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National Boss Day Gift Ideas That Won’t Break The Bank

I have no idea how John Davison does it. He’s the boss of me, Glenn and Rich and we are three of the most bizarre people in this world. Can you imagine being a boss to people who sometimes wear loud colored wigs to work just for fun?  Or who’ve been known to zip through the hallways on a kid’s tricycle or who’ve walked out the front door with their box of cereal and offered a handful to strangers walking by? Welcome to John’s every day life.

In 1958, Patricia Bays Haroski, then an employee at an insurance company registered the holiday with the United States Chamber of Commerce. She picked October 16th as the special day because it was her father’s birthday and he also happened to be her boss.  Patricia wanted a day to show appreciation for her boss and other bosses. She also hoped the day would improve the relationship between employees and those who supervise them.

The first official National Boss Day happened in 1962 when Illinois Governor Otto Kerner backed Patricia’s registration and officially proclaimed the day.

What are you doing to thank your boss for putting up with you on this National Boss Day?  In keeping with the tradition of being odd, we’ve plastered John’s office door with pictures of him hanging out with us and we also included a picture of John in a Speedo because it wouldn’t be a gift of love if it weren’t a bit embarrassing.

Here are a couple of ideas of ways you can say thanks to your boss today without breaking the bank:

  • Make your boss’s favorite baked-good item – or pick it up from a bakery!
  • Take your boss out to lunch at her favorite restaurant.
  • Bring in your boss’s favorite coffee drink.
  • Treat your boss to an ice cream cone after lunch.
  • Bring your boss bagels or breakfast in the morning.
  • Make a donation in your boss’s name to her favorite charity or alma mater.
  • Order tickets to a sports event, theatre performance, or concert.
  • Bring your boss a bouquet of flowers or a potted house plant.
  • Fill a glass jar with your boss’s favorite kind of candy or snack that he can keep on his desk.

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