Picking out the best gifts for bosses is just about as tough as it gets (in the scheme of holiday or birthday shopping, that is). Unlike finding the perfect gifts for friends or presents for boyfriends, no matter how close you are to the person who pays your checks, you still have to be relatively reserved.
The best boss gift is thoughtful but not too personal. You can’t go wrong with a unique present that recognizes their interests (like a hot sauce gift set if they’ve mentioned that they’re a foodie, a puzzle if you know they like staying in over the weekends, or a watercolor workbook if you’re looking for a present for crafters). Office-centered products and tech devices are always an appropriate gift (like a charging station for their gadgets, a cheery desk plant, or lunchbox). If they’re quite the busy bee, opt for something more mindful like a cozy gift (think: set of pretty journals or a candle). Personalized gifts, like silly custom socks or a monogrammed ornament, are good go-tos as well if you need a gift for the person who has everything. And if you’re still not sure what to get, something practical is the way to go (see: a leak-proof travel thermos if they bring coffee to every meeting).
Below, we’ve assembled the best gift ideas for bosses, with a little something for every type of leader. You’ll find excellent inexpensive gifts (including under $25 presents from Amazon), Uncommon Goods, Nordstrom, Etsy, and more—many of which are Glamour editor picks and that would make stellar white elephant and Secret Santa gifts, too.
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