Inexpensive Christmas Gifts for Bosses


Shopping for your boss can be challenging. You want to find a gift that is both professional and personal but not too intimate. In order to stay under your holiday budget, a boss's gift should also be inexpensive; it should be more of a token gift to give thanks. When purchasing gifts for bosses, think about their hobbies and their habits at work. Also, consider what you would want if you were in their position. Keep those thoughts in mind, and you'll be able to find the perfect holiday gift for your boss.

Mug Warmer

  • If she's a coffee or tea drinker, a mug warmer is an ideal gift for your boss. A mug warmer is a small heated hot plate that a user can plug into an outlet to keep your drink warm. A mug warmer is the perfect size to hold most mug sizes, and it heats the beverage from the bottom up so that your boss doesn't have to worry about it becoming cold if she gets sidetracked during the day. You could find mug warmers anywhere, ranging from Walmart, Target and most department stores for around $10 in 2010.

Gift Basket

  • A gift basket may seem obvious, but there are many gift baskets perfect for any boss. You can fill the basket with golf items, such as golf balls, teas, a golf towel and a golf glove if your boss is a golfer. If he's a coffee lover, the basket can include various types of coffee, sugars, creams and a mug. For the movie buff, a gift basket with movie passes, popcorn and candy will make a good gift. For an especially low-cost gift, you can fill the basket with home-baked items such as cookies, breads and other snacks.

Desk Supplies

  • Your boss probably doesn't have a lot of time during the day to stay organized. Therefore, desk supplies, such as paper-clip holders, calendars, penholders and business card holders make great gifts. Depending on your budget, an engraved business card holder would be a useful boss's gift. Pair a few organizational supplies with some IOUs for a "Desk Cleanup." This is a very appreciated gift that only costs a few dollars and a few minutes of your time.


  • For wine-drinking bosses, a nice bottle of wine is a great gift that will help her relax after work. A nice chardonnay or merlot with a ribbon around the neck makes a great gift that you know will go to good use. To take the gift one step further, a nice set of wine glasses or cheese and crackers make a great addition to a nice bottle of wine.

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