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20 Clever Gifts for Your Boss Under $25

You'll feel like the office pet with these affordable gifts for your boss under $25.

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Time to celebrate your boss

Whether you’re celebrating National Boss Day, on October 16 of this year, or are looking for a holiday gift of birthday gift, we’ve got the work-appropriate gifts that won’t break the bank. These are the 17 signs you have a great boss who is worth appreciating.

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Spill the tea on how much you love your job

Consider packing a few boxes of your boss’ favorite herbal tea like this Passion variety from Tazo with a clever note. It doesn’t take a fortune teller to read these leaves: I’m passionate about this job and love working for you! Find out how science says to organize a productive cubicle.

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Sweeten the deal

One of our favorite boss gifts ideas is emphasizing all the best parts of their leadership. If they’re prone to kindness or optimism consider returning the sweetness with a tea, toast, or snack-ready Savannah Bee Company Whipped Honey with Lemon.

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Add some zing to the office

The best gifts for your boss keep productivity up, which is why a new and budget-friendly Garden of Life Peppermint Essential Oil is just what the conference room needs. Improved numbers will make your boss feel successful, and that’s good for everyone.

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Hassle-free travels

Is she known to be on the road or in the air frequently? Help her keep her business attire tangle-free with a No Knot Travel Jewelry Organizer. It carries necklaces and other essential accessories in a safe, convenient, and careful way so she won’t waste valuable company time trying to un-knot her favorite pendant.

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This sends a smart, witty message

Giving a naturally sweet and ethically-made chocolate gift from Divine Chocolate sends a powerful workplace message about gratitude and fair workplace treatment. This chocolate company’s fair trade ethos makes it one of our favorite gifts for the boss who really shines when it comes to fair treatment. Being delicious reminds them how much you love being there.

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To improve every handshake

One of the most thoughtful gifts for your boss on a budget is the one they’ll use every day—like a great, non-greasy lotion for their hands they can leave on their desk. Amlactin Daily Lotion sloughs away old, dead skin cells and hydrates skin to keep every handshake smooth. Plus, simple packaging and minimal fragrance make it perfect for bosses of all types.

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Protect company assets

Your boss’ suit counts as a company asset, right? The boss probably thinks so, which is why a new Davek Traveler Umbrella is the affordable, windproof piece they didn’t know they needed. Expect a human resources-approved high five when your boss realizes this fits in his or her travel bag, has automatic open and close features, and saves the day when they’re faced with an unexpected rainstorm on the way to that important meeting. These gifts are perfect for any boy in your life. 

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Something they can relax with

Thank them for all their efforts and for making your job a great place to be by sending them home with a set of WoodWick Vintage Candles. They’re a gorgeous way to help them unwind at home, without the smoke or other issues traditional wicks are prone to.

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To keep numbers growing

We hope those spreadsheets are marked in black ink because the entire leadership loves all types of growth. Consider a witty and useful Back To The Roots Organic Indoor Herb Garden Kit to show your commitment to growing new verticals and boss gifts that focus on everyone’s love of fresh food.

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The desk accessory they actually need

Upgrade their old sticky note pad immediately to this Printfresh Memo Block notepad and expect one very happy boss. It’s a modern way for the one in charge to get all those important details jotted down in style.

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Work perks

Say thanks for all the great work perks with one of the zestiest eye-opening gifts for your boss—a can of Brooklyn Roasting Company Iris Espresso Coffee. It’s just what the team needs to power through meetings, and just the right level of sophistication and affordability for your boss to really be grateful.

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Help your boss hack their pack

You don’t have to spend big money on the best carry on bags gifts to celebrate Boss Day, because this genius-level eBags Double-Sided Packing Cube is the small best-kept packing secret every business traveler needs. It’s the easy way to keep business travel organized and lightweight, with a side for dirty clothes and a side for clean.

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Cheers to a great office environment

If a frothy beer isn’t HR-approved, don’t worry—this EcoVessel Double Barrel Insulated Stainless Steel Mug is double-walled so it’s great for coffee, tea, or any hot or cold drink in between. Plus, it looks pretty cool on anyone’s desk.

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Toasty toes

If your office thermostat is constantly hovering somewhere between Siberia and Iceland, the boss will appreciate a cozy pair of Manta Stripe Baby Alpaca Socks straight from Peru. They’re the comfortable hand-crafted gift option that will warm the boss’s heart and feet.

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A witty, personalized notepad

The next time you have a mandatory meeting, you’ll want to show up with a neatly wrapped notebook with the company logo, his or her favorite photo, or a favorite shot from the company picnic. It’s one of our favorite personalized gifts on a budget.

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What a crisp idea

You’ll wonder why you never thought of magnetic collar stays because Wurkin Stiffs makes them, and they’re absolutely brilliant for any guy with a wardrobe full of collared shirts and not enough time to keep track of those little stays. A set of two hard-to-lose stays is less than the price of his favorite lunch special and will be in daily rotation.

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New headphones

A new set of headphones is simply one of the best tech gifts out there, and these Panasonic ErgoFit Earbud Headphones are the easy-to-use accessory every long-winded work call needs.

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A fun way to flavor sometimes-boring water

If the office water cooler is a little tired, give your favorite team leader a new Pressa Bottle Fruit Squeezing Infuser when Boss Day comes around. They can easily infuse their favorite healthy fruit, herb, and other flavorings with the press of a finger, and feel good about being healthy in the process. Management always appreciates a clever employee, especially when he or she gives a smart water bottle as a gift.

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For the coolest, most refreshing boss

Add a few packs of Spry Natural Xylitol Mints to your list of affordable gifts for your boss, because they’re the zippiest way to kindly show gratitude for how cool your job is. Did we mention xylitol promotes oral health? If you’re into having a great smile, check out these home teeth whitening products real dentists recommend.

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A tidy desk is the best kind

Don’t let your boss get caught up in tangled office dramas, or more specifically, tangled tech equipment. A new Brookstone Cord Organizer is just what he or she needs to get their desk in order, time freed up, and a reminder of just how valuable you are to the company’s productivity. Give it in tandem with our checklist of handy ways to organize your desk.

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Bryce Gruber
Bryce Gruber covers gift ideas, shopping, and e-commerce at, although you've likely seen her work across a variety of women's lifestyle and parenting topics at, Bravo,, Martha Stewart, and on your TV screen through national talk shows including The Tamron Hall Show. She lives and works in New York's Hudson Valley with her five small children. Find her on social media at @brycegruber.

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