Will your boss gift idea send the right message? Are you even supposed to get gifts for the boss? Here are my favorite - and appropriate - boss gifts.
To me, the best on this page are the group gifts. When you join together, gift giving doesn't feel awkward or contrived. Some of the gifts only need a small contribution from each person - 10.00 or less.
Note: Before you choose a gift, check your company rules. Some companies forbid employees giving gifts to the management. They think it looks a little too much like a bribe. Find out before you buy.
T-shirt for a local team plus tickets to one of their games
Gourmet gift basket with smoked salmon, caviar, tins of oysters, artichoke hearts, etc.
Gadget to make the work easier: Calculator, pocket recorder, timer, measuring device, etc.
Desktop cup cooler/warmer or super insulated mug
Variety of gourmet sauces such as mustard, barbeque sauce, salad dressing, marinade, etc.
When everyone chips in a little, you suddenly can afford a much nicer gift...like a night or weekend at a bed and breakfast or resort so the boss can spend some time relaxing!
Here are more group gift ideas:
Printed memory book with comments from the whole staff on the high points of the year - Include pictures of events and staff/customer interaction, company ads, plus testimonials or thank-yous from customers.
Satellite radio with a one year subscription
Book of gift certificates for lunch at places that deliver
Passes to a variety of local attractions or events (county fair, speedway, museum, downtown festival, etc.) or season passes to a theater or other venue.