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The Best Gifts to Give to Your Boss

Stay in your boss’s good graces by getting them something they’ll actually use.

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The act of giving a teacher an apple on the first day of class is more than charm and tradition, it’s backed by practicality. The student gives it because they know the teacher will eat it. This concept works for getting your boss a holiday gift, too. You want to get them something that they will use. Forget the gift cards — that’s the easy way out. Instead, with a little bit of information (like their working habits and what gadgets are essential to them), you can give them something that will stay with them and develop a patina — whether the gift is leather or not.

Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 68

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The Zodiac Sea Wolf dates back to 1953, a time well before digital dive meters. Over the past few years, the company has relaunched its line of dive watches in slimmer and slightly larger models — this Super Sea Wolf 68 is one of those. It retains the rotating timing bezel, thin angled lugs, triangular dial markers and vintage charm of the original Super Sea Wolf from 1968. It has a 100 ATM water resistance rating, well more than the 20 ATM of the original 1953 Sea Wolf. Additionally, this model has a sapphire crystal lens, STP 1-11 autthird party repomatic movement and a rubber strap.

Buy Now: $1,195

Graf Lantz Bierfilzl Felt Coasters

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Felt coasters date back to 19th-century Bavaria, and these share that same simple-yet-hardy design from back in the day — even if they’re a little nicer. They’re made of 5mm thick merino wool felt and are perfect for those who often play host. Alternatively, they’re for anybody who wants to rest their morning coffee on something classy.

Buy Now: $24/pack

Vegetable Tanned Leather Notebook Nomander by Cabal Crafted

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This cover is an elegant upgrade for their Moleskine planner or Field Notes notebook. It’s made of natural leather, hand sewn in California and even has a holster for their pen. Simple, yet practical.

Buy Now: $85

Apple AirPods

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There’s a good chance that your boss uses an iPhone. If they do, this is a gift that’ll keep on giving. It’ll quickly become an essential gadget that they’ll use every day, meaning that they’ll be reminded of you a lot more often. That’s a good thing.

Buy Now: $159

Mophie Powerstation USB-C XXL

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This will quickly become one of their travel essentials. It’s capable of fast charging any of the new iPhones. It’s powerful enough (30-watts) to keep any of the new MacBook Pros (or any other USB-C laptop) charged, too. Yes, you’ll find cheaper alternatives by the likes of Anker or Belkin, but, since this is by far the prettiest one we’ve seen, it’ll likely make the best impression.

Buy Now: $150

The Best Holiday Gifts Under $50

Our writers and editors weigh in on the best affordable gifts to give this year. Read More: Here.

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