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25 Fun (and Cheap!) Gifts for Your Boss

Shopping for gifts can be a challenge, and it's even more difficult when you're on the hunt for the perfect present for your boss. A gift for your boss needs to be tailored to his or her personality but still needs to be work-appropriate — and, of course, affordable. Whether you're searching for the perfect birthday or holiday gift for your supervisor, or you're looking to show your appreciation on Boss's Day, here are 25 fun gifts your boss is sure to love, all for under $50.
Office Essentials calendar

25 Office Essentials calendar

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) Photo Credit: PinkOlive.com
Crumpled-paper paperweight

24 Crumpled-paper paperweight

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. ($28.34) Photo Credit: Amazon.com
A Day in Teas set

23 A Day in Teas set

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) Photo Credit: UncommonGoods.com
Cell phone bike mount

22 Cell phone bike mount

If your boss loves biking or even rides his or her bicycle to work, this mobile phone bike mount is a thoughtful and practical gift. This universal mount adjusts to fit different smartphones and allows riders to view their phone's GPS while riding, or even listen to music. At Urban Outfitters. ($16) Photo Credit: Urban Outfitters
Eggnog kit

21 Eggnog kit

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) Photo Credit: ModCloth.com
Elephant tea mug

20 Elephant tea mug

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) Photo Credit: Urban Outfitters
Wine chiller and preserver

19 Wine chiller and preserver

Who doesn't love a glass of wine now and then? If your boss is a wine fan, this wine chiller and preserver will make a great gift. This Cool Pour wine chiller goes in the freezer. Then you can place it in your favorite bottle (it works with both red and white wines) to keep it cool and pour it more easily when you're ready to drink. If you need to save the wine for another night, you can also use it as a stopper. At Brookstone. ($19.99) Photo Credit: Brookstone
Vintage camera pencil sharpener

18 Vintage camera pencil sharpener

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) Photo Credit: Mental Floss
Suede journal

17 Suede journal

Whether your boss is always jotting down notes in the office or writing down ideas for a book or side project, this classy suede-covered journal will certainly be appreciated. It comes in two sizes — 8.25 inches by 5 inches, or 11.5 inches by 9 inches — and three colors (turquoise, neutral and lime). It also comes with a beechwood pencil. At Anthropologie. ($28 to $48) Photo Credit: Anthropologie
Dachshund letter organizer

16 Dachshund letter organizer

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) Photo Credit: ModCloth.com
Wine-scented candle

15 Wine-scented candle

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. ($28 to $42) Photo Credit: West Elm
Laptop tray

14 Laptop tray

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) Photo Credit: Walmart
Cardboard iPad TV stand

13 Cardboard iPad TV stand

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) Photo Credit: UncommonGoods.com
Coffee chart print

12 Coffee chart print

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) Photo Credit: PopChartLab.com
Leather cord organizer

11 Leather cord organizer

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) Photo Credit: TheGrommet.com
Smartphone talk dock

10 Smartphone talk dock

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) Photo Credit: UncommonGoods.com
Cool cufflinks

9 Cool cufflinks

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. ($12 to $48) Photo Credit: Etsy.com
Warren Buffet book

8 Warren Buffet book

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. ($13.20) Photo Credit: White House
Sandwich on Board

7 Sandwich on Board

Any employer with taste will appreciate this perfect solution for soggy-sandwich syndrome — a 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. At Amazon.com. ($21) Photo Credit: black+blum
Desktop skee-ball machine

6 Desktop skee-ball machine

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) Photo Credit: UncommonGoods.com
Personalized flask

5 Personalized flask

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. ($21) Photo Credit: Etsy.com
Guitar pick hole punch

4 Guitar pick hole punch

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) Photo Credit: ThinkGeek.com
Handcrafted chocolate

3 Handcrafted chocolate

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. ($8 each) Photo Credit: Mast Brothers
 'F in Exams' book

2  'F in Exams' book

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. ($7.59) Photo Credit: Amazon.com
Personalized map pencils

1 Personalized map pencils

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) Photo Credit: Etsy.com
Brittney Helmrich
Brittney Helmrich

Brittney M. Helmrich graduated from Drew University in 2012 with a B.A. in History and Creative Writing. She joined the Business News Daily team in 2014 after working as the editor-in-chief of an online college life and advice publication for two years. Follow Brittney on Twitter at @brittneyplz, or contact her by email.