18 extraordinary gift ideas for your boss

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Are you familiar with the situation where your boss’s birthday is coming up and you’re still missing the right gift ideas? An unusual gift idea for your boss also shows how much you value a person. Maybe I can help you out with this article. After all, we’ve all been in that situation. It’s the boss’s birthday and you’re completely at a loss. The days go by and suddenly you have to get a present within a few days. Please don’t run straight to the nearest retail outlet to get something temporary. You can also tell when someone simply buys something so that they have something to give.

But let’s move on to my big list of the best gift ideas for your boss:

Creative gift ideas for the marketing boss

They simply still exist. The boss, who is still a bit old school. Or! The boss who always hands you a piece of paper with tasks. What do you give these bosses? A gift that is too modern could put them off 😉 Maybe I have just the right gift idea for your boss.

The Wacom Bamboo Slate Smartpad A4, a digital notepad – €139.90

With the Bamboo Smartpad, you can catapult your boss into the current century. No more paperwork. Including pen, your boss can record all his handwritten notes. All notes are sent to the end device in PDF, JPG or PNG format at the touch of a button. A really practical gadget for everyday office life.

The MOYU Hardcover A5, the reusable notepad – 32,90€

I know it from my own experience. Sometimes you’re just not ready for the digital leap. For this reason, I have a wonderful alternative to the digital notepad here. The set contains everything you need to get started right away. The pen, eraser, holder and, of course, the notepad itself ensure that you can start writing straight away – and if something goes wrong, simply touch it up with the eraser.

12 Palomino Blackwing Pencils – 38€

Every creative boss’s heart beats faster here. I have to admit that I personally am still a huge fan of pencils. Especially when they look as elegant as those from the Palomino brand.

Timeless gifts for every boss

You want something a little more timeless? Gifts that suit every boss? Then I might have just the right timeless gift ideas for you. Whether you know exactly what your boss likes or not, you’ll find something for every taste here.

New York wall mural set – 34,99€

New York is simply an inspiration for every CEO. If you can do it here, you can do it anywhere. It is not without reason that New York is also known as the city that never sleeps. From dishwasher to millionaire are just a few glorious phrases that describe the city. So it’s no wonder that this city is an inspiration for every entrepreneur.

Custom neon signs

Neon signs as a gift for a boss

Customized Neon signs are a unique option. You can customize the illuminated sign to suit your boss’s preferences. You can choose either inspirational quotes or a wonderful design. The custom neon sign can be used to decorate the boss’s room or office. It is a special gift to send and also a novel way to express your appreciation.

20 fine Chocolissimo chocolates – 49,80€

Now it’s getting sweet. If you know that your boss loves chocolate, then this exquisite box of chocolates is just the thing. The wooden box has 2 drawers with a total of 20 chocolates. Another special feature that I now pay close attention to is that the chocolates do not contain any preservatives. I think the chocolates are simply delicious and I’m sure your boss will love them too.

Surfer bracelet from myGreta – 29€

If the boss is simply more relaxed, I have a wonderful gift idea here. I also belong more in the “alternative”, “relaxed” manager category. The bracelet would be just the right gift for me. I can well imagine that startup bosses will really like the bracelet. Incidentally, you can customize the bracelet in different colors and models. Have fun letting off steam.

Useful gift ideas for the boss who talks on the phone a lot

We all know the boss who is just on the phone. As a boss, you simply have a lot of responsibility and are grateful for every gadget that makes everyday life easier. I myself am also on the phone a lot and am grateful for each of the following gadgets that I use myself.

Cell phone holder from Gritin – 9,29€

I have to say that I was very skeptical about the bracket at first. I got to know the gadget through a colleague and now I can’t do without it. The problem for me is that I always have my cell phone on silent, but the vibration is very weak, so I’ve missed the odd call. With the holder, I can place my cell phone directly opposite me, charge it at the same time and now receive all calls. Simple and practical.

Heat it, say goodbye to insect bites – €26.99 (Android) ; €39.95 (iPhones)

Yes, I know, it’s not really a gadget for the business sector. But I have to say, I can no longer leave the house without a Heat it. Especially if your boss is traveling a lot. With the Heat it you can declare war on mosquito bites. It takes just a few seconds to charge the Heat it with your smartphone, then simply hold it to the mosquito bite and it will stop itching. Simply brilliant.

Sony WF-1000XM4 True Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones – 193,99€

Another useful gadget is simply headphones for making calls. It’s so much more convenient when you have your hands free to make calls. I own AirPods myself, which is why this variant is more suitable for Android users. The noise-canceling function has also become an absolute must. I really learned to love this function on the plane. I’ve rarely got off a plane so relaxed thanks to noise-canceling.

The best gifts for the Apple boss

There is also the kind of boss who simply uses Apple products. Here are a few really cool gadgets that will help everyone in everyday life. As I mentioned above, I also belong to the Apple faction. But I know all the more about the really useful gadgets that your boss will be happy about.

Apple AirTag – 35€

Apple AirTags are super useful for anyone who needs to quickly misplace something. AirTags are like a small GPS tracker. You can attach it to your key ring, for example, so that you never lose it again. Using an iPhone and the “Where is?” app, you can see exactly where the AirTag is located on a map. It is even possible for the AirTag to emit a beep sound to make the item easier to find. Some even use AirTags as tractors for their dogs, should they run after a rabbit again.

Apple AirPods – from €150

I’ve already raved above about how practical wireless headphones are when talking on the phone. Of course, if you have an iPhone, you also need AirPods. If the noise-canceling function is also on board here, then you would have to buy the AirPods Pro. I can hardly imagine that if your boss has an iPhone, she doesn’t have AirPods yet, but if that’s the case, then she needs them urgently.

Apple Magic Trackpad – 111€

You’re probably wondering why I’m suggesting a mousepad as a gift. An Apple Mac is one of the few products for which a normal laptop mouse makes no sense. I just recently gave up my Microsoft laptop and went straight to a Mac and trackpad. In fact, I quickly got used to using it and have to say that it really is better than a mouse.

Top books you can give your boss as a gift

Yes, it’s usually in the nature of every boss to enjoy reading books. As a rule, I also like books that allow me to develop personally. I have a few book recommendations here that your boss will definitely be happy about. They have helped me a lot and still help me today with one or two difficult decisions.

Good chefs eat last – 24,99€

Simon Sinek found the recipe for a good boss in a conversation with a marine general. He told him, “Officers always eat last”. But a good boss goes much further. Good leaders sacrifice their own comfort, even their own lives, for the good of those under their command. In his book, Sinek shows what makes a good boss and serves as support for every good boss.

The boss I will never forget – 24,95€

Another book that has accompanied me on my journey. In his book, Alexander Groth shows how managers can gradually develop their strong personal qualities. “If you want to leave a good mark on the minds and hearts of your employees, Alexander Groth will give you many clever insights into how you can mature into a strong leader.” Hamburger Abendblatt.

Fucking Leadership – 18,90€

Let’s move on to a slightly different book on leadership. Because now it’s getting poetic, well halfway there at least. The book “fucking leadership” is a kind of “poetry slam” on the business world – and brings ideas and suggestions to reinvent life and work – and to reflect on one’s own attitude. It’s about heart work – instead of hard work. Professionally – personally and together.

In this article you will find more book recommendations for managers.

Great gifts for the chef who loves to cook

Yes, they still exist. The gourmets who still like to be in the kitchen themselves. I myself discovered the joy of cooking at the end of my 20s. I love to spoil my wife and guests with a good meal. I’m normally a big fan of Asian cuisine. But opinions are quickly divided here. So here are a few gift ideas for the chef who loves to cook.

An outrageously good cookbook – 24,95€

The name says it all in this New York Times bestseller. Joshua Weissman is a newcomer to the cooking scene and is currently turning it on its head. He also conveys this rebellious mentality in his cookbook and has made me a little fan of his.

SIMPLY WOOD Gourmet salts, salts from all over the world – 11,95€

Whether steak or oven vegetables, both need to be well seasoned. Sweet dishes also need a good salt to emphasize the taste. Here I have found something very special for the gourmet among you. Salts from all over the world.

Russell Hobbs electric salt and pepper grinder – 27,36€ (currently on sale)

I’ll be honest, one of my weaknesses is that I’m cozy. I don’t know why, but the usual salt and pepper grinders always break in a short time anyway. I also find the turning of the grinders annoying and distracts me while cooking. That’s why I bought these electric grinders at some point. If you’ve ever held one in your hand, you’ll understand me 😉

What is important when giving a gift?

Everyone already knows that when you give a gift, it’s important that it comes from the heart. Of course, this also applies if you’re looking for a gift idea for your boss. Even if you’re not the best of friends, it’s still a good idea to give a small gift. I hope I was able to help you a little with my small selection.

Frequently asked questions

What do I give my boss?

There is a large selection of gift ideas for the boss. The important thing is that it comes from the heart and is honest. Also pay attention to the little things with your boss. If she often talks about traveling, that’s probably a sign that you’re looking for travel-related gifts. Accessories and jewelry can also tell you a lot about what type of person the boss is. Is she wearing a surfer necklace or a gold-plated chain? The more you pay attention to the little things around them, the easier it will be for you to find a gift.

How much should I spend on a gift for my boss?

That’s a really difficult question. There are several criteria to consider here, for example, what kind of relationship you have with your boss. Is it purely professional or do you have a friendly relationship? The number of co-grantees is also decisive. It is often not the physical value of the gift that matters, but rather the emotional value that makes a good gift.

What is important when giving a gift?

It’s clear that it comes from the heart and is sincerely meant. Be very sure when choosing your gift. For example, if you give your boss a steak grill cookbook, be really sure that she is not a vegetarian.


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