It’s time to get a gift for your boss. You can feel the perspiration already, can’t you? Except for our in-laws, there’s really no one else on the planet we want (need) to impress more. Should you go big or should you go small? Should you stick with what you gave her last year? Do you even remember what you got her last year? Deep breaths. You’ve got this, and we can help. Read on for some great gift ideas for your boss.
Buying something like clothes for your boss might be a bit too personal. Plus, you would have to guess her size, which is never a good idea. On the other hand, accessories are just right when it comes to gifts for your boss. A scarf, jewelry, or just the right choice from a collection of dress watches would be something that she’d surely love, especially if you’ve kept even a relatively keen eye on her sense of style. Of course, including the gift receipt wouldn’t be a bad idea just in case.
An experiential gift would be something your boss would surely appreciate, especially if she’s a workaholic. Tickets to a sporting event, concert, play, or even the movie theater would be a thoughtful and appreciated present. You’ll get brownie points if it’s something she’s mentioned in conversation.
Something for the Home
You don’t want to get your boss something that goes against her sense of style, but something like a candle in her favorite scent, a vase for flowers, some incense, a cheeky statement pillow, or a throw blanket could go a long way in impressing her. A picture frame that she can use to bring a photo of her family in to the office is never a bad idea. It doesn’t have to be something huge, as everyone knows it’s the thought that counts. More bonus points if you get her something you know she needs … ahem, like a high-quality blender for Margarita Mondays.
Being a boss is hard work. If you have a relationship that’s affable, get her something she can use to relax when she goes him. Whether it’s an adorable pair of fuzzy slippers, flannel pajamas, or a silly wearable blanket (yes these exist), she’ll surely think about it every time she’s kicking back at home. This could come in handy during review time.
Bring on the Booze
It goes without saying that you’d have to know your work environment before you go ahead and buy booze for the boss. However, if social outings are a regular part of your office culture, it’s likely that this present will go over well. Whether you go for a gift basket with wine and cheese, a nice bottle of whiskey, or a wine-of-the-month club membership from the whole office, this is a gift she can use. And if she’s not a big drinker, she can always re-gift it. Don’t judge—re-gifting in a pinch is a perfectly acceptable endeavor, especially around this time of year.
Yes, we know you feel pressured to buy these from many well-meaning friends, but the truth is that the positive effects that have been achieved by diffusing these are undeniable. If you know she’s got a diffuser, think about getting her some of her favorite oils (anything anti-stress would surely be appreciated). Whether she uses them at the office to keep everyone relaxed and attentive or she uses them at home to unwind, she’ll surely appreciate the benefits this gift would bring. Along these same lines, a gift card for a massage is something that would make everyone happy (if you get our drift).
A Restaurant Gift Card
It’s hard to go wrong with this option, as everyone goes out to dinner. And if you live near her, you likely know her favorite and most frequented jaunts. Many restaurants offer deals during the holidays, too. For example, if you get her a $100 gift card, the restaurant will give you another $25. And your secret is our secret if you choose to use that for yourself (and you should).
Buying for the boss can be excruciatingly stressful. Choose anything off this list and we all but guarantee you’ll secure a place close to her heart (and hopefully close to her performance evaluation tools, too)
Good things come in small packages. A small, heartfelt gift will have more meaning than some overpriced gadget. Gifts such as walkie talkies are great ways to spice it a little and stand out. You’ll guaranteed to stand out.