If you have the kind of relationship with your boss or manager where you give each other gifts around the holidays, it can be hard to strike the right tone with your present. Do you go small and informal, or more expensive? Should you stick to professional gifts for their office? Or do you go for a sentimental gift that connects with them on a personal level?
Everyone’s workplace is different, so only you can know what kind of gifts are appropriate. (Some might stick to a White Elephant exchange). But whether your boss is your bestie or someone you admire from a distance, you can choose the right gift that will show them how you appreciate their work, friendship and leadership.
We’ve found a wide range of thoughtful gifts for your boss, including personalized gifts for their office, coffee gifts they’ll use every day and affordable gifts that won’t seem too formal. If you work in a hospital, doctors office or other medical environment, they might also appreciate one of the gifts for doctors recommended by medical professionals.
Whether you’re back to working in person or still catching up remotely with your boss over Zoom, they’ll appreciate the sentiment of a unique gift after another long year. (Let’s hope they show you the same appreciation, too — you deserve it!)
Upgrade Their Office
When the atmosphere changes (literally), the crystals inside this glass cloud disperse to represent the windy, stormy or rainy conditions outside. They can stick it on their desk or windowsill to keep a watchful eye on what’s happening outside.
Every Type of Boss Will Love It
Keep their work space neat and tidy with this bamboo wood charging station, which has a designated spot for an iPhone and smart watch. It doesn’t come with any chargers or cords, so just make sure they have theirs handy.
Squire Rollerball Pen
Whether your boss is your bestie or someone you don’t know very well, you can’t go wrong with a beautiful and useful pen. This timeless aluminum rollerball pen from Baronfig comes in five different colors.
In the Company of Women
This New York Times bestseller is a page-turning vision board. Pair it with a card that explains why your boss should’ve made the cut.
Temperature Control Smart Mug
When they’re running from one Zoom to the next, their coffee often gets left behind. Ensure that it stays at the perfect temperature (read: warm) by gifting your boss this mug that uses an app to keep their coffee or tea’s temperature somewhere between 120°F and 145°F.
Putter Cup Golf Mug
Even though they have to wait until the weekend to hit the green, they can practice their golf swing with this mug. An added bonus: the golf club doubles as a pen.
For Any Female Boss Who Inspires
Boss Lady Candle
Each time she lights this creamy jasmine candle, she’ll be reminded just how much of a boss she really is. It’ll serve as the perfect stress reliever before important meetings and calls, too.
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The Sill offers a wide range of house plants to spruce up your boss’ office — and many are suited for low light conditions.
Classic Gift That Always Wins
Holiday Sweet Treats
Send this box of goodies straight to their door without any baking or packing on your part! This gift box combines all of Harry & David’s best sweets, from Moose Munch to chocolate-covered cherries.
Practical Enough for Their Workspace
Mini Cactus Humidifier
With a touch of a button, this desk-friendly cactus emits a constant stream of mist to make their 9-5 more enjoyable, especially during the dry winter months.
Origami Letter Set
This cheerful and modern stationary has (simple to fold) origami envelopes for an added personal touch.
Whether they like to maintain their manicure or always complain of dry hands at the office, they’ll appreciate this fragrant (and gender-neutral) hinoki hand pomade from Le Labo.
If They Travel for Work A Lot
Every jet-setter needs a nice luggage tag, and this tag from Printworks comes in four elegant colors. If they’re back to traveling for work, you can also get them a matching passport holder.
‘The Office’ Mug
With this custom mug from Etsy, you can give your boss the same starry treatment as the crew from The Office. That’s exactly what they want, isn’t it?
Songbird Eyeglass Holder
Her blue light blocking glasses aren’t going to prevent eye strain if she can’t find ’em. This hand-carved eyeglass holder will keep her glasses in one place … as long as she remembers to use it.
Original Peppermint Bark
Gifting them a tin of Williams Sonoma’s iconic peppermint bark is a delicious (and office-appropriate) way to brighten their day.
Tabletop Pool Set
This tabletop pool set is small enough to be stored in their office (it’s less than two-feet long!) and comes with everything they need for a full game.
Personalized Whiskey Stone Box
Add a personal touch to their bar cart with this engraved wooden box packed with nine whiskey cubes, a pair of tongs and a velvet bag.
Townhouse Four-Wick Ceramic Candle
If they love Christmas, candles, pink things or any combination of the above, they’ll love this cheerful ceramic candle.
Turmeric Herbal Tea Assortment
More subtle than classic chai, all six loose leaf teas in this set are packed with turmeric’s bitter (yet delicious) taste and health benefits. Each vacuum-sealed canister highlights a different flavor pairing like ginger and moringa.
Your boss doesn’t have to be an artist to appreciate a beautiful pencil. Blackwing makes some of the best pencils you can buy, period, in a range of distinguished colors — Pearl is perfect if they like a clean look.
The Gift That Keeps on Giving
Drift Away Coffee
Keep their daily coffee habit alive at home or the office with a subscription to Drift Away Coffee’s whole bean, ground or cold brew bags.
Premium Bento Lunch Box
Upgrade their lunch game with an elegant and functional multi-tiered bento box.
Vintage-Inspired Drinks Ornaments
These adorable La Croix ornaments are a perfect nod to your shared love of the work fridge. (There’s also beer and mineral water options).
For the Boss Who Brings Their Dog to Work
Cowboy Corgi Christmas Ornament
Truly anyone will get a kick out of this cute felted ornament of a cowboy corgi — particularly those who bring their dogs to work.
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Nightcap: More than 40 Cocktails to Close Out Any Evening
This book highlights more than 40 recipes tailored to fit different needs, whether they want a night of fruitful conversation or restful sleep.
Plant The Box Scented Candle
The right scentscape can transform any work space into one of calm and productivity. These candles recreate bright and beautiful herbal and plant-based scents, including tomato vines, crushed mint and fresh-cut grass.
Double Wall Insulated Glass Mug
If they’re all about elegant presentation, a double-walled glass coffee mug will help them show off their daily brew (and won’t clash with their outfit).
Luckily, It Only Looks Expensive …
Geode State Ornament
When the twinkle lights hit it just right, this state-shaped ornament will glisten like a geode. Each ornament is handcrafted with stoneware, glass and colored glaze to give a true one-of-a-kind look.
Icons: 50 Heroines Who Shaped Contemporary Culture
On the cover page, write your boss a sweet message to hint that they’re just as iconic as the 50 incredible musicians, politicians and thought leaders in this book.
Each month, your stationery-obsessed boss will receive a box of all the stuff they love most: up to seven fashion-forward pens, tons of planner essentials, or a mix of both, depending on which subscription box you pick.
Italian Retro Cocktail Glasses
Sure, they’re (hopefully) not drinking at work like Don Draper, but they can kick off a cocktail party in Mad Men fashion with these retro glasses.
If you have their birthday memorized, gift them a candle that highlights their personality and astrological characters tied to their special day. Otherwise, pick up one in their zodiac sign.
Popcorn Gift Set
After a long day of work, they can kick back, relax and enjoy a bowl of freshly popped popcorn, all thanks to you. This set gives them everything they need for perfectly seasoned popcorn, including three different kinds of kernels, oil and seasoning salt.
Hand Cream Trio Gift Set
Shattered Glass Ceiling Paperweight
Your boss constantly reminds you that the glass ceiling — as daunting as it may be — can be shattered. With this symbolic paperweight, show her just how grateful you are for everything that’s done to make your career journey possible.
2019 Ace in the Hole® Cabernet Sauvignon
Their next happy hour is on you! This deep-bodied red from Winc pairs well with chocolate, so make you sure you throw in a box of their favorite truffles for good measure.
FOR THE HOSTESS WITH THE MOSTEST
Glass Cake Stand
Whether they like to bake on long weekends or just really love a good design item, they’ll love one of these playful, modern cake stands. They’re available in three sizes and seven different colors.
Even bosses get cold. Help her stay cozy with a super soft, super huge scarf.
The Solo Umbrella
Yes, the Davek Solo Umbrella is pretty expensive — but it’s a gift they’ll use for years and years to come. Davek makes the best umbrellas on the market, and if they lose or break theirs, Davek will replace it for them.
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