If the new phrase for the office BFF is the "
work wife," then is a good boss or mentor your "work mom" or "work dad"? Part authority figure, part dispenser of advice, part sympathetic ear, your boss has always been there for you. So when it comes time to show your appreciation — whether it's for a birthday, life event, or just because — you want to find a gift that goes beyond just a "World's Best Boss" mug.
Ahead, we've rounded up gifts that will show you care without breaking the bank.
This is a pricier gift that'll show off your good taste — and your practical side. (Not to mention help keep their desk organized.)
Dooney & Bourke, Alto Pen Holder, $78, available at Dooney & Bourke.
Turn your boss into Bacchus with the EcoVessel VINE, a container that carries a full 750-mL bottle of wine that maintains temperatures for up to 36 hours. It's stainless steel (so BPA and phthalates free), and comes in red, black, gold and silver — even if your gift-ee prefers their vino white.
EcoVessel, VINE Triple Insulated Stainless Steel Wine Bottle, $34.95, available at EcoVessel.com
If your boss has an elevated palate, give her the gift of luxe chocolates in unique flavors. These are dairy, preservative, gluten, and GMO free, and are sweetened with raw honey and Ayurvedic superfoods instead of refined sugars. Might sound a little frou-frou — but flavors like rose-cardamom and sea salt-tumeric sound kind of delicious.
Elements Truffles Artisanal Chocolates, $40 for assorted pack of signature bars, available at In The Pursuit
Be your boss' favorite and give them a way to destress. Speks are mini-magnets that can be stacked in a variety of ways (and also serve as cute desk décor). Each set comes with a booklet guide on how to make certain shapes in case the player needs help getting started.
Speks Limited Edition Rose Gold Speks, $27.95, available at Get-Speks.
If you've ever been an assistant, you've probably helped your boss send a thank-you note or two (thousand). This set includes 12 cards that feature a selection of pre-set, foil-stamped greetings on the envelope for a personalized touch.
Artifact Uprising Stationery Card Set, starts at $29, available at ArtifactUprising.com
This rose gold file holder is on trend.
Anthropologie Rose Gold File Holder, $58, available at Anthropologie.
This bright, modern desk organizer might finally convince your messy boss to tidy up her desk.
MoMA Desk Organizer, $18.95, available at MoMA Design Store.
This customizable initial stationery adds a personal touch to a professional gift — without breaking the bank.
Kate Spade Initial Notecard Set, $20, available at Kate Spade.
A desktop succulent will brighten your boss's desk with minimal effort.
A cheery vase will perk up your boss' desk — even without the flowers.
Uncommon Goods Porcelain Bird Bud Vase, $11.99, available at Uncommon Goods.
A blank set of cheery cards are great to have on hand, for last-minute birthday wishes, thank-you notes, and everything in between.
Marimekko 20 Different Unikko Notecards And Envelopes, $11.53, available at Amazon.
Only recommended if you and your boss share the same sense of humor.
Fish's Eddy The Customer Is Always Wrong Mug, $17.95, available at Fish's Eddy.
This dark florals Swell water bottle is from the popular Forbidden Garden Collection. Perfect for the boss who loves both hot and cold drinks — or just pretty things.
Swell Floret 17 oz, $50, available at Swell.
Be a cat lady and a girl boss all at once.
Gingiber 2017 Desk Calendar, $22, available at Etsy.
A set of three ingenious "cord tacos" will keep various chargers, headphones, and USB cords corralled.
This Is Ground Cord Taco Grande 3-Pack, $25, available at This Is Ground.
Scented stationary is back, but in classy adult fashion.
Viarco Backyards and Gardens of Portugal Scented Pencils, $10, available at CW Pencil Enterprise.
You can customize these cute little notebooks with lined, unlined, or graph paper, depending on the type of notetaker your boss is.
Not Only Polka Dots Small Cactus Notebook, $5.13, available at Etsy.
Hopefully your boss likes to share.
Pipcorn Sample Set, 19.50, available at Pipsnacks.
This set of yoga posing soldiers breaks stereotypes, and are a fun reminder of inner peace at the office.
Yoga Joes, $25, available Uncommon Goods.
This sculptural wall hanging is the perfect accessory for a corner office.
Modern Ornament No.4,
This mini lightbox is a charmer for your creative boss. Bonus: You can change the text anytime.
Poketo Mini Lightbox, $30, available at Poketo.
A sampling of teas is perfect if you don't know his favorite flavor.
Palais des Thes A Day in Tea, $27, available at Palais des Thes.
A vase that's functional, and an iPhone stand that's cute when not in use, all in one place.
Uncommon Goods Besdie Smartphone Vase, $32, available at Uncommon Goods.
You probably can't afford to send your boss to France. But you can give her this set of French delicacies to enjoy.
Bon Appetit Box Petite Aperitif Box, $30, available at Bon Appetit Box.
This hat, by indie boutique Of A Kind, is sure to bring good vibes to the office.
Of a Kind Round 3 Cap, $48, available at Of a Kind.
Now, your boss can explore the world without leaving his office.
Phaidon Map: Exploring The World, $33.97, available at Amazon.
Don't be surprised when she takes these color-coordinated bookends home with her.
Hiroaki Watanabe Index Bookends, $24.99, available at The Container Store.
This is a good choice if your boss is a fancy hand cream person.
Aesop Reverence Aromatique Hand Balm, $27, available at Aesop.
We only recommend this if you share your boss' taste in music.
SpeakerBlock Wooden iPhone Speaker, $34, available at Etsy.
Leif's hand-poured candles smell amazing and last forever — or at least longer than your average work week.
LEIF Botanist Candle, $48, available at LEIF.
Tired of picking up your boss' complicated orders? Try gifting a reusable lunch box.
Onyx Containers Large 2 Layer Sandwich Box, $13, available at The Tickle Trunk.
Want to give your boss the warm fuzzies?
Donors Choose allows you to pick a deserving teacher and classroom in need of supplies. Choose a project yourself or give a gift card so your boss can decide.
At this price, you can afford to add some fresh flowers to the gift, too.
World Market Copper Laser-Cut Glass Vase, $8.48-9.98, available at World Market.