Whether you like, love or despise your boss, it’s protocol to give a gift during the holidays. Here’s a round-up of gift ideas for your boss. Thankfully, this year, I’ll be shopping for a boss that I actually really like and admire.
Let’s start with gifts to consider if you despise your boss, because that’s the most fun to put together. We’ve all been there – and if you haven’t, LUCKY YOU. Oh, the stories I could share but won’t. Let me just say this: if you are in a situation right now with a boss that causes you a lot of anxiety, do whatever you can to find a new job. (One more unsolicited tip: get yourself a journal and document incidents in detail. It’s both therapeutic and will assist should there be a conflict that requires back-up.)
In the meantime, if you’re stuck, get some subtle satisfaction by getting the boss you despise a gift with double meaning this holiday season.
Gift ideas for a boss you despise
Hidden Message: You’re a jerk.
Dress up a gourmet gift basket and include this jerky and smile that you’re sending the message to the boss you despise, “you’re a jerk.”
Hidden Message: You’re an idiot.
Ever deal with someone who talks and talks and talks… and talks and talks? Polonius was the character in Shakespeare charged with following around Hamlet to report back to his mother, Glenn Close. The famous quote “brevity is the soul of wit” is actually ironic because it is a quote that he said in a long-winded report to the Queen. Give your long-winded boss the gift of Hamlet, but she (or he) will probably be too dim-witted to read the message between the Shakespeare lines.
Hidden Message: Make your point.
Now, this is actually a very nice gift and is also a recommendation for a boss you actually like, however, for the boss that seems to never make a point – or gives you very vague direction, giving a ball point pen will be on point this holiday season, and you can secretly know the hidden meaning behind the gift.
Hidden Message: Listen for once.
Give | Sony Headphones
Someone that always does the talking is usually the person that is too arrogant to hear another perspective. Get the boss that talks and never listens the gift of headphones. These trendy-looking headphones will force your boss to concentrate on someone else’s voice for once. Plus, they are less than $25 so they aren’t too much of a splurge.
Hidden Message: You’re Cheesy.
Does your boss use horrible cliches like “synergies” and “think outside of the box” or the despicable “I know enough to be dangerous”? Give him / her a little cheese for those cheesy lines this holiday season. This cheese collection is actually a great gift idea and I am adding to the “boss you appreciate” gift guide as well – but if you want to send a message disguised as a cool and unique gift, you can smugly wrap this one up proudly.
Gift Ideas for a Boss You Appreciate
If you’ve ever had a terrible boss, you probably appreciate a boss you like that much more, right? Here are gift ideas for a boss that you admire, to say “thank you” for making your days at work enjoyable.
A classy & useful gift for the boss that has a tablet
I am a TOTAL pen nerd. Seriously. My dad got me into Levenger pens and Franklin Covey day planners when I was in high school. I love fountain pens, but not everyone likes the hassle of refilling one. Also, expensive. These Levenger ballpoint pens with the easy flow ballpoint refills write really, really well – I love them nearly as much as a rollerball – and they make a perfect gift. This pretty pen has a stylus on the back, perfect for a boss that loves his tech devices like an iPad. This is a unique gift that the boss you like will appreciate and use!
A Tasteful Gift
Who doesn’t love wine & cheese? This is an excellent gift for a boss, and includes an assortment of gourmet crackers and cheers accompanied with a bottle of wine.
Give | Minted Stationery
Pretty personalized stationery is always a wonderful gift to receive, and your boss is sure to love this simple and classic style, perfect for male or female boss. Minted stationery is high-quality and comes in a pretty box, making a very nice gift presentation.
Ok, so this is another gift idea repeater, but it’s such a cool one, it would make an excellent gift for a boss you appreciate without a hidden message. Craft beer is trendy (and tasty), so this selection of cheeses with beer flavors would make a very chic gift your boss will appreciate.
Hold the pencil.
At only $19.50, this gift only looks expensive. This pencil holder is useful and stylish, and will make a great gift for your boss.
Happy Shopping! I hope you enjoyed these gift ideas for your boss (and I hope you’re choosing from the “bosses you appreciate” list!)
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