Gifts for your Boss
Buying a gift for a boss 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.
"The best way is to get everyone in the office to buy a gift," Patricia Rossi, a business etiquette coach, told Business News Daily. "It's not always possible, but if you can, go in on a gift together."
Rossi noted 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 added.
"Always be kind. It will come back to you," Rossi said.
We rounded up 40 of the best gifts for you to give to your boss this year.
Buy as a team
Purchasing your boss's gift as a team means giving your supervisor a more expensive item. Pool together to show you all care.
Amazon Fire Stick, $40
Do you know your boss well enough to know that he or she likes to binge-watch or catch up with favorite shows via Hulu or HBO Go but is devoid of the technology? Go in with your teammates to purchase an Amazon Fire Stick. The Fire Stick, which is about the size of a USB drive, connects to your TV's HDMI port. The Fire Stick gives users the freedom to cut the cord if they so choose, or binge all of their favorites.
Keurig K15 coffee maker, $100
Does the office coffee kind of bring down your boss's day when, really, all your leader wants is his or her favorite coffee? Pool your resources to purchase a Keurig to keep in the boss's office (always double-check office policy, or note whether other higher-ups have coffee makers in their offices). Give your boss the freedom to drink his or her favorite hot beverages without having to rely on the company-supplied brew. Pitch in for a few of Keurig's choice K-Cups as well.
Fujifilm INSTAX Mini 8 instant camera, $51
Instagram and photo apps are great. They provide flexibility to take and post as many pictures as you'd like. Break from the ordinary with a vintage-style gift likely to bring a smile to any boss's face with the INSTAX Mini 8 instant camera. The camera lets the user to go back to the days of Polaroid and instant photos that you can see and feel. (It doesn't hurt that the camera would be an instant hit with your boss's loved ones, as well.)
High-back executive and managerial chair, $130
Working in an office setting means sitting in an uncomfortable chair, which may have been a hand-me-down or may just be bad for your back. Sitting down all day in something that doesn't properly support you could mean neck and back problems down the road. Increase comfort and productivity with this high-back executive and managerial chair from you and your co-workers.
On-the-go coffee press, $35
Burrito yoga bag, $40
Spice up how your boss transports his or her favorite yoga mat to and from class with the burrito yoga bag. This bag, while designed to hold a yoga mat, is also spectacular for holding actual burritos, the website jests. This conversation starter is likely to encourage more yoga practice in addition to turning heads.
Tree desk clock, $60
Drastically improve the quality of desktop decorations with this beautifully designed tree desk clock. The stylish, classy timepiece sits perfectly in the branches of a shiny aluminum tree. Bring the cozy feeling of home to a place where your boss spends most of his or her time.
Nobilified, $99 and up
Parrot MAMBO drone, $119
Impress your tech-savvy boss with the Parrot MAMBO drone, a flying drone users can control with a smartphone. Equip the drone with a grabber, which can fly through the house and deliver messages, or become a skilled drone marksman and shoot some brightly-colored balls at family members. The website notes that the product is highly robust and easy to handle.
Plated gift subscription, $60
Eating healthy, cooking at home and trying new ingredients is a new and interesting trend. Give your boss a meal to remember with a subscription gift card to Plated. Select the card amount (starting at $60, up to $360) and choose whether the gift goes straight to your boss's inbox or yours. The recipes change weekly, giving your boss the option to wait for the week he or she wants or dive right into the current selection.
Lowry leather cuff for Apple Watch by Pad & Quill, $130
Many professionals use an Apple Watch to enhance the way they do business. Though Apple offers a number of styles, sometimes they just don't match your personal style. Give your boss a leather cuff for a more rustic feel to this high-tech toy. The band is thicker than standard Apple Watch bands and is made with full-grain, vegetable-tanned Horween leather. The cuff is also signed by the craftsperson to confirm its authenticity and demonstrate your thoughtfulness to your boss.
Gift certificate to your boss's favorite restaurant, $50-$100
Stop by a local restaurant for a certificate or choose from a wide selection of restaurants on Amazon to find what you may be looking for. Sometimes, all your boss wants to do is have a nice meal and treat her or himself a little. Give your supervisor a nice date night or dinner to share with a friend.
Amazon Echo Dot, $50
Give on your own
While giving with a group is great, sometimes it's hard to agree on one idea, or maybe you're looking to do something a little different. Shake it up with these gifts for $25 and under.
Monogramed personalized desk organizer, $18
Desks can be boring at work, and sometimes they're in need of a little organization. This monogrammed desk organizer will hold your boss's phone and whatever else can fit in this cozy desktop feature. Your boss will be able to organize pens, store the phone and place whatever small item that's used frequently in this metal design. Monogram your boss's first and last initial in a number of colors, as well.
The Wood Notebook by Pacific & West, $25
Everyone takes notes at work, and whether they're professional or personal, notebooks are a staple of the office. Take it up a notch and give your boss a stylish wooden notebook that will sure turn heads with its sleek design, putting all paper notebooks to shame.
Drinking rocks, $12.50
Before buying something related to spirits or alcohol, it's best to understand whether your boss would genuinely appreciate the gift. If you know that your boss enjoys spirits, these drinking rocks are a great gift. Don't fret if you're unsure, however, as these stones are versatile and can be used in soft drinks, too. Pair them with a soda-themed glass to mix it up.
Sea salt hand cream, $16
Monogrammed coasters, $20
Aren't sure about what to get? These elegantly designed coasters are functional; they naturally absorb moisture and have a cork backing to protect furniture. They also are likely to match any décor, whether it is in the home or office. Your boss is likely to enjoy putting drinks on these.
Dachshund-shaped trinket dish, $15
Gift your dog-loving boss this ceramic dachshund dish. Hold trinkets or keys, or just use it as decoration. Regardless of the breed your boss loves, this dish is likely to bring a smile to anyone's face. Don't have trinkets to store on it? It's great as a desk decoration or for a side table at home.
Spicy honey, $14
State cutting board, $20
Show off a love of your state (or your boss's) with this unique, state-specific cutting and serving board. Know your boss's home state or if your boss has pride for his or her college? This is a great gift to serve as a decoration or functional cutting board for veggies and snacks.
Buy a book, $5-$25
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.
USB flash drive, $15
Never forget important documents again. Keep this useful, key-shaped USB keychain handy to transport important files from work to home in a flash. The USB can also save photos for you to print at a local CVS or Walgreens. It is compatible with USB 2.0 ports.
Portable wireless Bluetooth speakers, $28
Bluetooth speakers are a great accessory when having guests over, camping, or listening to music at the beach or pool. Gift your boss the accessibility of music with these speakers. According to the site, the wireless speakers come with a multitude of features, such as a Bluetooth selfie function, an anti-lost alarm and an optional EQ sound effect. The speakers are also compatible with multiple audio devices. You can stream music from a microSD card or USB flash drive or switch to FM radio, in addition to connecting to your phone.
Echo Beach square tray, $15
A decorative tray can serve as a great catchall at home or bring a little life to a desk or cubicle. Gift your boss this beach-themed tray, and shake up the organization of his or her desk. Give it a little bit of style and flexibility of use.
Make a charitable donation, $25 or more
Reflection Illuminated Relaxation Fountain, $10.50
Help your boss relax and find peace in the office with this decorative fountain, complete with gentle water flow to create a soothing atmosphere. The soft lighting will help your boss find relaxation, even on the most stressful of days.
8-bit sunglasses, $8
Does your boss have a bit of a gaming or geeky side? These stylish 8-bit sunglasses are perfect to look cool all year. They come with 100 percent UV protection and will make your boss look cool. The size will fit most people, and you can choose from shiny glasses or a matte look.
Maple Cotton Candy Set of 2, $10.90
Flexible LED book light, $10
Is your boss a bookworm? This flexible LED book light makes it easy to read in dark environments, is flexible to fit the book currently being read and is thin enough to use as a bookmark. The light's battery can be replaced.
Mr. Coffee mug warmer, $10
Don't let your boss get cranky because the coffee got too cold. Give with this mug warmer. It will heat up any beverage you wish to keep warm, including soups. The warmer is easy to use, with a convenient cord length so you can use the device almost anywhere, and an easy-to-clean surface, the website said.
"Great Gatsby" composition notebook, $6
Encourage your boss to take better notes with a more interesting notebook. "The Great Gatsby" cover of this notebook inspires others to pick up the American classic one more time, and your boss is gifted with more notebook space to jot down pertinent information.
Pilot Varsity fountain pens, medium point, black, $4.29
People who often write love a good pen, so gift your boss with a fountain pen to improve the quality of his or her notes and signature. This pen is stainless-steel and already prefilled with black ink, so you don't have to worry about ink refills.
Pure Fitness earbud headphones, $9
Give the boss the ability to better listen to music. Does your boss complain about not having headphones or constantly forgetting them? Gift him or her these headphones, which are also great for working out. These earbuds isolate sound and resist sweat and moisture.
Natural air-purifying bag, $9.95-$20
Office spaces can be germy. People come to work sick way too often, and it's gross. Make work a little less sick with the Moso natural air-purifying bag. According to the product description, the bag cleans the air naturally with the assistance of bamboo charcoal, which has been used in Japan for centuries to scrub the air. The bag can last up to two years and is great for small spaces.
Rechargeable power cell power bank, $10
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.
Craft beer pretzel mix, $8
Wildflower seed bomb, $8
Inspire with the gift of the outdoors via these handmade seed bombs, which are made using recycled paper scraps mixed with a blend of wildflower seeds. They provide an easy way to create a colorful garden. According to the owner of the Etsy shop that sells them, the available seedlings include white yarrow, purple coneflower, Shirley poppy, foxglove, red prairie coneflower, Maltese cross catchfly, snapdragon and sweet alyssum.
Taco Socks, $10
Looking for more ideas for your boss's gift? Check out this guide on our sister site, Tom's IT Pro.