Funny gift ideas for a boss

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Funny gift ideas for a boss
Personalise a plain coffee mug with a funny saying. (coffee mug on white background for selecting image by David Levinson from

Whether for Christmas, National Boss' Day or your boss' birthday, a funny gift is always appropriate. It will lighten the mood and, if only for a moment, give you and your boss something to laugh about. Although some bosses have a better sense of humour than others, most male or female bosses should enjoy and show a smile (or at least a hint of one) upon opening one of these suggested gifts.

Personalised Mug

A personalised mug isn't always funny, but it can be made specifically for your boss. Take a phrase such as "my door is always open, but I'm having it fixed" and put it on a mug. is an easy way to make custom mugs. Depending on your boss' sense of humour, something a little more risky might be more hilarious to your boss. For example, the cliché trick of sitting on a photocopier might produce a humorous photo perfect for a mug. If your boss has trouble remembering names, maybe giving your boss a mug with someone else's name on it would be funny. Think of your boss and what would work for him or her best.

Giant Office Supplies

A giant remote control is a hilarious gift for your 65-year-old father, who has trouble seeing the numbers on a normal remote. But maybe your boss has trouble finding the numbers on a calculator. Or perhaps the stapler isn't big enough for all the reports needing to get done. An abnormally large version of something already sitting on the boss' desk will make for a funny gift that will probably hang around forever. Because it's a gift your boss can use as an icebreaker in meetings or just to play with during down time, it will likely be a gift kept through office moves and more.

Inanimate Character Stickers

Inanimate Character Stickers are a certain brand of stickers made for the office environment. If really big staplers and calculators won't work for your boss, maybe giving office supplies some personality will be the charm. These stickers of eyes and mouths fit perfectly on phones, staplers, tape dispensers, even pens and computer monitors. They're inexpensive, but the time and fun your boss will have naming each office supply is priceless.

Inspired by TV and Film

If your boss is like many Americans, he/she watches "The Office." Mugs, T-shirts and more gear taken directly from the NBC sitcom are hilarious and will bring back memories from especially funny episodes. Gifts from work-related movies (such as "Office Space") also work. These gifts will give your boss something to talk about and reasons to relate with coworkers. Mugs and posters will also add humour to the office environment in general.

Drinking Bird

The drinking bird is a traditional and timeless gift. It's also quite funny because no one expects to receive it anymore. After being used so often in movies and TV, the thought of actually receiving one might seem out of the ordinary to any boss. Your boss will have a good laugh and will also have something to help him/her zone out of everyday boss life.

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