Best Holiday Gifts for Your Boss

December 17, 2011 11:15 AM

I’ve got a pretty great track record as a gift-giver. The shopping addiction helps. But it also comes from a desire to show my appreciation for people when I get the chance and the holidays is one of the only times you get to do for the people you work with.

My dad always told me that you don’t need to give your boss a holiday gift – it’s the boss who should treat his or her employees during the holidays. Once I started having employees I totally agreed. So, if you’re on a tight budget, a holiday card or even a heartfelt end-of-the-year email definitely suffices. A well-expressed sentiment is pretty valuable, after all.

That being said, if you want to throw in a gift, here are my fabulous and office appropriate gifts for different budgets:

$20 or less

Holiday gifts under $20

1. Alphabet Mug, $6.42 at West Elm

2. Hand PDA holder, $12.99 at Indigo

3. Inspiring books by our about successful people like Tina Fey’s Bossypants; Steve Jobs: A Biography; Vanity Fair’s Proust Questionnaire $18.15)

4. Glass diamond gem paperweight, $12.50 at Indigo


$50 or less

Holiday gifts under $50

1. Tiffany playing cards, $35

2. Diane Von Furstenberg Saffiano printed iPhone 4 case, $50 at

3. Diane Von Furstenberg Cloud-Print 2GB USB Keychain, $40 at

4. Stylish coffee table (or office console) book like Cecil Beaton: The New York Years, $44.88 at Indigo; Vogue: The Covers, $37.95; Jay-Z’s Decoded, $26.40 at Indigo; Design*Sponge at Home, $26.40 at Indigo

5. Marc by Marc Jacobs Stardust embossed iPad case, $50 at

6. Frenchie dog bank, $24 at urban Outfitters

7. Swingline business stapler in silver, $26.95 from CB2

$100 or less

Holiday gifts under $100

1. A bottle of Veuve Clicquot, approx $75 (our Empirella go-to gift for our very favourite people) and you can toss in 5. a copy of The Widow Clicquot, $13.67 for a motivational spin

2. Marc by Marc Jacobs Python-print iPad case, $70 at

3. Lanvin pen, $95 at

4. Michael Kors Neoprene laptop case, $65 at

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