birth­day gifts

What to give your boss for her birthday?

Choos­ing a birth­day present is no easy task in itself. If the task is to con­grat­u­late a female leader, it becomes a hun­dred times more dif­fi­cult. What can and can­not be giv­en to a female boss?

Basic principles for choosing a gift


When choos­ing a gift for a female leader, it is impor­tant to strike a bal­ance beten these two of her “hypostases”. On the one hand, the gift should empha­size the pro­fes­sion­al­ism and lead­er­ship posi­tion of the birth­day girl. on the oth­er hand, must not for­get that she is a woman. An ide­al present would be one that empha­sizes her pro­fes­sion­al mer­its, but at the same time will be refined and thought­ful.

It is also impor­tant from whom the gift is pre­sent­ed. If the present is giv­en from a spe­cif­ic per­son per­son­al­ly, then this may be a more sin­cere and less expen­sive gift. Col­lec­tive gifts are usu­al­ly more expen­sive and impres­sive in val­ue. The nature of the hol­i­day is also impor­tant.

One thing is a birth­day and quite anoth­er is an anniver­sary. The gift for the last one should be more expen­sive, and con­grat­u­la­tions should be larg­er.

Matching tastes

A gift should cor­re­spond to the tastes and per­son­al­i­ty of the recip­i­ent, this is one of the most impor­tant rules of eti­quette. Only in this case it will become pleas­ant and will not look like a present “for show”.

It is worth imme­di­ate­ly not­ing gifts that should not be pre­sent­ed to the boss. First of all, these are very per­son­al items.

  • Even if the rela­tion­ship with the man­age­ment is warm and friend­ly, it is inap­pro­pri­ate to give under­ar, bed­ding, clothes, shoes. Per­fumes and cos­met­ics are also a per­son­al gift, in addi­tion, you can not guess with taste, but a gift cer­tifi­cate for them to a brand­ed store is an accept­able present.
  • Too expen­sive gifts is anoth­er taboo. Expen­sive house­hold appli­ances and jel­ry can be per­ceived ambigu­ous­ly. Giv­ing mon­ey to the man­ag­er is bad taste and a vio­la­tion of eti­quette.
  • It is not cus­tom­ary for a woman leader to give leather fold­ers, paperights, busi­ness card hold­ers, strict and con­cise sta­tionery. It is believed that these are gifts for men, they empha­size tough­ness and mas­culin­i­ty.
  • Final­ly, the gift should not be offen­sive or “hint­ing”. Each woman can have her own list of such gifts. For exam­ple, the team decid­ed to give the boss a cer­tifi­cate for a con­sul­ta­tion with a styl­ist and shop­ping sup­port.

The gift is unusu­al, nec­es­sary and quite expen­sive, hov­er, the boss can be per­ceived as a hint of her bad taste in clothes and lack of style.

Let’s con­sid­er some suc­cess­ful options when the team knows the tastes and inter­ests of the man­age­ment quite ll.

  • If your leader is a per­son of intel­lec­tu­al labor, books can be a nice gift. Of course, they should be cho­sen tak­ing into account the inter­ests of the gift­ed. Pub­li­ca­tions on time man­age­ment, busi­ness, man­age­ment will be rel­e­vant. If you know that the boss grav­i­tates toward a par­tic­u­lar genre of lit­er­a­ture or is a fan of the work of a par­tic­u­lar writer, give these books as a gift. The book as a gift should be in hard and col­or­ful cov­er, it is bet­ter that it be a gift edi­tion. Great, if you man­age to get the author’s auto­graph, for his admir­er, an auto­graphed book will be an invalu­able gift.
  • If the man­ag­er often goes on busi­ness trips or trav­els, a set of trav­el acces­sories will def­i­nite­ly not be super­flu­ous. Opt for a light suit­case of medi­um size, com­ple­ment it with a small bag and cos­met­ic bag in the same style.
  • If the man­ag­er often takes a lap­top with him, then a bag for car­ry­ing it will be an excel­lent present. A respectable leather mod­el or a bright acces­so­ry is up to you, tak­ing into account the tastes and char­ac­ter­is­tics of the posi­tion of the boss.
  • Woman motorist you can present use­ful gad­gets for her four-wheeled friend: radar detec­tors, nav­i­ga­tors, mobile phone hold­ers and spe­cial head­phones for motorists, a ther­mal bag, a ther­mal mug.
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If you do not know the tastes of your man­ag­er so ll, then a diary or a glid­er, sta­tionery can be con­sid­ered a win-win option.

  • Con­trary to pop­u­lar belief, a watch is a nice and appro­pri­ate gift.. Giv­en to the man­ag­er, it sym­bol­izes how valu­able and expen­sive his time is. A woman can be pre­sent­ed with a styl­ish wrist watch in a clas­sic design, then the acces­so­ry can be com­bined with most out­fits.
  • This group of gifts includes dec­o­ra­tive paint­ings and pan­els. Choos­ing what they will be is quite sim­ple — con­sid­er the direc­tion of your com­pa­ny and the style of the boss’s office. It is bet­ter for the head of a large orga­ni­za­tion or gov­ern­ment insti­tu­tion to give paint­ings in a clas­sic frame. Let it be a land­scape or unob­tru­sive geom­e­try. If the com­pa­ny is more dynam­ic, and the man­ager’s office is less for­mal, abstrac­tion, pop-art pan­els and posters, adver­tis­ing ban­ners, etc. will do.
  • If you don’t know what your boss is inter­est­ed in, a good gift can be Gift cer­tifi­catese.g. for mas­sages, sauna pro­grams, spa treat­ments. You can give a cer­tifi­cate to a cos­met­ics and per­fumery store.
  • In a small wom­en’s team, where a fair­ly warm rela­tion­ship has devel­oped, it will be appro­pri­ate acces­sories - an expen­sive cash­mere stole, downy or silk neck­er­chief.
  • You can give a busi­ness and prac­ti­cal leader cer­tifi­cate to an elec­tron­ics store.
  • Tick­ets will almost always be appro­pri­ate. This can be a vis­it to a busi­ness pre­sen­ta­tion, a mas­ter class, or tick­ets to the the­ater, cin­e­ma, or con­cert. Accord­ing to eti­quette, you should give a cou­ple of tick­ets by putting them in an enve­lope.


Gifts are divid­ed by age. What pleas­es a young boss may be use­less and even offen­sive to an old­er boss. A young woman can and should be giv­en gift cer­tifi­cates for spa treat­ments, active ekends, cos­met­ics and per­fumery stores. It is bet­ter for an old­er woman to give tea sets, mas­sage cer­tifi­cates, house­hold appli­ances.

Hov­er, here it is also impor­tant to observe the line — in no case should a gift hint that it is due to her age.

The most unusual options

The direc­tor, like any oth­er per­son, is pleased to real­ize that they re prepar­ing for his birth­day. That’s why a sur­prise and a cre­ative gift is always nice.

Homemade Presents

When it comes to gifts for man­age­ment, one can hard­ly talk about a hand-made present as the main option. Hov­er, home­made gifts are a man­i­fes­ta­tion of spe­cial respect and warm feel­ings for the leader. Any per­son likes such con­grat­u­la­tions. Home­made gifts can be an addi­tion to the main present.

  • Take care of the fes­tive dec­o­ra­tion of the office — bal­loons, stream­ers, gar­lands, flors will imme­di­ate­ly cre­ate a fes­tive mood and will main­tain it for sev­er­al days after the hol­i­day.
  • Hang a home­made greet­ing news­pa­per in your dec­o­rat­ed office. It can be done in the form of a post­card, where each mem­ber of the team will write a con­grat­u­la­tion, a pro­duc­tion report, a hol­i­day mag­a­zine or a light­ning telegram. If the news­pa­per is made with soul and sup­ple­ment­ed with pho­tographs, the boss is like­ly to keep it for many years. This means that the gift will warm the soul and cheer up a per­son for more than one year.
  • You can approach the issue of con­grat­u­la­tions even more cre­ative­ly and orga­nize a mini-con­cert for the leader. Pick up songs, poems and con­grat­u­la­tions, the main thing is to avoid offen­sive and inept par­o­dies, vul­gar jokes with dress­ing up, etc.
  • Anoth­er unusu­al way of con­grat­u­la­tions is a culi­nary com­pe­ti­tion. If time and place allow, you can arrange a culi­nary bat­tle — each mem­ber of the team brings or pre­pares a dish for the birth­day girl. Then cooked is eval­u­at­ed and tast­ed.
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If your boss spends a lot of time at her desk, then you can give her an office mas­sage chair as a gift. This plea­sure is not cheap, but if the team is large enough, then the amount for each of its mem­bers will be lift­ing.

  • By the way, an ordi­nary office chair can also be a nice and use­ful gift. Choose mod­ern mod­els where almost every ele­ment is reg­u­lat­ed. Pay atten­tion to the shape and mate­r­i­al of the chair. For the leader, it is rec­om­mend­ed to choose more mas­sive mod­els uphol­stered in leather. This will empha­size the sta­tus of the boss and demon­strate your respect.
  • To make the manager’s stay in his office more pleas­ant, to give moments of relax­ation, the fol­low­ing gift will also allow — desk­top office foun­tain. It can be made in the form of not only a foun­tain, but also a minia­ture water­fall or water mill. In any case, the sound and sight of run­ning water are sooth­ing, and thanks to its styl­ish look, such a thing will def­i­nite­ly find its right­ful place in the boss’s office.
  • Beau­ti­ful table lamp will also please the leader, and the team will be able to demon­strate con­cern for the boss. For clas­sic cab­i­nets, you can choose lamps styl­ized as antique ones: mas­sive sizes, with brass or bronze ele­ments. If the wor­welace of the man­age­ment is dec­o­rat­ed in a min­i­mal­ist style, then the lamp should be cho­sen as prac­ti­cal and sim­ple as pos­si­ble. For cre­ative natures, you can even find a lev­i­tat­ing lamp.
  • Anoth­er cre­ative option is box­es. You can choose leather or wood­en, for stor­ing doc­u­ments or ban­knotes.

Hov­er, if you want to empha­size the fem­i­nin­i­ty of the leader, the box can be select­ed for per­son­al use, for exam­ple, in the form of a mul­ti-tiered item for stor­ing jel­ry.

Again, the present should be in the inter­ests of the woman. If you see that she ars almost no jel­ry, per­haps she is indif­fer­ent to them, and the box will be use­less. If the choice fell on her, it is bet­ter to put an inscrip­tion, con­grat­u­la­tion or date of a fes­tive event on the gift in one way or anoth­er.

  • It is believed that sets are one of the most banal gifts. Hov­er, this is not the case — it is enough to pay more atten­tion to the choice of a gift and turn on the fan­ta­sy so that it becomes tru­ly valu­able. A set of exclu­sive sets from a famous con­fec­tion­er, a large cake, the appear­ance of which is imme­di­ate­ly clear for whom it is intend­ed, a com­po­si­tion of sets — all this can become a mem­o­rable present.
  • If lunch tea gath­er­ings are accept­ed in your team, then an orig­i­nal gift can be samovar, tea set or just a cup with an unusu­al inscrip­tion and pat­tern. And to make the gift more har­mo­nious, pack it in a box, adding tea and long-last­ing sets (jam, jam).
  • If your boss hur­ries to fit­ness after work, then you can pur­chase sub­scrip­tion to this club (only you need to find out in advance, maybe she already has an annu­al sub­scrip­tion or the per­son plans to change the club in the near future). The boss can be pre­sent­ed with a prac­ti­cal sports bag, a shak­er or water bot­tles, a gym­nas­tic rug. Cer­tifi­cates for sport­sar and footar stores will also be rel­e­vant.
  • If your boss is a lover of out­door activ­i­ties, give her an unfor­get­table ekend. it could be tour of near­by cities, sky­div­ing cer­tifi­cate, rope train­ing, paint­ball.
  • Almost every mod­ern per­son who leads an active lifestyle of a city dller will be pleased to spend a relax­ing ekend out­side the city. Sauna, walks in nature, unhur­ried rest - if you orga­nize such a pas­time for the boss, she will be grate­ful.
  • Very pop­u­lar today quests. They can be based on books and films, scary, detec­tive — in any case, the gift will bring vivid emo­tions.
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Nice extras

A girl or woman, regard­less of age, is always pleased to receive flors and cards. They can be both an inde­pen­dent gift and com­ple­ment the main gift.


Flors are always a good addi­tion to a gift. for woman.

  • Clas­sic ver­sion — ros­es, chrysan­the­mums. Lead­ers, as a rule, are pre­sent­ed with mono-bou­quets.
  • Orchids will help to empha­size the high posi­tion of a woman. But it is bet­ter to refuse wild flors.
  • The col­or palette is beige, pas­tel shades. Snow-white com­po­si­tions, as ll as rich red ones, are best avoid­ed. The high posi­tion is per­son­i­fied by flors of yel­low and orange shades.
  • As for the shape of the bou­quet, it is bet­ter to choose the tra­di­tion­al round or semi-cir­cu­lar. Com­po­si­tions in bas­kets or hat box­es are also suit­able, but fig­urines of flors in the form of bears and bun­nies are hard­ly.
  • Flors can be donat­ed from dif­fer­ent depart­ments or present a large com­po­si­tion from the whole team. Take care in advance where the bou­quet will be placed. A good idea is a bou­quet in a bas­ket with a flo­ral sponge, it does not require a vase and looks lux­u­ri­ous.
  • If talk about the rules of eti­quette, then pot­ted plants It is cus­tom­ary to give exclu­sive­ly to close women. Hov­er, if you know that one of the boss’s hob­bies is flori­cul­ture, you can safe­ly give plants in a pot. In this case, it will not be dif­fi­cult to find out which par­tic­u­lar flor is miss­ing in the gror’s col­lec­tion.

If talk about the gen­er­al rules, then large pot­ted plants or dwarf bon­sai are per­fect for the man­ager’s office.


Be sure to include a post­card with your gift. Those prod­ucts that re pop­u­lar 5–10 years ago, today few peo­ple are pleased. Attach a hand­made post­card, it will allow you to demon­strate spe­cial respect, show how care­ful­ly you pre­pared for the con­grat­u­la­tion. “Live post­cards” are pop­u­lar and orig­i­nal, for exam­ple, the life-size pup­pet of a Ted­dy bear. The char­ac­ter will con­grat­u­late the birth­day girl, read a poem, joke and cheer up.

It’s great if the “live card” also gives a bou­quet or sets.

For infor­ma­tion on what else you can give your boss for her birth­day, see the next video.