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The Complete Holiday Gift Guide for Your Boss

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Kate MurphyGuest Blogger
December 12, 2016 · 2.8k Views

We all have different relationships with our boss ranging from friend and teacher to strictly the person who is in charge of the whole operation. This means holiday shopping for your superior can be a bit difficult task. You want to get a gift that is thoughtful and useful. You also want the gift to express your appreciation during the merriest time of the year. Start by thinking about your boss’ interests or favorite hobbies. Do you ever hear them talking about the fantastic weekend they just had fly-fishing, how much they like to cook and entertain or the amazing art exhibition they just saw? This may take some investigative work on your part. Focus on getting a gift that is simple, caring, and something that you are comfortable giving. To help you get started, we put together this list of unique holiday gift ideas to consider for your boss this year.

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10 Best Gifts to Get Your   This Holiday Season

  1. Meat and Cheese Gift Box
    You can never go wrong with gifting specialty foods, especially during the holidays. When it comes to choosing a gift basket or box, options range from savory to sweet. This deluxe meat and cheese gift box has all the makings for a tasty afternoon bite. Your boss will appreciate having it to enjoy while watching the football bowl games, binge watching their favorite TV show, or entertaining guests. Get the Deluxe Meat and Cheese Gift Box (starting at $39.99) from Harry & David.
  2. Business Card Holder
    Even bosses need a little help staying organized and the desk is a great place to start. This modern business card holder is practical, stylish, and doesn’t take up precious desktop space. Choose from an array of eye-catching colors. Get the Wood Business Card Holder ($20) from ForTheHost on Etsy.
  3. Big Personality Desk Sign
    Cultivating an office environment that is open and comfortable is always a plus. A humorous desk sign does just that by taking the edge off when entering the upper-level domain. A great gift for the boss with a big personality and even bigger sense of humor. Get the Big Personality Desk Sign ($28) from Uncommon Goods.
  4. Mini Zen Garden Kit
    The workday is demanding and getting a proper break doesn’t always happen. But with this mini zen garden, your boss can easily take a 10-minute time out to destress and relax. Get the Mini Zen Garden Kit ($11.10) from Amazon.
  5. Wall Clock
    Yes, we can check the time on our phones and computers with a simple glance. But there is something comforting about the sight of a good, old-fashioned clock on the wall. This classic schoolhouse design not only looks really cool but comes in handy during meetings when picking up a phone to check the time could be perceived as rude and unprofessional. Get the 20" Threshold Schoolhouse Wall Clock ($29.99) from Target.

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  6. Kate Spade Retro Oven Mitt, Towel, Pot Holder Gift Set
    The perfect gift for the boss who loves to whip up new recipes in the kitchen, these retro style cooking accessories are not only useful but also add a dash of fun to usual home décor. Get the Kate Spade New York Order's Up 3-Pc. Gift Set ($35) from Macy's.
  7. A Coffee Table Book
    For a thoughtful, sophisticated gift, consider getting your boss a coffee table book on one of their favorite subjects. There are hundreds of display-worthy books filled with stunning images and enriching text on just about everything – art, photography, architecture, design, fashion, travel, film, pop culture, music, and sports. If you are feeling overwhelmed and don’t know where to begin, check out these comprehensive lists from New York Magazine and Bazaar for coffee table books that make great gifts.
  8. Face Mug With Snack Cubby
    The 3 pm work slump will never be a problem again thanks to this face-shaped ceramic mug that comes equipped with a special cubby for snacks. Sure, veggie sticks, hummus, and almonds are ideal options for afternoon fuel. But your boss will love having this mug around for those days when only cookies from the break room will do. Get the Face Mug ($18) from Uncommon Goods.
  9. Wall Art
    Wall décor such as a beautiful framed print or photograph will liven up any office. Choose art that reflects your boss’ tastes and personality. Look to online art marketplaces like Etsy for affordable work by talented and independent artists such Janet Hill. Check out her whimsical and timeless art at Janet Hill Studio.
  10. A Unique Plant for the Office
    It’s no secret that nature lifts the spirit. Indoor plants are an easy way to green up space and will transform a lifeless white office cube to a welcoming oasis. A unique spin on the small plant-in-a-pot, this hanging air plant is easy to care for and looks like a living work of art when displayed. Get the Walter Plant ($45) from Bloom That.


Finding a holiday gift for your boss shouldn’t leave you a stressed out mess. Relax, take a deep breath, and remember that giving a gift that is thoughtful and shows your appreciation is always a winning idea.


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Kate Murphy is a native of Pennsylvania. After receiving a degree in art history, she moved to New York City to test the waters. She enjoys writing about art, culture, fashion, design, and travel. In addition to writing, Kate works with artists, leads, street art tours, and moonlights as an illustrator.
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