Perhaps you’ve chosen to partake in a Christmas gift exchange at the office and have drawn your boss’s name.  Or maybe you’re simply trying to make a good impression.  Choosing a gift that balances professionalism with sentimentality can be tricky when giving a gift to your employer.

Gifting your boss with something overly silly can come across as insincere or just plain inappropriate.  However, it’s also an opportunity to impress them by letting your creativity and thoughtfulness shine.  Therefore choosing something too “boring” or “safe” could work against you.

Making the wrong impression with your boss is the last thing you want to do.   Whether your boss is a male or female, here are some gift ideas that just might get you that promotion.

A Gift Card

This gift choice could be considered playing it safe, so to play your “cards” right on this gift, give it some originality by choosing the right gift card.

Perhaps it’s a gift card to their favorite sandwich shop you always see them bring for lunch.  Or maybe from the Children’s Museum since you know they have kids.  Choose a gift card that is relevant to something you know they like or practice.

Keep the amount blank, so that they won’t know how much it is until they redeem it.  This way it comes as a nice surprise!  Additionally, you won’t appear to be flaunting how much spent on your boss to the rest of your work colleagues.

Kitchenware

Most people, regardless of their gender, size, origin, or religion, all use a kitchen.  Kitchenware is one of those gifts that anyone could benefit from.

Some ideas could be an original salad bowl, with creative tongs.  Or perhaps a wine rack.  A personalized coffee mug that they can use at the office is also a boss favorite.

Something Specific For Their Hobby

If your boss is on a basketball team, perhaps an office garbage can with a hoop is just the right idea!  Or perhaps they’re an avid fisherman.  How about a new tackle box?  Or if you really want to impress, try something technological for their hobby, like a GPS rangefinder for their golf addiction which can really improve their game.

Gifting something that is specific to something you made the effort of discovering about them says a lot about you as a person, and even more about you as an employee.

Office Gear

How about something that can be of use for their job at the office?  A Bluetooth headset for their phone if you see them often getting wrapped up in their telephone cable on intense business calls.

Something even more interesting could be a virtual keyboard for their smartphone. This could come in handy while in meetings and could easily become a favorite item of theirs.