Although some people think that every day is Boss’s day, National Boss’ Day is, October 16th.
If you want to show appreciation for your manager(s), give your boss(s) a gift for this special day. Expect your thoughtfullness to bring a smile (although not necessarily a raise or promotion). Your gift is a personal reflection of you – so to be sure you do it right, the AdviceSisters are sharing some advice from author of The Purple Book (and gift-giving expert)Hillary Mendelsohn. She teamed up with Office Depot to provide advice on office-friendly gifts.
Here is what Hillary shared with us:
Show your appreciation. You do not need to spend a lot for the gesture to make an impact. Set a realistic budget of no more than $20 if you’re giving a gift on your own. For a department gift, have everyone contribute money for one present costing $75-$100.
Personalize the gift and be creative. Does your boss love old movies? Or is there a running joke in the office everyone shares that can be translated into a gift option? For example, if your boss is hard to reach, think about giving him or her a Bluetooth headset along with a funny card.
Men and women like different things. If your boss is a woman, style and color count. So, gifts like stylish pens or desk accessories are good choices. For a male boss, think technology. Both would also probably enjoy a family-oriented present like a digital photo frame.
*the AdviceSisters also suggest relaxation-type gifts (e.g. spa or aromatherapy) or pampering products. Make sure your boss is into these types of items before you splurge, however. Is your boss a brown-bagger or does s/he never have time to eat lunch? Get hini/her a gift certificate for food delivery through a reputable online or local service.
Never give your boss an intimate gift (e.g. lingerie, personal photos, etc.) it sends the wrong message and is unprofessional. If you have more than one senior boss, make sure you gift them all equally If the cost will break your budget, how about sending a card to each one with your personal note of thanks in it?