Office politics can be difficult year-round, but holiday office gift-giving can veer into exceptionally tricky territory. You want to give presents that are thoughtful, but not too personal. And if you draw your boss’ name in the company Secret Santa game, finding an appropriate Secret Santa gift for your boss comes with a whole new set of responsibilities.
This is a question that bugs office workers everywhere. For instance, at one of my old gigs, we would have an email chain a mile long filled with potential boss gift ideas ever holiday season. Movie tickets? Bottle of wine? Box of snacks? It can be tricky to hit the right note between thoughtful and appropriate. I know one team who gave their boss a customized bobblehead, and that remains one of my favorite boss gifts of all time. Of course, you really need to make sure everyone has the same sense of humor for a gift like that.
Fortunately, you can gauge your boss’ interests to find a perfect present. Whether she’s a tea aficionado or a world traveler, there is a perfect, affordable gift that will send the right message. Keep your boss — and wallet — happy with a little help from this guide.
1For The Gardener
A little greenery really brightens up an office, and air ferns are hardy enough for most environments. This pretty air plant terrarium ($25) will help beautify your boss' desk.
2For The Golf Pro
If your supervisor is an avid golfer, this neat Journey's Edge multi-function golfer's tool ($10) would be a perfect gift. With a divot repair, club cleaner, and ball marker, this handy tool is slim enough to fit on a key chain.
3For The Coffee Addict
This gourmet blind coffee tasting set ($24) lets your favorite caffeine fiend become a coffee sommelier. The four coffee samples come without labels, which allows the coffee drinker to enjoy the flavors without any bias. But don't worry — a code on the bag helps identify the brew later.
4For The Tea Drinker
If the office tea stash leaves something to be desired, Zhena's gypsy tea sampler tin ($7) is sure to be a hit. Featuring 16 tea sachets, your boss will be able to sip their way through the afternoon.
5For The Urban Survivalist
If your boss likes to be prepared in any situation, this 11-in-1 multi tool card ($14) is a great choice. With a can opener, screwdriver, and wrench included in a tool that fits in a wallet, your supervisor will be ready for anything.
6For The Chocolate Fan
Got a chocoholic in your midst? Moonstruck's nine-piece chocolate collection ($20) is filled with handcrafted truffles in flavors such as French silk chocolate mousse and Champagne truffle.
7For The Traveler
Does your globe-trotter need some new places to visit? Destinations of a Lifetime ($22) showcases gorgeous destinations, from islands to rain forests, giving your boss some ideas for their next vacation.
8For The Environmentalist
The MIU glass water bottle ($13) is a stylish and reusable option for your waste-averse boss. The glass is easy to wash, durable, and resistant to leeching flavors.
9For The Writer
The Fisher space pen ($16) can write at any angle. This heavy-duty writing utensil will serve your boss for years to come.