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Holiday Gift Guide 2022: Coworkers and Friends

As the holidays approach, many people are thinking of finding the perfect gift for their family members. Friends and coworkers are often the family that we choose, instead of the ones we are born into. Those relationships can be just as important in many ways. So here are a few suggested pieces to show the people in your life you choose to call family how much they mean to you.

Coworkers: Commiserating the Workday

Sometimes work can feel lonely, but most of us are not alone. Coworkers are the people we often spend the most time with and can appreciate the contributions they make. Give them something that will help make their long days better and give them something beautiful to look at while they work.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec – Jockeys

Reminiscent of the Fauvist technique, where the overall composition is more important than the realistic view of the subject matter, Toulouse-Lautrec paints a dramatic scene of Jockeys on horses in Jockeys. These two show signs of fatigue, but continue to ride side by side. Show your coworker that you will be there even after a hard day’s work.

Frederick Arthur Bridgman – The Orange Seller

Frederick Arthur Bridgman, the painter of The Orange Seller, was an American artist who studied in New York before he moved to Paris. The Orange Seller is a beautiful example of his colorful and exotic artwork inspired by the Middle East. This scene depicts a street merchant selling fruit to a passerby with her child. Show those you know work hard that their efforts are appreciated with this wonderful piece.

Vincent Van Gogh – Noon: Rest From Work

Noon: Rest From Work by Vincent van Gogh was inspired by another piece of art by French painter Jean Millet. It depicts a pair of laborers finding a moment of rest in the field that they are working in. Van Gogh was known for putting a great deal of emotion into his paintings and you can feel it in this piece as well. Give them something to look forward to when the work day ends with this classic piece of art.


Friends: Enjoy the Good Times

Your friends are there to give you support and joy, even during the hard times. They often are good for a laugh or a night out when you need one. That special bind can sometimes be the best part of your day. Show them how much you appreciate having them in your life with a piece of art that captures the feeling of your times together.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir – Luncheon of the Boating Party

For fans of Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Luncheon of the Boating Party exhibits the artist’s finest skills in one unique masterpiece. Renoir often painted his friends and he cleverly balances the portrait creating a feeling of intimacy and harmony. Let your friends know how much you enjoy their company with this stunning piece.
A Bar at the Folies-Bergere

Edouard Manet – A Bar at the Folies-Bergere

Some things never really change, and A Bar at the Folies-Bergere by Édouard Manet, shows that nightlife falls into that category. The background is filled with such bustling activity and happy crowds that you can almost hear the chatter and music going on in the bar. Remind your friends that you should plan another night out with this as a gift.

Gustav Klimt – Girl Friends

Gustav Klimt painted Girl Friends and was a controversial artist in the early 20th century who was known for his symbolism in paintings. He often depicted woman with beautiful color surrounding them. In this scene, he chose to show two women in an embrace that indicates what a close friendship they have. Let your girlfriends know how much you value their friendship by gifting them something this special for the holiday. If you’re interested in this one, this is a Nude painting.


We hope that this short list helps you find the perfect gift for your friends and coworkers, as well as the many of the other people who are important in your life. It is not always just family we want to show appreciation to. If you haven’t found what you are looking for here in this list, you can find more inspiration in our Bestseller Gallery. We hope that you have a Merry Holiday!

About the Author

Amanda graduated from the University of Kansas, where she studied English literature and got a masters degree in library sciences. She enjoys reading, cooking and playing with her nephews. Her best friend is her little dog Brady.