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
2For The Golf Pro
If your supervisor is an avid golfer, this neat Journey's Edge multi-function golfer's tool 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 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
5For The Urban Survivalist
6For The Chocolate Fan
Chocolate Collection, $20, Amazon
Got a chocoholic in your midst? Moonstruck's nine-piece chocolate collection is filled with handcrafted truffles in flavors such as French silk chocolate mousse and Champagne truffle.