10 Gift Ideas for Your Boss That Feel Both Thoughtful and Appropriate

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You spend at least 40 hours a week in their company and they could technically fire you at any time ... it's no wonder giving your boss a holiday gift is both expected and terrifying. It can also be a challenge to find the right gift, something that won't attract attention from HR or end up on the free table. Whether you genuinely like your boss, are angling for a promotion, or just hope to distinguish yourself from the woman in accounting who has the same name, these 10 gifts are a sure bet.

1. Pinch Provisions Tech Kit, $27

Tucked into this chic, compact leather pouch are all of the just-in-case tech necessities your boss is always asking to borrow because they forgot theirs at home.

2. Stamina InMotion Elliptical, $89.99

If your boss is always canceling personal training sessions and bemoaning that they're too busy to work out, get them a personal elliptical for the office! That way they can break a sweat and take conference calls at the same time.

3. Uncommon Goods Decision Paper Weight, $18

Being in charge means making lots of decisions, but this desktop doo-dad will handle the less consequential ones.

4. Sunnylife Lucite Tic-Tac-Toe Game, $60

Every brainstorm sesh should start with a game of tic-tac-toe.

5. Ember Temperature Control Mug, $99.95

Now the cup of coffee or tea your boss nurses all day long won't need to be reheated in the microwave every 20 minutes!

6. Casper Nap Pillow, $35

A well-rested boss is a more pleasant boss after all.

7. MaxKare Shiatsu Neck Shoulder Massager, $41.99

The extra amazing thing about this personal neck and shoulder massager is that you can borrow it when your boss is out of town.

8. Dewplanter Water Generating Planter, $49

It's great your boss travels a lot and likes to works from home, but their sweet little desk plant shouldn't have to suffer the consequences — or become your responsibility.

9. Cowin E7 Noise-Canceling Headphones, $59.99

These noise-canceling headphones will get you extra brownie points on extra loud days.

10. Anthropologie Animalia Luggage Tag, $26

A chic, monogrammed luggage tag for the boss who wouldn't dream of flying in coach.


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