Gifts for your boss

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Buying a gift for a boss any time of the year can be precarious. You don't want to spend too much and appear to be pining to be the favorite. You don't want to spend too little and come off as cheap either.

Patricia Rossi, a business etiquette coach says to remember not to purchase anything too personal, like perfume or lingerie.

"It should go without saying, but I have seen multiple instances of this," she said. 

"Thoughtfulness should always be in the forefront of your mind when purchasing gifts," she said. "Always be kind. It will come back to you."

Try these 10 gifts the next time you need to purchase one for your boss.

Make a charitable donation, $25 or more

Boss gifts
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Sometimes giving no physical gift is the best one. By donating to a charity in need of the client's choice, your company shows its willingness to take others into account. Make a donation directly to a nonprofit or use the app Small Token, which was created to make charitable giving easy, by allowing people to make charitable gifts on behalf of others and to any registered nonprofit in the US. Users can log in through the website or app – type in the organization, donation amount, and recipient information and click go. Small Token/Give Lively do not keep any of the proceeds, according to the site.

Rechargeable power cell power bank, $10

boss gift, Rechargeable power cell power bank
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Everyone's phone dies, and sometimes you're not near an outlet to charge it. So give the gift of peace of mind on a busy workday. Reduce phone-battery stress with a power bank. This accessory is compatible with iPhones and Android phones, in addition to tablets, digital cameras and GPS units.

Wooden Earbuds with Microphone, $10

Wooden Earbuds with Microphone, $10
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Does your boss complain about not having headphones in the office? Outfit them with these stylish wooden ear buds with a microphone to answer calls on the fly. According to Amazon, the headphones are hi-performance and noise isolating ear tips eliminate ambient noise.

iTunes or Google Play gift card, $5-$15

iTunes or Google Play gift card, $5-$15
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Your boss can't listen to music on new headphones without a great playlist. Gift them with the ability to purchase music and listen to what gets their wheels turning and the brainstorming going. It doesn't have to be too expensive, just enough buy a few songs or an album of choice.

Doodling for Dog People, $11

Doodling for Dog People, $11
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Does your boss have a creative side or would you like to help them relax by trying something new? Gift them a book that helps them doodle. According to Amazon, Doodling for Dog People is designed to appeal to seasoned artists and doodle enthusiasts alike. Packed with more than 50 fun and inspirational prompts, doodling exercises, and canine-related factoids. Not a dog person? Doodle your favorite feline floofs with Doodling for Cat People.

Gifts for fans, $6-$20

Gifts for fans, $6-$20
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Is your boss a Gilmore Girls die hard or maybe absolutely loves Batman? Search for unique and handcrafted items on Etsy. If they're not huge into pop culture, you can always consider finding something related to their favorite sports team. Break away from the normal and give them something unique!

Buy a book, $5-$25

Boss gifts, Buy a book
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Ever hear your boss talk about the latest release from his or her favorite author, or know of your boss's favorite genre? Purchasing a book is thoughtful but not too personal. If you're unsure of what your boss wants or if you know your supervisor would be disinterested in a coffee-table book, purchase a gift card from the local bookstore. 

Royal Dansk® 32 oz. Danish Butter Cookies Tin, $5

Royal Dansk® 32 oz. Danish Butter Cookies Tin, $5
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Royal Dansk has a habit of coming around every holiday season. It's a family events, friend's parties and it doesn’t feel like the season without it. Sometimes during the rest of the year, we just want a little taste of those memories. Gift your boss with the sweet treat that will put them in a great mood.

Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans, $6

Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans, $6
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It's hard to resist coffee, it's even harder to resist chocolate covered espresso beans from Peet's Coffee. According to the site, the beans are the company's own deep-roasted Costa Rica coffee beans lavished in premium dark chocolate. Give your boss a boost and satisfy their sweet tooth.

Mini Succulents, $16

Mini Succulents, $16
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Spruce up your boss's office with some plants, even if they're faux (less maintenance). Gift your boss these tiny plants to brighten their desk or home office. They're small enough to fit whatever space your boss may have and don’t need watering. According to the site, the plants are potted with gravel and nestled in shapely cement pots, the quartet are lifelike mini succulents cheers up windowsills and other surfaces in an assortment of styles and colors.