Finding the best gifts for bosses could be as challenging and nerve-racking as finding the perfect gift for your father-in-law, your picky mom, or your difficult best friend who has completely opposite taste to you.
However, that doesn’t mean you need to stress out about picking a thoughtful, professional, and unique gift for your boss this Christmas, birthday, Boss’s Day, or another holiday! Your job is probably already stressful enough; leave finding the perfect gift to us professionals over here.
We’ve dived into the depths of the internet to find the best gifts for every kind of boss, from a boss lady who shatters glass ceilings to an older male boss you wish would adopt you as a grandchild.
Whatever the occasion (and whatever your budget), you’ll find an awesome and appropriate present on this listicle of boss gifts!
50 Unique Gift Ideas for Bosses
It’s time to boss up and find a meaningful gift for managers, a sentimental present for supervisors, and cool gifts for all those other corporate top dogs!
Chaos Coordinator Coffee Mug Tumbler
Being a boss can feel like juggling a million different plates while walking on stilts, on a tightrope. Whether the business is large or small, it’s most definitely going to be chaotic trying to keep everything organized. This extra-large mug is an awesome choice gift for bosses who are juggling all those plates, thanks to a constant supply of caffeine.
Whiskey Decanter Set Unique Gift for Boss
While some bosses are fueled by caffeine, others might do their best work while sipping on a glass of Macallan 12. This whiskey decanter set could be a thoughtful gift for those bosses who prefer to do their dealings over a cocktail than a coffee. It includes an etched decanter bottle, two old-fashioned glasses, and four whiskey stones for keeping their drinks perfectly cold.
Twelve South AirFly Pro (Wireless Transmitter/Receiver with Audio Sharing)
If you haven’t heard of AirFly’s, we can’t wait to let you in on this modern travel necessity. This little gadget allows users to connect their AirPods or other wireless headphones to audio systems that traditionally require wires.
For example, the user can connect to the audio on airplanes to watch their favorite movie, in rental cars that don’t have Bluetooth connectivity, or even on their fancy yacht. These are a super useful and thoughtful choice for bosses who are frequently traveling for work and such.
Back Massager with Heat
Between endless meetings, multiple important calls, and all the other bits and pieces that eat up your boss’ time, they might not be able to hit the massage parlor as often as they’d like. This heated back massager could help them multi-task in style by fitting in some muscle relief whenever they’re sitting at their desk!
Stojo Collapsible Travel Cup With Straw
Convenience is the name of the game when you’re a busy boss lady or man. This collapsible travel cup is about as convenient as it comes. Your boss can collapse it down and stick it in their bag, car, or briefcase when not in use, then pop it up to full size whenever they need a little caffeinated pick me up!
Soft Fuzzy Faux Fur Throw Blanket
Has anyone else noticed how impossibly cold most office buildings are? If you’ve noticed your boss never takes off their jacket no matter how long they’ve been in their office, they might be feeling the cold as well. These super soft fuzzy blankets could help them keep their extremities warm so their body can send more blood to their brain. That’s definitely how that works, right?
Wireless Charger For iPhones And Androids
Full disclosure— we’ve broken like three iPhone charger cables in the past three months. Do we have any definitive reason why? No. But we think we can all agree that charger cables suck.
Your boss doesn’t have the time to waste on wiggling around their charger cord into a pretzel to make it work, so you should get them one of these awesome wireless chargers. It can even charge their phones through their wireless case!
Gift for Him- Personalized Docking Station
Whether your boss wants to use this at home or work, this docking station can help them keep all of their essential belongings organized and in their place. You can even personalize it with their name, title, or a sweet message in 30 characters.
Dead Sea Mud Mask for Face and Body
There is nothing worse than going into a major meeting or event and not feeling confident about your skin. The dead sea mud mask is designed for all skin types and gentle enough for everyday use. It helps tighten the skin and minimize the appearance of pores for a smooth and airbrushed look that will have your boss raving about their skincare routine.
Diamond Dazzle Stik - Diamond Cleaner
We know your boss probably already has an impressive collection of bling that they bust out whenever their outfit demands some sparkle. But, if you noticed some of those stones don’t have the shine they once did, you could pick up this diamond cleaner brush. It is a super fast and easy way to restore their jewelry to its former glory!
Two Minute Mornings: A Journal to Win Your Day Every Day
At this point, you’re probably tired of people telling you about the importance of a good morning routine, so we won’t. But we will tell you the importance of having a boss who approaches every day with gratitude and mindfulness.
Whether your boss is already interested in these practices or you want to encourage them to dip their toes in the mindfulness pool, this journal could help! Just two minutes a day could give your boss the positivity, clarity, and motivation they need to tackle their day.
Cadbury Chocolate Gift Pack Large
Does your boss have a royal wedding-inspired Pinterest board? Did she binge-watch every episode of Bridgerton and live tweet the process? Does she exclusively have crushes on British celebrities but swears she didn’t even notice? It sounds like your boss might be a bit obsessed with the Brits! In which case, we’re sure she’ll love this gift box of creamy and delicious Cadbury chocolates from across the pond!
Homesick Premium Scented Candle, Home Office
Was your boss just as happy about work-from-home orders as everyone else on your team? If the idea of going back to work has them as grumpy as everyone else, then they might enjoy this Home Office candle. These soy candles are made in small batches and have 60-80 hours of burn time, so they’ll be able to enjoy the mix of gorgeous scents for months to come!
Unbreakable Geometric Vanity Tray
From sticky notes to paper clips to three different types of headphones, it seems like office desks breed clutter. These vanity trays could help your boss keep their belongings organized and in their place. After all, it’s hard to work on a desk that’s full of random stuff!
Mini Golf Club Pen Set
Your boss would probably rather be hitting the green than heading to another meeting about workplace productivity. With this funny golf club pen set, they can work on their short game while sitting at their desk. The set includes three mini-golf club gel pens as well as a fun desktop putting green with accessories.
Best Boss Planter Set
Are we mistaken, or do we see a wonderful work mentorship relationship blooming with your boss? This set of three planters lets your boss know how much you appreciate them and adds a touch of greenery to their office space.
The succulents are not included, so you might want to pick up some fun little plant buddies in case your boss doesn’t have any!
Ticket Shadow Box - 8x10
Do you work in the entertainment industry? How fun would it be to give your concert, theater, or event-loving boss this ticket shadow box? Whether your boss helps to put these events on or just loves to attend all the coolest shows, this shadow box could be a thoughtful way to show off their passions.
World’s Best Boss Gifts - 9oz Lavender Soy Candle
It’s time to light up a thoughtful gift for your boss this Christmas, holiday, boss’s day, or another celebratory event! This candle could be a meaningful way to show your appreciation and cover the scent of your co-workers’ microwave reheated fish (seriously, this should be a universally accepted no-go in office culture).
Happy Boss Day Card
Did you and your co-workers decide to go in on a communal gift card to your boss’ favorite restaurant or coffee shop to celebrate Boss’s Day? Did you pick up something you know your boss will love? Even if you have your gift sorted, you still need to find a great card to make it complete. This card is great for bosses with a sarcastic side!
Boss Lady Pen Set
Everyone could use a bit of a pick-me-up when they’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed, even your boss lady who seems to have it all together 24/7. These sleek and stylish pens are available in three different designs that could keep your boss feeling inspired and keep her notes looking fresh to death.
Funko Pop Television: Parks and Recreation - Ron Swanson Figure
Is your boss as stone-cold (but secretly soft) as everyone’s favorite Parks and Rec character Ron Swanson? Does your manager have their own “Pyramid of Greatness” that rivals Ron Swanson’s original pyramid? If you answered yes to either of those prompting questions, then you probably already know that you should get your boss one of these Funko Pop figures!
LED Desk Lamp with Wireless Charger
Cool and unique desktop accessories are always an appropriate and professional gift choice for your boss. This desk lamp has a built-in wireless charger. We’ve already ranted about our hatred of cords and the awesomeness of wireless chargers, so you can probably understand why this desk lamp made it on the list — it helps combine two essentials and minimize cords!
Cable Clips - Cord Management Organizer
As technology continues to advance, it seems like we have to keep track of more and more gadgets than ever before. This situation could turn our desks and office spaces into a cluttered collection of cords.
If you know your boss can’t handle a tangled mess, then they’ll probably love these cable clips. These nifty clips could help turn that jumbled bunch of wires into a sleek and organized system that won’t make them want to pull their hair out.
Foot Rest for Under Desk at Work
We can’t help but think of one of our old bosses when we see this under the desk footrest. She might have been petite in stature, but she was still an absolute boss and pleasure to work for.
If we were still working there, we would definitely get her one of these footrests (her feet didn’t quite reach the ground in standard desk chairs). If you know someone in a similar position or just want to encourage your boss to put their feet up every once in a while, then this footrest is definitely a winner.
It’s always wine o’clock somewhere! These wine-infused rubs are a super unique gift for your foodie boss who loves to experiment in the kitchen. Your boss can incorporate these rubs into their grilling meats or use them as a seasoning on eggs, pasta, or anything else they think of!
The set includes three scrumptious rubs: a Cabernet Wine Rub, a Chardonnay Wine Rub, and a Pinot Noir Wine Rub.
FaceTory - Handpicked Korean Sheet Masks Subscription Box
Fans of k-beauty, the affectionate nickname for Korean skincare and beauty products, will be over the moon every month when they unwrap their FaceTory subscription box!
These subscription boxes are full of unique and fan-favorite products, some of which retail at over $7 on their own! Each box is designed to be suitable for all skin types, and there are three types of boxes to choose from.
Shattered Glass Ceiling Paperweight
Female bosses all have one thing in common — shattered pieces of glass surrounding them as they destroy every ceiling in their way. This paperweight can help remind your stellar CEO to be proud of her accomplishments and grateful for the decades of work her feminist predecessors put in to make her dreams a reality!
Personalized Gift Photo Coasters (4 Piece Set)
These photo coasters would be a thoughtful gift for a boss with whom you have a close relationship (at least close enough to steal their pictures off social media). You can pick four of their best photos, from their family to their travels, and turn them into useful mementos of their life. Plus, no one likes water stains on their desks or tables.
Mason Jar Indoor Flower Garden
Many people enjoy growing plants as a form of stress relief (us, we’re many people). This mason jar indoor flower garden kit is a wonderful way to add some colorful cheer to your boss’s office! These jars could fit easily on your boss’s window sill to add some foliage to an otherwise boring office.
The Office-World's Best Boss Mug
In the first season of The Office, Michael Scott discloses that he buys his World’s Best Boss mug for himself. It’s a moment that would make most normal people cringe with secondhand embarrassment. But, thankfully, you can save your boss from the embarrassment of having to buy themselves a mug by clicking add to cart on this one!
Compact Swivel Cheese Board with Knives
Cheeseboards are without a doubt one of the greatest food trends to hit the 2020s, and we’re so happy to be here for this daring adventure in dairy.
If your boss enjoys cheese or likes to entertain guests during their off-hours, they’ll probably love this sleek cheese board. It is a multi-level cheese board with built-in utensil storage that swivels down to a quarter of its full size for easy storage!
Coffee Warmer for Desk
Does anyone else make a dreamy cup of coffee only to completely forget about it and return to it hours later when it is cold as the arctic circle? We know we’re not the only ones because this mug warmer exists to help solve this very problem. This is a thoughtful gift for bosses who are too busy to keep track of everything on their plates (or in their mugs).
Finger Tracing Meditation Mug
Swirling thoughts can cloud our brains and leave us unable to focus on the task at hand. This finger tracing meditation mug could help your boss channel their thoughts and energy to have enough clarity to tackle their massive to-do list!
Scriveiner Black Lacquer Rollerball Pen
When you don’t know what to get for a male supervisor or boss and want to stay positive and professional, we suggest the most neutral of gifts — a fancy, somewhat expensive pen. High-quality pens are one of those rare products that people generally don’t buy for themselves but make a noticeable difference compared to their cheap counterparts.
Just Breathe Eucalyptus Spa Gift Set
Is anyone else in need of a spa day? This gift set could be an excellent gift idea for bosses who need to relax and unwind in more than one way. The set includes eucalyptus seeds and a self-watering planter to watch their plants grow, as well as botanical bath salts and a jute body scrubber. Let the aromatic scents of eucalyptus carry your boss away into a relaxing oasis!
Handheld Milk Frother Mixer
Give your boss the gift of cafe-quality lattes from the comfort of their home or office! Milk frothers are a notoriously underrated kitchen accessory, and there are so many more ways to use them than just frothing up some dairy!
Your boss will enjoy experimenting with fancy cocktails, making creamy protein shakes, and easily whipping up some delicious dips for their dinner party, just to name a few of the ways they can use this handy tool.
F Bomb Paperweight
In most cases, your boss might get a bit upset if you dropped an f-bomb in the office. However, we don’t think anyone could get mad at this hilariously punny paperweight. Cheers to minimizing profanity in the workplace and drastically increasing dad jokes!
El Jefe Funny T-Shirt
Who’s the boss? You might already know, but now your boss can announce their status to the rest of the world while keeping it casual and cool in this comfortable t-shirt. It comes in various styles and options, including cuts for men and women, four colors, and sizes ranging from small to 3x-large.
PhoneSoap Smartphone Sanitizer
Since the pandemic hit us, many of us are significantly more aware of the germs we encounter on a day-to-day basis. Researchers at The University of Arizona found that your smartphone may host ten times more germs than a toilet seat.
This smartphone sanitizer gadget could be one of the best gifts for bosses who are wary about getting sick or bringing illnesses home to their families.
Modern Desktop Terracotta Planters
This modern desktop planter gives your boss’s plants the position and stature they deserve! That’s right; we’re raising up our plant friends above the chaos and giving them all the attention, at least for as long as the urban jungle trend is trending. These small terracotta planters are perfect for succulents and other low-maintenance plants to thrive.
In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs
We strongly encourage you to get this book for any millennial women bosses in your life. Why? Because no matter how much of a boss she appears to be, imposter syndrome is a super real struggle for many, including entrepreneurs. This book could give her the perfect dose of inspiration from other female success stories.
Burger And Fries To Go Sock Set
Few meals compare to the classic American masterpiece that is a burger and fries combo. If your boss loves fast food or funky socks, they’ll definitely enjoy these food-themed pairs. These socks could add a touch of whimsy to your boss’s casual Friday ensemble and would be a wonderfully appropriate choice if you work in the restaurant industry.
Dumpling Stress Ball Fidget Toy
Is it possible to be stressed out when you’re squeezing an adorable little dumpling? We don’t think so, which is why we suggest everyone get this cute little novelty stress ball for your boss who has everything except a way to manage their anxiety.
This stress ball definitely won’t replace therapy, but that might not be an appropriate gift for your boss (no matter how much you think they need it).
Between traveling for meetings and long commutes, your boss probably spends more time than they’d like to admit sitting around feeling a bit unproductive.
Now, thanks to Audible, all those scenarios where they can’t actually read (got to keep your eyes on the road while driving), they can listen to audiobooks! Your boss can escape into a fantasy world, learn new skills, or take a trip back in time with the thousands of books available on Audible.
American Plant Exchange - Stromanthe Tricolor
We have to admit; this Stromanthe Tricolor is one of our favorite plants in our collection. The bold colors and designs make every new leaf a joy to welcome into the world. These plants thrive in bright, indirect light with moderate watering and high humidity. They’re also safe for children and pets, in case your boss wants to bring this gorgeous plant to their home office.
Personalized Floral Stationery Set
Handwritten notes will never go out of style, and your boss lady in charge is probably already aware of the lengths a well-timed and thoughtful note can go in terms of business. This personalized stationery set could be a wonderful choice for your boss’s personal correspondence or add a special touch to their official business.
Office Desk Name Plate Personalized
Those chunky wooden nameplates are classic, but not everyone has classic tastes. If your boss prefers modern over traditional, they’ll love this crystal clear and personalized nameplate. You can customize it with the company’s logo, your boss’s name, and their job title and choose from 13 designs.
The Work Wellness Deck
Let’s get you all decked out with one of these helpful de-stressing sets. Unlike a traditional set of cards, these aren’t designed for games. This set is here to help the user let go of their stress.
Each of the 60 cards hosts an easy and straightforward way to relax, from breathing exercises to stretches. This is a thoughtful gift for a boss that struggles to manage their stress and might need a little prompting to return to mindfulness.
My Life Story - So Far
Is your boss a self-made man or woman? Did they have an interesting journey to their current boss position? This prompting journal can help them reflect on and document their unique life story, words of wisdom, and treasured memories.
This could be a particularly great gift for a boss who is about to retire, as that change can often make people feel a bit nostalgic and reflective anyways!
Picture Your Pet - President
Did your boss work their way up to the top specifically so they could start bringing their dog to work without anyone daring to complain? Do all of the framed pictures in their office feature their furry friend?
If your boss loves their dog more than anything else, they’ll definitely enjoy this personalized and 100% unique art piece that puts their perfect pooch in a presidential position!
Gifts for Bosses FAQs
Should Employees Buy Gifts for Their Boss?
Traditional workplace etiquette often dictates that gifts should flow down from the top in an office, i.e., a boss can give gifts to an employee, but employees are not obligated to give their boss gifts.
In fact, some places even discourage gift-giving, as it might be seen as a way to attempt to win favor or even bribe a boss.
However, these days, many of us don’t work in traditional offices or work environments. If you want to give your boss a gift, for Christmas, your last day, or another occasion, you could check in your company’s Human Resources Departments to see if they have an official policy.
If your company doesn’t have HR, we suggest using your best judgment regarding your office culture and sticking to something simple.
How Much Should I Spend on a Gift for a Boss?
Giving a gift to a boss could already be a bit of a delicate issue, depending on where you work and the rules surrounding gift-giving.
In general, it might be better to stick to something small and professional. We suggest keeping your present around the $20 mark, but of course, the decision is up to you!
What Should You Not Gift Your Boss?
When giving your boss a gift, you want to stick to items that are professional, not personal. A good rule of thumb for professional gift-giving is avoiding gifts that touch the skin, such as perfume, intimate apparel (no giving boxers to your boss), jewelry, or anything that could be misconstrued as a bribe, such as cash.
Should I Get My Boss a Gift on My Last Day?
If you have a positive relationship with your boss and want to keep a strong connection even though you are moving on to another opportunity, giving a small gift is appropriate. These gifts can help express your gratitude for your boss’s mentorship and everything they did to help you succeed at the company.
What Are Some Inexpensive Gift Ideas for Boss’s Day?
Happy bosses day to your favorite manager! If you want to show your supervisor your appreciation, you could get them a small gift for boss’s day such as flowers, a travel mug, a picture frame (or a framed picture of your whole team), chocolates, their favorite coffee, a high-quality pen, or a classic “world’s best boss” mug ala Michael Scott in the office.
What is the Best Christmas Gift for a Boss?
Merry Christmas and happy holidays to your boss! Let’s spread some cheer around the office with a thoughtful holiday gift for your supervisor. Some great ideas could be a live plant to add some greenery to their office, a set of gorgeous pens, a cool stress ball, a wireless charger for their office, or their favorite seasonal candies or treats.
What Are Some Birthday Gifts I Can Give to My Boss?
Blow out the candles boss! For birthdays, in particular, it’s not uncommon for co-workers to go in on a gift together and split the costs.
If you choose to go the communal route, you could be able to go for a bigger ticket item, such as a care package, gift certificate to their favorite restaurant, a voucher for a cool experience, such as a massage, tickets to the zoo (especially if they have kids), or even ax throwing (maybe leave the kids at home for that one).
If you have a smaller team or want to get a simpler gift, you could consider some yummy birthday treats from a local bakery, specialty coffee or tea, a bottle of wine, cool desk accessories, or a business cardholder.
What Are Some Unique Gift Ideas For a Male Boss?
If you need unique gifts for your male boss, you’ve come to the right place. If you want to find a gift that is as creative as it is unexpected, we suggest picking up some funny and whimsical socks, a useful phone sanitizer to keep them germ-free, a funny boss t-shirt, a convenient mug warmer to keep their coffee hot, novelty golf club pens, or a personalized docking station to keep their desk organized!
What Is the Best Gift I Can Give My Female Boss?
Are you looking for the best gifts for bosses and boss ladies? We’ve got you covered with lots of unique options your boss will love. Some of our favorite gift ideas for bosses include personalized stationery for her important correspondence, an inspirational book of other female bosses, a shattered glass ceiling paperweight, a monthly subscription skincare box, and a diamond dazzle stick to clean up their jewelry.