Need a gift for a CEO who has it all? We suggest trying something you can’t get in any store, something one-of-a-kind—your own unique brand of thoughtfulness. Because when it comes to someone this impossible to shop for, it really is the thought that counts. CEOs are usually the ones giving gifts to their employees, but now it’s time for you to take control.
Here’s a list of gifts CEOs will never forget (or throw away) even if it seems like they already have everything they could ever need or want.
If your CEO is sophisticated…
What makes it memorable: Roederer Cristal Champagne Cuvée Brut, 2008 vintage is sure to impress and reward any urbane executive. Sublimely paired with 9 pieces of handmade double chocolate, fudge and amaretto truffles. Customize the ribbon message to make it extra personal.
What makes it memorable: Stylish and sophisticated, this high quality leather satchel fits a 13″ laptop and includes an accordion-style file compartment and interior organizers. Engrave with your CEO’s initials or full name (up to 25 characters).
The gift: Madison Tabletop Bar
What makes it memorable: Give your top brass a tabletop bar that’s sure to attract “oohs and ahhs” over its cherry-stained acacia wood and mid-century charm. With 19 bar accessories including stainless steel gadgets, glass ice bucket and marble cutting board, your CEO will be fully kitted for any cocktail.
What makes it memorable: Treat your top exec to top shelf Don Julio 1942 Anejo Tequila. Pink Himalayan salt shot glasses really kick up the experience, enhancing flavor (and looking Uber-cool). Want to make it extra special? This bottle is also engravable if you are looking to impress with a personalized gift for the boss.
The gift: Chrono Classic Watch
What makes it memorable: You value your CEO’s valuable contribution, and time! Show your appreciation with a classic Swiss made timepiece, engraved with a special message, name or initials.
What makes it memorable: Blended from 1200 eaux-de-vie, some more than 100 years old and aged in oak barrels from centuries past, this gift is as special, exclusive and valued as your top brass.
The gift: CLOTH & PAPER Stationery Kit
What makes it memorable: Does your CEO take notes in meetings, keep a planner and love organization? Then a subscription to CLOTH & Paper from Cratejoy is the perfect present. Your CEO will appreciate the stylish stationery that arrives each month and they’ll “take note” of the thoughtful person that sent it to them while planning the company’s future!
The gift: Ben to Table “Explore Cooking” Box
What makes it memorable: Let’s face it, CEOs and bosses are a unique breed. So why not help them discover a way to experience some fun new flavors on their staple dishes. Ben-to-Table from Cratejoy helps your favorite executive cook a new meal each month by combining regular pantry ingredients with new, hand-crafted and exotic flavors to take classic dishes up to a new level. It’s the perfect way to keep them happy and you as a “top shelf” employee!
The gift: Decanter Globe and Glassware Set
What makes it memorable: If your CEO is a whiskey lover this decanter doubles as a useful office piece while showcasing beautiful glasswork.
If your CEO is outdoorsy…
The gift: Carhartt Duffel Cooler from Swag.com
What makes it memorable: This phenomenally rugged cooler will get your CEO through every kind of weather and every kind of terrain. Combine that lasting durability with the addition of your company logo, and you’ve got a gift that will stand beside your CEO for years of outdoorsy memory-making.
The gift: Trailhead leather notebook
What makes it memorable: This 100-page notebook will hold all your CEO’s hiking notes and musings for the next several years. It might even stay on the living room bookshelf forever. Your CEO might even pass it onto the kids to continue the adventures.
The gift: GRAYL® Portable water purifier
What makes it memorable: You can claim any gift “keeps on giving,” but when you’re giving a portable water purifier, that hyperbolic statement is 100% true. Whether it’s on the trail, in a kayak, or on a climb, this gift will keep on giving your CEO clean water. GRAYL water purifiers feature a one-press filtration system that removes viruses and filters particulates to provide clean water anywhere—anytime. Your CEO will thank you while hiking, musing about how awesomely handy your gift is.
The gift: Wilderness Essays by John Muir
What makes it memorable: This collection of wilderness musings will touch any outdoorsy CEO’s heart. John Muir explored the West when it was still wild, and his work helped preserve some of our most stunning natural spaces. According to the National Park Service, John Muir played a critical role in creating the Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Kings Canyon, Petrified Forest, and Mt. Rainier National Parks. His essays will help any busy CEO reconnect with the wonder of nature. What gift could be more memorable than that?
If your CEO is tech-friendly…
The gift: The newest Apple technology
What makes it memorable: With new gadgets such as the Apple Watch and the AirPods Pro, your CEO will love these high quality products that help boost their productivity. Also, if they already own an Apple computer, these useful tech accessories connect easily via bluetooth so they never miss a beat during a busy day in the office.
The gift: Nintendo Switch Lite
What makes it memorable: This portable game console is a no-brainer for any CEO who likes to take a break with a quick game. The Switch Lite’s size and game library sets it apart from other gaming systems, so your CEO will be endlessly entertained as they embark on their next quest.
The gift: Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug
What makes it memorable: This smart mug will deliver the perfect cup of coffee to your motivated CEO with its temperature control design. Make any heat changes from your smartphone and customize presets so that each day and each cup is exactly how you like it.
If your CEO is playful…
The gift: Bop It
What makes it memorable: Any playful CEO probably already has a fidget spinner. Go old school with the original toy for fidgeters—a Bop It. The toy speaks commands, and you have to pull, twist, and bop as fast as you can to obey them. Five minutes with the Bop It would make a great presentation warm-up for any CEO.
The gift: Artisanal Desserts Box
What makes it memorable: If your boss has a sweet tooth, or simply likes to snack then this dessert box is an excellent way to let them try new delectable sweets. Each month a selection of 8 hand baked treats will arrive with a new holiday or seasonal theme to delight any CEO’s taste buds and help put you on their fast track to success.
The gift: Electric Scooter
What makes it memorable: Your fun-loving CEO will love turning heads as she sails around your open office space, dishing out high fives and smiles to everyone on your team.
If your CEO is health conscious…
The gift: Custom yoga mat from Swag.com
What makes it memorable: Your CEO has probably used every premium yoga mat available, but they’ve probably never used one designed by their team with a custom design or message meant just for them.
The gift: A ridiculously personalized gym bag
What makes it memorable: This functional, practical gift lets your boss show off some style during the daily gym visit. This gift option gives you a chance to get personal in picking out the design, and it also gives you a chance to deliver a gift that will make your CEO’s life easier and more fun.
What makes it memorable: Health conscious CEOs probably already do quite a bit of meal planning, and they’ll love organizing their culinary ventures and grocery lists in this pretty planner, especially if they digitally organize all their other tasks. Using a tangible planner will turn meal planning into a more satisfying ritual.
The gift: Matcha tea set
What makes it memorable: Your CEO might just start welcoming clients with a traditional matcha tea ceremony. The set provides relaxation and invigoration in one, giving busy CEOs a hands-on way to take a soothing break while simultaneously doing something that feels calming, yet productive. This starter kit from Matcha DNA is perfect for novices.
The gift: A container for salad on the go
What makes it memorable: Any health conscious person struggles to find a way to eat salad on the go without making a mess. This environmentally friendly solution makes your CEO’s life easier and healthier. Plus, these lunch containers are sleek and stylish enough for any boardroom lunch meeting.
The gift: Big Bertha Foam Roller Water Bottle
What makes it memorable: This gift is a great two for one as it packs 40 ounces of hydration while doubling as a perfect muscle aid. This water bottle will give your health-conscious CEO a easy way to stay loose during a long day in the office. They’ll be thanking you for helping them hit their hydration goals each day!
The gift: SnackNation
What makes it memorable: The snacks, duh. If your CEO doesn’t like snacks, he or she might be dead inside. Ok, we kid, but SnackNation isn’t just for offices. You can gift boxes of great tasting, better-for-you snacks to all the health-conscious folks in your life. Build your own or have our snacking experts curate a best-in-class mix over at SnackNation Market.
If your CEO is planet conscious…
The gift: Seasonal produce calendar
What makes it memorable: Give your CEO the knowledge of produce seasonality. This calendar makes for a nice office or kitchen conversation piece, and it also delivers a wealth of valuable knowledge on when to buy produce to get the best flavors while doing the least harm to the planet. (Purchasing produce out of season contributes to a food-shipping enterprise with potential environmental risks.)
The gift: Build a swag box with reusable metal straws and other planet-conscious goodies.
The gift: A solar charger
What makes it memorable: With the ability to recharge devices using the power of the sun, your CEO can stay connected anywhere while taking strides to keep the old carbon footprint in line. Solar chargers haven’t quite gone mainstream, so using one will also make your CEO an eco trendsetter.
The gift: Help nature with the Nature Conservancy
What makes it memorable: A gift from the Nature Conservancy gives your CEO more than just a token of your thoughtfulness. It also makes your CEO part of some real action in protecting animals, lands, and waters. For example, a sea turtle nest gift offers far more than an adorable plush; it also helps preserve sea turtle habitats.
The gift: Compost bin
What makes it memorable: Your CEO will never forget how you gave a garbage gift and we mean that in the best possible way. If your planet-conscious CEO isn’t already composting, then this gift will provide just the push necessary to inspire a major reduction in garbage production. And if your CEO already has a compost bin, then they can use this one in the office!
The gift: Shea Butter Hand Cream Set
What makes it memorable: Enriched with shea butter, sweet almond oil, and aloe, this moisturizing hand cream is the gift that keeps on giving. Travel size bottles make it a breeze to use anywhere and your CEO will be able to find their favorite out of the six different fragrances.
If your CEO is spiritual…
The gift: Bonsai Tree Seed Starter Kit
What makes it memorable: If your CEO likes to enjoy a long-term project, this bonsai tree starter kit can help them learn the patience and reward of cultivating your own bonsai garden. No experience is needed to start your journey to growing your own indoor garden.
The gift: Tibetan Singing Bowl
What makes it memorable: These singing bowls include a dual surface pencil grip mallet perfectly sized to produce heavenly sounds that quiet the mind. Your CEO can access their more spiritual side from their office or wherever they go to relax and put their mind at ease.
The gift: White Sage Smudging Set
What makes it memorable: If your CEO is looking to wash away negative energy and replace it with positive energy, this smudging set will be an excellent gift for them. They will be able to cleanse and purify any space with sacred white sage and drive away bad energy with a smoldering palo santo stick. Rather than just giving them just one item, this all-in-one kit can deliver a wonderful experience for your CEO to enjoy when they need it most.
If your CEO is geek chic…
The gift: 3D Illusion Star Wars Light
What makes it memorable: From a Baby Yoda to Darth Vader, these geek chic desk lights will make your CEO feel like they are from a galaxy far, far away.
The gift: Branded Kindle from Swag.com
What makes it memorable: A handy e-reader with a customized design provides hours of read-anywhere delight that makes standing in line, sitting on trains, or riding up elevators an unforgettable, story-rich experience. Also, this e-reader’s quality and practicality makes it a delightful gift to present at your CEO’s next birthday celebration.
The gift: A Book tote
What makes it memorable: Your geek chic CEO will love a beautiful bag that also holds all the books. Your CEO will no longer have to pack books with food and electronics and risk tragic spills, tears, and irreversibly bent pages. Plus, the design on these totes is just subtle enough to inspire curiosity and impromptu conversations.
The gift: Deathly Hallows lapel pin
What makes it memorable: A pin this subtle will allow your CEO to take a little geek along for any occasion, even the most stuffy of investor meetings. Without bright colors or distracting text and logos, the pin avoids upsetting any Muggles who aren’t keen on the world of wizardry.
The gift: Lego® Architecture Sets
What makes it memorable: Playing with toy bricks will help any CEO connect with the inner geek kid within. Plus, these challenging sets are for grown-ass geeks only, offering building challenges that capture impressive landmarks from the Statue of Liberty to the Great Wall of China. If your CEO keeps the geek on lock—no worries. These worldly structures are desk-appropriate in all settings.
The gift: The Sandman by Neil Gaiman
What makes it memorable: Getting your CEO a comic book is a bold move—and a memorable one at that. It screams to your CEO’s stifled inner geek, “See, I really know you.” This gift might even make your CEO comfortable enough to confide in you about some geekier leanings. Bonding points!
Bonus: Generally awesome gifts for all CEOS
The gift: Potted Groot Chia pet
What makes it memorable: It’s a Baby Groot Chia pet! Need we say more?
The gift: A funny name plate for desk
What makes it memorable: This gift is the perfect way to memorialize any casual inside joke. It will bring a little humor to your CEO’s desk, and let’s face it, who doesn’t love that?
The gift: Wine with a custom label
What makes it memorable: Wine may be a “safe” standby, but there’s a good reason for that. Most people love it, and it won’t gather dust because it will be gone soon enough. Add a little extra thoughtfulness to your wine gift with a custom label you design with your CEO in mind.
The gift: A handwritten note and a homemade treat
What makes it memorable: This gift works every time. It demonstrates impeccable thoughtfulness and a great deal of effort, even if your cookies aren’t as perfect as you want them to be or your note isn’t as profound as you had hoped. This gift is pretty much guaranteed to warm your CEO’s heart.
The gift: A surprise party!
What makes it memorable: Team up with the whole office to scrap the gifts and throw an unforgettable surprise party instead. No one ever forgets a surprise party.
Tip: Take lots of pictures at the surprise party, and voila—you have a gift (a framed picture) for your CEO next year.
What’s the most thoughtful gift you’ve ever received? Help us all elevate our gifting game by posting why you loved the gift in the comments below.