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We know that finding the perfect gift for a boss is no easy task. With National Boss Day on Tuesday, Oct. 16, the search is on for a great gift to impress the higher ups.
From a bubble wrap calendar to a personal shiatsu shoulder massager, we've rounded up a slew of awesome gifts that will not only show your colleagues just how much you care, but might also put you in line for that long overdue promotion.
1. Portable Laptop Standing Desk, $40, Amazon
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Also available at Walmart.
According to various health experts, sitting is being touted as the new smoking. To help combat the ill effects of hours sitting in front the computer, your boss will be grateful for your thoughtful gift of a standing desk. And while you are at it, pick up one for yourself.
2. 2019 Bubble Wrap Calendar, $25, Amazon
Also available at UncommonGoods.
Let’s face it, few things are as satisfying as a good bubblewrap pop. And with this calendar, they’ll get 365 pops, one for each day of the year.
3. Popcornopolis Gourmet Popcorn 5 Cone Gift Basket, $40, Amazon
Their caramel corn is also available in a 12-bag box for $57 at Walmart.
Now this gift may be a little self-serving, especially if your desk is next to the giftee. This basket of five delicious favors of popcorn is so big that your boss won't be able to refuse your humble request for a handful (or several) every now and then.
For more food-related gifts, check out our gift guide for the foodie!
4. DYMO LabelManager 160 Handheld Label Maker, $20 (normally $41), Amazon
Also available at Walmart.
The uber-organized officemate will likely do cartwheels down the hall when they receive their very own handheld label maker. The only drawback is that you may find that the stapler you often “borrow” is now clearly labeled with its owner’s name.
5. Mpow Bluetooth Over Ear Headphones, $30 (usually $35), Amazon
Also available for $38 at Walmart.
Give the gift of quiet with these jazzy red and black noise-cancelling headphones.
6. Trideer Exercise Ball, $21, Amazon
Similar available for $12 at Walmart.
This one's for the boss or coworker who can't seem to find a comfortable seat all day.
7. MaxKare Shiatsu Neck Shoulder Massager, $35, Amazon
Also available for $40 at Walmart.
We all know that things can get pretty stressful at the office. This shiatsu neck and shoulder massager is like having your own personal masseuse on call.
8. Moodycards Flip-Over Messages, $10, Amazon
Help your co-worker communicate her current mood and feelings without having to open her mouth. Moodycards come with thirty different messages as well as a blank cards and an erasable pen for more personal musings.
9. Live Assorted Succulents (Set of 4), $20, Urban Outfitters
You know what we love about succulents? No green thumb, no problem! These 2-inch plants require almost zero care which makes them the perfect desk accoutrement for all.
10. Llama Desk Duster, $15, Urban Outfitters
For the manager who has everything? The llama desk duster! He keeps your desk dust-free with his shaggy pink locks and looks adorable while doing it. Sign us up!
11. Excelvan Mini Portable Projector, $41 (usually $80), Walmart
This gift is a slam dunk. It's useful for work presentations as well as taking home to watch TV on a full wall.
12. Simmer Stone Rose Gold Office Supplies, $30, Amazon
There is always that person in the office whose stylish desk elicits envy with their cool and modern office accessories. These minimalist and well-designed wire organizers are the perfect gift for the co-worker with the curated desk.
13. VanEnjoy 6 Inch Cute Cartoon Dinosaur Shape Ceramic Succulent Planter, $15, Amazon
It is important for one’s desk to have some personality, and this dinosaur planter will instantly deliver much needed flair.
14. Acrylic & Gold Stapler by OfficeGoods, $14, Amazon
Also available at Walmart.
Talk about a chic stapler! Turn the act of stapling into a luxurious joy for the co-worker who is lucky enough to be gifted with this beauty.
15. ban.do "I Am Very Busy" Mug, $14, Amazon
It also comes in a tumbler for cold drinks!
For the manager who's always busy, the “I Am Very Busy Mug” doesn’t mince words.
16. Anker SoundCore Bluetooth Speaker, $28, Amazon
Also available for $50 at Walmart.
The Anker SoundCore Bluetooth Speaker is a great gift for the co-worker who has taken on the role of office DJ. This tiny speaker is portable and can play up to 24 hours on a single charge.
17. Gift Boutique Every Second Counts Timer, $25, Shopbop
This timer is a stylish way to stay on schedule.
18. Lilly Pulitzer Large 17-Month Monthly Hardcover Planner, $22, Amazon
We love an old-school planner where you can actually write things down. Your likeminded officemate will be thrilled to receive this adorable Lilly Pulitzer 17-Month agenda that will keep her organized through December 2019.
19. Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer, $9 (usually $11), Amazon
Also available for $15 at Walmart.
This inexpensive mug warmer will keep your coworker's coffee steaming hot all morning long.
20. Codify Pencil Holder, $48, Anthropologie
Beautify your neighbor’s desk with this sleek pencil holder. It is the epitome of stylish storage.
21. Personalized Leatherette Business Card Case, $10, Amazon
Your co-worker or boss will feel so professional with this personalized business card case. It's nice to have on hand for networking at conferences and other events.
22. Coffee Gator Pour Over Brewer, $33, Amazon
For the office coffee connoisseur, this portable drip coffee brewer delivers a rich cup of joe without having to walk to the kitchen.
23. Echo Dot, $50, Amazon
The Echo Dot is the next best thing to a real personal assistant.
24. Personalized Fall Leaves Stationary, $44 (for 20), Paper Source
This pretty custom stationary is perfect for fall and will be appreciated by any boss who misses the lost art of the thank you note.
25. Thank You 3 Piece Candy Bento Box, $26, Sugarfina
If all else fails, you can never go wrong with a sweet treat. Sugarfina's pre-picked gift boxes look like you put more in more effort than you did and they taste delicious. This one comes with strawberry flavored gummy roses, peach gummy candies dusted in sweet and sour crystals and heart-shaped gummies.