Finding a thoughtful gift for anyone can be difficult, but when you're shopping for your boss, it's even harder. Whether you're searching for the perfect present for Boss's Day, their birthday or the holidays, you need a gift that's appropriate and affordable. Not sure where to start? Here are 24 gifts your boss is sure to love, all for under $50.
Dachshund letter organizer ($12.99)
Does your boss love animals? This adorably quirky ceramic letter organizer is shaped like man's best friend, and will keep your boss's desk neat, clean and looking classy. It also features a place to keep a pen (or letter opener!) in place of a tail.
Wine-scented candle ($25 - $28)
These wine-scented candles bring new meaning to the concept of relaxation. Each candle is hand-poured into a repurposed wine bottle. There are a dozen scents to choose from, including sangria, spiked cider, champagne, mimosa, merlot and more.
At West Elm.
Trinket tray ($24)
Help your boss keep his or her office tidy with this catchall trinket tray. The tray is porcelain and has a beautiful lattice design with gold edging. It's safe for food and in dishwashers.
At C. Wonder.
Individual tea set ($14)
Not all bosses love coffee. This ceramic tea set for one is perfect for the tea enthusiast in your office. It comes with a teapot and a matching cup, and is available in both light blue and yellow. And with its colorblock design, it's totally on-trend, too.
At Urban Outfitters.
Passport notebook set ($12)
Is your boss always on the go? These notebooks are perfect for the boss who loves to travel. They're great for taking quick notes during a meeting, or for writing out a daily to-do list. And these notebooks are pocket-size, so your boss can take them everywhere.
Laptop tray ($27.81)
If your boss is always working from home (or working at home after office hours), then this laptop tray is a practical and thoughtful gift. It features a main tray with four different adjustable angles, a stopper to keep it in place and a cup holder. It also adjusts to two different heights for added comfort.
Cardboard iPad TV stand ($30)
A trendy addition to any desk, this recycled cardboard iPad stand resembles a vintage television set. It's a handy place to keep your boss's iPad where it'll be easy to use (and safe from accidentally being dropped).
Coffee chart print ($29)
Like everyone else in your office, your boss probably needs coffee to help get through those long, busy days. If you never see your boss without that trusty coffee mug, this cool and informative coffee chart print could be a great addition to the office décor.
Leather cord organizer ($39.95)
Does your boss travel a lot? Help him or her stay organized and in style while on the go with this handmade leather cord organizer. Featuring space for three cords and two plugs, it rolls charging accessories up into one neat little pack.
Kitchen goodies box ($40)
Does your boss love to cook? This surprise goodie box contains $30 worth of fun foodie gifts, from kitchen tools to delectable treats. And if your boss is a big tea drinker, there's also a special gift box for tea lovers for $27.
Portable golf game ($49.99)
If your boss is big on golfing, why not bring the game to your boss with this portable golf game? It features a collapsible target and flag, two clubs, two tee markers, 10 balls and a carry bag.
Personal library kit ($14.99)
The biggest tragedy for bookworm bosses is when employees and friends don't return the books they borrow. Turn your boss's book collection into an organized mini-library with this personal library kit, featuring 20 self-adhesive pockets to attach to books with matching checkout cards, a date stamp, inkpad and pencil.
Smartphone talk dock ($36)
Is your boss constantly answering his or her smartphone? This dock also acts as a charging station and has a receiver that resembles an old rotary phone, making answering the phone even more comfortable. It's compatible with the iPhone 4, 4S and 5, but if your boss has an Android device, it'll work just fine. The receiver fits any phone with a 3.5mm audio jack.
Cool cufflinks ($12-$48)
Desktop skee-ball machine ($28)
Is your boss a secret Nintendo fanatic? Or perhaps a closeted WWII buff? Either way, there's a cufflink out there bound to make your boss's day. You can choose from hundreds of out-of-the ordinary (but still work-appropriate) accessories.
Sandwich on Board ($28)
The only thing better than playing your favorite arcade game is playing your favorite arcade game while sitting down. Your overworked boss will appreciate the chance for play and relaxation that the nostalgic desk toy will provide. And this miniature skee-ball machine will also be a good chance for you to show your employer that you're still in touch with your inner child.
The perfect solution for soggy-sandwich syndrome, any tasteful employer will appreciate this classy-looking sandwich container from British design firm Black and Blum. The natural antibacterial bamboo lid doubles as a cutting board, so your boss can cut up lunchtime tomatoes in real time. Even a lunch-meeting kind of boss will appreciate the thoughtfulness behind this unique gift.
iPhone case ($42)
iPhone cases aren't just practical. With every imaginable style to choose from, they can be changed just like jewelry or a purse. Etsy offers thousands of choices from personalized to furry. This one, featuring the
New York skyline is $42.
Warren Buffet books ($15)
Give your boss the gift of knowledge with this biography of Warren Buffe. The 800-plus-page tome offers a deep look inside the mind of one of history's most successful businessmen.
Personalized flask ($20)
Though drinking at the office isn't exactly as acceptable as it was during Don Draper's days at Sterling Cooper, having a backup pint on call for a late night at the office wouldn't be so bad, would it? This personalized faux barn-wood flask fits the bill and will show the boss you've got a sense of humor, too. This store has a large selection of other customized flasks, too.
Guitar-pick hole punch ($24.99)
Your boss may be holding court in the corner office now, but wasn’t always all about the suit and tie. For the bosses who can't stop telling you about the punk band they used to play in, here's a way to relive a little of their glory days. This guitar-pick hole punch lets you turn anything into a guitar pick.
Handcrafted chocolate (five for $44)
Nothing makes the afternoon a little brighter than a good piece of chocolate. This craft chocolate handmade in Brooklyn is too expensive to justify splurging for your regular afternoon sugar fix. However, these beautifully wrapped bars will be greatly appreciated. Who knows, maybe your boss will even share.
At Mast Brothers.
'F in Exams' book ($9.95)
A nice way to say, "See, we're not the only stupid ones." A fun little book, called "F in Exams" (Chronicle Books, 2011) reveals some of the more creative ways students have answered test questions. Surely your boss will see that you're not such a dope after all.
Personalized map pencils ($18.50)
Even in the digital age, it's nice to have a good pencil on hand. Each of this set of six pencils is wrapped in a beautifully colored map and can be customized to bear a message of your choice. (Yes, the phrase "I need a raise" would be tacky.)
Sky umbrella ($48)
Everyone should keep a spare umbrella at the office for those days when it starts raining after you get to work, but most of us just never get around to keeping one in stock. This umbrella from the Museum of Modern Art Store is both eye catching and practical. Besides, anything that makes the boss's day a little easier will be good for you, too, right?