National Boss’s Day 2017 falls on Oct. 16, and this is one occasion you don’t want to forget. A fantastic manager helps you learn and grow, which can make earning a living much more fulfilling.
Hopefully, you’re fortunate enough to have a great boss, but even if you don’t, it can be in your best interest to reinforce or improve work relationships with a token of acknowledgment for your manager. Take a look at these 15 affordable gift ideas for National Boss's Day, sure to get you brownie points.
1. Snazzy Wall Art
Your boss probably puts in a lot of hours at work, so help make their space a little homier by sprucing up their office or cubicle wall with a fun print that matches their personality. Etsy has prints for less than $1, and Michael’s offers wall frames starting at $2.49. After all, working overtime is a bit more enjoyable with a cozy or inspirational work environment.
2. Gourmet Chocolate
If your boss has a sweet tooth, give the gift of a box of gourmet chocolates. Godiva has beautifully wrapped samplers under $20 sure to please any chocolate aficionado. Much fancier than a quick candy fix from the drugstore, this boss’s day gift will be a very special treat.
3. Sincere Thank-You Note
Store-bought gifts are nice, but if your manager is the sentimental type, or if you feel uncertain about buying a gift, take the personal route and present them with a heartfelt thank-you note to say "happy boss day." Include specific ways they’ve helped you learn and explain how they make your work life enjoyable. Not only is this a very special gift to receive, bosses’ day cards typically don't cost more than $5, so it’s also inexpensive.
4. Reading Material
If your manager is a bookworm or commutes to work on public transit, offer up some new reading material for National Boss Day. When you shop on Amazon, many New York Times best-seller hardcover books are less than $20, and an impressive number of paperbacks are cheaper than $10. Magazines.com also offers gift subscriptions for less than $25.
5. Bottle of Alcohol
Alcohol can make a great bosses’ day gift for managers who like to enjoy an after-work drink. Find out what your boss prefers to drink — wine, whiskey, tequila — and present them with a nice bottle. There are plenty of great buys under $25, so just ask the salesperson at the store to help you find the best liquor or search for a great bottle online.
6. Personalized Mug
If your boss drinks coffee out of a random mug, give their drinkware an upgrade. Personalize the mug yourself if you’re the creative type or simply choose one with a funny saying or a pretty design off the shelf. Either option shouldn't cost you more than $20.
7. Premium Coffee
Add a hint of sophistication to your boss’s caffeine buzz by giving the gift of exceptional coffee. Head to a popular local coffee shop and buy a pound of the house blend to replace your boss’s grocery store aisle brew. Prices vary by location, but it likely won't cost you more than $20.
8. Fun Desk Toys
Work certainly isn’t all fun and games for your boss, but when you’re in a high-pressure job, having a few desk toys on-hand to play with for a couple minutes can be a great way to relieve pressure. From a decision paperweight to stress relief balls, there’s plenty of interesting toys for your boss’s desk under $20.
9. Team Lunch
Your boss has probably bought you lunch plenty of times, so return the favor on National Boss’s Day by picking up the tab. If you already know their favorite lunch spot, make a reservation and turn the locale into a fun surprise. Feel free to also invite other members of your team to join in the fun — and plan ahead with them so they split the boss’s lunch bill with you.
10. Gift Card
Buying your boss a gift card to their favorite restaurant is nice, but unless your whole team is chipping in, this can get pretty pricey. Instead, opt for a $25 gift card to the movies — which should cover two tickets and maybe popcorn — or get creative and give them a gift certificate tailored to their specific interests, such as a nail salon or a driving range.
11. Potted Succulents
Refresh your boss’s office with any easy-to-maintain potted succulent. Houzz offers several options under $10, so consider opting for a few to create a miniature garden. One of the best gifts for bosses who enjoy being outdoors or gardening, this touch of greenery will make them smile every time they look at it.
12. Business Card Holder
If your boss is a networking machine, give them something nice to store their business cards in. Nordstrom has a Kate Spade business card holder for $15 and several styles by Herschel Supply Co. for $20 and under. This boss day gift will make them look great to their peers, and they’ll have you to thank for that.
13. Snack Jar
Even bosses get a case of the munchies in the afternoon, so give your manager a snack jar packed with their favorite treats. Target has a variety of chic glass jars available for less than $10. Fill the jar with their snack of choice and provide an extra bag for an easy refill.
14. Desk Calendar
In the digital era, a desk calendar is no longer completely necessary, but it can be a fun way to spruce up a workspace. For National Boss’s Day 2017, gift your boss a fun desk calendar for the coming year that reflects their interests and personality. Amazon has a huge selection of 2018 options under $15.
15. Charitable Donation
Make National Boss Day extra special by donating to a cause close to your manager’s heart. Perfect for a boss who already has everything, this kind and thoughtful gesture will mean a lot. Use your own discretion on the amount to contribute, but if possible, give at least $20.
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