Let me guess…you recently heard that “Bosses Day” is just around the corner and you want to make sure you don’t show up on the 16th empty-handed. But not just that…you want to impress your boss and show him/her what good taste you have. So, what do you gift your boss? You realize it must be tasteful, stylish, useful, and above all, thoughtful; and all the while you must remain professional.
Let’s talk about a few gift ideas that meet all the above criterion (no ties included!):
1. I love the simple, industrial look of Caran d’Ache pens, especially these ones (my husband has a similar version, which I regularly steal). There’s a lot to love here–these are Swiss (and let’s be honest…anything European stands out as special), they are high-quality, and they are unique.
2. Be thoughtful. Do a little research. And you’ll be amazed with the results! Discover something interesting about your boss, and then run with it. For example, a friend of mine found out that her boss lived abroad in France for a couple of years back in the day. After a little searching, she discovered that a local bakery makes a famous French pastry that receives rave reviews–she decided to order a dozen. It turns out, this box of pastries was the favorite gift (and there were many presented).
3. Gifts created around “experiences” also go a long way with recipients. If your boss happens to be a female, consider presenting her with a gift certificate to a salon or spa in her local town or neighborhood. Attach a bottle of OPI nail color to the gift certificate for extra points in the presentation department. She’ll be pleased you went to the trouble of finding a convenient location whilst providing her with a well-needed (and hopefully well-deserved!), short-term respite.
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