There are those people on your holiday shopping list who are really difficult to shop for—and then there’s the one who’s likely the most difficult: your boss.
In most cases, you spend more time with your manager than you do with your spouse, family members, or friends. But, that doesn’t necessarily mean you know tons about them outside of the office. So, picking out something that’s both thoughtful and personal can definitely be a bit of a challenge.
Well, you’re in luck! I’ve pulled together 13 perfect holiday gifts for bosses that are sure to impress—no matter how tricky they are to shop for. Oh, and bonus, they’re all affordable.
1. Final Answer Decision Maker, $16
Your boss’ day is undoubtedly filled with tons of decisions. Help take some of the pressure off with this handy and creative desktop decision maker.
2. Personalized Business Card Case, $16
It’s the perfect personal gift, without being too personal. And, it’s professional without coming across as too stiff or formal. Basically, it checks all of the boxes on the “Perfect Office Gift” checklist.
3. Leather Journal, $20
Who couldn’t use another journal to jot down all sorts of bright ideas? For bonus points, write a nice message on the first page. That’s sure to put you at the top of your boss’ “Employees Who Deserve a Promotion” list—which they’re sure to write directly in this handy journal.
4. World’s Best Boss Mug, $13
If your boss is a fan of both coffee and The Office, this mug is a total no-brainer. Plus, unlike Michael Scott, your manager doesn’t need to buy it for themselves.
5. Carry-On Cocktail Kit, $24
Anyone who spends a good chunk of time traveling is sure to appreciate this kit that includes everything needed (minus the alcohol and the club soda) to create two delicious cocktails at 30,000 feet. It’ll help to ease some of that travel anxiety.
6. The New Yorker Desk Calendar, $16
Page-a-day calendars are always a suitable (and safe) office gift. And, this one featuring cartoons from The New Yorker is not only functional—it’s also entertaining!
7. Custom Map Coasters, $28
Everybody could use a good set of coasters. But, the fact that these are completely customizable? Well, that makes them even better! Pick your city—or even your supervisor’s favorite place to vacation—and you’ll have a unique set that your boss is sure to love!
8. Hot Cocoa Gift Set, $25
There’s nothing better than a steaming mug of hot cocoa during the holidays. Filled with 12 packets, this Godiva set is both festive and delicious. Outdo yourself by throwing in a coffee mug!
9. Bubble Calendar, $25
It doesn’t matter how old you are—everyone still loves popping bubble wrap. There’s something that’s entertaining and even therapeutic about it. With this calendar, your boss can pop their way through an entire year. Just prepare to hear a snapping sound coming from your manager’s office every day!
10. Monogrammed Note Pad Set, $35
Here’s another one of those perfect gifts that shows you put some thought in—without being too personal. These monogrammed note pads are equal parts thoughtful and functional!
If you’re searching for a totally practical gift, this handy (and adorable) portable phone charger is sure to fit the bill. Plus, your boss will think of you as that employee who saves the day every time their phone is about to die. It’s a win-win, really.
12. Coffee Sampler, $20
Your boss can’t get through the day without their morning cup of coffee. So, this sampler set is nothing short of appropriate. Packed with six different flavors of coffee, this gift will help your manager kiss that morning grogginess goodbye!
13. The Smartest Things Ever Said, $12
Connect your manager with all of the world’s greatest thinkers with this book containing over 1,000 quotes from the likes of Confucius and Maya Angelou.
There’s no doubt that selecting the perfect holiday gift for your boss can feel like an overwhelming undertaking. But, it’s really nothing to stress over! Pick one of the ideas off this list, and you’re sure to have a gift that demonstrates what an impressive and thoughtful employee you truly are.
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Kat is a Midwest-based freelance writer, covering topics related to careers, productivity, and the freelance life. In addition to The Muse, she's a contributor all over the web and dishes out research-backed advice for places like Atlassian, Trello, Toggl, Wrike, The Everygirl, FlexJobs, and more. She's also an Employment Advisor at a local college, and loves helping students prepare to thrive in careers (and lives!) they love. When she manages to escape from behind her computer screen, she's usually babying her two rescue mutts or continuing her search for the perfect taco. Say hi on Twitter @kat_boogaard or check out her website.More from this Author