Boss’s Day is observed on October 16 in the United States and Canada. It is a day when workers honor their bosses for their adept management. The day aims to foster a strong and healthy bond between the company leaders and employees.

National Boss Day

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The observance of Boss’s Day started when Patricia Bays Haroski registered the occasion with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 1958. She was working for her father at the time, and October 16 happened to be her dad’s birthday. The idea took hold across the country and National Boss Day became a countrywide observance.

If you want to honor your boss, you can do so with a simple gift. For years, people have gravitated toward traditional presents, including boxes of cigars, colognes, and good bottles of wine.

In recent years, though, employees have begun to think outside the box when it comes to choosing gifts for their bosses. Employees are now giving productivity tools that they know will benefit their boss on the job.

Here are just a few functional gifts to help you express appreciation to your boss:

  • Password security software – Your boss undoubtedly has plenty of online accounts that can be accessed through passwords. With so many security breaches online, you can give your boss the gift of security with a tool to manage his or her secure passwords. There is different software that offers this kind of protection, such as LastPass and 1Password. Consider banding together with your fellow employees to purchase the software as a group present.
  • News at their fingertips – Your bosses will want to stay abreast of the latest developments in the industry. Give them easy access to trending news with an RSS reader such as the Digg Reader.
  • Instant chalkboards from Appliance Art – Give your boss an easy tool for conducting meetings with instant chalkboards from Appliance Art. They are available as chalkboard wallpaper and chalkboard stickers. Backed with removable peel-and-stick vinyl that can be installed anywhere, these chalkboards will allow your boss to conduct impromptu meetings wherever they may be.

Rather than giving your manager something that may sit in a drawer for years to come, express your thanks with something useful and practical.