Christmas is the time of giving and if you’re lucky enough to have a good boss, this is a good time to thank them for their guidance so far. (Don’t say millennials are ungrateful hor.) But getting a gift for the boss can be as daunting as going in for a meeting. What if they don’t like the gift you picked out? What if the gift is too expensive and they have to go to the trouble of going to the human resources department to declare it? Fret not because we’ve got a couple of gift ideas that works whether you drew your boss’ name for Secret Santa or are just looking to say thank you. Did we mention they’re all under $100 each?
The one who skips meals
When was the last time your boss had lunch with you and your colleagues? Perhaps you’re unsure if your boss even has time to grab a bite to eat at their desk. Either way, they’ll probably appreciate a warm, conveniently delivered meal every now and then. Gift them a Deliveroo gift card ($25 to $500)—the delivery service makes it easy with their many cuisine options and flexible delivery times.
The (wo)man in black and white
Looking sleek, clean and professional is probably very important to your boss, so whether it’s for clothes, accessories or stationery, monochrome is all they use – extra points if they jazz it up sometimes with a little bit of grey. Add a little fun to their collection with an adorable pair of fluffy cat slippers from Typo ($29.99) that they can slip into while heading to the pantry—but in grey of course.
The one with aches and pains
Does your boss complain about having a literal pain in the neck? Whether your boss is getting a little advanced in age, has stiff muscles or just has plain bad posture, a neck massager like this Neck Relaxar from OTO ($58) is sure to help them feel a little more comfortable while sitting at their desk. They might even share it with you!
The serial snacker
Hands up if every time you walk by your boss’s desk, they’re going rapidly at a pack of chips or munching on a sweet treat. It’s hard to break out of a snacking habit, especially when unhealthy snacks are so readily available, so why not indulge them with some healthier, low-calorie options? Get them a few packs of Boxgreen’s crunchy and sweet apple crisps ($3) or you can surprise them with a Vegan Box ($24.90) that comprises 12 packs of vegan delights such as shiitake mushroom chips, sun dried apricots and a naked protein trail mix.
The IT enthusiast
Thanks to your boss, you’re that person who always knows when a brand new phone or gadget is released on the IT market. They’ll be playing with it as they come into the office, between meetings and during lunch breaks. So we’ll bet they would really appreciate being able to charge them all at the same time with this five-port multi-charger from Verbatim ($59) which charges devices at a super speed.
The one who always forgets appointments
You know what we’re talking about, this type of boss has got a schedule packed full of meetings and events, but nowhere to note it down and sort it all out. Put an end to their struggle with managing time with a handy and gorgeous leather journal from Kikki K ($59.90) that is in a beautiful shade of blue. You can even choose to personalise it with their monogram service, a gesture your boss will surely appreciate.
The jet-setting boss
More often than not, your boss is away on business somewhere. And as soon as they return to the office, they’re talking about the next trip they have to get ready for. Since travelling is extra tough on our skin, we recommend getting them this Laneige Eye Sleeping Mask Set (Limited Edition Holiday Collection) ($50), which comes with Water Sleeping Mask and Eye Sleeping Mask. This duo will definitely be a treat to tired skin and eyes—especially after their next overseas flight.
The one who is a mess
If watching your boss haphazardly toss another stack of papers onto their messy desk is more than you can bear, you’ve come to the right place. Unleash your inner organisational freak and nudge them on the satisfying path to decluttering their workspace with a desktop paper tray like this Ikea KVISSLE tray ($39.90). Its pull-out compartments make for easy viewing and keeps important documents handy.
The one who’s always shivering
Is the office air-conditioning really that cold? Maybe your boss just needs a brand new jacket to keep warm while they’re at work. Stylish and comfortable, this boyfriend blazer from ASOS ($80.96) is sleek and formal for boardroom meetings, while being chic enough for a restaurant date. Your boss will definitely thank you later.
The one who has a uniform
We get it – being a boss is tough! Between managing their workload and the ones of their subordinates, there probably isn’t a lot of time to go shopping. That’s probably why you think you’ve seen them in that outfit last week, and the week before… Help your boss break out of their wardrobe rotation with Zalora’s massive range of apparel. From feminine dresses to sleek jumpsuits, your boss is spoilt for choice. Don’t know their wardrobe tastes? A gift card (from $30 to $150) is just perfect.
And should you decide to go down the safe route of buying them alcohol, here’s a video on how to wrap it nicely so they’ll still be mildly surprised.