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The Disgruntled Worker's Gift Guide For Eight Insufferable Bosses

In this guide we suggest gifts for a variety of bad bosses, from the ones who try too hard to the ones who make you work too hard. Not that I, as a Gizmodo intern, would know anything about this… But for those of you who do hate your bosses, here are the best gifts to get them.

For the Annoying Culture Vulture Boss:
The Office – The Complete Collection BBC Edition: OK, you get your boss the American version of The Office and he gets the joke. He’s a dolt, just like Michael Scott! Ha ha ha. But by giving your boss the British version of the seminal workplace sitcom and likening him to David Brent, you’re sending a much more cutting message: While he may achieve some measure of success in his work and might occasionally amuse his employees, he is, deep down, a sad, contemptible man. $89.95 at the ABC Shop.

For The Cutting Edge Technologist Boss:
Invitation to Google Wave: For the boss who demands that his employees stay on the web’s cutting edge, nothing could be more frustrating than getting an invite to Google Wave. He’ll love being privy to Google’s exclusive, featured-packed new service, until he finds out after hours of frustrated clicking that he has no idea how to use it. Little does he know, no-one does. $0 [Google]

For The Boss Who Thinks It’s Your Job To Make His Coffee:
Nescafe Dolce Gusto: If your boss thinks personal coffee assistant is part of your job description, there’s no better gift to give her than a Nescafe single-serving Dolce Gusto coffee machine. They will openly appreciate the thoughtful gesture, as well as the machine’s undeniably appealing design, and you will quietly appreciate the fact that you have condemned them to drinking miserable Nescafe coffee for the next calendar year. $US149 [Nescafe]

For The Materialistic Boss:
Contribute to Charity in His or Her Name: No one can outwardly express dissatisfaction with a donation to charity. So while your boss thanks you for the thoughtful donation in his name, you can take pleasure in knowing that under the surface he is seething with anger that he got a child in a developing country his or her first pair of shoes instead of receiving a new tie for his collection. Any amount. [Charity Watch]

For The Boss Who Is Obsessed With Twitter:
Tweet Peek: DO NOT BUY. As much as you might despise your boss, and as fun as it might be to saddle him with a gadget that has the sole purpose of sending Tweets, we really can’t justify suggesting spending your money on this ridiculous thing. [TwitterPeak]

For the Boss Who Can’t Stand Being Late:
Fossil Palindrome Too Watch: On the surface, you’re giving your boss the generous gift of a stylish new designer watch from well-known watchmaker Fossil. In reality, you’re ensuring his infinite frustration as he is late yet again for his meeting with head office because he couldn’t figure out whether he was supposed to be reading from the “tick” or the “x” on the left or the right dial. $US150 [Fossil]

For the Boozehound Boss Who Can’t Just Have One:
Pernod Absinthe Kit: One surefire way to get that slave driving boss off your back is to get a few drinks in him, and for that there is no better gift than a Pernod absinthe kit. By inviting the Green Fairy to the office you are sure to minimise productivity while maximising potential boss embarrassment. $US65 [Pernod]

For the Hipster Boss Who Loves Music and Fashion Equally:
Sonic Fabric Necktie: In a way, by giving your boss the Sonic Fabric Necktie, a playable tie recycled from old cassettes, you’re giving them two gifts: that of music and that of fashion. But in another way you’re giving them no gifts: playback is only possible via a modified tape player and the tie itself is bound to unravel after the first Windsor. $US120 [Supermarket]

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All Giz Wants is our annual round-up of favourite gift ideas, including amazing attainable objects and a few far-out fantasies. We’ll be popping guides catered to different interests several times per day for the next week, so keep checking back.


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