Good Gifts to Get Your Boss When You Leave

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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.


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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

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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

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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

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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.