Last Updated on October 22, 2020
Trying to find a gift for your boss may lead to all kinds of questions. How much should you spend? Should you get something practical or something personal? How personal is too personal?
You might even be asking the ultimate question: Is giving your boss a gift a good idea?
Of course it is!
It’s always a good idea to show the people in your life how much you value them, and that’s exactly what a good gift does. Gifts help you concisely and memorably deliver appreciation and regard.
Here are some reasons to treat your boss to something special (in addition to the obvious justification that everyone loves gifts):
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Personalized Gifts For Your Boss
“A cheese board with your name on it”
What is this gift? A serving tray made of cherry, maple, or walnut wood. This thoughtful gift from Uncommon Goods has convenient (and showy) nooks for displaying snacks.
Why your boss will love it: They’ll love saying, “Of course it’s my cheeseboard; it has my initials on it.
Where to get it: Monogram Cheese & Crackers Serving Board
“The ultimate getaway gift set”
What is this gift? A personalized gift set filled with playing cards, mints, soap, lip balm, and a vintage-look comb.
Why your boss will love it: When they’re packing for a spontaneous last-minute trip, and they stop and wonder if they’ve covered all the essentials, they can just grab this kit and know they’re covered.
Pricing: Starts at $34.55
Where to get it: On the Go Kit
“The minimalist’s charging station”
What is this gift? A portable charger with a futuristic style and micro and Type C input options that make it one practical gift.
Why your boss will love it: They’ll love watching it light up as the magic of charging happens. They’ll love how sleek and unobtrusive it looks sitting on their desk. They might even steal your idea and start giving this out as their go-to office gift.
Pricing: Starts at $30.59
Where to get it: Joice Power Bank
“A bottle opener the Joker would love”
Why your boss will love it: The playing-card inspired style will make them feel like someone with all the tricks up their sleeves. Plus, this gift starts conversations. Each time they pull it out at a bar or a party, everyone will do a double-take. And your boss will remember how you gave them such a great gift
Pricing: Starts at $9.10
Where to get it: Kline Bottle Opener
Funny & Unique Boss Gifts
5) Fanny Pack
“Hands-free wearable storage with an ironic style”
What is this gift? A perfectly sized pouch you can wear around your waist or across your body to carry all your essentials.
Why your boss will love it: They’ll love the liberation of their shoulders and pockets. They’ll feel weightless with their wallet, phone, and keys stored securely at their waist. Plus, they’ll love discovering that they’re the kind of person who can rock a fanny pack and still look cool.
Pricing: Starts at $14.55
Where to get it: Fanny Pack
“A snuggy for tables”
What is this gift? The next best thing in office or home decor, a stretchy customizable covering you can use to protect or dress up a table
Why your boss will love it: It’s way easier to drape over a table than one of those slippery tablecloths you can never position evenly. It lets your boss set up an instantly stylish table at parties or events. They simply need to add a nameplate, cardholder, and maybe a paperweight or two.
Pricing: Starts at $69.45
Where to get it: Table Topper
“The best thing to happen to your keyboard since you got a new keyboard”
Why your boss will love it: They’ll love never needing to overturn their desk organizer to get all those pencil shavings out. They’ll love being able to eat popcorn at their desk again. This gag gift might just be one of the best gifts your boss and the office has ever received.
Pricing: Starts at $14.55
Where to get it: Desktop Vacuum
“Basically Michael Scott’s boss mug from The Office”
What is this gift? A coffee mug that tells your boss, every single day, how you really feel about them.
Why your boss will love it: They’ll love sipping coffee or tea and doing their best Michael Scott impersonation. Each time they look at it, they’ll feel satisfied by the knowledge that they’re doing their job right. They’re a good boss, a great boss…the best boss, actually.
Where to get it: World’s Best Boss Mug
Gifts for Your Boss Under $50
“Challenging puzzle meets a thoughtful memento”
What is this gift? A puzzle you can customize to look like the New York Times front page on a day special to your boss, such as the day they started work, got married, or even just a day in history they love.
Why your boss will love it: They’ll love putting together this puzzle and then looking at it afterward. It’s like a time capsule, capturing all the good feelings and nostalgia of one moment in time.
Where to get it: New York Times Custom Front Page Puzzle
10) Game Kit
“A game-lover’s answer to the gift basket”
What is this gift? A ready-to-tote box filled with luxe dominoes, dice, and playing cards.
Why your boss will love it: They’ll love the chic, art nouveau design, and classy colors of their gaming essentials. No one will take a bet against someone who travels with such epic game accessories.
Pricing: Starts at $27.28
Where to get it: Game Kit
11) Starter Pack
“Swagging out for beginners”
What is this gift? A gift box packed with low-key customized essentials, including a t-shirt, a tote bag, and some Moo business cards.
Why your boss will love it: They’ve never really been showered with swag before, but as soon as they put on that first customized t-shirt, they’ll be amazed at how right it feels.
Where to get it: Starter Pack
“A touch of art to make any desk instantly classier”
What is this gift? A vintage dictionary print featuring a stunning image and interesting facts about the Arc de Triomphe. (Available at Amazon, it’s also a perfect last-minute gift, even if you don’t have Amazon prime.)
Why your boss will love it: They can glance at it to take a mini-vacation to their all-time favorite city, Paris.
Where to get it: Vintage Dictionary Print
Gifts for Your Female Boss
13) Ingold Tote
“The don’t-put-me-in-a-box bag”
What is this gift? A water-resistant canvas bag that can be a backpack or a tote bag depending on your needs or your mood.
Why your boss will love it: It’s versatile and stylish, somehow managing to look classic and rugged and decidedly feminine at the same time. It looks perfect dressed up or down.
Pricing: Starts at $52.73
Where to get it: Ingold Tote
“The chalice of choice for any girl boss”
What is this gift? Wine glasses beautifully painted to honor women who changed the world, including the abolitionist Sojourner Truth and the scientist Marie Curie.
Why your boss will love it: They’ll love swirling their favorite Sangiovese and getting a whiff of red currants and also inspiration.
Pricing: $16.00 – $60.00
Where to get it: Historic Women Who Dared Wine Glasses
15) Bluetooth Finder
“A boss lady’s sanity saver”
What is this gift? A handy, pocket-sized device you can sync with your phone and use to locate important items, all with the help of Bluetooth wireless technology.
Why your boss will love it: Your boss can’t be expected to remember where everything is all the time; she has much more important things to worry about. With this finder, she’ll get a nudge when she’s forgotten something, so she can go ahead and go back to visualizing that awesome presentation she’s about to give.
Pricing: Starts at $15.43
Where to get it: Bluetooth Finder
“A cozy blanket and hug in one”
What is this gift? A cozy and beautifully decorative throw blanket woven with images of hugging arms.
Why your boss will love it: A warm blanket might not be exactly as comforting as a warm hug, but it gets pretty darn close.
Where to get it: Very Big Hug Cotton Throw
Gifts for Your Male Boss
17) Rambler Colster
“A koozie, but insulated”
What is this gift? A vacuum-insulated koozie for bottles and cans. It keeps those brews, ciders, and colas as crisp and fresh as an arctic breeze.
Why your boss will love it: It keeps the beverage cold and the hands warm. What’s not to love about that? Plus, it looks and feels rugged.
Pricing: Starts at $31.00
Where to get it: Rambler Colster
18) Mars Dust Globe
“A snow globe for space lovers and Martians”
What is this gift? A glass orb filled with red dust and a detailed topographical view of Mars. It’s a unique gift that will inspire hours of intergalactic imaginings.
Why your boss will love it: It captures the beauty of a wondrous planet in a conveniently sized tchotchke that fits on a desk. Why just look through a telescope when the wonder of space can also be right at your fingertips?
Where to get it: Mars Dust Globe
“The ultimate noise-crushers”
What is this gift? Over-ear wireless headphones that drown out noise to help you focus.
Why your boss will love it: These aren’t just headphones. They’re an escape from reality. Your boss will love putting them on and feeling enthralled in a world of music, far far away from the rest of the world.
Pricing: Starts at $396.66
Where to get it: Skullcandy headphones
“A cup that’s solid as an oak”
What is this gift? An oak tumbler with a wide stainless steel base. It’s infused with honey wax to bring out the flavor of your whiskey or maybe even your cold brew.
Why your boss will love it: This rugged tumbler doesn’t just make beverages taste a little sweeter; it also looks good resting on the table and it even has a weight that feels satisfying to grip.
Pricing: $14.00 – $50.00
Where to get it: Whiskey Enhancing Oak Tumbler
Boss’s Day Gifts
“A speaker as tough as you”
What is this gift? A portable speaker designed specifically for rough outdoor wear and tear. (It can even survive a swim in a lake.)
Why your boss will love it: It’s low-maintenance tech they won’t have to spend their outdoor time worrying about. They won’t have to double-check it’s secure or wrapped tightly in a plastic baggy. They can simply carry on with their adventure while enjoying quality music.
Pricing: Starts at $57.81
Where to get it: Rugged Outdoor Speaker
22) Charging Station
“The multitasking charger”
What is this gift? A handy charging station that can easily support up to three devices, including earbuds, smartphones, and smartwatches, at once.
Why your boss will love it: They’ll love feeling liberated from multiple cords. No longer will they have to check and double-check that they have all the chargers for all their devices. This do-it-all station provides peace of mind and all the power they need.
Pricing: Starts at $50.91
Where to get it: Charging Station
23) The Eco Pack
“The eco-chic dream collection”
Why your boss will love it: These stylish, premium goods look good while doing the environment well. Your boss will love enjoying the soothing, understated colors and feeling good about their footprint.
Where to get it: The Eco Pack
“A cinephile’s ultimate to-do list”
What is this gift? It’s a poster with a list of fantastic films, all paired with squares you can scratch off as you watch. (In other words, it’s a poster that allows you to be a contributor to your boss’s cinematic adventures.)
Why your boss will love it: They’ll love discovering new movies, maybe even with similar content to their all-time favorites. This poster can also relieve stress, the stress of picking just one movie to watch when it’s time for date night.
Where to get it: 100 Movies Scratch Off Poster
Birthday Gifts For Your Boss
25) Carhartt Duffel
“The Godfather of all duffel bags”
What is this gift? A rugged Carhartt duffel bag that’s large enough to fit weekend-getaway essentials and tote them while resisting rain, wind, and other elements.
Why your boss will love it: They were looking for the perfect way to take off in style for their birthday weekend getaway trip. This bag will do the trick!
Pricing: Starts at $84.70
Where to get it: Carrhartt Duffell
“A preparedness plan in a can”
What is this gift? A hollow flashlight packed with survival essentials, including waterproof matches, trail markers, and a compass.
Why your boss will love it: It’s compact and easy to tote, and it has everything they need for their next big wilderness adventure or even a go-bag. In short, it includes all the stuff they know they should have but maybe have never purchased and consolidated.
Where to get it: Adventure Essentials Survival Kit
27) The Tech Pack
“A techie’s bag of tricks”
What is this gift? A beautifully designed pack filled with technology essentials, including a Bluetooth tracker, a charger cable, and PowerBuds.
Why your boss will love it: They’ll be filled with delight when they realize they have way more than one tech toy to play with. They’ll also enjoy the pure luxury of filling their second home or office with all the tech they need.
Where to get it: The Tech Pack
“Cord management made as stylish as your designer wallet”
What is this gift? A handy little satchel that holds all your cords and even folds them into a compact, ready-to-pack bunch.
Why your boss will love it: Toting cords around has always been a necessary evil, but with this wrap, available in several shades of premium leather, carrying cables can be a style statement.
Pricing: Starts at $34.99
Where to get it: Premium Leather Cable Organizer
Christmas Gifts For Your Boss
29) Super Cozy Pack
“The most productive day in ever”
What is this gift? A pack of goodies your boss needs to curl up for a cozy day full of inspiration, including a herringbone throw, a sweatshirt, candle, and business books.
Why your boss will love it: Your boss doesn’t really do “lazy,” but they know how to relax productively. They’ll run with all these items, snuggling up for a day of productive brainstorming and visioning.
Where to get it: Super Cozy Pack
30) Game of Phones
“Cell-phone quick draw”
What is this gift? A deck of prompt cards that turns your stealthy smartphone skills into a game. Find out who has the “fastest phone in the Wild West.” This clever game might just be a holiday gift guide darling this year.
Why your boss will love it: They’ll love having a low-key game on hand that everyone will love and is ready to play on a moment’s notice.
Pricing: $10.00 – $20.00
Where to get it: Game of Phones
“The quintessential handbook of marvelous mind-benders”
What is this gift? A gorgeously illustrated book full of logic puzzles to delight and challenge any mind.
Why your boss will love it: This book is so much more than just words and pictures; it’s your boss’s key, their manual even, to exploring the hidden depths of their own minds.
Where to get it: Master Theorem Book of Puzzles
“The perfect marriage of gaming nostalgia and modern technology”
What is this gift? A handy console with built-in video games, such as Mega Man and Mario. Use an HDMI cable to connect it to your TV and computer and let the games begin!
Why your boss will love it: No matter what games they used to play, this gift will take them back to their favorite holiday season of yesteryear. As they play, they’ll feel like carefree gaming kiddos again.
Where to get it: Retro Game Console
Thank You Gifts For Your Boss
“Earbuds fit for a mermaid/merman”
What is this gift? Waterproof wireless earbuds that you can wear in the pool if you want.
Why your boss will love it: They’ll love taking their favorite music with them everywhere, including the pool, the beach, or a torrential downpour if they want.
Pricing: Starts at $60.00
Where to get it: Earbuds
34) The Sock Pack
An epic sampler for the sock connoisseur
“An epic sampler for the sock connoisseur”
What is this gift? A pack of cozy, stylish, custom knit socks.
Why your boss will love it: Let’s be honest: Your boss may love this gift, but really, their feet will love it more. These cozy socks stand alone to make a remote-work style statement, and they catch eyes peeking out of a nice pair of shoes.
Where to get it: The Sock Pack
“The most adorable way to say “you are a gem””
What is this gift? Another treasure from the independent artisans at Etsy.com, a thank-you gift box with a cute little succulent, a gem, and a card.
Why your boss will love it: You can’t open this box, read the cute card and smell that candle without putting on a giant smile. They’ll love receiving your message of thanks and also getting some lovely desk accessories.
Pricing: Starts at $29.70
Where to get it: Gem Succulent Gift
“An adventurous sampler for any science-loving foodie”
What is this gift? It’s a kit full of ingredients and tools anyone can use to create their own food laboratory and experiment with all the wonders of molecular gastronomy.
Why your boss will love it: They’ll love feeling like a part master chef and part “kid in science class” as they make chocolatey spaghetti or honey cubes.
Pricing: $49.00 – $65.00
Where to get it: Molecular Gastronomy Kit – Cuisine
People Also Ask These Questions About Gifts For The Boss
Q: What makes the best gift for my boss?
- A: The best gifts for your boss include games and tech, customized bags, and personalized mugs and tumblers. Choose the best gift for your specific boss from the selection of ideas in this post.
Q: How can I send my boss a personalized gift?
- A: You can send your boss a personalized gift by finding a vendor, such as Swag.com, that specializes in offering customizations on a variety of items your boss will love. This list includes personalized gift ideas for any boss.
Q: Where can I find a unique gift for my boss?
- A: You can find a unique gift for your boss in this roundup of boss-appropriate gifts for birthdays, Boss’s Day, holidays, and more. Some items, like a Mars dust globe, are already unique while others, like an outdoor speaker, can be made unique through personalization.
Q: How do I know what kind of gift my boss wants for their birthday?
- A: Figure out what kind of gift your boss wants for their birthday by considering their style, needs, and lifestyle. Aim to get them something practical but also special, such as a personalized tote or a monogrammed serving board. If you’re feeling uncertain, simply ask your boss what they want. Worst case scenario: you learn nothing new. Best case scenario: you learn how to find the perfect gift.
Q: Should I get my boss a Christmas gift?
- A: You should get your boss a Christmas gift if you 1) know they celebrate the holiday 2) know them well enough to know they’ll appreciate the gesture and 3) want to show them you care. Hardly anyone will be unhappy to receive your thoughtful gift.
Q: What’s an appropriate amount to spend on a gift for my boss?
- A: Any amount is appropriate to spend on a gift for your boss. Some experts recommend spending what you might spend on a night out for dinner ($15 – $25). Other experts recommend basing your expenditure on your income and career level. Choose an amount that is appropriate for your budget and simply focus on finding a thoughtful item for your boss.
Q: When is Boss’s Day?
- A: Boss’s Day is on October 16. If October 16 falls on a weekend, many people choose to celebrate it on the nearest working day.