The holidays are fast approaching. No, not those holidays—we’re talking about Boss’s Day, which is sneaking up fast on Monday, October 17.
Sure, there may be some of you out there who don’t have the best relationship with your manager and think of Boss’s Day as a load of hogwash. But we know that for every person who’d hate the idea of giving their boss a gift, there are a dozen who think it’s the perfect time to show your beloved boss just how much you appreciate them.
Your boss is your mentor. Your friend. Your colleague. However, wrapping that much admiration and appreciation into one simple gift can seem like an impossible task—particularly if you’re working with a small budget.
Well, have no fear, Ninjas! We’ve pulled together a list of affordable, quirky, and functional gifts that are sure to put a big ol’ smile right on your dear boss’s face.
1. For the Funny Boss
What it is: Daily Mood Desk Flipchart
Why Your Boss Will Love it: Have you ever wished you could automatically know what your boss was thinking or feeling? Well, with this handy flipchart, you can! With 47 different moods to choose from—along with a snarky definition, fun facts, and even example sentences—your boss can easily broadcast exactly what he or she is feeling that day.
The first mood your boss will display? We’re going to go ahead and guess “giddy”, because you just knocked your Boss’s Day gift out of the park.
2. For the Stressed Boss
What it is: Wine Soap
Why Your Boss Will Love it: Who doesn’t love wine? Wine lovers can now bring the soothing aroma of that delicious beverage into a relaxing shower—without the fragile glassware or judgmental looks from loved ones! Apparently dreams do come true.
This set includes four bars of soap infused with notes from popular red and white wine varieties, along with complementary scents and oils—perfect for the wine-loving boss. Feeling extra generous? Pair these soaps with a wine subscription box, and your boss is in for the best Boss’s Day ever.
3. For the Connected Boss
What it is: Moshi Xync Travel Charger
Why Your Boss Will Love it: For a boss who’s always on the go, there’s nothing worse than having to deal with the hassle of a dead phone.
You can swoop in and save the day by gifting your boss this super sleek, compact, and practical travel phone charger. It can attach directly to a keyring, and eliminates the need to remember and carry bulky cords and cables. Now, your boss can hit the road with a little less stress—thanks to you.
4. For the Tea-Loving Boss
What it is: Tea Drops
Price: Starts at $10
Why Your Boss Will Love it: If your boss is the type who likes to enjoy a delicious afternoon cup of tea, then these adorable tea drops are just what you’ve been searching for.
With these drops, your boss can wave goodbye to all of those infusers, tools, and tea bags. These dissolvable, shaped drops create a blissful tea blend with just a cup of hot water. Tea without any hassle? It’s yet another way you make your boss’s life way easier.
5. For the Coffeeholic Boss
What it is: Stainless Steel Coffee Mug
Why Your Boss Will Love it: Want your boss to think fondly of you every time she takes her first reviving sip of coffee in the morning? Well, this gift should do the trick.
This travel mug keeps beverages hot or cold for hours. And, the best part? It has an extra-wide mouth for those beverage drinkers who’d like to drop in a few full-size ice cubes. This mug—and maybe you—will be your boss’s new best friend.
6. For the Hungry Boss
What it is: People Feeder
Why Your Boss Will Love it: Your boss has people filing in and out of his office all day long. So, he might as well have something for them to snack on, right?This cute candy dispenser is inspired by the classic birdfeeder design we all know and love.
We’re willing to bet that your boss will use it to snack on a few treats throughout the day as well. Thinking of you when eating chocolate? We can think of worse things.
7. For the Boss With Full Pockets
What it is: KeySmart
Why Your Boss Will Love it: Can you always tell when your boss is strolling into the office because her keys jingle so much that she sounds like a janitor?
Well, she’s bound to appreciate the gift of Keysmart. This handy device neatly tucks away up to 10 keys into one compact solution. This gift is bound to open doors with your boss. See what we did there?
8. For the Thirsty Boss
Lokai Water Pack
Why Your Boss Will Love it: More than just a simple water bottle, this Lokai water pack has a big message. With a sustainable water bottle, virtual reality headset, and a Lokai bracelet—containing both mud from the Dead Sea and water from Mt. Everest—your boss is sure to be moved by this thoughtful gift.
The best part? For every Water Pack sold, Lokai donates 10% of net profits to fund clean water projects for communities in Ethiopia. So, this truly is the gift that keeps on giving.
9. For the Beer-Loving Boss
What it is: The Original BottleKeeper
Why Your Boss Will Love it: Is your boss a beer lover? You can save them from the horrors of warm beer with BottleKeeper. It keeps that beer perfectly chilled, while also preventing any pesky spills or broken glass. Cheers to your boss!
There you have it—nine fun and practical gifts to show your boss just how much you appreciate him or her. The only problem? You’ve set the gift bar high for next year.
Do you have any awesome gift ideas for Boss’s Day?