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Good Gifts to Get Your Boss When You Leave

Updated March 23, 2017

Whether you're retiring, resigning, transferring or being promoted, it's tasteful and gracious to give your boss a gift when you leave. Your boss has overseen your work and provided feedback throughout your tenure, and it's important to show your appreciation for her efforts with "goodbye" gift.

Knowledge

Help your boss continue his professional journey with valuable knowledge. Give him a book by one of your industry's most successful or admired leaders; for example, billionaire Ted Turner's book, "Call Me Ted," could provide inspiration to a boss in the media. You could also gift a spot at a self-help seminar or leadership conference. Or, get your boss a subscription to an industry magazine or webinar series on a topic of interest to her.

Food and Drink

Give your boss an exotic fruit or gourmet cheese gift basket as your exit gift; he'll appreciate the gesture and his whole family can enjoy it as well. Or, gift a quality bottle of wine or scotch. Try to find out before buying what his favourite brand is. You could also get your boss a six-month subscription to a beer- or cheese-of-the-month club so that she'll think of you fondly every month -- and potentially when you most need a reference letter. Or, try an attractive tin full of homemade treats, such as flavoured popcorn, trail mix, cookies or your boss's favourite cake.

At Work

You've seen your boss's office enough to know what it lacks. Make it a little more comfortable with a desk fan, a space heater or remote-controlled blinds for the window. Or, increase her mobility with a wireless mouse or keyboard. You could also gift a leather desk organiser; have his initials engraved for a personal touch. Or, buy him a tiny refrigerator that holds just a few drinks. He can keep it under his desk for quick refreshment. For the golf-loving boss who needs a break, try a miniature put-put set.

On the Go

Make your boss's business trips a little more convenient. Give him a handsome new leather briefcase with enough space for his laptop or a portable backup battery for his smartphone. You could also sign him up for a three-month membership in the company's airline's executive club so he can enjoy perks like a comfortable lounge while waiting on his flight. Or, gift noise-cancelling earbuds or a massaging travel pillow to use on long flights.

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About the Author

Kate Bradley began writing professionally in 2007. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in international studies and a minor in German from Berry College in Rome, Ga; TEFL/TESOL certification from ITC International in Prague; and a Master of Arts in integrated global communication from Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga.