Choosing a birthday gift for your boss can be a daunting task. On one hand, it's nice to recognize the occasion with something special, but you also don't want to appear to be buying her praise or influence. In general, it's best to find something that is slightly personal but still a bit generic, unless you know your boss' tastes very well. Try to pick an appropriate price range as well. Depending on your income and your time at the company, this may vary. However, don't get anything too expensive or over-the-top. If you keep it simple, you can make a good impression without going over your budget.
Plants and Flowers
A plant, herb kit or bouquet of flowers are usually welcome gifts for any boss. You may already have an idea of what kind of plants she likes, or you can research types of potted plants that will do well in your office environment so she can keep it on her desk. An herb kit may also be a good gift. These are sold at garden centers or can be bought online. Many of them allow you to grow your own herbs on your kitchen counter or plant them in the garden. Lastly, a simple bouquet of flowers is a traditional but thoughtful present.
Books or Music
If you know your boss' musical tastes, a new album by her favorite artist might be welcome. Or, you can pick something out you know she's never heard before. Similarly, a book is a safe and appropriate gift choice. Fiction may be better than books about politics, religion or current affairs, but you could also consider getting her a book about the particular industry you both work in. When in doubt, it's also okay to buy her a gift certificate to a local book store or online retailer.
An edible gift is one of the best things to get your boss if you aren't sure of her tastes or preferences in other areas. A gourmet box of chocolates or gift basket with cheeses, nuts, cookies or other goodies will tend to go over well. You can also create your own basket with foods, teas, coffee or other things you know she will like. Avoid including alcohol unless you're sure of her tastes.
Pampering Products or Service
Another good gift for a female boss is a gift certificate for a pampering service, such as a massage or facial at a local spa. If you don't know what type of spa treatment she might like, get a generic gift certificate that allows her the option of picking her own service. You can also create your own basket or bag with pampering supplies, such as lotions, perfumes and body wash. Include a nice card with birthday wishes.