These 10 Christmas gift ideas for boss offer a variety of items for bosses of all genders and ages. Buying a Christmas gift for a boss can be a tricky proposition, especially if you don't know the person that well. The essential question of whether to even buy a gift is the first hurdle. Once you've made the decision to go for a gift, determining what you should spend is another question. Something too small and inexpensive may be viewed as cheap, while a larger gift might be considered as a bribe for a raise or a desk with a view. Whatever you decide to do, some basic Christmas gift ideas for the boss might just fit your work situation.
- Card. A nice card is an easy, and safe, gift for your boss. Pick a general sentiment and an interesting graphic. Avoid comic cards about bosses or humor that might be misconstrued, especially if your boss usually doesn't have a sense of humor. The holidays are not the time to assume your boss has a sense of humor but doesn't use it at the office. Sign both your first and last name, so he knows who gave him the card.
- Booze. Always a classic gift, alcohol should only be given to a boss who is known to drink. If you've never seen your boss take a drink, best to move on to another gift. If your boss enjoys a nip every now and then, select something he or she enjoys. Wines are nice and lower priced, usually, than springing or a top of the line double malt bottle. Make sure your boss enjoys liquor before springing for this gift.
- Stationary. Old school bosses enjoy getting some fine stationary as a Christmas gift from employees. Select something tasteful with an image or simple, fine paper.
- Pen. A modern pen or a retro fountain pen offering for a really hip boss who collects old pens is always a nice holiday gift idea. Avoid engraving retro pens, but go for a formal name on a modern pen. That way your boss won't loose your gift to office thieves.
- Photograph. A photo of the local community or something at the office is a good general Christmas idea for your boss. Do not frame a photo of yourself. That's tacky and somewhat self absorbed, even if you have a special relationship with your boss. Others might also start to talk.
- Cuff links. If your boss enjoys retro things, pick up a pair of vintage cuff links for a Christmas present.
- Desk frame. If your boss has a nice desk with space for a frame, pick out a nice wooden or metal frame. Avoid the impulse to put your photograph in the frame. See the above paragraph for "Photograph" for the reasoning. The same rationale applies here.
- Tee-shirt. If you work in a casual office, get your boss a Christmas gift of vintage or modern tee-shirts. There are so many quality options on the market, so go for something unusual. If your boss is big on art, pick out a shirt from an art museum or gallery. Retro tees are also popular with bosses who enjoy vintage.
- Books. Reading material is king for bosses who can read. A gift certificate might work well here for the local bookstore. Avoid giving your boss and book with a message and suggesting a close read. You may just find yourself out of a job.
- Selection of music. A gift certificate to a music store or downloading web site is a good Christmas gift idea for bosses. Avoid under all costs gifting your boss a copy of your own CD. A gift of your own music also falls under the tacky category.
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