A good boss is worth celebrating. A bad boss is worth buttering up. Either way, Boss's Day ought to be remembered with a token of your appreciation and thanks.
One of the best ways to do this is with a gift basket. You can customize it for your boss and your budget; you can make it small for an individual gift or large for a group gift. Here are some Boss's Day gift basket ideas to get you started.
If your boss is more health-conscious, satisfy the sweet tooth with fruit. While you can opt to include a range of old favorites: apples, bananas, grapes, oranges, etc., why not make it an exotic fruit basket? Try mangoes, ugly fruit, star fruit, and pomegranate, all of which should be available at your local supermarket. Shop a specialty/ethnic store for other choices or look online.
If your boss likes it hot, include a selection of different hot sauces. Tabasco, for instance, makes gift packs with several flavors. If he/she enjoys Indian, Mexican, Italian, or other cultural foods, include a selection of spices and herbs commonly used in cooking.
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Some popular Indian spices, for instance, include cumin, curry, cilantro, cinnamon, fennel, cardamom, coriander, saffron, and turmeric. Include these, and perhaps a few gourmet recipes for him/her to try.
While there is the rare person who hates sweets and treats, most of us like to indulge from time to time. If you know your boss has a weakness for chocolate chip or peanut butter, be sure to include these treats.
If you are not sure of a favorite, include a selection of classics: chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, sugar, brownies, and blondies. Either make them yourself or get them from a bakery. Regardless, they will absolutely love any type of boss's day cookies.
Alternatively, you could consider some of fresh-baked brownies or cookie bouquets to satisfy his or her sweet tooth.
Create a gift basket that showcases local businesses and products. There is a specialty item for practically every state/region/city. If your state is known for its peaches, include them. We sell some great Virginia and Texas themed gift baskets that would be perfect for this occasion. They are filled with all kinds of tasty local products that he or she is sure to enjoy.
If there is a local brewer in town who makes great beer, include that as well. What is created locally in your area? Wine, cheese, breads, preserves, syrup, chocolates, produce? Make an arrangement of these special products.
It is always good to give the gift of relaxation to your hard-working boss. Create a spa gift basket and include home spa items such as bath salts, lotions, candles, scents, etc., are a fine choice, particularly for women bosses.
If "relaxation" means working out, include some gym supplies, like a water bottle, athletic socks, new laces, ear buds, or an iTunes card.
If relaxing is gardening, hiking, walking, traveling, include items that will help them enjoy their hobby even more.
Create a wine gift basket (centered around a nice bottle of wine) or instead of wine, how about centering your gift around the mixings for a favorite drink? Perhaps they would rather enjoy several varieties of locally brewed or international beer.
Whatever their drink preference, start with that and then round out the basket with cheeses, crackers, pretzels, nuts, and gourmet popcorn.
If your boss is a film buff, or just likes to get their weekly CSI fix, give them the goodies to make it a great night.
Make them a movie gift basket and include items like movie tickets, a Blockbuster gift card, or just a few DVD's they might enjoy. Some business-related movies might include:
With that being the main focus, then include popcorn, nuts, pretzels, chips, dips, cheese and crackers, soda or iced tea, and perhaps a sweet treat for dessert.
Everyone knows about the post-lunch lull. It's when your body begs for a nap. To help your boss pull through until the afternoon meeting, give a mid-day survival kit which includes a selection of gourmet coffees and/or teas, roasted nuts for energy, chocolates or baked goods, fruit, fun stress ball, and maybe an eye mask so no one knows they're asleep. They'll love this coffee gift basket!
Make it fun! You could even include a little pill bottle filled with quarters for when the afternoon lull requires a trip to the vending machine!
A Bosses' Day gift does not need to be expensive or large; it should, however, show that you appreciate the work that your boss does for you every day and acknowledge his/her contributions to the team and company.
Make this October 16 a great Bosses' Day!