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Shopping for appropriate Boss Gifts may be hard and not always successful, but with our careful pick you will be able to leave a positive impression right from the start. They say “heavy is the head that wears the crown” – maybe that applies to your boss, or maybe it doesn’t, but either way, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best boss gifts to get your supervisor for the holiday season, birthday, or just because you’ve reached the company wide quarterly goal.
20 Best Boss Gifts That Will Totally Surprise Your Supervisor
We’ve separated these gifts into emotional categories – because whether he (or she) the robot supervisor type, the way to nice type, the micromanager, or just right, everyone is governed by their emotions, even the boss. The categories are humorous gifts, relaxation, and work related “get it done” gifts. Maybe your boss has a favorite hobby or speical interest? Then we can refer to our comprehensive gift guides about hobbies. In case he/she likes whiskey or wine-related gifts it’s advised to check our gift guides by interests.
Funny Boss Gifts
These gifts are a great choice if you want to lighten the mood in the office by giving a gift to a supervisor.
This is a self-described “President Predicto” 8-ball fortune teller. Because seriously, nobody appreciates the future like President Trump – nobody. If you want to give your boss a gift bigly, this fortune telling ball is definitely the way to go. Whether they’re a fan of the President or one of his detractors, the great thing about this gift is that it works both ways! All your boss has to do is ask it a simple yes or no question and the President himself will immediately answer. Or your supervisor could just hit him up on Twitter if they have a question, but that’s beside the point.
This is just an awesome gift that should be on every boss’ desk nationwide. I wonder if the President can make an executive order to make that happen? It’s a red button with Trump on it that will say “You’re Fired.” If you’re not really shopping for your boss, you can also keep this in your purse or backpack for when you’re on a first date and you’ve had enough – just give them a clear message and tell ‘em they’re fired. Also, an awesome way to break up with a long-term partner, just saying.
Every boss has a little bit of sass in them, but sometimes they just don’t have the energy to let it all out. If that’s the case, this flip-card book of “boss moods” is the perfect gift. My favorite is “No raises today.” It really sends a direct message doesn’t it? And once the office gets the idea of what this series of cards is, and the role it performs, your supervisor can also write in their own personalized moods on days when they’re feeling a bit more creative than usual.
If you’ve got a hard-nose boss who constantly has his and everyone else’s nose to the grindstone, this is an excellent choice– it’s a simple white mug that says “Tears of my Staff” on it. This is a great way to suggest to a boss who is a little too gung-ho that they might want to reconsider their posture in a humorous way that won’t get you in trouble with them. Or, maybe they’re just sadistic and like it, in which case this mug is completely appropriate for them anyway.
Now this says it’s a wine glass, but the truth is it’s for vodka and whiskey. It has three levels, which get successively deeper: good day, bad day, and don’t even ask. It’s a pretty silly cup that you can give as a gift to a boss who likes to hit the bottle – they’ll get the joke.
This countdown to retirement timer is pretty awesome but you should definitely consider how much time your boss actually has until retirement before buying it. If it’s somewhere between the one- and five-years mark, sure, but the max time is 27 years, which is way to early to get this countdown timer! Also, it’s best to only get this if they’ve already announced they want to retire, so it doesn’t seem like you’re trying to push them out.
This pen holder is awesome for the artistic or history buff boss. It’s a kneeling knight who looks like he’s presenting a sword, but instead of a sword, your boss can place their pen in his hands. Who doesn’t want a knight kneeling to them 24/7 anyway?
This desktop stress reduction device is almost magical – if you can figure out how this thing works than you should also be applying to MIT. Well, maybe that’s an exaggeration, it basically just spins on the table, but the effect that it produces is pretty stunning – a double helix that “emerges from the table.” This is a great gadget to have on the desk because the effect is mesmerizing and can be really helpful for someone who is consistently under stress – like a boss. Most importantly, it’s made of aerospace grade aluminum, so if your boss loses it and throws it across the room it will survive the ordeal for sure.
The word “Zen” is really synonymous with relaxation and a focused calm state of mind, isn’t it? This is a garden model that can be arranged as your boss likes it, which has two main benefits: first, there are not actually live plants that will just add extra stress to their life when the plants inevitably start to die. Second, the garden can be rearranged and perfected multiple times whenever your supervisor just needs to take their mind off of work for a while. It really is a perfect stress relief gift.
Any self-respecting boss has at least a couple watches, I mean these are the trappings of power, aren’t they? If they’re going to store their watches in their corner office, it’s a good idea to have a watch box to keep this and other accessories in – never know when the regional vice-president is going to come in and they’ll need to throw on a tie clip and nice watch to be presentable in a pinch. Seriously though, this is a great companion in an office, maybe he’s heading to the steak bar after work and needs a place to keep accessories.
While the days of being able to drink on the job are for the most part gone, if your boss is president and CEO, he makes the decision on that, right? Maybe he hasn’t yet, and you want to push him in the right direction – try getting him a whiskey decanter to grease the wheels. At the very worst, he takes it home and uses it there. At the best, you and all of your coworkers get tacit approval to drink on the job. This decanter is really quite stylish too – it’s a glove with a sailing ship inside of it.
Now it might be complete flattery to say that your supervisor or boss has brilliant ideas often enough to get them a brilliant ideas notepad, but we all know the type: every five minutes this person hits you with a great idea that is really just a harebrained scheme that they haven’t thought through quite enough. This notepad lets them write the idea down, but also has suggestions on how to expand an idea as well.
This pen is great for a boss who works at a non-profit or some socially oriented company. It features a famous quote from Mahatma Gandhi which is engraved into the pen, “be the change that you wish to see in the world.” It’s a great sentiment that you can give to your boss or supervisor, even if he’s just the manager at the local restaurant. Everybody needs some motivation sometimes.
You may know a supervisor who has pretentiously decided to make the erroneous decision to drink tea instead of coffee. While you might never understand this (as a thinking person, why would you), you can still support their decision with a tea sampler. This has 20 bags of awesome tea which you can give your boss or share with the office – if the whole place has gone insane.
This is a great adhesive gadget to help provide a bit more desk space to the boss whose desk is a complete disaster, but nobody has the courage to tell them that they’re stress might go down a lot of they could find things more quickly. It sticks onto the edge of a monitor, and then can be used to clip on photos or sticky notes. Great simple upgrade for your desk too, so go ahead and pick up two.
This personalized pen holder solves so many problems at once it’s hard to get a grip on it. First of all, it has a clock on it, so there’s no need for your boss to fumble around looking for a phone when he’s in the middle of firing someone. Second, it’s got two pens, so both parties of a contract can have a pen without that awkward pen handoff moment. Finally, it conveniently has a name plaque so that no one is ever left in the awkward situation of forgetting someone’s name. Best of all, not only is it engraved for personal customization, they’ll send you a draft before they do the engraving to make sure it’s just right.
The worst situation ever is to have a name card but not be able to find it when the moment comes to give it out. Your boss has definitely had this moment, and maybe you have too. Good thing this business card holder comes in multiple colors, so you can get the gold for your boss and the black for yourself. Who are we kidding though, both of you are probably going to use it to store your cigarettes, not name cards – we’ve all seen Mad Men.
Coffee is one of the keys of productivity, along with after work booze and a good breakfast (sleep is highly overrated in this regard.) This mug warmer will keep either Irish or regular coffee warm for the whole day, so your boss, and maybe you, have no excuse to get up and go to the break room to warm up their coffee every 15 minutes. This coffee mug warmer also has an extra long cord so you won’t have to put it in an inconvenient place to turn it on.
This is a traveling keyboard which is a great gift for supervisors who are on the go. The best part about this keyboard is that it can last – wait for it – up to three months on a single charge. That means that you’re boss isn’t going to have to worry about where he is when he writes the email asking you to tender your resignation, whether it’s on an airplane, metro, or just while enjoying a cup of coffee at the park on Sunday.
This is a classic personalized name plate. The best part about it is that it includes two lines, first the name of the supervisor, but also their title. This provides interesting opportunities, as you can give them either a serious or a joke plaque. It’s replaceable, by the way, so if your boss changes position, they can get a different name plate.
So, there it is. Some bosses like gifts, others don’t – so be sure to work on an appropriate delivery before making the person who is in charge of your salary uncomfortable. You might even consider going in with all the people in your office to get your boss a gift package with a couple of these office gifts that work well together. That is, if you’re not trying to get all the credit and out maneuver your office nemesis for the next promotion.
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