We all love receiving gifts and appreciation. Organizations operating an appreciation-driven culture reward their employees for their performance, attitude, and loyalty. However, it is not as often that we consider returning the gesture. How many times have we thought, “what would be a great gift for our CEO?” or “How do we thank our senior managers or leadership team for making this a great place to work?” It is time for you to lead the horses now (on the gift-giving front).
Here are 30 awesome gift ideas for CEOs of all personalities and any occasion.
If you’re looking to gift someone at the workplace for an occasion, don’t miss our all-inclusive, fun article that covers different types of gift ideas for coworkers here.
- 2.1 Executive briefcases/laptop bags
- 2.2 Executive stationery
- 2.3 Gourmet chocolates
- 2.4 Wine decanter set
- 2.5 Rustic world map/Luxury decorative globe
- 4.1 Bonsai tree & kits
- 4.2 Desk plants
- 4.3 Grove Subscription
- 4.4 No-waste kits
- 4.5 Vegan gift baskets
- 5.1 Personalized gym bag
- 5.2 Foam roller
- 5.3 Gym ball
- 5.4 Meal kit subscription
- 5.5 Healthy baked goods
- 6.1 Solar-powered phone charger
- 6.2 All-purpose tote bag
- 6.3 Tumbler set and Thermal flasks
- 6.4 Portable water purifier
- 6.5 Waterproof binoculars
- 7.1 Gift cards
- 7.2 DIY gifts
- 7.3 Artwork with everyone’s contribution
- 7.4 Be a hobby enabler
- 7.5 Party weekend
1. Best Corporate Gifts for CEOs For Any Occasion
Be it their birthday, work anniversary, celebrating a milestone, or you want to thank them; your CEO can be a geek, a trekker, a bookworm, or even someone who travels a lot for work. We have you covered.
2. Luxury gifts for CEOs
2.1 Executive briefcases/laptop bags
It’s not a “CEO look” if they don’t have a leather briefcase or bag. Gift your CEO with a fine and luxurious leather bag to complete their elegant style.
2.2 Executive stationery
A luxury pen is an excellent gift for CEOs. They will remember you every time they take the pen out to sign a deal. We love this ballpoint pen collection from Montblanc. If you wish to give them a complete set, we recommend this Montblanc X The Webster Stationery Set.
2.3 Gourmet chocolates
The choicest gift for the CEO who loves to have some chocolates to relax after or in the middle of a stressful day. Choose from these Handmade Italian High-End Chocolate gifts, and they will have a smile every time they relish these edible treasures!
2.4 Wine decanter set
A classy gift for a classy CEO who loves their wine fine. A personalized decanter and wine glasses are ideal to be gifted on any occasion. We especially like these beautifully engraved wine decanter set from Oakmont.
2.5 Rustic world map/Luxury decorative globe
This is a charming gift for a CEO who’s always on the move. We would recommend this push pin personalized map as It comes with a space to leave a personal message and different wood frame colors to suit their tastes. For an old-world charm effect, you can also go ahead with these gemstone globe clocks.
3. Nerdy gifts for CEOs
One thing that is common with all successful leaders is that they read. A lot! Here are some of our recommendations for books to gift your CEO.
- Pour your heart into it by Howard Schultz
- The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton M. Christensen
- Practising the Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
- Let My People Go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard
- Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
All these books are available on Amazon.
3.2 Electronic gadgets
Think of a nerd, and you can immediately picture someone with state-of-the-art gadgets. If your CEO is also a gadget enthusiast, that would be a great gift. They might already have quite a few of them, but a gift from a beloved employee would always be close to heart. Here are our top picks –
- Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones
- Logitech Multi-Device Keyboard
- Apple Watch
- Cocoon Grid-IT Organizer
- Amazon Echo or Google Nest Hub
3.3 Comic book/cinematic gear
We are yet to meet a nerd (of any age) who does not like comics or the cinematic universes. Comics memorabilia are great gifts for CEOs who still get excited by the latest Batman movie and can win a debate on Avengers with anyone. Here are some of our suggestions –
- Comics subscription – Marvel, DC, Disney (Be sure to be aware of their preference before selecting one)
- Games collection – D&D, Star Wars, Mass Effect, Naruto, Mortal Kombat, etc.
- Particle Physics Playing Cards (For the science enthusiast CEO)
- Star Trek Qi Wireless Charger
- Simulation helmets (again, make sure you are aware of your CEO’s favorite character)
3.4 Tetris night light
We know few who tried to replicate the Trestling (Tetris & arm wrestling together) from The Big Bang Theory. Plus, we all know there are non-geeks too who love playing Tetris. So this gift would be a great gift for CEO who belongs to the club. They can play Tetris at night while having a Tetris night light on their bedside stand.
3.5 Lego kits
There are Lego sets, and there are Lego sets. Find out your CEO’s interest and gift them with these adult Lego sets – Vehicles, buildings, Ninjas & dragons, princesses, coding & robot, Star Wars, etc.
4. Eco-friendly gifts for CEOs
4.1 Bonsai tree & kits
Bonsai kits are delightful gifts for CEOs whose desks and homes are adorned with plants. Not only is growing bonsai trees an excellent hobby, it also helps cultivate patience and creativity. Select a tree and a growing kit and present them to your CEO to show your admiration for them
4.2 Desk plants
Indoor plants and succulents are proven to improve air quality, lower stress, and stabilize mood. They are also great gifts for CEOs who do not have a green thumb but love nature and living in an eco-friendly manner. You can choose a plant online and have it delivered directly to your CEO’s home or the office so you can give it in person.
4.3 Grove Subscription
Grove Co. specializes in natural cleaning, home, beauty & personal care products and promotes healthy and sustainable living. Explore the products, choose the ones your CEO would love, and set up a subscription for the duration of your choice. This will show your support for your boss’ choice of a nature-friendly lifestyle.
4.4 No-waste kits
The basics of one adopting an eco-friendly lifestyle is to go plastic-free and choose reusable items. Enable your CEO’s zero-waste journey by choosing or customizing a zero-waste products kit. We recommend that your include these products in your kit –
- A cloth bag that speaks of your boss’ persona
- Rechargeable items like lighter, lamps, etc.
- Reusable food storage containers
- Zero-waste hair bars
- Bamboo straws and cutlery
- Compost bin
4.5 Vegan gift baskets
This is the best gift for CEOs who follow or promote veganism. You can choose a vegan snacks gift basket, vegan chocolate truffles, vegan cookies, and even a vegan personal care kit for the CEO on the go.
5. Health-conscious gifts for CEOs
5.1 Personalized gym bag
With gyms opening up around the world slowly with restrictions in place, we for sure have started getting back to being healthy in the pre-pandemic style (to an extent). A personalized gym bag would be an excellent gift for CEOs who go to the gym regularly so that they can show some style.
5.2 Foam roller
With their busy schedules, CEOs might not find sufficient time for relaxing massages. Aid them to have massages on the go by gifting this durable foam roller. They are great for self-massages and help heal tight and sore muscles in the body.
5.3 Gym ball
This always reminds us of Captain Holt bouncing off an exercise ball in Terry’s house in Brooklyn 99. Though we suggest not to visualize your CEO all bouncy, Gym balls are great for strengthening your body. So your CEO can give his best to your organization.
5.4 Meal kit subscription
Meal kits include boxes of pre-measured full recipe ingredients that get sent to your home, along with recipes and tips. Save some time and add some health to your boss by subscribing him to a meal kit of his food preference. Be it regular, vegetarian, organic, low-on-cook time, or even if they have food allergies – these meal kit subscriptions cater to all requirements.
5.5 Healthy baked goods
Healthy eating is never over-rated, especially when someone loves snacking. Healthy baked snacks are an excellent gift for CEOs who love to munch while watching their weight. Select from this guide of healthy snacks and get your boss hooked onto healthy snacking.
6. Outdoorsy gifts for CEOs
6.1 Solar-powered phone charger
This wireless, solar-powered power bank also features a compass and flashlight, making it a must-have for any camping trip. You can also go a step further and give this solar power bank with panels for larger devices.
6.2 All-purpose tote bag
A tote bag that can be used for your beach days, day trip, soccer game, or even an outdoor party bag is the best gift for CEOs and everyone else. This all-purpose tote bag is waterproof and highly durable.
6.3 Tumbler set and Thermal flasks
For those perfect picnic days when your boss wants to pack his coffee, tea, or wine onto a thermos and drink it on the beach, lakeside, or in the park. We recommend this elegant rose gold infuser travel flask and 6 pieces set of vacuum insulated tumblers.
6.4 Portable water purifier
Perfect for the riverside campers. These water bottles with integrated filter straws are best suited for relishing the natural spring water sans bacteria, chemicals, and dirt. So every time your CEO goes on a trek or backpacking, they are sure to be reminded of you.
6.5 Waterproof binoculars
This is hands down the only gift your boss will need if they are into bird watching, animal sighting, or plainly a safari enthusiast. These waterproof, dustproof, and shockproof binoculars have 12x magnification.
7. Unique gifts for CEOs
7.1 Gift cards
The classic Uno-reverse card of gifting – “Hey, why don’t you pick a gift for yourself?”. This is a smart gift for CEOs, especially if they are new and don’t know much about them or just want them to choose their gifts. There are scores of options available for gift cards –
- Holiday gift card
- Spa gift card
- Airline gift card
- Restaurant gift card
7.2 DIY gifts
This can be special and become close to heart gift for CEO if done right. If you are an artist, you can draw their portrait, frame it, and gift it. Those who are good with knitting, weave a sweater or a scarf with their initials and gift it. If you are a baker, gift them some warm muffins or cookies. If you are good with crafts, make a personalized desk organizer, leather cord roll, fabric coasters, etc. The sky is the limit!
7.3 Artwork with everyone’s contribution
Sometimes simple gestures go a long way in being a unique gift for CEO. Grab a cardboard, have everyone in the team or office add their handprints or write a few words and sign it, decorate the board and gift it. Your boss wouldn’t want to keep it anywhere apart from his desk.
7.4 Be a hobby enabler
We all have faced this – grew out of our passions and hobbies as we climb up the ladder due to lack of time. Find out what your boss is passionate about – photography, gardening, cooking, yoga, dancing, musical instruments – Identify the best classes and enroll them. If they are already good at it, find opportunities that will help them pursue it further. Be the gentle push that they need.
7.5 Party weekend
A classic gift. Your CEOs have approved or taken you out on office getaways. This time pool in and take your boss out for a fun weekend.
- What would you gift to a CEO?
It is pretty tricky to gift to a CEO who would have it all. Your gift should show how well you know your boss and how much you appreciate all they have done for the organization and the employees.
- What do you get a retiring CEO?
Retirement can bring in a roller coaster of emotions to CEOs who have been with the company for a long time. Your gift should remind them of the joyous times they had with you and the organization. Either the whole team can pool in and get one significant gift or build a gift basket of sorts by pooling small gifts from anyone. Do ensure that it resonates with who they are as a person, with their likes and dislikes.
- What are some luxury gifts for CEOs?
CEOs are classy and elegant, and it would be apt to gift them something as classy as them. Here are some luxury items you can give –
- Vintage collections
- Rare wine
- High-end stationery
- Fine leather goods
- Gourmet chocolates