Bosses Day 2010: Top 5 gift ideas for the person who outearns you

Bosses Day 2010 has arrived, bringing with it the existential question: What do you buy for someone who makes more money than you do (and why should you buy a present for your boss, anyway)? Whether you work for the world’s greatest boss or an intolerable tyrant, here are ideas that won’t get you fired – and might even help with that next promotion. (Note: We haven't actually tried any of these, but they seem boss-friendly.)

5. The mug

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Classy mugs balance of form and function, and can feature witty (or wise) sentiments. Front: Master of the messy desk. Back: Organized people are just too lazy to look for things.

Whether your boss starts her day with Starbucks or sips the free tea from the conference room, she’ll appreciate an alternative to paper cups – and these with a flared lip look more chic than old-school cylindrical mugs. Don’t be afraid to inject a little personality. A good mug can provide a conversation piece with clients or coworkers. Find the perfect mug and you could have your boss bragging about it to everyone who sees her hold it – and she’ll remember your good judgment, too.

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