Finding The Perfect Gift for Your Boss – An Important Part of Business!

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Best Gift for BossBuilding a career requires a lot of conscious choices.  Everything from what you studied in first year University, to what you wore to your first job interview, to how you manage your daily interactions with those around you are aimed at bringing success in the work place.  Many people strive for years with the intention of making an impression on their boss with the hope of standing out in the work place. Surprisingly a lot of people don´t place sufficient attention on gifts. There are a few times each year where an opportunity arises to make a strategical and powerful move in your career through the personal relationship with your boss. Days such as “National Boss Day” on October 16 often go by completely missed by employees who could use the opportunity to give that little extra that can go a long way.

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What´s so Important About Gifts?

Giving the perfect gift means giving something that the person receiving is truly going to appreciate – because of it´s own intrinsic value. When you find the perfect gift for a boss or someone you wish to impress they will remember you for it and since giving gifts on days like National Bosses Day, Christmas and birthdays are completely socially acceptable it´s an excellent opportunity to stand out from those around you in the office.  By giving the perfect gift to a boss you are using an unconventional method to show your ability to pay attention to others and details (by observing what your boss would really like) and to show thoughtfulness and connection.

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What Not To Do:

  1. Give the same generic gift that everyone else gives.  Consider it,  every year bosses desks become covered with excess amounts of the same things – chocolates, flowers and fruit baskets.  If you are going to take advantage of the socially appropriate time to give gifts each year, make yourself stand out with thoughtfulness and class.
  2. Over spend.   Let´s face it,  your boss probably makes more money than you do.  Your boss also knows how much you make. Trying to make up for not finding a perfect gift through spending more money than necessary will take you away from your goal, not closer to it.
  3. Not think for your boss. If there was ever a time to think for your boss, the time of gift giving is it. Steve Jobs once explained that there is no point in asking people what they want, because they don´t know – they have to be shown what is possible.  The question people fail to ask themselves is “what could make my boss´s life better?” or “What would they appreciate that they aren´t aware of?” If you happen to be aware that a Philips Wake Up alarm clock is the best thing in the world for getting up early for work each day, don´t tell your boss, show them.  Think of what they could use and appreciate.
  4. Give gift cards in small denominations that demonstrate how much you spent that the person can easily buy for themselves.  By giving your boss a $20 Starbucks card you are clearly stating the price that you spent on the gift. Keep away from these numbers games and look for the unique gift!

 

Our Absolute Guide to the Best Gifts for Bosses 

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In order to help you find the best gift for your boss, we went shopping for you, to come up with a unique list of items that will work to impress any boss. You won´t find any chocolates, flowers or gift baskets here –  The following gift ideas are ones that will make an impression, are classy and intelligent and suitable for the work environment.  

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1. For Any Boss – Cashmere!

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Cashmere is so silky soft and comfortable that no one is ever disappointed with a cashmere gift!  By buying one of these items for your boss you will make an impression and give something of quality! These items were all chosen for the high rank of customer satisfaction, price and style.  Keep away from fitted items in cashmere like sweaters, to avoid the awkward “wrong size” situations.  The following items will fit anyone.

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For a Male Boss:

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For a Female Boss:

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2. For the Boss that Travels A Lot

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Here are some great ideas for people who have a boss that travels a lot.  Some items such as a luggage tracker are practical gifts that can make travel more secure. Other gifts ideas are to give them a Kindle or a Philips Wake Up light which helps greatly with jet lag. From a beautiful globe to therapeutic eye masks, these gifts are sure to make your boss happy!

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3. For Any Boss – A Classic Business Management Book

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The books you will find on this list are all classics in the world of business management.  Each of the books on this list have sold in the millions – and make a great business gift!

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4.  For Any Boss – Something Unique to Add to the Office

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Here is a list of suggestions for simple and beautiful gifts that will fit nearly any office style.

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 5.  For the Tea Drinking Boss

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If your boss is an avid tea drinker stay away from buying them tea unless you truly know their tastes.  Generally tea drinkers have strong preferences for the teas they prefer.  Tea ware, however, can make a perfect gift for bosses. Let us suggest some of these favourites:

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6. For the Boss that Loves Wine

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Like with tea, you may want to be careful about buying a bottle of wine of a connoisseur unless you are versed in wines yourself or have a good idea of what bottle of purchase.  Here are some suggestions of wine goods that will delight any wine lover without purchasing a bottle:

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7. For Boss that Likes Technology

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Technology can be a tricky one – mainly because the cost of tech can go up and quick.  Here is a list of some new tech on the market now in an affordable price that are useful and appreciated by gift receivers!

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8. For the Coffee Boss

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If your boss is a coffee drinker these ideas are sure to impress. Everything from a quality espresso maker for the travelling boss to a coffee plant for the office to Japanese Coffee maker that will impress any guest!

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9. For the Healthy / Athletic Boss

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Do you have a boss who is always heading to the gym, yoga studio or soccer match? Or maybe they are mixing their healthy blends of organic smoothie shakes every morning for breakfast.  If your boss is athletic or health conscious  here are some great ideas for them:

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10.  For the Environmentally Friendly Boss

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Finally here are some ideas for a boss that puts considerable care into the Environment.

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