9 Goodbye Gift Ideas to Give Your Boss

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During your career, you’ll most likely experience a boss leaving the company. From retirement to other opportunities, your boss may move on for a number of reasons. To commemorate their time working together, many people feel inclined to purchase a goodbye gift for their boss.

A good boss can make or break your job satisfaction. If you are fortunate enough to have a good boss, a goodbye gift is an excellent way to demonstrate how much you care about them. Plus, it’s an opportunity to reiterate how valuable an asset they have been to the company and workplace culture overall.

Many people avoid giving a gift to their boss so as to not annoy their coworkers, but there are a few appropriate gifts to buy your boss that won’t create tension. Reference these ideas when it comes to buying a goodbye gift for your boss.

1. Laptop Sleeve

Laptop sleeves are decorative covers that clip to the exterior. This is an excellent option for a goodbye gift, as laptop sleeves come in many different styles and sizes. Plus, they are a gender neutral gift.

Whether your boss enjoys music and film or the great outdoors, you’ll find a laptop sleeve for a range of interests. The average price of a laptop sleeve is determined by the type of laptop you are buying it for, as well as the material and maker of the sleeve. Laptop sleeves can cost anywhere from $7.99 to $125.

2. Tea Sampler

For those who love to drink tea, a tea sampler is an excellent gift idea. This gift is gender neutral and perfect if you’re not sure about any food allergies your boss might have.

Tea samplers are a thoughtful gift that demonstrates you know your boss is a tea drinker. Samplers typically include a variety of tea bags to give the drinker an idea of what else is out there.

If you’ve noticed that your boss is partial to tea instead of coffee, look for a sampler that includes the tea that they like, but also teas they may not have tried before. Plus, it’s a gift they can take with them and think back fondly on their experience working with you. The average price of a tea sampler depends on how large the sampler is, but generally the cost is between $4 and $30.

3. Travel Case

Like laptop sleeves, travel cases are another excellent goodbye gift for your boss. Their computer is probably one of their most important work tools, and a travel case will help them keep it safe once they leave the company.

You can find travel cases in a variety of sizes, styles, and models. Whether you’re looking for something your boss can use to protect their laptop in a backpack or a more substantial model they can take on a plane, you’ll find plenty of options. The price of a travel case depends heavily on the size, material, and brand you choose to buy. Typically travel cases range from $8 to $25.

4. Personalized Desk Sign

A personalized desk sign is a fun way to say goodbye to your boss and wish them well. This fun desk decor will give your boss something to take with them to their next job.

You can purchase a desk sign that has a funny name or phrasing on it, such as, “World’s Best Boss,” or you can choose one that simply includes their name. Whichever route you choose to take, a desk sign is an excellent goodbye gift that is gender neutral and appropriate for bosses of all kinds.

The price of a personalized desk sign depends on the material it is made out of and what you want it to say. A custom desk sign will cost around $27. The price may go up or down depending on materials and workmanship.

5. World’s Best Boss Mug

One of the most classic goodbye gifts for a boss is a mug that reads “World’s Best Boss.” Whether you’ve known your boss for five days or five years, this goodbye gift is ideal for any kind of employee-boss relationship.

While mugs are typically used for drinking, this gift can also be used as a desk decoration or a pencil holder. If you want, you can include your boss’s favorite snack or candy item within the mug to make the gift even more personal.

On Etsy, a “World’s Best Boss” mug costs around $16.

6. Monogrammed Flask

If your boss enjoys alcohol, a monogrammed flask is an excellent goodbye gift. These vessels make it easy to transport and conceal alcohol. Your boss will be able to use this flask in the future and look back fondly on the time they worked with you. If you want to go a step further, you can have the flask customized with the logo of the company you work for.

Before you purchase a monogrammed flask as a goodbye gift, be absolutely positive your boss drinks alcohol. This will prevent an awkward situation. On average, a monogrammed flask costs around $21.

7. Heated Blanket

Heated blankets are electronic devices that make excellent goodbye gifts for coworkers and bosses alike. Whether your boss keeps it in their new office, at home, or in their car, they’ll be comforted by the warmth knowing that you purchased it for them.

A gender neutral gift, heated blankets are perfect for the boss you’ve known for any amount of time. The cost of a heated blanket depends on the size and brand that you buy, but they can cost between $15 and $100.

8. Office and Desk Storage Tray

If you’ve noticed that your boss could use a bit more organization in their life, a storage tray is the perfect farewell gift. These organizational trays come in a variety of sizes and styles, including desktop organizers and drawer organizers, and can help your boss stay organized on their new journey. The cost of a desk storage tray depends on the type that you buy, but you’ll find most options are within the $8 to $70 range.

9. Aromatherapy Diffuser

Aromatherapy diffusers are a great gift for male and female bosses. Also known as essential oil diffusers, this goodbye gift will disperse the scent of essential oils throughout a room. They come in a range of styles, including electronic models and traditional glass models, wherein you use wooden rods to diffuse the scent. Before you purchase this gift, make sure your boss doesn’t have any sensitivities to smell.

Because aromatherapy diffusers vary in type and functionality, they are available in a range of price points from $1 to $150.

If your employer has rules on office gift-giving, pay close attention to those when buying a gift. Don’t forget to include a letter of appreciation! Whether you’ve worked with your boss for years or you’re still fairly new to the company, these gift ideas will make saying goodbye a bit easier.


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