It’s no secret that picking out thoughtful gifts for friends and family members is… tricky. Even when we’re shopping for the people who are closest to us, it takes a lot of thought to figure out the perfect present. Though, not gonna lie, we’re pretty damn good gifters.
But if you think choosing stuff for your nearest and dearest is rough, just wait until you start browsing for your boss. You want to pick something for a superior that is classy and cool, but you don’t want to get them something so over-the-top your coworkers will think you’re a brownnoser. And if you get something too personal, things could get real weird real quickly.
We’ve got some ideas for gifts that are classic, affordable and have just enough sentiment to make your boss smile — without freaking them out.
1. Harry & David gift set
I would typically say gift baskets aren’t a great idea. But a gift set from Harry & David is classy and delicious.
2. Personalized pencils
These could go along with the pencil holder or stand alone as a great gift.
Like a Boss pencil set, available on Amazon
3. A pretty key chain
A bright, stylish key chain is something everyone can use.
Verloop tiered tassel keychain, $28 at Anthropologie
4. A cozy throw blanket
She can keep it in the office or take it home. A soft, colorful throw brightens up any space.
Coziest throw, space-dyed, $39 at West Elm
Up next: More gifts for your female boss
Originally published December 2015. Updated November 2017.