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15 Fun and Affordable 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 look cheap, but spending too much can make it look like you're trying too hard.

You also want to buy something meaningful, but not too personal, since it's important to keep a level of professionalism between you and your manager.

We know it's tough, so Business News Daily has curated a list of easy gift ideas that'll please both your boss and your wallet. Here are our top picks.

 

If your boss has a sweet tooth, you can't go wrong with this treat tower from Harry & David. With a variety of snacks like the company's signature Moose Munch popcorn, yogurt-covered pretzels, cookies and chocolates, there's something sure to delight their taste buds. You can also add a bottle of wine as part of your gift.

 

This is a great gift for a boss with a cause close to their heart. You can donate directly to a nonprofit in their name 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.

 

A personalized notepad desk set is the perfect gender-neutral gift option. PaperSource offers plenty of colors and styles to choose from. The option to add a monogram or name adds a personal touch, lets your boss add a little flair to their desk and provides an easy place for them to jot down reminders and notes.

 

 

 

Phones seem to die at the most inconvenient times, and sometimes you're nowhere near an outlet or you're rushing from meeting to meeting. 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 workdays with this rechargeable cell power bank, which is compatible with any device.

 

Headphones are quickly becoming de rigueur for the workplace as open floor plans replace private offices. [Read related article: Open Office Etiquette] 

Aluratek Bluetooth Headphones offer a sleek, modern look, an integrated microphone and sound isolation to help your boss stay focused.  [If you're looking for the best wireless headphones for business, check out this Business News Daily Guide.

 

Looking for a gift for your female boss? You can't go wrong with a subscription to a box of top-quality Korean face masks. Each box provides seven different masks. You can purchase a subscription for one, three, six, nine or 12 months.

 

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 Starbucks or local independent cafe, your boss will appreciate that you noticed their favorite spot.

 

 

For the boss who's always plugged in, a silicone case cover is a great gift to help them protect their Airpods. This light, flexible cover weighs less than half an ounce but provides protection against bumps and scratches, and with more than 10 colors to choose from, it offers a personal touch.

 

 

 

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

 

For the fidgety boss who'd rather be out on the course, this desktop golf set is the perfect unique gift. With a variable putting surface that allows you to change the pitch of green, this is a grown-up toy that acts as desk décor for golf aficionados.

 

Is your boss always bemoaning their cold cup of coffee? Surprise them with this desktop coffee mug warmer that will keep their coffee at optimal drinking temperature all day long.

 

A unique and thoughtful gift for the eco-friendly boss, this reusable straw kit comes with two stainless steel straws, a silicone tip and a cleaning brush packed in a recycled ripstop case. Best of all, every product purchased from United by Blue removes one pound of trash from the world's oceans.

 

 

 

Offices can be stuffy, leaving 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.

 

A great gift for a forgetful boss or a frequent traveler, Tile Mate, a Bluetooth tracker, helps you locate lost items. You can use your Tile Mate to make your phone ring – even when it's on silent. With the app, you can locate your tile, which can be attached to your keys, luggage or anything in danger of being easily misplaced.

 

A one-stop shop kit for looking and smelling great before meetings can be a lifesaver for a busy boss. With this three-in-one kit, bosses get freshener, stain remover and wrinkle releaser sprays in convenient travel-size bottles. There are two scent options to suit either your female or male boss's preferences, and 10% of the company's profits are donated to the Wash for Wash program.

 

Waking up is hard. Snoozing the 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 general well-being. And as we all know, life is much easier if your boss is in a good mood.

 

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

Kiely Kuligowski

Kiely is a staff writer based in New York City. She worked as a marketing copywriter after graduating with her bachelor’s in English from Miami University (OH) and is now embracing her hipster side as a new resident of Brooklyn. You can reach her on Twitter or by email.