Gifts for your boss

Choosing the perfect gift for your boss can be tricky. You don't want to spend too little and come off as cheap, but you also don't want to spend too much and look like you're trying to be their favorite employee.

If your manager is on your holiday shopping list this year, you'll want to look for something that's thoughtful, but not too personal or pricey. Business News Daily has curated a list of affordable ideas that hit the mark. Here are some of our top gift picks for your boss, for the holidays or for any time of year.

Sports memorabilia box ($59)
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Sports memorabilia box ($59)

Is your boss always chatting with colleagues about the latest football or hockey game? They'll love FANCHEST, a curated box of unique pro sports team memorabilia you won't find anywhere else. For $59, the company offers exclusive licensed merchandise for select NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB teams. If you've got a little room in your budget, FANCHEST also offers higher-priced specialty boxes with signed items.
'Movie night' popcorn gift set ($9.99)
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'Movie night' popcorn gift set ($9.99)

If your boss is a movie buff, they'll appreciate this vintage "movie night" popcorn gift set. Each box comes with four varieties of popcorn, four seasonings, buttery popcorn topping and popping oil. Pair it with an Amazon gift card so they can rent or buy their favorite films!
Charitable donation ($25+)
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Charitable donation ($25+)

Sometimes the best gift is not a physical one. Donate directly to a nonprofit or use the app Small Token, which was created to make charitable giving easy. The app allows people to make charitable gifts on behalf of others to any registered nonprofit in the U.S. Users can log in through the website or app – type in the organization, donation amount and recipient information, and click go. According to its website, Small Token does not keep any of the proceeds.
Rechargeable cell power bank ($9.99)
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Rechargeable cell power bank ($9.99)

Everyone's phone dies, and sometimes you're not near an outlet. Portable cell phone battery power is a gift that will keep on giving. Give your boss peace of mind on busy workdays with this rechargeable cell power bank, which is compatible with iPhones, Android phones, tablets, digital cameras and GPS units.
Wireless Bluetooth headphones ($19.99)
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Wireless Bluetooth headphones ($19.99)

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. Wireless Bluetooth headphones are something just about anyone would love to get, and a gift your boss would appreciate. These headphones from Urvoix have a mic, which makes answering calls on the go simple.
iTunes or Google Play gift card (price varies)
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iTunes or Google Play gift card (price varies)

Your boss can't listen to music on those 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 to buy a few songs or an album of their choice.
Gifts for fans (price varies)
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Gifts for fans (price varies)

Is your boss a die-hard comic book geek or "Game of Thrones" fan? 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, like this personalized Batman word art print.
A thoughtful book (price varies)
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A thoughtful book (price varies)

Ever hear your boss talk about the latest release from their favorite author? Do you know their favorite genre? Purchasing a book can be a thoughtful gift. If you're unsure of what your boss wants or if your supervisor would be disinterested in a coffee-table book, purchase a gift card from the local bookstore.
Gift card to their favorite coffee shop ($10+)
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Gift card to their favorite coffee shop ($10+)

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 a local independent cafe, your boss will appreciate that you noticed their favorite spot.
Stainless steel travel mug ($17.99)
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Stainless steel travel mug ($17.99)

Sometimes there isn't enough time to finish your cup of coffee or tea 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 ($20.83)
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Aromatherapy stress relief candle ($20.83)

Give the gift of relaxation. Candles smell great, and this one by Bath and Body Works promotes stress relief. A happy, stress-free boss translates into a more laid-back work environment. This candle is great for anyone with a hectic schedule, and the eucalyptus spearmint scent is soothing and clean.
Doodling for Dog People ($11.55)
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Doodling for Dog People ($11.55)

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 People is 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? Easy. Get Doodling for Cat People.

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