National Boss Day Tips and Gift Ideas

National Boss Day is October 16th, and many professionals are not sure what’s considered an appropriate gift.  

Here are some general guidelines to consider when buying a gift for your boss: 

Do not try to wow your boss with an expensive gift. This is one instance where bigger is not better. After all, you’re buying a gift for someone that makes more money than you.

In addition to that, you do not want to be seen as kissing up or brown-nosing your superior. This is NOT the day to upset your colleagues. 

Gifts should be nice, small and most importantly, professional. Stay away from personal items (I remember one boss getting spa products from someone of the opposite sex. Needless to say that was a bit uncomfortable!). 

Choose a gift that fits your boss’s lifestyle. For instance, don’t buy candy for someone that’s counting calories or golf paraphernalia for a football fanatic. 

Here are some suggestions for appropriate gifts: 

Greeting Cards (e-card or individual paper card). Hallmark has a great selection of cards, but you can also find nice cards at your local Wal-Mart, Target, etc.

If you prefer an e-card check out or 

Consumable products. These are a favorite because it solves the problem of storage and almost everyone enjoys a good snack in the office.

Harry and David ( has a great selection of snack baskets. Also, it is very hard to go wrong with Godiva chocolate ( for the chocoholic, or gourmet popcorn from The Popcorn Factory 

Other good choices are executive books (this link is to a Top 10 List you may find useful:, and sports paraphernalia such as mugs and caps.

If your boss is a golfer, check out the engraved golf markers at . 

Remember, National Boss Day is to show your boss that you appreciate his/her hard work, encouragement, support and guidance. Really, that’s it. 

Towanda Long aka The Café Lady



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