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10 Hilarious Things to NOT Buy your Boss for Christmas this Year

Don't buy these things unless you want to skip that holiday bonus.

Adam Ritchie
Adam Ritchie
Adam is a freelance writer from north Florida, now based in Seattle. When he isn’t writing/working, Adam spends his time hanging out in cafes, reading Hemmingway and other famous works, or wasting time on Reddit and Netflix. He has contributed to Groupon, Empire News, Menguin, and many other sites.

Every Christmas season involves a series of somewhat stressful decisions: What’s the best gift to get your husband/wife? Your best friend? Your boss? We’ll help you out with that last one by sharing what you shouldn’t get your boss.

  • 1. Deodorant

    Deodorant

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    Even if your boss is stinky, gifting them a stick of deodorant is more likely to be taken as a straight-up insult rather than a subtle hint.

  • 2. Soap

    Soap

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    See #1 – even if you’re talking about hand-crafted artisan soap, it’s just offensive – even more offensive than how your boss smells, if that’s possible.

  • 3. A “… For Dummies” Book

    A “… For Dummies” Book

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    If your boss has expressed an amateur interest in woodworking, computer science, or some other hobby, for the sake of your livelihood please consider a guidebook that doesn’t call your boss an idiot in the title.

  • 4. Raunchy T-Shirts

    Raunchy T-Shirts

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    Before you pick up a “FBI – Female Body Inspector” T-shirt as a gift for your boss, think to yourself – is this really a good idea? (It isn’t.)

  • 5. Flowers or Jewelry

    Flowers or Jewelry

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    It’s not at all unusual to develop a crush on your boss. It happens all the time. However, the office Christmas party is not the best place to express your romantic interest. In fact, you’ll be better off just keeping your interest to yourself until you’re working for someone else.

  • 6. Office Supplies

    Office Supplies

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    A lot of hipsters out there likely think office supplies make great ironic meta-gifts at office parties, but it’s just annoying, really.

  • 7. Anything 99 Cents or Less

    Anything 99 Cents or Less

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    Might as well just get them nothing at all.

  • 8. Liquor

    Liquor

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    A bottle of fine liquor seems on the surface like a great gift, but who knows, maybe your boss is a recovering alcoholic. Maybe not, but why take the chance?

  • 9. Scale

    Scale

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    Oh lord. Why would you do this?

  • 10. Cash

    Cash

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    It’s your boss, not your spouse, so your gift doesn’t have to be that thoughtful. But c’mon, cash is just lazy. At least get a gift card.

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