Even when the holiday season is over, you may find yourself in need of a thoughtful gift for your boss. When it comes to gift-giving, your boss may be one of the hardest. It's like shopping meets tightrope walking. You need a gift that's thoughtful but not too brown nosey. A gift that will impress them but that doesn't overtly say, "Yes, I'm trying to bribe you."
It's definitely not an easy line to walk. But for all of you stressing about what to get the big boss, we have solutions beyond a gift card. 45 to be exact. No matter what kind of manager you have or if you are on a Nordstrom or Amazon budget, you're sure to find something that will make the head honcho appreciate what a thoughtful, smart, classy and raise deserving person you are.
Now let's get down to business.
For Their Office
Whether they are working from home or are in the office, these gifts are must-haves for their desk.
Gifting during COVID is a little unique. These days even the boss who isn't a germ fanatic is probably thinking more about keeping things clean. This handy wand disinfects with a UV light that wipes out 99.9 percent of germs, viruses and bacteria.
And it never hurts to let your boss know that you're looking out for them, especially during a pandemic.
Class up your boss's desk with this leather mouse pad. You can even have it personalized with their monogram.
If your boss has a sense of humor, this funny desk plate will bring a little personality to their workspace.
There's nothing worse than stale office air. Help your boss breathe easier with this desktop purifier that removes up to 99% of airborne particles. They'll like those numbers!
5. Storm Cloud
Desk gadgets can seem a little passé, but this is one really cool and unique gift. The liquid in the cloud takes on different patterns as the air pressure changes. Your boss will always know when a storm is brewing. At least outside of the office.
She's worked hard to get where she's at. Help her enjoy the sweet smell of success with this luscious smelling candle.
Gifts to Help Them Get Through the Workday
These gifts help make that 9-5pm struggle a little more manageable.
Between social distancing and chilly weather, your boss may be stuck indoors a lot these days. Give their spirits and energy a boost with this UV free lamp from TheraLite. After all, you want them in a good mood when you ask for that raise.
For the boss whose living room is still doubling as an office, this survival kit is a perfect gift. It will give them a smile and some handy items like a desk yoga guide, webcam cover, earplugs and more. But they still have to figure out how to keep their cat off their computer by themselves.
10. Funny Coffee Mug
If your boss has a sense of humor, they'll appreciate this funny coffee mug. And it's less brown-nosey than a "World's Best Boss" cup.
11. Smart Mug Warmer
For the boss who always forgets their coffee while they're putting out fires, this smart mug will keep their drink warm when they finally get back to it.
12. Ceramic Tea Cups
These teacups will make an artful addition to any tea lover's cup collection.
This Tralini lunch box is a super smart gift for the boss that always brings their lunch. It's BPA free and can be put in the dishwasher and the microwave—the perfect set for eating at their desk.
Maybe your boss is the brainy type. In that case, give them a real challenge with a subscription to the New York Times Games that includes the famous crossword puzzle. Hey, everyone needs a break once in a while. And a subscription will definitely keep those synapses firing!
If your boss is technologically savvy, these gifts are sure to please and help set you apart from the rest.
These stylish AirPod cases from Etsy can be personalized with your boss's name. Or just the word boss if they prefer that.
If your boss loves their jams, this waterproof speaker that they can take anywhere will have them singing your praises.
Why should your boss live with a mess of chargers and wires when they can use this sleek looking charging stand? They can charge their iPhone, smartwatch and AirPods at the same time. Now that's smart!
18. Echo Dot
This handy interactive device will help your boss make calls, check the weather, play music, set alarms and a lot more. In short, it will make their life easier and a little more fun. And that's a winning combination.
Your boss is always on top of business, but for some reason, their personal stuff is always a mess. These trackers by Tile are an every single day gift that will help them keep track of their keys, remotes, phone or whatever else they can never seem to find.
Help Them Unwind At The End Of The Day
Work can be crazy. Here are some gifts designed to help them recover from a busy day at work, and all your annoying coworkers.
After a day of slaving over their computer, this neck massager will help your boss release the tension of those 50 thousand emails and unwind. And a relaxed boss is a happy boss.
Is your boss always complaining about how cold the office is? This soft throw will keep them cozy and make them think warmly of you.
Maybe your boss likes to end their day or work week with a nice whiskey. Help them to savor it in style with this beautiful set that includes two glasses, chilling stones and a pair of tongs.
Perhaps whiskey isn't your boss's poison. In that case, this 5-piece bar set will help them whip a cocktail of their choice and look good while they're doing it.
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A good bottle of wine is always a great gift and usually a surefire way to impress your boss. Unless you don't know how to pick one. To save you the trouble, here's a really good cab.
If your boss spends her life on the road, she'll appreciate this anti-bedhead silk travel pillow and sleep mask. Silk is easy on both the hair and the skin, which will keep her looking fresh and frizz-free for her next meeting.
If your boss is working extra long hours, they may have a tough time drifting off at night. This sleep aid with soothing sounds and lights will help them to relax and also has a gentle sunrise alarm. If their days are stressful, at least their night should be peaceful.
We're Always In The Mood For Food
Food is the way too anyone's heart, and these food and drink gifts are sure to win your boss's love.
Some bosses have such crazy schedules that they barely have time to eat. Make sure they always have a healthy snack on hand with a subscription featuring organic and gluten-free goodies.
Everyone needs something delicious to wash down their food. Fill your boss's tumbler with an exotic experience with this gourmet sampler of organic beans from around the world. It's a company that treats the planet and their farmers well.
And it just might improve your work life too.
Maybe your boss is more of a tea person. If they like to get their chai on, they'll go crazy for Chai and Turmeric concentrates that are handcrafted and cold-pressed. They'll turn tea time into something special.
Related: How To Make Kombucha At Home
Crowd cow is committed to providing quality meat and seafood that is also environmentally conscious. If your boss likes a good cut, it never hurts to buy them a steak dinner. Even if they do have to cook it themselves.
Unless, of course, your boss is a vegetarian. If that's the case, some Vegky Mushroom Jerky or chile rellenos will do it–although you may have to find a local restaurant for that.
If your manager is a foodie, they're going to love this premium nut butter made with chocolate, almonds and pistachios. Always smart to leave your boss with a good taste in their mouth.
Just because Christmas is over doesn't mean that you can't gift some sweets. Norman love is rated as one of the top ten chocolates in the world and has been inducted into the chocolate hall of fame. These confections are made of the finest ingredients and hand-painted for a dazzling effect. In other words, this is the really good stuff!
Everyone needs a good bottle of olive oil in their kitchen. This one is made in Greece from hand-picked olives and comes in a bottle that says, "This is not the cheap stuff, boss."
35. Amish Popcorn
Is your boss a popcorn fanatic? This GMO-free set hails from Amish country and comes with three different kernels to sample. It's simple and yet fancy.
Make Them Feel Like 100 Bucks
These gifts are bound to make any boss feel extra special.
It's tricky to buy clothes for your boss, but it's hard to miss the mark with a cashmere scarf. It's cozy but ever so elegant, making it a perfect way to class up a t-shirt for those important Zoom meetings.
The trick to buying a gift for your accessory-loving boss is finding something so classic that almost everyone will love it. If you want something she will love without going all out on a personalized gift, this necklace definitely fits the bill.
A good skincare product can be one of the most luxurious gifts. Are your boss's hands always getting dry in the office? This beautifully packaged hand cream will help her to nourish them. And it happens to be one of Oprah's favorites, so it's definitely boss lady approved!
If a pair of leather sneakers is as dressed up as your boss gets, help them keep their kicks clean with this popular cleaner from Jason Markk. With just a few drops, they'll be ready to prop their feet up on their desk again.
Elevate Their Essentials
We took Kat Diaz with the Swanky Den’s advice when she said, “Some of the best and most appropriate gifts for your boss are those that he or she can actually use everyday.” So here are some essentials...with an upgrade.
Drinking lots of water helps you to think more clearly. Keep your boss hydrated and on their toes with this BPA-free bottle from Hydro Flask.
41. Flower Vase
Maybe your boss loves their blooms. This elegant vase will give them a beautiful way to display those special occasion flowers you pick up and show that you have good taste.
These natural agate bookends only look like they are from Anthropologie and are a beautiful way to keep your boss's book collection in order.
Even if your boss isn't a cook, anyone can do charcuterie. And this beautiful bamboo board can be personalized with their name.
44. Fancy Coasters
Nobody can have too many coasters. Especially when they're this beautiful.
45. Minyuo Umbrella
This isn't just any umbrella. It's a reverse folding miracle that puts the wet part inside when you come in from the rain, so you don't have to worry about splashing water all over the place.
It also has UV protection and a sturdy, wind-resistant frame. In short, it will help your boss weather just about anything.
No matter what your boss is interested in, or what kind of relationship the two of you have, you can find the kind of gift that is worth giving.
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The 45 Best Gifts For Your Boss:
- UV Light Sanitizer Wand
- Leather Mouse Pad
- Funny Desk Plate
- Holmes Desktop Air Purifier
- Storm Cloud
- Boss Lady Candle
- Work at Home Survival Kit
- Hario Cold Brew Bottle
- Funny Coffee Mug
- Smart Mug Warmer
- Ceramic Tea Cups
- Tarlini Lunch Box With Utensils
- New York Times Games Subscription
- Personalized Airpods Case
- JBL Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker
- Elago 3-in-1 Charging Hub
- Echo Dot
- Tile Essential 4-Pack
- Naipo Heated Neck Massager
- Herringbone Throw Blanket
- Whiskey Glass Set
- Harrison Bar Tool Set
- Silver Oak 2016 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
- Gravity Weighted Robe
- Slip Silk Travel Sleep Set
- Hatch Restore Sound Machine and Alarm
- Healthy Snack Subscription
- Fine Coffee Gift Set
- Dona Chai Chai Tea and Turmeric Concentrate
- Crowd Cow Fine Meats
- Mumgry Pistachio Almond Butter
- Norman Love Premium Chocolates
- Premium Olive Oil
- Amish Popcorn
- Everlane Cashmere Scarf
- Bar and Lariat Necklace
- La Chatelaine Hand Cream
- Jason Markk Sneaker Cleaning Kit
- Hydro Flask Bottle
- Flower Vase
- Natural Agate Bookends
- Charcuterie Board
- Fancy Coasters
- Minyuo Umbrella