The Best Boss Gifts

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The Best Boss Gifts
Buy your boss a gift he can use in the office. (Goodshoot/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

It is customary to buy a present for your boss for special occasions such as holidays and birthdays. Finding the right gift for your boss can be an intimidating task because he or she is a figure of authority who has control over your career. While you probably won't be fired for giving your boss a lame gift, you can avoid the embarrassment by considering these gift ideas.

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Gifts for The Office

Because you usually see your boss in the workplace, buy him a gift that he will be able to use at work. Your boss might appreciate a new pen cup, paperweight or even a potted plant to give his office some colour. If your boss loves his morning coffee, get him a new mug or a gift basket of fancy coffees and creamers. A new desk or wall calendar for his office is the perfect idea for a Christmas present as the new year is right around the corner.

Handmade Gifts

A homemade item is a fun way to make a good impression on your boss. Cooking food is the easiest way to go, with sweets like cookies, cakes and homemade candies at the top of the list. If you enjoy crafting, you might consider a gift that shows off your talent, such as a hand-knit scarf. You can even use your creativity to jazz up store-bought gifts, like hand-painting a picture frame or writing a holiday greeting in calligraphy on a store-bought card.

Gifts Tied to Interests

If you know your boss well enough to know his or her personal interests you can buy a gift suited to that. If your boss loves a good book, consider a hardcover book or a personalised bookmark. For the golf lover, a new set of golf balls or a book on golf techniques is a smart idea. If your boss loves cooking and fine dining, indulge the appetite with a bottle of fancy olive oil or a bottle of wine.

Gifts from the Group

Finding a gift for your boss can be hard because you want to find something nice but you don't want to spend too much money either. Ask your coworkers to consider going in together on a gift for your boss. That way, you can get something he or she will really appreciate without having to feel guilty for knowing that you can't afford it. Gift ideas from the whole office include a cappuccino machine or season tickets for a theatre or sports arena.

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