If the new phrase for the office BFF is the “work wife,” then is a good boss or mentor your “work mom” or “work dad”? Part authority figure, part dispenser of advice, part sympathetic ear, your boss has always been there for you. So when it comes time to show your appreciation — whether it’s for a birthday, life event, or just because — you want to find a gift that goes beyond just a “World’s Best Boss” mug.
Ahead, we’ve rounded up gifts that will show you care without breaking the bank.
For the boss who likes to stay organized and admire their Instagram works of art at the same time. All they have to do is upload 12 photos into the Artifact Uprising’s app, and the company does most of the work from there — including formatting everything into a reclaimed pine clipboard calendar.
Artifact Uprising Wood Calendar, $30, available at ArtifactUprising.com.
This is a pricier gift that’ll show off your good taste — and your practical side. (Not to mention help keep their desk organized.)
Dooney & Bourke, Alto Pen Holder, $78, available at Dooney & Bourke.
Turn your boss into Bacchus with the EcoVessel VINE, a container that carries a full 750-mL bottle of wine that maintains temperatures for up to 36 hours. It’s stainless steel (so BPA and phthalates free), and comes in red, black, gold and silver — even if your gift-ee prefers their vino white.
EcoVessel, VINE Triple Insulated Stainless Steel Wine Bottle, $34.95, available at EcoVessel.com
If your boss has an elevated palate, give her the gift of luxe chocolates in unique flavors. These are dairy, preservative, gluten, and GMO free, and are sweetened with raw honey and Ayurvedic superfoods instead of refined sugars. Might sound a little frou-frou — but flavors like rose-cardamom and sea salt-tumeric sound kind of delicious.
Elements Truffles Artisanal Chocolates, $40 for assorted pack of signature bars, available at In The Pursuit
Be your boss’ favorite and give them a way to destress. Speks are mini-magnets that can be stacked in a variety of ways (and also serve as cute desk décor). Each set comes with a booklet guide on how to make certain shapes in case the player needs help getting started.
Speks Limited Edition Rose Gold Speks, $27.95, available at Get-Speks.
If you’ve ever been an assistant, you’ve probably helped your boss send a thank-you note or two (thousand). This set includes 12 cards that feature a selection of pre-set, foil-stamped greetings on the envelope for a personalized touch.
Artifact Uprising Stationery Card Set, starts at $29, available at ArtifactUprising.com
This rose gold file holder is on trend.
Anthropologie Rose Gold File Holder, $58, available at Anthropologie.
This bright, modern desk organizer might finally convince your messy boss to tidy up her desk.
MoMA Desk Organizer, $18.95, available at MoMA Design Store.
This customizable initial stationery adds a personal touch to a professional gift — without breaking the bank.
Kate Spade Initial Notecard Set, $20, available at Kate Spade.
A desktop succulent will brighten your boss’s desk with minimal effort.
Bloom That, $30, available at Bloom That
A cheery vase will perk up your boss’ desk — even without the flowers.
Uncommon Goods Porcelain Bird Bud Vase, $11.99, available at Uncommon Goods.
A blank set of cheery cards are great to have on hand, for last-minute birthday wishes, thank-you notes, and everything in between.
Marimekko 20 Different Unikko Notecards And Envelopes, $11.53, available at Amazon.
Only recommended if you and your boss share the same sense of humor.
Fish’s Eddy The Customer Is Always Wrong Mug, $17.95, available at Fish’s Eddy.
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