Buying a gift for your boss can be tricky, do you go with a risky/funny gift and hope they’ve got a sense of humor, or do you play it safe and boring with a coffee mug?
These 18 gift ideas for bosses will ensure you tick all boxes and get them something acceptable and above all, won’t get you fired!
1. Phonesoap 3 Smartphone Sanitizer
Not a lot of people know this, but our smartphones are a breeding ground for all types of bacteria. Regular cleaning methods can only do so much, but the Phonesoap 3 promises to zap these bugs dead. The device is equipped with UV-C bulbs on the top and bottom to give our devices a thorough cleanse.
There’s also a dedicated slot for the charging cable so your smartphone stays juiced up while being treated. Best of all, it is not limited to mobile devices. As long as whatever needs disinfecting fits inside, it will get the job done.
2. Anker PowerCore 10000
Modern mobile devices are normally equipped with batteries that can get you through the day. However, heavy usage can quickly have you searching for the nearest power outlet. Maybe it’s time to consider grabbing the Anker PowerCore 1000 as a reliable backup.
As the name implies, we’re looking at 10,000 mAh power bank that comes with a proprietary charging system. Using the PowerIQ and VoltageBoost function, it can detect and support the appropriate requirements of various devices. Anker is one of the most reliable brands available in the market.
3. Kindle Paperwhite
Reading books is one of our favorite leisure activities aside from watching TV or playing video games. However, buying physical reading materials is not exactly an eco-friendly practice. Hence, we would rather go for a reliable e-book reader such as the Kindle Paperwhite from Amazon
This latest model now boasts an IPX8-rated construction to allow users to read wherever they want. It is available in 8 GB or 32 GB variants and features an adjustable backlight for enjoying a good story in low-light environments.
4. Earthabitats Scratch Off World Map Poster
Being an executive in a big company with connections outside of the country often leads to a lot of traveling. To help you keep track of the places you’ve visited, this Scratch Off World Map Poster from Earthabitats should do the trick.
As indicated by the product name, you can quickly identify the countries your business trips take and scratch off the gold foil to reveal the details underneath. For others, the goal is scratch off all of the flags for awesome bragging rights as this poster sits within a frame in your office.
5. Desktop Zen Garden
Being on top can have its perks, but on the flip side, the pressure it brings can be downright stressful. Hence, the best way to deal with it is to find new ways to relax. This miniature Zen Garden set from Painstinspiration might be the key to achieve ultimate peace of mind.
Inspired by traditional Japanese rock gardens, it comes with a container, stones, sand, and a small handmade rake which you can drag along to create intricate patterns. It’s as close to the real thing but scaled-down sit on your desk.
6. Constellation1797 Decanter
It might sound like stereotypical, but most bosses should have a fine set of drinks on hand for various reasons. While keeping them inside the original bottle is cool, owning an elaborate container seems better. The Constellation1979 decanter right here just oozes the right amount of style.
Sitting within the hand-blown glass vessel is a handcrafted ship that can appear submerged or afloat depending on how much you drink before the next refill. To top it all off, the decanter sits on a fancy wooden base. Finally, Prestige Decanters promises to plant a tree for each of one of these sold.
7. Gerber Impromptu Tactical Pen
While everyone else gets their boss a fancy pen as a gift, we would rather go for a writing instrument that can do more. The Gerber Impromptu does exactly what its name suggests. Fashioned with a machined steel body and a stainless steel pocket clip, this is one heavy-duty EDC anyone should have in an emergency.
It is armed with a push-button mechanism that retracts and deploys the ballpoint tip. Moreover, the Rite in Rain ink cartridge is versatile enough to write even in the toughest conditions. Ultimately, the glass-breaker tip can be used for self-defence when the situation calls for it.
8. Cuisinart Cordless Wine Opener
Opening a bottle of wine does not have to be a chore. Unless you are popping the cork off for some champagne, corkscrew becomes a necessity. Say goodbye to manual labour and let the Cuisinart CWO-50 handle the rest.
A full charge is enough to for up to 80 wine bottles. The supplied foil cutter stays hidden within the charging base. Sporting a stylish black body with stainless steel accents, this motorised alternative will match any décor. The package also includes a vacuum sealer to keep the unfinished contents fresh for consumption at another time.
9. Kikkerland Magnetic Decision Maker
Studies reportedly show that messing around with desktop gadgets can help in a lot of ways. In the office, management is occasionally required to make decisions that can have a huge impact on the company. Then there’s other stuff that can be resolved with the help of this handy tool.
This quirky toy suspends a metal ball over a circular base with magnets sitting under each of the six choices. Just hope that your boss does not use it to evaluate your next promotion.
10. Amazon Echo Dot
For those who fancy tech stuff over other meaningful gift items, the Amazon Echo Dot is a versatile and powerful smart speaker that won’t break the bank. This device allows you to command Alexa to do a lot of things.
The reliable virtual assistant can play your favourite tunes, control other smart devices, and answer most of the questions. This is already the third-generation model and is available in four colours to suit any style. Voice commands lets users enjoy hands-free control over their entertainment and other tasks.
11. Logitech Keys-To-Go
Modern mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets are already powerful computing machines. However, typing on the on-screen keyboard is hardly an ideal way to boost productivity. The Logitech Keys-To-Go is a productivity solution that offers impressive portability.
This compact Bluetooth keyboard is compatible with Windows, Android, and iOS (minus shortcut keys). A full charge should last you up to three months, while the FabricSkin material is resistant against moisture and dust. Overall, it is a reliable and durable accessory for working on-the-go.
12. Otter Tape Dispenser
While it’s common knowledge that a workplace demands an acceptable level of formality, nobody said it couldn’t be fun. Almost everybody dreads being called into the boss’ office no matter what the reason might be. Nevertheless, one look at this Otter Tape Dispenser can ease the tension.
This cute little critter measures about six inches long and is crafted out of resin. On top of holding onto your tape, it could double as a reliable paperweight. On the other hand, it appears to be judging you silently like your manager probably does.
13. Bubble Wrap Calendar
Whoever invented the bubble wrap probably did not expect the wrapping material to become a major source of relaxation. The soft texture of the plastic coupled with the satisfying pop can be addicting for some people. Your boss probably thinks so too, which is why the Bubble Wrap Calendar would make a cool gift.
Each column features a bubble waiting to be popped for each day on the month. The challenge here is to stop yourself from popping everything at one go. Trust us, just like the slogan for a particular brand of potato crisps, “once you pop, you can’t stop,” You have been warned.
14. Cauldryn Coffee Travel Mug
While a lot of people are raving about cold brew coffee, most of us still prefer to sip a hot cup java. You’ve probably given your boss a USB-powered mug warmer at one point, but its time to take it to another level. The Cauldryn Coffee Travel Mug is a 16-ounce modular container with a built-in heating element.
This smart mug lasts up to 10 hours on a single charge and can even boil water. The temperature control system can keep your coffee, tea, or drink of your choice as hot as you need it to be. With the help of the optional blender attachment, you can make smoothies and other cold beverages anytime and anywhere.
15. Zojirushi Food Jar
Earlier, we suggested a cool gift for your boss that keeps beverages such as coffee and tea piping hot for a long time. Now, let’s shift over to larger food items that might need a similar container to preserve their temperature. The Zojirushi Food Jar is by far the best when it comes to performance.
Using the brand’s renowned vacuum insulation technology can keep the contents hot or cold for hours. It’s ideal for storing and transporting homemade meals to the office to minimize the usage of disposable containers or wrappers.
The lid features a dimpled surface to maximize grip, while the built-in vent regulates the pressure inside from hot contents for added safety. Enjoy delicious food that stays hot, warm, or cold with this awesome food jar.
16. BROTEC Brother’s Stones Whiskey Stones
Here we have a gift idea that would make someone who loves drinking whiskey, bourbon, and other similar spirits. While purists would never think of diluting their glass of scotch, experts suggest that the amber liquid tastes better chilled. With the BROTEC Brother’s Stones, anyone can enjoy their drink chilled by the stylish rocks.
It comes in a premium wooden box and includes eight smooth granite chilling stones, a black velvet bag, and two elegant 80 ml crystal glasses. It’s time to say goodbye to watered-down whiskey. To get started, just wash the stones and pop them in the freezer for about four hours and it should be ready to use.
17. Tile Sport
Is your boss someone who leaves the office and comes back a short moment after because of stuff being left behind? If the answer is yes, then we have a useful gift idea for you. The Tile Sport is a compact device that can help anyone locate essential items that normally easy to lose or leave behind.
Clip to your keys, bag, backpack, and any other objects that need to be with you at all times. Using the companion app on your smartphone, you can set the Tile Sport to vibrate and emit an audible alarm tone. You can even use it the other way around and locate your mobile phone by clicking the button twice.
18. Corksicle Chillsner Beer Chiller
When whiskey is not your thing, the beer is probably what makes you happy. Sharing a cold one with your boss after work is awesome, which is why the goal is to keep the amber brew as cold as possible. Corksicle Chillsner is the whiskey stone for beer lovers out there.
Just remember to keep them in the freezer when not in use, so they’re ready to go when need arises. Never sip tepid beer again with these in your drinking arsenal and they should fit most standard size beer bottles as well.