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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 daily life.

It was 1958, and Patricia Bays Haroski was working for an insurance company when she registered National Boss’s Day with the United States Chamber of Commerce. The date, October 16th, was picked by Haroski because it was her dad’s birthday and he just so happened to be her boss. Haroski wanted a special day to recognize not only her boss but other bosses. And the day wasn’t created to kiss up to the boss either. Haroski hoped that setting aside a day for bosses would help improve relationships between employees and their supervisors.

It wasn’t until 1962 when the first official National Boss Day happened in 1962. It was Illinois Governor Otto Kerner who backed Haroski’s registration and officially proclaimed the day.

While National Boss Day is October 16th, it’ll be observed on Monday, October 17th this year because the 16th falls on a holiday. If you’d like to do something nice for the person who puts up with your antics day in and day out, but don’t want to break the bank, here are a few suggestions.

  • Run to the grocery store and pick up your boss’s favorite cookies and leave them on their desk.
  • Buy your boss a cup of coffee.
  • Bring in bagels or donuts for everyone to enjoy.
  • Buy your boss a simple floral arrangement and have it delivered.
  • Fill a glass jar with your boss’s favorite candy so they can keep it on their desk.

Or, you could do what we did- 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 him in a Speedo because it wouldn’t be a gift of love if it weren’t a bit embarrassing.

[via Time and Date/Reading Eagle]

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