Coffee lovers are easy to please with a gift card to Starbucks or local coffee shop. Picking custom flavored coffees can be a hit or miss, so your best bet is a gift card tucked inside a new coffee mug.
Another option is a desk-top mug warmer. These work well for everything from tea to coffee to hot chocolate.
Gift cards to electronic stores are a great gift because major stores like Best Buy and Fry's offer a wide variety of items to purchase. A $15 gift card can buy a game, new CD, cover for a cell phone, or even magazines. Fry's also offers a toy department now as well as "As Seen on TV" items -- many of which can be picked up for about $10.
The reason electronic stores are superior to places like bath and body shops is that they are gender neutral stores -- men and women can both find something they want without having to look too hard.
If your boss or co-worker has an iPhone, iTouch, iPod, or iPad you probably know that they can download iTunes to their mobile devices. But an iTunes gift card also allows the cardholder to watch videos, TV, read books, and get apps.
Amazon.com is best-known as an online bookseller. But Amazon sellers offer everything from food to dolls to cosmetics and clothing. Amazon also offers books that can be downloaded to a Kindle device.
Amazon gift cards can be purchased online and sent via Facebook, email, postal service, or printed out to be tucked into a greeting card.
Because Amazon.com offers free or low-cost shipping on many items, you don't have to worry about $15 not going very far. Plus, $15 will purchase up to 15 Kindle books!
Have an intellectual boss? Or someone with a curious mind? If your giftee likes learning or their passion is art, history, math, music, travel, science, or just about any other academic interest you can name (including quantum physics) why not try a gift certificate to The Great Courses online store?
Gift certificates can be redeemed for lectures from top professors and authorities on DVD or CD or downloaded. Regular prices are steep and will not buy much, but the company runs monthly sales offering courses at 50 to 80% off.
The Best Gift Cards Ideas for Your Boss and Co-Workers
Give Christmas, Birthday, or Thank You Office Presents On a Tight Budget
There are no business etiquette rules that require you to give your boss or co-workers gifts for their birthday, Christmas, or holidays. But if you do want to give someone at the office a thank, you gift, or holiday gift it is important that you set boundaries for yourself -- resist the urge to go overboard or out-gift others. That only makes you look bad, and others feel uncomfortable.
Here are five great ideas for no-fail, sure-to-please gift cards that are politically correct, will be appreciated, will not end up as "regifts" -- and best of all, will not cost you your entire paycheck.