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47 Appropriate Gifts for Your Boss That They’ll Actually Like

Gifts for your boss can be tricky because you don’t want to misgauge their personality or sense of humor with an offensive or puzzling gift. These gifts are appropriate for any boss, and will definitely put you in their good graces on Boss’s Day.

The best gifts for your boss that they will actually like.

Paper Weight Decision Maker

Paper Weight Decision Maker

You’ve got to feel for the boss – every decision comes down to him. Take some of the weight off his shoulders with this decision maker which will tell him what to do.

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Deep Sea Sand Art

Deep Sea Sand Art

Decorate their office with this deep sea sand art piece. They can flip it upside down again and again, creating a new design every time. It’s mesmerizing watching the sand gently fall into place and watching it create a piece of art right before your eyes.

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Moodycards

Moodycards

The perfect gift for bosses who love sarcastic comebacks, this flip pad comes with some hilarious retorts, as well as a wipe-clean blank page for their own brand of humor.

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Funny Dog on Bikes Dog Breed Shirts

Funny Dog on Bikes Dog Breed Shirts

If your boss has a beloved dog, or even better brings it to work, this tee will go down a storm. Available with all kinds of breeds featured, these tees are cute and funny as they feature various pooches attempting to ride a bike, trike, or skateboard.

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Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug

Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug

Executives rarely have time to finish a cuppa before it gets cold. Become their new favorite employee by giving them the Ember Mug. Keeping drinks hot for up to 90 minutes (or all day via the charging coaster) the Ember makes a great gift for bosses who deserve a break.

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Boss Lady Candle

Boss Lady Candle

Have her leave the office behind at the end of the day with the Boss Lady candle. Made from a 100% natural soy blend wax, this sea salt and jasmine – with hints of wood and cream – candle will fill her home with a beautiful aroma, and will burn for 40+ hours.

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Blue Bottle Coffee Subscription

Blue Bottle Coffee Subscription

You probably know their coffee preference pretty well by now, and if so, this subscription will make a truly long-lasting gift. Just choose from a single origin, blend assortment, or espresso assortment, then size and frequency, and they will have freshly roasted coffee delivered straight to their home or workplace.

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Miniature Violin

Miniature Violin

If your manager isn’t known for having much sympathy (but does have a sense of humor) this tiny violin will really make them laugh. Measuring just 3 inches long, this miniscule instrument comes with its own bow and case, so they can ‘play’ it the next time staff look for compassion.

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Boss Appreciation Coffee Mug

Boss Appreciation Coffee Mug

This 18oz mug will make a touching gift to any boss who is so much more. Beautifully made in black and gold, the mug comes with a verse that spells out all of their qualities, and includes a lid, spoon, and gift card, all packaged within a silk-finished presentation box.

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Ficus Indoor Plant

Ficus Indoor Plant

Whether you’re buying for the workplace or home, this ficus indoor plant makes an impressive gift. Happy in any situation apart from direct sunshine, the ficus will add a breath of fresh air to any indoor space. What’s more, it’s among the top 7 air purifying plants you can buy.

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Badass Inspirational Cuff Bracelet

Badass Inspirational Cuff Bracelet

Even the most assured of businesswomen experience a crisis of confidence once in a while. Give her a gentle, discreet reminder that she’s a badass with this simple cuff bangle. Made from stainless steel, this bracelet hides the powerful message that’s stamped inside, so only you and she know it’s there.

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Osaka Glass Cold Brew Coffee Maker

Osaka Glass Cold Brew Coffee Maker

If cold brew coffee is their drink of choice, treat them to this stylish glass coffee maker. The airtight lid keeps coffee or iced tea fresh for up to a week once it’s been prepared and steeped for 12-24 hours. Designed to fit in a fridge door, it holds a full liter.

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Shattered Glass Ceiling Necklace

Shattered Glass Ceiling Necklace

Show her how proud you are of her achievements with this highly symbolic necklace. The sterling silver bezel holds two panes of glass which encapsulate a third piece of shattered glass, which represents the glass ceiling that women have always fought against. A 24” sterling silver chain is also included.

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Aura Digital WifFi Photo Frames

Aura Digital WifFi Photo Frames

If they have family and friends scattered all over the country, or even the world, the Aura digital frame will help them feel connected. Displaying instantly delivered photographs, the Aura can hold around 10,000 pictures, and can synch with any number of devices so the whole family can join in.

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Speks Magnetic Balls

Speks Magnetic Balls

Fidget toys certainly got an upgrade when Speks magnetic balls came along. There are 512 magnetic, two tone balls included in this set, which can be molded and shaped into a myriad different shapes, offering an intriguing way to keep fingers busy during long meetings and fraught phone calls.

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Coravin Wine Preservation Gadget

Coravin Wine Preservation Gadget

Sometimes an occasion calls for one glass, and sometimes it calls for the whole bottle. For the former times, the Coravin allows wine to be poured without spoiling the rest of the bottle. The innovative system pierces the cork, and then reseals it to save for months and even years later.

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Tony’s Chocolonely Bites

Tony’s Chocolonely Bites

They can eat this chocolate entirely guilt-free, because Tony’s Chocolonely manufactures their chocolates without the use of slaves – a practice that is still very much alive in West Africa. With 100 decadent pieces of delicious, caramel sea salt in each box, Tony’s Chocolonely is definitely candy with a conscience.

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Smart Squeeze Stress Relief Ball

Smart Squeeze Stress Relief Ball

Stress balls have moved on from the standard round models. The Smart Squeeze ball comes with a related app included so they can track their grip strength via the hidden sensor inside, and allows for exercises, progression, and even play-offs against Artificial Intelligence, colleagues, family, and friends.

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Everything is Fine Paper Pad

Everything is Fine Paper Pad

Funny but scarily accurate when they’re really up against the clock, this notepad is printed with a cartoon picture of an office worker drowning in both water and work. Ideal for doodling or writing memos, the pad includes 50 tear off sheets on a robust chipboard back cover.

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Funny Meeting Notebook

Funny Meeting Notebook

One of life’s mysteries is why bosses call meetings for things which could have been discussed by phone or email. This funny notebook makes a great gift for the boss who calls such meetings, or for those who have to suffer them at the hands of their superiors.

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Radiate Portable Campfire

Radiate Portable Campfire

If they’re the type to head to the hills for some peace and solitude, help them travel lighter with the lightweight Radiate Portable Campfire. Made from recycled soy wax and recycled paper briquettes, it can be lit and re-lit several times, with a total burn time of 3-5 hours.

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Whiskey Stones

Whiskey Stones

Help them keep their cool with this set of awesomely sleek whiskey stones. The eight reusable stainless steel cubes have rounded corners to protect their glassware, and come with a freezer tray, two coasters, and a pair of stainless steel barman tongs in a handsome presentation case.

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Resting Boss Face Notebook

Resting Boss Face Notebook

If they’re well-known for a certain expression on their face, this notebook will pay homage to it with a touch of humor. With 100 lined pages inside the maroon cover, this notebook makes a fun gift for the boss who goes one better than the resting b***h face.

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In the Company of Women Book

In the Company of Women Book

The women featured in this book come from all walks of like with one thing in common; their drive and determination to ‘make it’. With more than 100 influential women included, this book tells their stories, from how they started to the adversities they overcame in their pursuit of success.

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Boss Appreciation Keychain

Boss Appreciation Keychain

Bosses can be just a figure to be feared, or a mentor who inspires courage and success. If your boss falls into the latter category, say thank you with this sweet key chain. Made from stainless steel, this key chain features two tabs which are both engraved with an appreciative message.

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Personalized Leather Business Card Case

Personalized Leather Business Card Case

Business cards are a huge part of networking, but keeping them in a pocket or purse can leave them looking a little dog-eared. Keep cards pristine and professional with this attractive holder. Made from full grain leather, this personalized case can hold up to 20 business cards, or 9 credit cards.

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Storm Cloud

Storm Cloud

Storm clouds make great desk accessories – they’re fascinating to study and they look super cool, too. Made from glass, the cloud shape sits on a beech wood stand, and is filled with a special liquid that crystallizes into different formations as the barometric pressure changes.

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Like a Boss Self Care Gift Box

Like a Boss Self Care Gift Box

Even the toughest of leaders needs time to unwind, and this gift set will allow her to do exactly that. Made from all-natural plant-based ingredients, this set contains a ‘Like a Boss’ candle and matches, lip balm, bath bomb, and a sample size soap bar for a delightful home spa bathtime.

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My Favorite Employee Gave Me This Mug Coffee Mug

My Favorite Employee Gave Me This Mug Coffee Mug

Go straight to the top of the ‘employee of the Year’ leader board with this simple but effective 11oz mug. Made from ceramic and featuring a double-sided design, the black text reads ‘My favorite employee gave me this mug’, so the rest of the staff know exactly where they stand.

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Rocketbook Smart Reusable Notebook

Rocketbook Smart Reusable Notebook

If your boss is passionate about saving the planet, the Rocketbook will make a great place to start. Putting an end to wasted paper, this book allows users to scan their work and save it to the cloud, before wiping the pages clean again and again.

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Ballpark Blueprints

Ballpark Blueprints

Get them blueprints to their favorite ballpark. For this gift to work you need to be located in a major market and know their favorite baseball team. If this applies to you this is a no-brainer gift that they’re sure to hang in their office and think of how indispensable you are.

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Scratch Map Deluxe

Scratch Map Deluxe

If you know your boss has been to a lot of places, get them this scratch map which shows all of the countries of the world and lets them scratch off the places they’ve been. It leaves the rest of the map covered up, spurring on more travel to try and uncover even more.

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I'm Kind of a Big Deal Office Nameplate

I'm Kind of a Big Deal Office Nameplate

There’s nothing like having confidence to let people know who’s boss, and this fun (if slightly narcissistic) desk sign spells out their place in the company loud and clear.

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Shoulder Massager

Shoulder Massager

While giving your boss a massage might be frowned upon, giving them a Shiatsu massager will not! Designed to simulate hand kneading, it also features adjustable heat and intensity settings for added oomph.

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Desktop Golf

Desktop Golf

If the boss likes to play a round or two but is always pushed for time, treat him to a game of golf in his own office with this miniature set.

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Cheese & Crackers Serving Board

Cheese & Crackers Serving Board

This serving board is very elegant, with a big ampersand showing the connection between the cheese and crackers. It’s great for a boss that likes to entertain, or simply enjoys the finer things in life like an afternoon glass of wine with some cheese and crackers.

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Zen Garden

Zen Garden

Zen gardens not only look gorgeous, but they are great stress relievers too. Help them unwind at work by raking and smoothing the sand around the 5 polished stones included.

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Otter Tape Dispenser

Otter Tape Dispenser

If you’re looking for an otterly adorable gift for your boss, take a look at this oh-so-cute tape dispenser which can sit (or lie) on their desk to make them smile.

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Pinata Planter

Pinata Planter

Definitely not for smashing, this piñata planter will add a real touch of fun and color to even the most minimalist of offices, and is perfect for a small succulent or air plant.

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Bedside Smartphone Vase

Bedside Smartphone Vase

This smartphone vase will make a fabulous gift for any boss who loves their aesthetics, as not only does it hold office-brightening flowers, but it provides a stand for their mobile, too.

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Ultra-Strong Reinforced Key Cable

Ultra-Strong Reinforced Key Cable

This key fob will keep them fully charged at all times, by providing a 6 x stronger lightning USB to device charger which is compatible with most Apple devices.

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The Brilliant Ideas Launch Pad

The Brilliant Ideas Launch Pad

This notepad is genius and will help anyone develop the germ of an idea into a full-blown plan, complete with all the necessary steps in-between, with mind maps, diagrams, and more.

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Bubble Wrap Calendar

Bubble Wrap Calendar

Bubble wrap is THE most effective stress reliever, and it’s so much fun! This calendar features a single bubble for every day of the year, just waiting to be loudly popped.

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Fuzzy Pink Llama Duster

Fuzzy Pink Llama Duster

Dusting has never been much fun…until now. Come on, how can this cute llama duster NOT put a smile on your face as you’re whipping out those cobwebs?

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I Am Very Busy Travel Mug

I Am Very Busy Travel Mug

You’ll know straightaway whether to disturb your manager or come back later when you give her this pretty insulated travel mug – her current work status is written right across the front.

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Mini Tabletop Pool

Mini Tabletop Pool

Let the bigwig relax in the office by giving him one of these table top pool sets, which comes with billiards balls, cues, chalk, and miniature triangle rack for setting up.

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More Gift Ideas for Coworkers


18 Good Diy Gifts for Your Boss

DIY Chalkboard Clipboard

DIY Chalkboard Clipboard


This is a simple way to turn a clipboard into a chalkboard, so your boss will be able to write down notes and to-do lists quickly and easily. The clipboard also holds paper like it was designed to do, so it has multiple functions.

Watercolor Paper Wine Bag

Watercolor Paper Wine Bag


Be sure to put a bottle of wine in this watercolor wine bag. They’ll appreciate the extra thoughtfulness of the bag. You’ll want to make sure that they enjoy drinking wine, but even if they don’t a bottle of wine is pretty much a standard gift that you can’t go wrong with.

Styled Office Accessories

Styled Office Accessories


Take their plain office accessories and glamorize them with a little DIY craftiness. One of the more striking items is the stapler, which takes an ordinary and drab item and makes it look a lot better by giving it a gold sheen.

DIY Two-Tone Clock

DIY Two-Tone Clock


This clock is very simple, but at the same time very elegant. You can make it rather quickly because it doesn’t involve building the clock from scratch, but instead it gussies up an existing clock so you know it will work properly and be something they like.

DIY Wooden Paper Tray

DIY Wooden Paper Tray


If your boss has a rustic theme going on, this paper tray will fit right in. This makes the most sense if you are personally responsible for adding to or taking away from the paperwork on their desk, that way it’s more apt.

Diy Iron Transfer Tote

Diy Iron Transfer Tote


If you can find an iron on transfer pen, you’ll be able to make one of these tote bags for, well, for anyone as you’re only limited by what you can print out.

Diy Desk Organizer

Diy Desk Organizer


A tidy desk is a tidy mind as they say, so help declutter their brain by making one of these super handy desk organizers which will take pride of place in their workspace.

Diy Candy Bar Bouquet

Diy Candy Bar Bouquet


If your boss has a sweet tooth, chances are you want to buy them candy as a gift. Make it much more impressive by turning it into a candy bouquet, just like this.

Diy Cheery Kit

Diy Cheery Kit


Yellow is the cheeriest color ever, and by making this ‘brighten your day’ gift you will be making them feel a lot better about life. Just add whatever yellow goodies you can find.

Diy Terrarium Gift

Diy Terrarium Gift


Planting in a glass jar might seem like an odd idea, but by following the steps in this simple guide you can create a gift that’s visually stunning. It comes with printable tags, too.

Diy Crystal Knob Boxes

Diy Crystal Knob Boxes


Whether it’s for holding jewelry or paperclips, everyone needs a decorative box on their desk or nightstand. Why not have a go at making these simple but stunning crystal knob ones?

Diy Scrabble Coasters

Diy Scrabble Coasters


You can customize these scrabble tile coasters to whoever you’re giving them to by gluing four appropriate (or not) 4 letter words on top of a cork backing.

Diy Cord Roll

Diy Cord Roll


It seems like everything needs a power cord these days, so make sure theirs are kept neat and tidy by making one of these leather cord roll-ups that will keep them tangle-free.

Diy Pom Bookmarks

Diy Pom Bookmarks


These pompom bookmarks are incredibly sweet, and they’re easy to make, too. Just follow the photo guide to find out how to make your own.

Diy Camera Strap

Diy Camera Strap


With just a few supplies, you can create one of these DIY camera straps which will make a wonderful gift for the photographer in your life, in any color or pattern they like.

Diy Dip Mix Ornaments

Diy Dip Mix Ornaments


The perfect Christmas gift for the boss, these dip mix ornaments can be filled with the different blends listed here, and then labelled with what they need to add.

Diy Gold Stamped Mousepad

Diy Gold Stamped Mousepad


This DIY project is SO simple, and it can be completed in a matter of moments using liquid gold, a pencil, and a mousepad, but once done it will make an incredible gift.

Diy Gold Foil Painted Pots

Diy Gold Foil Painted Pots


These gold foil painted pots are really easy to make and will add a touch of rustic glamor to any home, especially if you make a set which complements their color scheme.

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