Buying a gift for your boss can be tricky. Whether you have a manager who you regularly grab after-work drinks with, or someone who feels a bit more off-limits, you’ll want to give a present that reflects their personality as well as your relationship. In all likelihood, your best bet is a gift that strikes a comfortable balance between professionalism and fun. You also don’t want to go over-the-top and risk making everyone feel awkward if your gift is too extravagant or too personal.
With that in mind, we’ve rounded up 15 great gift ideas for your boss, all under $25!
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This sleek little tray is perfect for stashing coins, paperclips, or other other office detritus. Just right for the boss with the messy desk — maybe a subtle hint to encourage her to tidy up a bit in 2019.
Anthropologie Welcome Decorative Tray, $18, available at Anthropologie
The 14-ounce YETI Rambler mug boasts a super sleek, minimal design. The mug is perfect for anyone who commutes to work and is looking to keep their coffee piping hot the whole way. Plus, the mug’s coating is scratch, peel, and fade-resistant.
YETI YETI Rambler 14 oz Insulated Mug with Lid, Black, $24.99, available at Amazon
A beautifully soothing ombre calendar will add a bit of style to your manager’s workspace. Though the calendar starts in August, it runs all the way through the end of 2019.
Paper Source 2018-2019 Paint Chip Calendar, $18.71, available at Paper Source
Gift these classic monogrammed cards to your chic boss who still takes the time to send a hand-written notes to clients and colleagues alike.
Kate Spade initial card set, $15, available at kate spade new york
This mini marquee lightbox is an easy way to brighten up your boss’s desk. It comes with removable letters, but you can also write on it with a dry-erase marker. The box is battery-operated and can be propped up on any desk to share an inside joke or motivational message.
Paper Source Mini Marquee Lightbox, $14.95, available at Paper Source
This three-pack of vibrant-patterned notebooks from Marimekko is as useful as it is beautiful. The trio comes with colorful binding tape and bundled with a printed ribbon — basically ready to gift, no wrapping paper required.
Marimekko Marimekko Notebook Collection, $11.48, available at Amazon
Save your boss from a mess of jumbled cords in the bottom of her bag with a trio of cord tacos. Made of durable vegan leather, the tacos comes in turquoise, brown, and red and are essential for taking tech on the go.
Brouk & Co Brouk & Co Cord Taco Trio- Cable Organizer, $14.99, available at Amazon
This giant, bright blue stress ball comes in a lovely gift-able box and is a great gift to give your permanently anxious boss. (And maybe one for yourself, too!)
Paper Source Giant Stress Ball, $15.95, available at Paper Source
A succulent will brighten up any desk with a pop of color and life. Plus, most succulents are resilient and low-maintenance, so keeping them alive is usually a no-brainer.
Costa Farms Costa Farms Live Indoor Haworthia Succulent Plant, $21.99, available at Amazon
A cute weekly planner will help your manager stay organized and on top of their to-do list while also keeping their desk looking pretty and pink.
Paper Source Marble Weekly Notepad, $12.95, available at Paper Source
Use bright sticky Tech Taffy to clean pretty much any surface — from keyboards to computer screens. All you have to do is pinch off a chunk and press it onto the area you want to clean!
Tech Candy Tech Taffy, $12.95, available at Paper Source
We all know those meetings that could have
easily been an email. This notebook is a nod to this travesty and is sure to get a chuckle from of pretty much any boss. Blue Ridge Art I Survived Another Meeting Notebook, $5.39, available at Amazon
A two-pack ceramic mug set is perfect for your cat-lover boss. She can leave one at home and one at work and never be without a feline friend.
ilyever 2 Pack Ilyever Cute Cat Coffee Mugs for Cat Lovers, $16.98, available at Amazon
And, because we can’t forget the dog-loving boss, this cute ceramic mug has a tiny puppy inside for a sweet surprise after every cup of coffee.
Amazon Surprise Dog Coffee Mug with Small Puppy Inside – 8 Oz, $12.82, available at Amazon
A sassy, tongue-in-cheek nameplate is a fun morale booster for your favorite manager.
Fred & Friends “Like A Boss” Desk Sign by Fred & Friends, $11.24, available at Kohl’s
An aromatherapy candle is a great gift for your overwhelmed boss. This one is scented with essential oils and has a burn time of approximately 25 to 45 hours.
Bath & Body Works Bath & Body Works Lavender & Cedarwood Scented Candle, $23.88, available at Amazon
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