Gifts for your boss

Gifts for your boss
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Finding the perfect gift for anyone is hard, but it's especially challenging if you're searching for a gift for your boss. You don't want to spend too little and come off as cheap, but spending too much can make it look like you're trying too hard.

It can also be tough finding something that they'll like but isn't too personal. Business News Daily curated a list of affordable ideas, and here are our top picks.

Popcorn gift set ($25)

Urban Accents Get Poppin
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If your boss is a movie buff, they'll appreciate this popcorn lover's gift set. Urban Accent's Get Poppin Snack Attack comes with popcorn kernels and popcorn seasoning, including white cheddar, tangy dill pickle, sweet and salty kettle corn and sizzling sriracha. Double the pleasure and pair it with an Amazon gift card so they can rent or buy their favorite films.

Charitable donation ($25+)

Boss gifts
Sometimes the best gift is not a physical one. Donate directly to a nonprofit or use Small Token, which was created to make charitable giving easy. The website lets people make charitable gifts on behalf of others to any registered nonprofit in the U.S. According to its website, Small Token doesn't keep any of the proceeds.

Portable phone charger ($29.99)

Anker Power Core
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Everyone's phone dies, and sometimes you're nowhere near an outlet or you're on the move. Portable cell phone battery power, like the Anker PowerCore 10000, is a gift that keeps on giving. Give your boss peace of mind on busy work days with this rechargeable cell power bank, which is compatible with any device.

Wireless Bluetooth headphones ($19.99)

Wireless Bluetooth headphones ($19.99)
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You can never have too many headphones. Even if your boss has a separate pair for the office, sometimes they go missing or get left at home.

Urvoix Bluetooth earbuds are something just about anyone would love to get, and a gift your boss would appreciate. These earbuds have a mic, which makes answering calls on the go simple. [If you're looking for the best wireless headphones for business, check out this Business News Daily Guide.]

iTunes or Spotify gift card (Price varies)

Spotify gift card
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Your boss can't listen to music with those new headphones without a great playlist. Gift them with the ability to purchase music and listen to what gets their wheels turning and brainstorming going with an iTunes or Spotify gift card.

Gift card to their favorite coffee shop ($10+)

Starbucks gift card
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If your boss is always looking for their next caffeine fix, they'll love a gift card to their go-to coffee shop. Whether it's the nearest Starbucksor local independent cafe, your boss will appreciate that you noticed their favorite spot.

Stainless-steel travel mug ($17.99)

Ello Travel Mug
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Sometimes there isn't enough time to finish your cup of joe before heading out the door. That's where a stainless-steel travel mug steps in. This Ello travel mug is stylish and, according to Amazon, 100 percent leakproof, which is something we all need in our lives. Plus, it's dishwasher safe.

Aromatherapy stress relief candle ($19.49)

Aromatherapy stress relief candle ($19.49)
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Give the gift of relaxation. Candles smell great, and this one promotesstress relief. A happy, stress-free boss translates into a more laid-back work environment. A win-win. Bath & Body Works' 3-Wick Candle is great for anyone with a hectic schedule, and the eucalyptus-spearmint scent is soothing and clean.

Doodling for Dog People ($9.31)

Doodling for Dog People book
Does your boss have a creative side or just need to relax? Gift them a book that helps them doodle. According to Amazon, Doodling for Dog Peopleis designed to appeal to seasoned artists and doodle enthusiasts alike. This book is packed with more than 50 fun prompts, doodling exercises and canine-related facts. Is your boss more of a cat person? Get Doodling for Cat People.

Essential oil diffuser ($15.99)

URPower oil diffuser
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Does your office need a little sprucing up? Give your boss an essential oil diffuser, and it helps make any office space more homey. Most diffusers are both aesthetically pleasing and therapeutic, as is the case with the Urpower Essential Oil Diffuser. Each essential oil has its own potential health benefits, including boosting energy, stress relief, improving mood and reducing anxiety.

Stainless-steel water bottle ($35.95)

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Your boss may be busy, but everyone needs to hydrate. Plastic bottles are so 2010. Give the gift of hydration without polluting the environment. The Hydro Flask 21-ounce reusable water bottle meets every need. It keeps liquids hot or cold and fits in a small work bag or car cup holder.

Desk plants ($15.95)

Plants for Pets
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Offices can be stuffy, overwhelming and leave you dreaming of fresh air. Add a little bright spot in the office with some succulent plants, which only require a little water and are incredibly easy to take care of. These fully rooted succulent plants are perfect for anyone, including busy bosses.

Tile Mate ($18.99)

Tile Mate
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When you're on the go, it' easy to lose your keys, luggage or phone. However, with Tile Mate, a Bluetooth tracker, finding lost items is much easier. You can use your Tile to make your phone ring – even when it's on silent. With the app, you can locate your tile, which can be on your keys, luggage or anything easily misplaced.

Photo display ($19.99)

Umbra photo collage display
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Long hours in the office means less time at home with loved ones. This is a burden for everyone in the workplace, even your boss. This Umbra Trickle Photo Display gives your boss an easy and fun way to display pictures of their loved ones.

Sunrise alarm clock ($22.88)

Sunrise alarm clock
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Waking up is hard. Snoozing an alarm is tempting, but you can't afford to be late when you're the boss. Make your boss's mornings easier with a Sunrise Alarm Clock that slowly brightens the room 30 minutes before the alarm goes off. These lamps are supposed to improve sleep, energy and well-being. And, we all know, life is much easier if your boss is in a good mood.

Additional reporting by Nicole Fallon and Shannon Gausepohl. All prices are accurate as of publish date.