19 Secret Santa Gifts For Your Boss That Are Actually Useful

Imagine this: it's the annual office Secret Santa gift exchange, and you begrudgingly put your name in, only to discover that the person you've drawn is... your boss. Oh god. What if your boss doesn't like the present you choose? What if you totally misread your boss's personality, and they end up hating whatever gift you get them so much that they fire you? Oh god, is your resume updated? How does anyone even write cover letters?

OK, first of all, that won't happen, so you can get that unlikely scenario out of your head. But real talk, getting a Secret Santa gift for your boss can be a stressful task that may seem impossible at times — but it's not. As proof, this is a list of gifts that your supervisor is guaranteed to like — or, at least, get a good laugh out of.

From mugs to books to a card that's decidedly not Hallmark-approved, these gifts have got you covered for the office gift exchange. There's no excuse to buy lame Secret Santa gifts this year... especially not for someone like your boss, aka the person who's directly in charge of your career and future at your present company. Good luck!

by Rebecca Deczynski
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"I Am Very Busy" Pouch

This pencil pouch speaks louder than words: your boss is a busy person, and now the world will know that.

Michael Scott Poster

From one boss to another, this poster makes a hilarious desk addition.

To-Do List Calendar

Your boss may be addicted to their Gcal, but a fun to-do desk calendar makes sure they get some much-needed downtime every day.

Just Sayin' Sticky Notes

Sassy sticky notes are way better than normal Post-Its.

Creative Genius Notepad

Whether your boss is really a genius or just thinks they are, this pad will capture all of their great (and not-so-great) ideas.

But First Coffee Mug

Because at the heart of every office is the coffee machine.

I Judge You When You Use Poor Grammar

Whether your boss is a hawk-eyed editor or a careless typist, this book will either have them totally relating — or reassessing — their own grammar skills.

Girl Boss Mug

This afternoon, Earl Grey deserves a nice boost of girl power.

Like A Boss Notepad

Forget the yellow legal pads. Who says you can’t be chic and authoritative?

Ron Swanson Print

Ron Swanson’s no-nonsense attitude is something all bosses can aspire to.

Bubble Wrap Calendar

Another day, another second of pure, unadulterated bubble-popping joy.

Boss Bitch Necklace

OK, only give this one if you’re a bit more comfortable with your supervisor — because you totally respect their position of power.

You Are Terrifying Card

Of course your boss isn’t terrifying — which is why this card is so hilarious.

Pep Talks and Picker Uppers

Add some oomph to team meetings with this clever book.

Office Sweet Office Cross Stitch

She may never seem to leave the office, so your boss may as well decorate it like home.

Poppin Jumbo Mobile Memo

Because you totally understand that your boss has a lot on their to-do list.

Day Drinking Mug

Because sometimes the office just gets a little too stressful.