Gift ideas for a manager

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Gift ideas for a manager
If you utilise good listening skills, buying a gift for your manager does not have to be stressful. (gift image by Horticulture from

The pressure is on when choosing a gift for your manager or boss; you want to be careful not to offend her but you also want to impress her and keep yourself in her good graces. The ideal gift is one that is memorable enough to score you points and maybe even get you a raise. It is important to listen to what she likes and come to an educated guess of what she needs or wants. If affordability is an issue, collaborate with coworkers for a more expensive gift.

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Bookstore Gifts

There are a multitude of possibilities in a bookstore; consider a gift that inspires your boss or a book about a hobby she won't stop talking about. If one book is not enough, make a book gift basket, complete with a Starbucks or Seattle's Best gift card. If you feel like books are too personal and complicated for you to choose, buy a gift card and wrap it in a box to look like a bigger present. If your boss has a sense of humour, wrap the gift card into a mug so that the boss thinks she is only getting an old mug.

For a boss who was very good to you, another great gift would be a music anthology like the Beatles or Pink Floyd; find these in the music section of your bookstore.

Wine and Spirits

If you are buying a gift around the holidays, you have lucked out. All the wine and liquor stores are bursting with liquor and wine gift sets. These sets usually come with glasses or other extras, making them a classy gift that your boss will surely appreciate; just make sure you find out her favourite liquor or wine before you buy. If your boss is a wine drinker, buy the latest copy of a wine magazine to get the latest tips on what wines are the hottest for the season. An electric wine opener is also a hot commodity for a wine connoisseur or someone who just loves to entertain. If your boss does not drink, try a gourmet food basket or fill your own basket with your favourite items from the nearest Trader Joe's or Whole Foods.

Techie Gifts

Technology can be a bit pricey, but if you are looking for something she does not already own, a gadget is the way to go. From fancy alarm clocks to multifunctional pens, stores like The Sharper Image and Brookstone will have exactly what you are looking for, even if you did not have it in mind in the first place. If your boss is a germophobe or constantly sneezing, a desk air purifier will show you care, but be sure to include a note with your card about why you got her that gift. These stores even have foot spas, towel warmers for the cold weather nights and massagers for your boss to destress. Gauge your relationship and choose which gift is most appropriate to your relationship; you may want to save the foot spa for mom.

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