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Office Manager Gifts That Will Help You Get A Quick Promotion

When it comes to your supervisor, a great gift can do more than simply thank him or her for not breathing down your throat all year. If carefully executed, it can show that you are a great listener (she did say she loves vanilla-scented candles) and detail-oriented (his childhood memories consist of growing up in Chicago and making homemade caramels). So, in a sea of thoughtless coffee mugs, be the one your boss remembers. Our only suggestion? Make sure to present it before the holiday bonuses.

Impress Your Manager With Gifts

When it comes to your manager, a great gift can do more than just thank him or her for not breathing down your throat all year. If carefully executed, it can show that you are a great listener (she said in the staff meeting she loves vanilla-scented candles) and detail-oriented (his childhood consists of growing up in Chicago and making homemade caramels). So, in a sea of thoughtless coffee mugs, be the one your manager remembers. Our only suggestion? Make sure to present the gift before the holiday bonuses.

Business etiquette rules do not require you, or any worker, to give a gift to your boss for any occasion. In fact, giving a gift when it’s not necessary can appear as if you are trying to buy your way into your boss’s good graces. And, giving an inappropriate gift to your boss could make your boss feel uncomfortable.

Guidelines for Giving Your Boss a Gift

Below are some helpful guidelines for giving your boss a gift:

  • Your boss probably doesn’t want a bottle of wine on her birthday.
  • Your boss probably doesn’t want a bottle of wine on her birthday.
  • Unsolicited sexual or romantic gifts, such as a “Happy Birthday Dear Boss” coffee mug or Victoria’s Secret “sexy something” item is highly inappropriate. Stick with a few well-chosen business books.

Ungiftable gifts and when they should be given

Most gifts, unless they are way out of line, are acceptable. However, if you are in the habit of giving cheap gifts because you don’t know what else to give, you might rethink your reason for giving a gift. It may be that you want to impress your boss. While this is good motivation, you should be careful not to appear like you are trying to bribe him just like more traditional bribery attempts. Do not give gifts any time you feel your performance needs improvement. A gift to a manager is not a substitute for performance improvement. Gifts should be given on occasions that do not feel like work. Think birthdays and holidays. Never give a gift to personalize a business relationship.

Multiple gifts to your boss over a short period of time may appear as if you are trying to buy your way into your boss’s good graces. Top performers do not need to keep bribing the boss. A great employee should expect to be recognized and rewarded without having to pay for it.

Gift Ideas for the Boss

Below are some great gift suggestions to give your boss:

Gifts brought from a foreign country: Your boss will feel like she is the first to go through the treasures you brought from your trip without having to pack the suitcase.

Gifts from eBay: If you know precisely what your boss would love, take a moment to find it on eBay. It shows you do your homework.

Gift certificates for a massage: Bosses with over-active hands have a business admin on their shoulders. It is a powerful stress reliever. If you are not sure whether she would like this type of treatment, feel free to give it as a gift. If she isn’t interested, as it was the thought that counts.

Gifts Your Boss Won’t Appreciate

Perishable gifts: If your boss decides not to eat and drink all these wonderful chocolates you brought, you are out of luck.

Gifts that are too personal: Deeply personal gifts, such as romance novels or lingerie, should only be given to a man or woman you are very close to in a very intimate way.

Gifts that are not work-appropriate: Your boss should not have to wear a kilt, or wear a pink silk blouse.

Gifts with significant value: If you give your boss a gift with a significant value, you can be sure she will not be able to keep it. Your boss is likely to have to put the gift aside and ignore it, or risk a public perception problem.

Gifts that are oddly specific: A physical object cannot be returned to the store. Make sure you can imagine your boss using the gift you intend to give him. If he hates golf and you buy him golf clubs, you will quickly find yourself in tears.

Take all your potential gift purchases home with you and talk to your wife, family or roommates. Ask them if they think your gift will go over well with your boss if he receives it.

Rad Doggy Doggo Vapor T-shirt

This product was recommended by Devon Meadows from Next Level Pet

This shirt flat out makes everyone smile. Every time I wear this piece, it unites humanity.


Royal Regency Wine Gift Set

This product was recommended by Stefan Mustieles from BroadwayBasketeers

Make the office manager feel super special with this elegant wine gift set. Choose from an extravagant selection of wines and gourmet snacks to complement your choice. This is the perfect gift to help unwind after a long day at the office.


Mini Matte Black Candle

This product was recommended by Claire Ellis from Malibu Apothecary

These Mini Matte Black Candles made by Malibu Apothecary will be the perfect WFH accessory for your boss and cure for wanderlust as each coastal candle is inspired by beaches and capture the essence of vacation through fragrance. This affordable luxury is only $25 for their 4oz candle and $43 for the 8oz version.


Handmade Leather Desk Pad

This product was recommended by Yusuf Prens from Galen Leather

This handmade leather desk pad from Galen Leather is a perfect gift for your office manager who would appreciate a touch of sophistication and style in their workspace. It provides a smooth working surface to write on and can be personalized with their initials for an added thoughtful touch.


Post-It Note Cat Dispenser

This product was recommended by Caz Homer from InvisiblyMe

Sticky notes are crucial for a varied workload and a poor memory, but memo blocks are pretty boring. With this, each time you reach for a sticky you’ll be greeted with a cute cat that even the most stressed of office managers won’t be able to help but smile at.


Pu Leather Disk Organiser

This product was recommended by Caz Homer from InvisiblyMe

A tidy desk is a tidy mind, and this organiser looks smart and neat to help boost the minimalist zen of any office.


Gideon Deep Back Massager

This product was recommended by Muhd Q. from PCGearLab

Personally, I believe that this back massager is one of the most thoughtful gifts for an office manager. Being an office manager means that you have to sit on the chair for prolonged periods of time. This can result in stiff neck or back ache. A good massager can help alleviate the pain. Besides the physical benefits, the massager can also help destress an overworked office manager. I love this particular massager because it has a relatively larger surface area so it covers a fairly large chunk of the back. On top of that, it can also induce heat therapy. There is a dedicated setting for choosing gentle warmth mode which can further help relieve tensed muscles. In short, given the fact that my office manager is a very hard worker and spends most of his time on the chair, this massager is a very thoughtful gift in my opinion.


Savvy Infusion Water Bottle

This product was recommended by Tatiana Gavrilina from DDI Development

Such a simple idea as a water bottle will no doubt come in handy. Water is the best friend of any office worker. With this gift you will help your office manager be in shape and consume the right amount of water. And what a beautiful bottle after all!)


Ivation Wine Gift Set

This product was recommended by Samantha Moss from Romantific

If you really want to make a good impression to your boss there’s nothing like giving them this fine tool for preserving wine. Surely this will gift will let your boss know how truly special they are to you.


Matashi Highly Polished Executive Desk Set

This product was recommended by Samantha Moss from Romantific

Pen holders are a great gift for your boss since they can use it every day in signing important documents. Not only that, with its sleek design it’s a great addition to your boss’s office table. You can even have it customized to add the name of your boss.


Oemoe, Vintage Table Clock

This product was recommended by Samantha Moss from Romantific

Clocks are great gifts to your boss to show them how appreciative you are of them. With this clock, you can even add a message to really make it personal. It also has got that nice vintage look that really makes it look like an antique clock. And every time your boss looks at the time they will always remember who gave this clock to them.


Osaka Glass Cold Brew Coffee Maker

This product was recommended by Kate Diaz from Swanky Den

This is perfect for your office manager who loves cold brew. We all know how expensive cold brews are, so your boss will surely thank you for this gift. It will also show him that you pay close attention to even the smallest of details. Another big point for you on that one!


NutriBullet Nutrient Extractor

This product was recommended by Kate Diaz from Swanky Den

If your boss is a health buff or planning to start a healthier lifestyle, this is an excellent gift idea. It’s compact and handy, so your boss will not have any problems bringing it to the office to craft delicious yet nutritious smoothies anytime he wants.


Rocketbook Smart Reusable Notebook

This product was recommended by Kate Diaz from Swanky Den

Your tech-savvy and environment loving office manager will surely appreciate this cool, smart notebook. Its pages take the form of a screen that can be easily wiped down using a wet paper towel. This means that your boss can reuse it endlessly. Plus, he can even email the notes he jotted down to himself or his assistant.


Elbee Home 8-in-1 Stackable Baking Set

This product was recommended by Shaul Wolf from Digital Pavilion LLC

The Elbee Home baking set is the perfect gift. All 8 pieces stack neatly into one box for convenient storage. Perfect for small kitchen cabinets and limited storage space.


Light Therapy Lamp by SAKOBS

This product was recommended by Mikkel Andreassen from Dixa

This SAD lamp offered by Sakobs, which has an elegant design that helps it fit perfectly on any desk and gives it a more futuristic look. This lamp does not only fulfills its obvious job of providing illumination but also serves as a therapy light by replicating the sunlight itself. Doing that has a positive effect on its users, such as enhancing their moods, elevating energy levels, and reducing the risk of suffering affections like depression or anxiety. All in all, a perfect gift for pretty much anyone at the office and at a very affordable price.


Hatch Notebook Idea Journal

This product was recommended by Melanie Musson from AutoInsurance

Useful gifts are the best, and this gift is perfect for your office manager. It provides a handy place to write down their own ideas and the suggestions of others. It’s brilliantly broken into three sections: Conceive, Incubate, and Hatch. When an idea seems promising, this journal can help guide the user to the practical growth and implementation of that idea.


CUDDLE DREAMS Exclusive Mulberry Silk Throw Blanket

This product was recommended by Lana Blanc from The Blanc House

If your office is anything like the ones I worked in, chances are it’s always either too cold or too hot. This super soft throw blanket is perfect for the office manager that has his or her parka on in the summer.


The Office: Dwight Schrute Bobblehead

This product was recommended by Lana Blanc from The Blanc House

For the office manager who has everything – if he or she is a fan of The Office, they’ll appreciate this Dwight Schrute bobblehead doll more than one of Pam (even though she was technically the office manager ;-).


Premium Handmade Leather Journal by Scriveiner London

This product was recommended by Nikki Webster from Brit on the Move

I’ve yet to meet a professional that does not appreciate a good journal. This leather-bound one is not only stylish but durable. And it is a classic style that both males and females can appreciate.


The Little Calm and Happy Company Calm and Mindfulness Positive quotes Jar

This product was recommended by Nikki Webster from Brit on the Move

30 days of motivational quotes! This is great for a pick me up for the boss and it can be used as a great tool for meetings. We have used this to kick of an early morning meeting. We have also used this when someone is having a bad day – hey pick a quote.


Go Away Funny Glass Coffee Mug

This product was recommended by Nikki Webster from Brit on the Move

Now this is only for a boss that has a great sense of humor. Assuming they do, this is a hysterical ice breaker for anyone’s desk.


Written by James Jackson

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