Leave that tacky ‘#1 Boss’ mug back at the gift store
The festive season is fast approaching and with it, the rush to buy gifts for your friends, family and colleagues. What about your boss? Of course, you’d like to gift them something thoughtful, but it can be really hard for an employee to predict what they would appreciate receiving – especially if they seem to already have everything that they need.
Fret no more, we’ve rounded up some fun yet practical presents that’re sure to put a smile on your boss’s face. Here’s what they might want, according to their habits.
More often than not, your boss is away on business somewhere. And as soon as they return to the office, they’re talking about the next trip they have to get ready for. Since travelling is extra tough on our skin, we recommend getting them this Mask Of Magnaminty by Lush, S$32 (125g) or S$54 (315g). We reckon they’d love the ultra-nourishing properties of this magnificent face and body mask – especially after their next overseas flight.
We get it – being a boss is tough! Between managing their workload and the ones of their subordinates, there probably isn’t a lot of time to go shopping. That’s probably why you think you’ve seen them in that outfit last week, and the week before… Help your boss break out of their wardrobe rotation with a Zalora gift card (from $30 to $150). From feminine dresses to sleek jumpsuits, your boss is spoilt for choice with the massive range of choice.
If watching your boss haphazardly toss another stack of papers onto their messy desk is more than you can bear, you’ve come to the right place. Unleash your inner organisational freak and nudge them on the satisfying path to decluttering their workspace with a desktop paper tray like this Ikea KVISSLE tray ($39.90). Its pull-out compartments make for easy viewing and keeps important documents handy.
Thanks to your boss, you’re that person who always knows when a brand new phone or gadget is released on the IT market. They’ll be playing with it as they come into the office, between meetings and during lunch breaks. So we’ll bet they would really appreciate being able to charge them all at the same time with this Verbatim five-port multi-charger ($59), which charges devices at a super speed.
Hands up if every time you walk by your boss’s desk, they’re going rapidly at a pack of chips or munching on a sweet treat. It’s hard to break out of a snacking habit, especially when unhealthy snacks are so readily available, so why not indulge them with some healthier, low-calorie options? Get them a few packs of Boxgreen’s crunchy and sweet apple crisps ($3) or you can surprise them with a Vegan Box ($24.90) that comprises 12 packs of vegan delights such as shiitake mushroom chips, sun dried apricots and a naked protein trail mix.
Does your boss complain about having a literal pain in the neck? Whether your boss is getting a little advanced in age, has stiff muscles or just has plain bad posture, a neck massager like this OTO Neck Relaxar ($58) is sure to help them feel a little more comfortable while sitting at their desk. They might even share it with you!
Looking sleek, clean and professional is probably very important to your boss, so whether it’s for clothes, accessories or stationery, monochrome is all they use – extra points if they jazz it up sometimes with a little bit of grey. Add a little fun to their collection with an adorable pair of Typo fluffy cat slippers ($29.99) that they can slip into while heading to the pantry — but in grey of course.
Is the office air-conditioning really that cold? Maybe your boss just needs a brand new jacket to keep warm while at work. Stylish and comfortable, this Zara double-breasted velvet blazer ($119) is sleek and formal for boardroom meetings, while being chic enough for a restaurant date. Your boss will definitely thank you later.
You know what we’re talking about, this type of boss has got a schedule packed full of meetings and events, but nowhere to note it down and sort it all out. Put an end to their struggle with managing time with a handy and gorgeous Kikki K leather journal ($109.90) that is in a beautiful shade of blue. You can even choose to personalise it with their monogram service, a gesture your boss will surely appreciate. If you’re feeling generous, get them the refill pack as well.
When was the last time your boss had lunch with you and your colleagues? Perhaps you’re unsure if your boss even has time to grab a bite to eat at their desk. Either way, they’ll probably appreciate a warm, conveniently delivered meal every now and then. Gift them a Deliveroo gift card ($25 to $500) — the delivery service makes it easy with their many cuisine options and flexible delivery times.
By Zoe Zeng and Joy Fang, Updated by Sandhya Mahadevan, December 2018
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