Six great gifts for the boss


It’s the biggest challenge of the year: what to get your boss for the holidays. Can’t be too expensive or inexpensive, too personal or impersonal, and it has to withstand the scrutiny of others in the office as well as the spouse. No small feat. Never fear – there is something for everyone and you can send the right message.

Spice box

Many specialty spice shops offer baskets or boxes. Maybe your boss is a summertime grill freak –go for a mix of barbecue rubs. Or maybe something on the sweet side with a variety of cinnamons and nutmegs. Go for something exotic but familiar or combine the two.


Novelties from a site like Office Playground might be the thing. My favorite gift is the foul-mouthed Magic 8-Ball at Clearly, you must have a familiar relationship, but it’s a great little toy for office levity.

Frame it up

A picture frame is a great gift. Choose something for use at home or at the office. Make it desk sized and something unusual. Frames made of coconut or some recycled material are unique.


A basket filled with yummies can be shared at the office or used at home for a party or evening hors d’oeuvres. Create your own basket hitting on interests you know they have – hiking, running, architecture, wine, mixology, etc.

Get charitable

Another fun gift is the charitable donation. Consider making a donation in their name to a charity they support. If your company has a matching gift policy, be sure to take advantage of that. The Heifer Foundation is a great group which provides farm animals to families in third world countries to help them thrive and survive. It may be fun to give your boss a flock of geese or a water buffalo.


Have a seasonal centerpiece delivered to their home. This is a wonderful idea since it can be used and used over the holidays for entertaining or family dining. It may find its way to an entry hall or the bar for a cocktail party. This is one gift your boss could look forward to every year.


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