The Best Gift Cards Ideas for Your Boss and Co-Workers

Give Christmas, Birthday, or Thank You Office Presents On a Tight Budget

There are no business etiquette rules that require you to give your boss or co-workers gifts for their birthday, Christmas, or holidays. But if you do want to give someone at the office a thank you gift, or holiday gift it is important that you set boundaries for yourself -- resist the urge to go overboard or out-gift others. That only makes you look bad and others feel uncomfortable.

Here are five great ideas for no-fail, sure-to-please gift cards that are politically correct, will be appreciated, will not end up as "regifts" -- and best of all, will not cost you your entire pay check.

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Gifts for Coffee and Tea Lovers: Spend $10 to $25 Total

Desktop Coffee Mug Warmer
Desktop Coffee Mug Warmer. Amazon.com

Coffee lovers are easy to please with a gift card to Star Bucks or local coffee shop. Picking custom flavored coffees can be a hit or miss, so your best bet is a gift card tucked inside a new coffee mug.

Another option is a desk-top mug warmer. These work well for everything from tea to coffee to hot chocolate. Buy from Amazon

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Best Buy Gift Card: Spend $10 to $15 Total

Best Buy Logo
Best Buy Logo. Best Buy

Gift cards to electronic stores are a great gift because major stores like Best Buy and Fry's offer a wide variety of items to purchase. A $15 gift card can buy a game, new CD, cover for a cell phone, or even magazines. Fry's also offers a toy department now as well as "As Seen on TV" items -- many of which can be picked up for about $10.

The reason electronic stores are superior to places like bath and body shops is that they are gender neutral stores -- men and women can both find something they want without having to look too hard. More

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iTunes Gift Card: Spend $10 to $15 Total

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iTunes Logo. Apple

If your boss or co-worker has an iPhone, iTouch, iPod, or iPad you probably know that they can download iTunes to their mobile devices. But an iTunes gift card also allows the card holder to watch videos, TV, read books, and get apps. More

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Amazon.com Gift Card: Spend $15 to $25

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Amazon.com Logo. Amazon.com

Amazon.com is best-known as an online book seller. But Amazon sellers offer everything from food to dolls to cosmetics and clothing. Amazon also offers books that can be downloaded to a Kindle device.

Amazon gift cards can be purchased online and sent via Facebook, email, postal service, or printed out to be tucked into a greeting card.

Because Amazon.com offers free or low-cost shipping on many items, you don't have to worry about $15 not going very far. Plus, $15 will purchase up to 15 Kindle books! Buy from Amazon

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The Great Courses: Minimum Gift Certificate $25

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The Great Courses Logo. The Great Courses

Have an intellectual boss? Or someone with a curious mind? If your giftee likes learning or their passion is art, history, math, music, travel, science, or just about any other academic interest you can name (including quantum physics) why not try a gift certificate to The Great Courses online store?

Gift certificates can be redeemed for lectures from top professors and authorities on DVD or CD or downloaded. Regular prices are steep and will not buy much, but the company runs monthly sales offering courses at 50 to 80% off. More