Boss's Day Gift Ideas
Whether it's their birthday, a special occasion, or you want to show them your appreciation on Bosses Day (October 16) getting gifts for the boss can be a balancing act
between spending too much or too little.
You don't want to be extravagant (and look like you're sucking up - besides, your boss almost certainly makes more money than you do), but you don't want to look cheap or overlook the occasion altogether.
Other than a nice card, or an e-mail expressing your good wishes, how else can you do to acknowledge a boss's special day? Here are some tips for giving the boss man or lady something they will really appreciate:
Feed the boss - Besides a traditional lunch date at their favorite
restaurant, also consider a "9-5 Survival Kit" featuring their favorite candies or junk food. Or how about a mug and gift certificate from Starbucks? A gift basket filled with gourmet foods, teas and coffees is also a nice idea for a group gift.
Make 'em laugh - Show your sense of humor with a gag gift, such as a fly swatter for beating off pesky sales people, an alarm clock (for getting to meetings on time!), or a humorous desk calendar. Just be sure it's in good taste and don't go overboard.
I wanna be like ... If the boss is easily identifiable by an item of clothing — i.e., power ties, pin stripes, red scarf, suspenders, or oxford button downs —, help sponsor a "Dress Like the Boss Day" with a group photo to commemorate the occasion.
Group gift - Lessen the expense on everyone in the office by chipping in for a group gift for the boss. Besides a gift basket (see "Feed the Boss", above) other good ideas might include tickets to a concert or sporting event; a gift certificate to their favorite store; or an expensive electronic gizmo they can take on the road.
Welcome to the neighborhood - If your boss is a new hire from out of town, help them settle in with a housewarming present together with best wishes for success in their new home. Also say "welcome" by giving them a helpful city guide, or by arranging a subscription to a local magazine to help the boss and their family to get acclimated to their new home town quickly and easily.
Still not sure? If your personal contact with the boss is limited, explain your dilemma to their administrative assistant or secretary. They will probably be glad to lend a hand with insider tips or ideas about giving your boss something they will truly appreciate.
also see -> Secretary's Day
More tips & advice on gifts for your boss around the Web:
How to celebrate National Boss Day - Check out the BizFluent guide with step-by-step instructions for gift ideas plus scroll down to the bottom for related resources.
9 Frugal Gifts to Give Your Boss on Boss's Day - Strapped for cash this week? Check out these creative ideas for scoring points with the boss without breaking the bank.
How to Impress Your Boss on Bosses Day - Get in good with the boss with these "scientifically proven" ways to get ahead in the workplace.