What to get your boss for Christmas
‘Tis the Season, friends. Whatever your views on the festive season, there’s nothing you can do to avoid it. We know by now that Christmas is a time of impossible expectations. Kids want the most expensive gadgets and you have six family members who all want you to spend Christmas at their house. To make matters worse, you have no idea what to get your boss (or if you should get him anything at all).
Aki Kalliatakis is the founder of Leadership LaunchPad. According to him, whether or not to spoil your boss this Christmas depends on both the culture of your company and your relationship with your boss. He advises potential gift givers to avoid looking like a brown noser by asking your colleagues to contribute financially to a common gift. As to how much you should spend, Kalliatakis says: “The value of your gift is probably not as important as the thoughtfulness and personalised nature of the gift based on your boss’s interests. For example, what would he never buy for himself because it’s too indulgent?”
Kalliatakis warns against anything even mildly naughty or offensive “or the consequences may be terrible”. A book on how to be a better boss or sexy toys might seem like fun and playful gifts, but should be avoided at all costs.
“Don’t forget t hat your boss will probably take something home to a partner or spouse. Keep in mind how the gift might seem to your boss’s better half.”
To score major points with Mrs Boss, Kalliatakis recommends buying something for both your boss and his or her partner or something the whole family can enjoy. Above all: “Use your good judgement.”
With this sound advice in mind, we’ve compiled a useful list of appropriate gifts to get your boss this Christmas. Happy holidays!
ARDMORE: ORIGINS STATIONERY: NOTECARDS: Stationery is about as safe as a bet gets. These Ardmore notecards are a unique gift that will remind your boss of his favourite employee throughout the year. Price: R250
BE KIND: CARLITO ESPRESSO CUPS: If your boss has a quirky style and a wicked sense of humour, you can’t go wrong with two of these espresso cups. Get a set for yourself while you’re at it. Price: R342
SKINNY LAMINX: WOODPILE
CUSHION : If your boss takes great pride in his off ice, these woodpile cushions are available in a variety of colours.