Whether you are male or female, the idea of buying for a female boss can be a little unnerving. Maybe you’ve always just bought your bosses a nice wallet or an organizer, but it can be a little difficult if you have suspicions that your female boss might want something with a little more style. While at the end of the day she should take any well-meaning gift with grace, there are a few things that you can do to make your chances of pleasing her a little bit better.
When you are thinking of buying gifts for female bosses, remember that they are people with likes and dislikes, and there is no reason that you necessarily need to give them a gift that is bases solely on their sex. Take some time to take a look at what desk accessories she has or what pictures she has hanging up. This can tell you a lot more about her as a person and her style, and you’ll soon realize what you can do in order to really get her a gift that complements the desk accessories that she already has.
If your boss is always complaining about having trouble when it comes to organization, think about getting her some organizers or a padfolio. You might also get her a marker board to keep daily notes on, though this can be a gift for the whole office if you put it somewhere where everyone can take a crack at it. You’ll also find that there are many different things for you to choose from when you are considering if your boss has a family. Consider picnic baskets, stadium blankets, or even something as thoughtful as a pet carrier.
For a more jokey gift, consider getting her a portable decision maker, a little spinner that will point to things like “buy,” “sell,” “yes,” “no,” and “maybe.” While these are quite cute, humorous little gifts, make sure that your boss doesn’t have a record for indecision. Never give anyone a gift that points to a specific weakness and never give them a gift that might speak to an area that they are sensitive about!
Take some time and you’ll soon see that buying gifts for female bosses is as simple as buying gifts for anyone else. Be sure that you are in a good place to buy the perfect gift.