The holidays are upon us and there’s a good chance you’re already stressing about finding the perfect gift for each and every important person in your life — especially if your boss is on that list.
Buying a holiday gift for your manager can be tricky. If you want to show your appreciation (and if gift giving is customary in your office), it’s a nice gesture — but you don’t want to come off as a brownnoser, and you definitely don’t want to make anyone feel uncomfortable.
Consider going in on a group gift with your coworkers, and remember to make sure it isn’t offensive or inappropriate.
If your boss likes to get work done on the go, you might want to consider giving them a keyboard they can use with their tablet or smartphone. Microsoft's universal mobile keyboard works on Apple, Android, and Windows devices.
A good, old-fashioned Braun travel alarm clock will allow your boss to stay on schedule while taking time off or away on business -- without having to be chained to their smartphone the whole time.
If your manager loves music, this is the perfect gift. Jawbone's Mini Jambox is a portable boombox that allows you to control the music from your smartphone. It's great for parties.
Price: From $US79.99
You can upload a photo of your boss to the website 1minime.com and they will send you a doll with your boss's head on it. Just make sure to get a few coworkers to go in with you so you don't look like a suck-up.
Price: From $US60
Is your boss an avid reader? Is she really into cooking or photography? Is she a history buff? You can't go wrong with a book.
For instance, you can liven up your boss's next dinner party with 'The American Cocktail.' The book contains recipes for 50 artisanal drinks, curated by the editors of Imbibe Magazine. Other great options: 'Humans of New York,' 'Thug Kitchen,' or '
Zero to One' by Peter Thiel.
Price: From $US10
Have a wine-lover for a boss? You can pick up a nice red or white online at Wine.com, which will even give you a real-time recommendation from a sommelier via instant message (the expert we spoke to recommended a bottle of M by Michael Mondavi). For an accessory, you can give your manager Vinturi's best-selling aerator, which filters bubbles into a glass of wine, thereby increasing its surface area and enhancing its flavour. You might also want to consider the corkcicle, a neat product that functions as a wine-stopper and cooling device.
Price of aerator: $US19,99
Price of Corkcicle: $US16.90
Price of wine: From $US7
Who wouldn't love a gourmet gift basket like this one from Harry & David, which contains goodies like lemon pepper sockeye salmon and cranberry hazelnut bark? If your boss has a sweet tooth, Harry & David's 'Tower of Chocolates' has everything from raspberry truffles to chocolate-covered popcorn.
Price: From $US14
If your boss has a significant other, you might want to treat them to dinner and/or a movie. You can give a gift certificate to a favourite restaurant, or pick up a pair of movie passes from AMC. Pleasant Surprises sells a gift package that comes with pasta, marinara sauce, snacks, and two passes to any AMC theatre.
Is your boss always taking photos on her iPhone? Consider a portable photo printer, like LG's pocket printer or a SnapJet, which allow you to instantly print high-quality photos straight from your smartphone. (SnapJet won't be available to the public until November 2015, but you can get your hands on one by donating $US130 to its Kickstarter campaign.)
Price (LG printer): $US159.99
If your boss has young children, they might appreciate a board game the whole family can enjoy. We suggest Candy Land (recommended for ages 3 and up), Bananagrams (ages 7 and up), and Pictionary (ages 12 and up).
Price: From $US7
If your boss is, well, not a slacker per se, but a person who likes to take a few minutes to recharge their creative juices every now and then, they might enjoy something to play with at their desk. Uncommon Goods sells desktop golf, basketball, skee ball, and bowling -- all of which seem like a blast.
Price: From $US28
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