Some of these folks are the people you see almost every day yet know nothing about. Others you do your best to avoid over the course of the calendar year, tradition and family be damned. Either way, this universal rogue's gallery forms a dark shadow over many a Christmas list, causing stress instead of joy as one tries haplessly to buy a gift reflecting the perfect combo of sincere-seeming, cheap, and appropriate. But picking out a present doesn't need to be a total shot in the dark. These ideas should make the process a little more painless.
For the colleague: Grenade Mug
On the other end of the floor sits the loyal soldier who delivers your packages with a smile, and he's the one you have to find a present for – thanks to your office's Secret Santa holiday gift exchange. But when you think about it, all you really know about him is that he looks like an extra on 'The Walking Dead' when he hasn't gotten his morning caffeine. And that he loves demonstrating karate. Thankfully, this cool, monotone (but nonthreatening!) coffee mug will impress the whole office without scaring secretaries or meriting a call to security. It's even microwavable – as long as he pulls the metal pin first, naturally. [$22; mollaspace.com]