28 last-minute and work-appropriate gifts for your boss — all under $50

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  • If you have a great boss, show them your appreciation with a thoughtful (but office-friendly) gift.
  • You can do it for less than $50 with these gifts that will make their life better, both in and out of the office.
  • Looking for more gifts from Insider Picks? Shop gift ideas for everyone in your life here. But don’t wait too long to order since shipping deadlines for delivery by Christmas Eve are coming up.

You spend the majority of your day with your coworkers, and if you like them enough, you might even plan on getting them a gift as a thank you for all the good times in and out of the office.

Another person you’re probably thinking about gifting is your boss. Though not always easy to come by, a good boss makes a big difference in how you approach daily work activities and grow professionally.

Since they’re your manager, it’s important that your gift maintains professionalism – but still gets the message across that you appreciate their hard work.

The 5 best gifts for your boss:

  1. A fun desk toy, $15
  2. A leather business card holder, $45
  3. An insulated tumbler, $40
  4. A key cable they can bring anywhere, $30
  5. A sweet and savory way to celebrate the end of Q4, $45

See all 28 affordable gifts for your boss:


A fun desk toy

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Amazon

Speks Blocks, $14.95, available at Amazon

The makers of our favorite magnetic desk toy have a new way to reduce stress and keep your boss entertained. With these colorful magnetic blocks (which also come with a travel bag), they can take a mental break or use the opportunity to refocus their mind as they build creative sculptures.


A gift card to a popular women’s workwear shop

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MM.LaFleur

Gift Card, from $25, available at MM.LaFleur

Popular women’s workwear brand MM.LaFleur makes excellent pants and blazers that are definitely an investment, but worth the price. Its Bento Box contains these stylish and comfortable wardrobe staples to take the headache out of getting dressed in the morning.


A set of notebooks with a bullet journaling system

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Amazon

Word. 3 Pack Lined Pocket Notebooks, $10.99, available at Amazon

These small books are the perfect size for jotting down quick notes and to-do lists. Each page is printed with circles to help them set up an efficient, organized bullet journal.


A healthy snack subscription

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Gift a Love With Food subscription, $26.97/3 months

Love with Food delivers organic, all-natural, or gluten-free snacks that serial snackers won’t feel guilty about eating. The better-for-you chips, candy, and bars come from new and trending food brands, so they’ll always be excited to fuel their work day.


A comfortable travel-sized pillow

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Casper

Nap Pillow, $35, available at Casper

Not that we’re encouraging sleeping on the job, but this mini pillow does make spontaneous naps very tempting. It’s the smaller but equally comfortable and supportive version of one of our favorite pillows and even has its own pillowcase and travel bag.


A leather business card holder

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Leatherology

Business Card Case, $45, available at Leatherology

First impressions matter, which is why they should be pulling out business cards from a handsome leather case. It has a no-fuss, invisible magnetic closure and can hold up to 20 cards. Choose from pebbled or smooth leathers in a variety of colors, or upgrade to a premium leather. You can also add a monogram for an additional $10.


A soft throw to fight freezing office temperatures

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Amazon

Eddie Bauer Classic Fair Isle Throw, $19.99, available at Amazon

Owners of this large, cozy throw only have good things to say about it. It’s plush and warm, with one side made of micro-fleece and the other made of sherpa fleece.


A phone dock that also holds flowers

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UncommonGoods

Bedside Smartphone Vase, $32, available at UncommonGoods

It’s a pretty vase that pulls double-duty, holding both the fresh bouquet that brightens their day and the electronics that keeps them productive. There’s a groove at the bottom of the stand to keep unsightly charging cords out of the way.


Their new favorite way to make delicious cold brew

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Blue Bottle

Hario Cold Brew Bottle, $35, available at Blue Bottle

If there’s anything that can power them through a long workday, it’s cold brew. Just combine water and ground coffee (not included), and stick the bottle in the fridge for a refreshing caffeinated treat.


A box of Korean sheet masks

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Seven Lux 1 Month Gift Subscription, $19.90, available at FaceTory

The Korean sheet masks in this box are sure to bring some much-needed relief to any stressed-out boss. The brands, which often use out-of-the-ordinary ingredients, are usually difficult to find outside of Korea, but FaceTory makes them both accessible and affordable.


A delicious and unique food gift

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Make-Your-Own Four Preserve and Butter Sampler, $27.99, available at Harry & David

Mix and match jars of fig preserves, triple berry preserves, apple butter, pumpkin butter, and more to create a sweet breakfast starter kit. The size is also perfect for their desk if they ever want a small and sweet afternoon pick-me-up.


A leather luggage sticker

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West Elm

Monogram Sticker, $0.99, available at West Elm

These sophisticated, thick faux leather stickers are certainly an upgrade from the stickers you slapped all over your small carry-on as a child. Get them in your boss’ initials to help them add personality and a distinctive look to their suitcase, laptop case, or planner.


A key cable they can bring anywhere

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Amazon

Native Union Key Cable, from $29.99, available at Amazon

This portable cable charges up Apple devices quickly and claims to be six times stronger than the standard lightning cable, boasting a 10,000-bend lifespan. The knotted cable also looks great and makes it easy to fish out the charger from their bag.


A versatile toiletry bag to bring on their travels

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Dagne Dover

Small Hunter Toiletry Bag, $35, available at Dagne Dover

Dagne Dover’s durable and quick-drying neoprene most notably features in its popular backpacks and gym bags, but it’s also well-suited for this small bag that organizes their life on the go. It includes a removable air mesh pouch and is available in a range of dusky colors and two camo patterns.


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Away

The Mini, $45, available at Away

Away’s highly popular mini versions of its internet-famous suitcase are back for the holiday season. The light and stylish polycarbonate accessory can store and protect your boss’ essentials like jewelry and accessories – and it’s nowhere near as expensive as a real suitcase.


A way to celebrate the end of Q4

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Winc

Pop Collection, $45, available at Winc

Here’s to all the business successes of 2019 and the year ahead. Hand them this bottle of bubbly and an assortment of sweet and savory popcorn to get the celebration started.


A sleep mask to match their email auto-reply

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Etsy

Out of Office Sleep Mask, $10.80, available at Etsy

Is there anything more satisfying than setting your OOO message live as you leave the office for some well-deserved time off? Slipping on this sleep mask could top that feeling.


Desk cable clips that keep cords neat and organized

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Amazon

Shintop 6-Piece Cable Clips Set, available on Amazon, $7.69

This small but practical gift will sort out their jumble of cords for good. If you’re worried that the set doesn’t look significant enough, you can pair a few of these cable clips with a nice card and some candy.


An insulated tumbler

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Amazon

Hydro Flask 32-Ounce Travel Tumbler Cup, $39.95, available at Amazon

The ergonomic comfort of a classic tall cup plus Hydro Flask’s signature double-wall vacuum insulation make this a coffee or tea vessel they’ll always keep on hand. It keeps their beverage hot for up to six hours and includes a press-in lid to prevent spills.


A luxurious candle

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Otherland

Sun Suede Candle, $36, available at Otherland

With its beautiful packaging, unique scents, and special matchbox messages, Otherland turns the otherwise ordinary candle into a cherished gift. Take advantage of its limited-edition scents while they last, or find a suitable match in its diverse Core Collection.


A simple cashmere scarf

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Amazon

SilverHooks Plaid Cashmere Scarf, $29.99, available at Amazon

Gifting clothing or accessories to your boss can be tricky if their personal style is difficult to pin down, but we can bet they won’t complain about a soft and warm cashmere scarf. This plaid style is also available in other color combinations.


A decorative trinket tray

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Amazon

Now House by Jonathan Adler Vertigo Decorative Tray, $22.34, available at Amazon

A sturdy and stylish stoneware tray from Jonathan Adler’s exclusive Amazon line comes in handy for holding jewelry, accessories, and stray trinkets.


A protective cover for their AirPods case

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Amazon

PodSkinz AirPods Case Protective Silicone Cover, $7.95, available at Amazon

Apple AirPods: incredibly convenient, but also incredibly easy to lose and scratch up. A silicone cover is a cheap and attractive way to protect the case protecting their beloved earbuds.


A calendar to infuse some office humor into the day

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Amazon

Dilbert 2020 Day-to-Day Calendar, $14.39, available at Amazon

The iconic comic wouldn’t be so funny if it didn’t hit the nail on the head of work culture. The days will fly by with the help of these daily cartoons.


The newest smart home device

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Amazon

Echo Dot (3rd Gen), $24.99, available at Amazon

Amazon’s newest version of its bestselling smart speaker has an improved sound and look. Whether they want to coordinate a smooth-sailing smart home experience or enjoy music out loud, the Echo Dot can keep up.


A desk-friendly succulent garden

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Hoya Heart Plant, $21, available at The Sill

This heart-shaped succulent provides the perfect touch of greenery to any space. The miniature plant is pet-friendly and thrives in bright direct light.


A lightweight portable keyboard

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Logitech

Logitech Keys-to-Go Portable Keyboard, $49.43, available at Amazon

With a slim Bluetooth keyboard, your boss can leave the laptop at home and still get work done while traveling. We like this one because it’s comfortable to type on and quiet.


A reusable utensil kit that helps them cut down on waste

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United by Blue

Utensil Kit, $24, available at United by Blue

When they leave the office to grab lunch (or if they’re into camping and hiking), they can use these stainless steel utensils instead of plastic or paper options. It folds up conveniently so it can go with them anywhere.


Looking for more gift ideas? We’ve got you covered.

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