Birthday gifts for a man boss

Written by megan smith
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Birthday gifts for a man boss
Choose a birthday gift for your boss. (Goodshoot/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

While workplace etiquette does not require that employees purchase birthday gifts for their boss, you might feel close enough to your boss so that you want to give him a gift, or you might feel obligated to give a gift. Either way, there are plenty gift options for your boss. Stay away from a gift that might seem too personal, however, as that might not be appropriate for the workplace.

Gift Basket

Create a gift basket for your boss full of items he will be able to use. For example, if he is a coffee drinker, place a new coffee mug in a basket. Along with the mug, add a small container of gourmet coffee and other coffee-related items, such as sugar cubes, flavoured syrups, cinnamon and colourful plastic or glass swizzle sticks. Maybe he has a hobby outside of work, such as golf. Fill a gift basket with golf balls, tees, golf ball markers, a new glove and a golf club head cover.

Office Plant

Choose a new plant for his office. If he doesn't have much space for plants, choose something small, such as a Christmas cactus. For a larger office, choose a larger plant, like a peace lily or a spider plant. Don't choose an indoor plant that requires a lot of upkeep for a boss who does not have much time to spend on taking care of the plant.


You can't go wrong with a bottle of wine for a boss who enjoys having a drink every now and then. Choose a locally made wine from a nearby vineyard, if you have access to one. Otherwise, go to a local wine shop and ask an expert to recommend a red or white wine, depending on your boss's preference. If you want, give him a bottle of wine along with a wine opener and a new set of wine glasses.


Choose a book for your boss. If he likes fiction thrillers, choose the latest book that is out by a popular author. You could also choose a book that has something to do with your profession. For example, for a man who is in real estate, go with a book written by a famous real estate mogul, such as Donald Trump. If he has a coffee table in his office, choose a book he could display, such as a book full of pictures of his favourite vacation spot.

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