25 Gifts For Your Boss That Might Get You a Raise

By Candice Elliott | Updated: May 9, 2024

    Shopping for your boss can be trickier than navigating a minefield blindfolded—but it can also be your secret weapon to climbing the corporate ladder! If you’re plotting a tactful yet heartfelt way to impress the big cheese, our guide to gifts that might just nudge your salary northward is your new best friend.

    Packed with everything from sleek office gadgets to personalized keepsakes that scream “Employee of the Year,” these gifts are so good, they might just make your next performance review a breeze. So, buckle up and get ready to pick the perfect present that could spell the difference between a pat on the back and a bump up in pay!

  1. Waterman Pen
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    This Waterman pen is a classic whether you need a holiday gift, a Boss’s Day gift, or an “I’m bribing you in hopes of a raise” gift! In fact, a Waterman pen is great for Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, graduation, really, classics are classics for a reason, and you can’t go wrong. 

  3. Leather Business Card Holder
  4. Digital as our world is, people still use physical business cards. This beautiful, unisex business card holder is made of Italian calfskin. It holds up to 25 business cards or 15 credit cards and has a clear window for a driver’s license or identification card. 

  5. Salad Bento Box
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    There are a lot of Bento boxes out there, but if your boss is a salad eater, this is a great one. It has separate compartments for the greens, the toppings, and the dressing, so the greens don’t get soggy. It has one 10 ounces compartment, two 5-ounce compartments, and a three-ounce compartment. 

  7. Phone Docking Station
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    This docking station would look great on your boss’s desk, entry table, or bedside table. It keeps all the stuff we need to get out the door in the morning in one handy place. The station is 100% ashwood and covered with a non-toxic finish. 

  9. Decision Maker Paper Weight
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    This paperweight is kind of like the adult boss equivalent of a magic 8 ball! Ask a question, spin the dial, get an answer! 

  11. Cashmere Scarf
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    This beautiful unisex scarf is made of 100% real cashmere. Warm, soft, and cozy; it measures 12×72 inches. Very cozy for the holiday season! 

  13. Coffee and Chocolate Sampler
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    What a great combo and the perfect coffee lover’s gift for chocolate and coffee! At Bean Box, they believe coffee isn’t just a drink; it’s an experience with the power to make your mornings and your days even better. Bean Box shares the joy of small-batch, locally roasted beans with coffee lovers around the country, leveraging our technology and expertise to help you discover your next favorite cup.

  15. Coffee Mug Warmer


    This is a great gift idea for anyone who loves goodies, especially around the holidays. Microwaves aren’t the best to use when you want to warm up your coffee or hot chocolate, so what better way to warm up your coffee quickly than to place your cup on this coffee mug warmer? 

  17. Boss Lady Name Plate
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    This is a gag gift, more suitable for a made-up holiday like Boss’s Day (Yeah, it’s a real thing! It happens in October.) than a real one like Christmas. The nameplate is 8 inches by 2 inches and comes in three styles.

  19. Toiletry Bag
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    This travel toiletry bag is one of those gifts for bosses whom you don’t like! It will encourage them to take more vacations, which means they’ll be out of the office more! But if you do like your boss, it’s still a great travel bag. It hangs, is waterproof, and is machine washable. 

  21. Sleep Mask
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    Maybe your boss is cranky because they aren’t getting enough sleep. Help solve that problem with this unisex sleep mask! I use this exact mask myself, and it’s excellent! Comfortable and blocks out all light. 

  23. Travel Tumbler
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    This 20-ounce, stainless steel Yeti traveler tumbler is sturdy, durable, and dishwasher-safe. Yeti is the gold standard for insulated products. This cup will hold the temperature of the liquid inside for the whole workday, no matter how much of a work-a-holic your boss might be! 

  25. Tea Sampler
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    This beautiful box is filled with 28 individual sachets of loose tea. There are organic, black, green, white, and herbal selections. Each sachet makes a 12-ounce cup or pot of tea. 

  27. Priorities Notepad


    When there is so much to get done, it can be hard to know where to start. This note pad will help them make a to-do list and prioritize each task. Maybe write, “Give YOUR NAME a raise,” under Super Important! 

  29. Standing Desk Riser
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    This is a thoughtful gift for the boss who works long hours. Sitting for hours at a time is bad for our health. This adjustable standing desk allows your boss to spend at least part of the day standing. It’s adjustable and gives the user a generous 30 inch by 20-inch workspace.

  31. Candle
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    There is something special about this candle, the wooden wick! When the wick is lit, it makes a little crackling sound, like a tiny fire. It makes for a really cozy effect. This candle is 21.5 ounces and will burn for about 180 hours. 

  33. Canvas Tote Bags
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    This set of four canvas tote bags are great gifts for your boss. They’re unisex and can be used for various things, including carrying groceries, a work tote, a beach bag, and more. They can carry up to 30 pounds and are machine washable. 

  35. Japanese Zen Garden
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    Is your boss into meditation? Should they be into meditation? If so, this zen garden with white sand, river rocks, pebbles, and raking tools makes a great gift. It measures 11×7.5 inches and comes in a beautiful gift box; you won’t even have to wrap it! This is one of the most unique gifts on our list. 

  37. World’s Best Boss Mug
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    Yes, a Word’s Best Boss coffee mug is a cliche on any gift guide, but that makes it one of the best gifts for A) a boss you need a last-minute gag gift for, or B) a boss you don’t like because then it’s passive-aggressive sarcasm! The coffee mug holds 11 ounces and is dishwasher and microwave safe. Great gift for The Office fans.

  39. Rainbow Stapler


    Useful things don’t have to be plain. They can be fabulous like this rainbow stapler. If your boss has an eye for beauty, he or she will love this. 

  41. Amazon Gift Card
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    Sometimes the best gift ideas are not exactly creative. If you’ve just started a new job and don’t know your boss well, “gift for boss” is kind of a tough thing to figure out. A gift card to the rescue! You can buy an Amazon gift card for amounts from $25 up to whatever custom amount you decide. 

  43. Solar Charger
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    This solar charger is one of the best gifts you could give to a boss who spends a lot of time doing things like camping, hiking, fishing, or other outdoorsy type activities. Or if you live in a disaster-prone area like, I do (New Orleans). This charger is compatible with various devices, has two powerful LED lights, and a compass. 

  45. Whiskey Stones Gift Set



    Is your boss like Don Draper with a bar in his office? If so, he or she will love this whiskey stone gift set. The gift set contains 8 granites, 2 crystal whiskey glasses, a pair of tongs, a velvet bag for storing the stones, and two slate coasters all packaged in a beautiful wooden box.

  47. Personalized Key Chain
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    Gifting something personalized to the giver is always a nice gesture. It shows you put some thought into it, and it wasn’t a last-minute gift. That’s what this leather key chain will say to your boss because you can include his or her monogram. The engraving is free, as is the lovely wooden box the key chain comes in. 

  49. Stemless Wine Glass
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    Do you have a great boss who has become your best friend? Do you like to hang out and drink wine together (after work, of course)? This stemless wine glass will make for a thoughtful gift. It holds 15 ounces and is a bestseller for Christmas gifts under $25.