squeezebox be too much, price-wise? Might need powered speakers as well, or something similar, IIRC.
posted by kellyblah at 9:02 PM on February 20, 2009

Sandwich grill? Or kitchen too small? A box of those sealed don't-have-to-refrigerate half-and-half creamers (*not* coffeemate)?
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 9:06 PM on February 20, 2009

Some kind of incredibly delicious fruits every month for a year (or even six months)? If it's cold and miserable for six months out of the year, then really good fresh fruit is probably impossible the find otherwise. That's what would make me happy, anyway.
posted by you're a kitty! at 9:07 PM on February 20, 2009 [9 favorites]

Plants? An electric kettle for making tea, ramen noodles, cocoa, etc? A mini-fridge (on the more expensive side, but less than a laptop)?
posted by JannaK at 9:09 PM on February 20, 2009

Best answer: A subscription to a trashy tabloid magazine? Everyone in my highbrow workplace fights over copies of People and Us Weekly.
posted by pseudostrabismus at 9:24 PM on February 20, 2009 [1 favorite]

Experiences are more valuable than things, or so said that article I just read (or most of my life experience to boot).

I'd suggest bringing them all to a nice restaurant for lunch or dinner.
posted by elpiconeroalcognac at 10:32 PM on February 20, 2009

A space heater.
posted by 26.2 at 11:03 PM on February 20, 2009

Best answer: Coffee of the month club, specifically Grounds for Change (fair trade, organic, yummy!).
posted by SuperSquirrel at 7:57 AM on February 21, 2009

Response by poster: Thanks for the clever ideas, guys! Now I'd better get to shopping : )
posted by Pomo at 10:36 AM on February 22, 2009

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