Gifts for your Boss

Gifts for your Boss
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Struggling to find the perfect gift for your boss? It's no easy feat to find a personable gift that fits your boss's interests but is still affordable and appropriate for the office. Whether you're looking for a birthday gift, a token of appreciation for Boss's Day or just to spread some holiday cheer, here are 30 fun and unique gifts that are sure to impress your boss, each for less than $50.

Mini terrarium

Mini terrarium
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Help your boss liven up his or her desk with this miniature diamond-shaped glass terrarium. At only 4 inches high and 4 inches wide, it won't take up much desk space, but you can use it to hold tiny plants or even keep your trinkets safe. At Urban Outfitters. ($18)

Humans of New York: Stories

Humans of New York: Stories
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Any boss with an interest in people and photography will love the follow-up book to photographer and blogger Brandon Stanton's hit book "Humans of New York" (St. Martin's Press, 2013). This book delves deeper into the personal stories of strangers Stanton met and photographed. At Amazon. ($17.64)

Barware set

Barware set
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Everyone appreciates a good drink now and then, so give your boss the tools to make the perfect cocktail. This 7-piece barware set includes a Boston tin, mixing glass, strainer, tongs, spoon, shot glass and muddler and is perfect for any booze enthusiast. At West Elm. ($39)

Compact wine opener

Compact wine opener
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A good boss is a patient one, but when you want to enjoy a nice bottle of wine, you shouldn't have to wait. This compact wine opener can open any bottle of wine in just 3 seconds and has a design that makes doing so nearly effortless. At Brookstone. ($39.99)

Coffee press mug

Coffee press mug
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This mug is the perfect gift for the boss who doubles as a coffee connoisseur. Forgo the office coffee pot, and forget the usual intern Starbucks runs — with this mini coffee press mug, your boss can make a fresh cup of coffee whenever he or she pleases. At ThinkGeek.com. ($14.99)

Lunch box

Lunch box
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Any employer with taste will appreciate this midday meal solution — a classy-looking lunch container from British design firm black+blum. Complete with a cup for dips or dressings, a compartment for keeping foods separated and complementary utensils, this lunch box is fit for any foodie. At Amazon. ($24)

Typography trinket tray

Typography trinket tray
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Give your boss a fun personalized way to keep his or her desk organized with this porcelain typography tray. You can order the tray in different letters and symbols, and each one comes in a different style and pattern. At Nordstrom. ($10)

Garden bon bons

Garden bon bons
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Careful, these bon bons might look like chocolate, but they're not exactly a tasty treat. Designed and packaged to look like traditional bon bons, this is actually a gardening kit for growing fresh herbs like basil, parsley, chives and thyme. Perfect for the boss with a green thumb. At Vat19.com. ($15.99)

Office Essentials calendar

Office Essentials calendar
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This desk calendar, featuring fun, quirky illustrations of traditional office supplies, is a great way for your boss to keep track of the days while adding a little personalization to his or her desk. And if your boss's desk is already a little crowded, don't worry — this calendar is small, measuring in at 5.75 inches by 7 inches, so it won't take up much space. At PinkOlive.com. ($18)

Crumpled-paper paperweight

Crumpled-paper paperweight
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This paperweight from the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) looks just like a crumpled-up sheet of yellow legal pad paper. This clever vinyl paperweight will keep your boss's papers in place. You can also find variations of this paperweight with sheet music and blueprints, perfect for music or architecture-obsessed bosses. At Amazon.com. ($36)

A Day in Teas set

A Day in Teas set
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A perfect gift for the boss who is never seen without a cup of tea in hand, this tea set comes with four different loose-leaf teas to brew at different times of the day. Teas include Big Ben for brewing with breakfast, Pu Erh Imperial to sip with lunch, Vive le The! for an afternoon pick-me-up and The des Songes for a relaxing drink before bed. At UncommonGoods.com. ($27)

Eggnog kit

Eggnog kit
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Spread a little holiday cheer with this kit for making the perfect batch of eggnog. Packaged in a rustic bag, the set comes with two mason jar glasses with lids and handles, a nutmeg grater, 24 paper straws and a recipe card for making the seasonal beverage. At ModCloth.com. ($39.99)

Elephant tea mug

Elephant tea mug
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Another gift for tea enthusiasts, this fun stoneware mug, designed by Plum & Bow, is shaped like an elephant and features a little compartment for storing tea bags after you're done brewing. It measures 4 inches by 4 inches and is dishwasher-safe. At Urban Outfitters. ($16)

Vintage camera pencil sharpener

Vintage camera pencil sharpener
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This adorable pencil sharpener is a great gift for the boss who loves art and photography. Shaped like a vintage camera, this is a fun and practical addition to any desk. It can adjust to fit the size of most pencils and has a removable tray for easy emptying and cleanup. At Mental Floss. ($13.99)

Dachshund letter organizer

Dachshund letter organizer
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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. At ModCloth.com. ($12.99)

Wine-scented candle

Wine-scented candle
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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. ($22 to $33)

Laptop tray

Laptop tray
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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. At Walmart. ($29.99)

Cardboard iPad TV stand

Cardboard iPad TV stand
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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). At UncommonGoods.com. ($30)

Coffee chart print

Coffee chart print
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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 decor. At PopChartLab.com. ($29)

Leather cord organizer

Leather cord organizer
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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. At TheGrommet.com. ($39.95)

Smartphone talk dock

Smartphone talk dock
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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 3.5-mm audio jack. At UncommonGoods.com. ($36)

Cool cufflinks

Cool cufflinks
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Is your boss a secret Nintendo fanatic? Or perhaps a closet 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. At Etsy.com. (from $12)

Warren Buffet book

Warren Buffet book
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Give your boss the gift of knowledge with this biography of Warren Buffet. The 800-plus-page tome offers a deep look inside the mind of one of history's most successful businessmen. At Amazon.com. ($12.35)

Desktop skee-ball machine

Desktop skee-ball machine
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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.  At UncommonGoods.com. ($35)

Personalized flask

Personalized flask
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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 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. At Etsy.com. ($25)

Guitar pick hole punch

Guitar pick hole punch
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Your boss may be holding court in the corner office now, but wasn't always all about the suit and tie. This hole punch lets you turn anything into a guitar pick — perfect for the bosses who can't stop telling you about the rock bands they used to play in. This is a great way to help them relive a little of their glory days. At ThinkGeek.com. ($24.99)

Handcrafted chocolate

Handcrafted chocolate
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Nothing makes the afternoon a little brighter than a piece of chocolate. This craft chocolate handmade in Brooklyn is too expensive to justify splurging on for your regular afternoon sugar fix. However, these beautifully wrapped bars make a great gift. And who knows, maybe your boss will even share. At Mast Brothers. (from $5)

 'F in Exams' book

 'F in Exams' book
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Here's a nice way to say, "See, we're not the only stupid ones." This 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. At Amazon.com. ($8.75)

Personalized map pencils

Personalized map pencils
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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.) At Etsy.com. ($18.50)