I need some suggestions for a nice Christmas gift for my boss. He can afford to buy just about anything. What do you get for someone like that in the range of $25-$35?
Mom of 1 from Wilkesboro, NC
I would recommend a gift certificate to his favorite lunch restaurant or coffee place, something that shows that you have paid attention to what he likes. If you want to make it a little more personal, you could attach an inexpensive or handmade Christmas ornament for his tree.
I'd recommend a nice bottle of wine, if he drinks.
Or maybe go somewhere like Things Remembered, and find a pen or something he could use at work, and have it engraved. They have quite a few nice sale items during Christmas.
I have a sort of step-dad like that, & what I've found he appreciates most (that he can't buy) are homemade things... Like home baked cookies, etc. In fact you could give your boss a tin of several different types you've baked & a "gift certificate card" for another 11 batches, one batch per month for the next year. Or you could sign him up for a subscription to a magazine of his favorite hobby. The nice thing about a magazine subscription is that he'll think of you each month when he receives it. If you do choose to go this way, be sure to buy the first month's magazine at a stand & wrap it in a Christmas bag with a note. Another idea that most people don't buy these days is a fancy, really nice pen. Unless he already has one, this is one of those gift idea that makes you feel like a million bucks each time you use it! (Of course, there may be many others that Also buy him a pen!)
I've retired after 35 years as the big boss and have received many wonderful and thoughtful gifts--one that touched my heart was receiving a card from Heifer International, telling me that a donation of honey bees had been given in my name by an employee. Heifer International helps families in third world countries learn to help themselves. A gift of bees (under $20) or a gift of ducks, or a sheep, or goat-- is given to a family to nurture and then learn to harvest the product (i.e. the honey) to sell. Heifer International also requires the receiving family to "share" their bees (or other animal offspring) to help another family get started. A hand up--not a hand out. Heifer International is on line--you can spend a little or a lot--and you receive a beautiful gift card for the boss telling what has been done in his/her honor. I now use Heifer International for much of my gift giving. They even have programs for helping families in the USA.
I agree with the gentleman who said a gift to a charity in his name. I especially like the idea of helping people in other countries. Go to The Hunger Site online and you'll find tabs at the top for other issues. I think perhaps I'd choose the one for Child Health or Literacy. Your funds will go further than expected.
Otherwise, I'd consider giving him a card or something homemade.
I worked for a Dentist for many years and he LOVED homemade candy and cookies. As the first time I gave him a huge basket of homemade goodies, he got all watery eyed on me! It turned out his mother did stuff like that and it reminded him of her and then he just loved the goodies. I made it huge for his wife and kids, and made it every year thereafter. You can add like a smoked Hickory Farms summer sausage and cheese stuff like that. Have fun!
My husband has an office staff of 15 that we buy gifts for. We pay out of our own income, not money from the establishment. He usually only gets one gift in return; from his secretary. We don't expect any others. The gift that I love for him to get is a gift certificate to a restaurant. We don't eat out often, so this is a real treat.
Make him a Bacardi Rum Cake. I did for my rich boss a while back and he still talks about it.
Don't get to hung up on this... it is a token, a remembrance. I also like the idea of food. If you don't want to do the baking / cooking yourself pickup a cheesecake from the local grocery store. Or you could go for something unique through mail order. Here are some sites:
http://www.teuscher-beverlyhills.com/ (very expensive, best in the world
Plus my favorite http://www.harryanddavid.com
Be sure to look at the sales first.
(Just a word of advice... be sure not to set the bar to high. The holidays come around every year...)
What is your boss' favorite hobby or sport? Examples: If a golfer, how about tees and balls? If a gardener, how about gardening gloves or a book about garden landscapes?
You could always ask his wife whether he'd appreciate a book (and on what subject), but make sure that it would be returnable if it isn't totally to his liking (that would mean not clipping the price from the inside of the cover, of course). Also, does he have an office and a desk? Would he appreciate a nice name plate with his name and title? (Things Remembered has nice ones).
I have a friend who makes up gift baskets to give as gifts. Men always like food. Make up a "basket" with nuts, packaged cookies, candies of different sorts, etc. The "basket" could be a toolbox or men's toiletry case. Make sure he's not diabetic. But, if he is, give sugar-free candy. You can usually fill these baskets with $1 items from Dollar Tree. I've done them with small tools, such as tape measures, screw drivers, small flashlight, etc. Once you get it all together, wrap it in cellophane or gift wrap and tie with a bow. Good luck.
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