Secretly savage gift ideas for your boss that are under $50


If you're lucky, you have a wonderful and lovely boss who genuinely enjoys life. If you're like most of us, you have a boss that barely deserves your holiday cheer.

Since office politics exist, and you have to get your supervisor something to keep up appearances, why not go for a gift that just looks like you mean well? Nobody has to know you actually intend to passive-aggressively tell your boss what's up.

While the gifts in this guide sure look like they come from a good place (your heart), they're actually inspired by more honest, accurate emotions.

Editor's note: We bear no responsibility for the myriad possible outcomes of giving said gifts to said bosses. Also, prices and product availability are subject to change throughout the holidays.

Bookends: $40


What your boss will think it means: "I'm a boss who loves to read and these bookends are just so true."

What it secretly means: "I'm an employee who never gets to read because you overwork me."

Magnets: $15


What your boss will think it means: "I love dogs sooo much and think everything they do is adorable just like these funny magnets of dog butts!"

What it secretly means: "Here are five versions of your face and a fire hydrant."

Book: $11.72


What your boss will think it means: "I'm such a smart, hilarious person who understands satire and will surely get a kick out of this brilliant book."

What it secretly means: "We all know you're racist af."

Journal: $34.10


What your boss will think it means: "Oh, my. I get it. Because I'm middle management, right?"

What it secretly means: "I = me and You = idiot."

Cup: $14.99


What your boss will think it means: "Ha-ha, I'm a boss so this makes sense."

What it secretly means: "You are only kind of a big deal."

Umbrella: $20


What your boss will think it means: "I can always use a new umbrella!"

What it secretly means: "Please stop borrowing my umbrella."

Jewelry: $12


What your boss will think it means: "My, what a fancy way to give the world the finger!"

What it secretly means: "I just literally gave you the finger and you're thanking me."

This month, Mic Essentials brings you handpicked deals, reviews, recommendations and gift ideas. For more ideas, see our lists for Dadyour girlfriend, your boyfriend and for that secret Santa gift exchange you're attending. If you buy something through a link on this page, Mic may earn a small commission.