Whether it’s a former boss, teacher, or coach, offering a token of appreciation to someone who believes in you, shares invaluable advice, and is just plain gracious with their time is a great way to thank them for going above and beyond. So, when it comes to choosing a practical present that also feels thoughtful, select items that fit into their professional lifestyle and match your relationship with them.
For example, if you are connected with your mentor in a corporate environment, an appropriate gift could be an organizational tool or simple desk decor that feels just personal enough to enhance their office or work-from-home situation. Or if they run in a high-stress work environment, you may want to offer a relaxing product like soothing candles or comfort accessories.
On the other hand, if you know your mentor on a more personal level, a gift that matches their unique interests and personality is guaranteed to be a hit. Fashion lovers would enjoy classic accessories or even a timeless piece of jewelry (nothing too pricey!).
(Pro tip: For a special touch, get the gift customized with a subtle monogram or message. It’ll feel like you put more effort into the gift.)
Still stumped? No biggie. Here are 15 gift ideas for your mentor that’ll make them smile (oh, and yes, they’re all under $200!).
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this personalized notebook
Everyone loves a fresh notebook. These color-blocked versions are available in hardback or softback options and can be inscribed with a name, title, and quote for an extra special touch.
this candle set
The Mini Set
Each candle in this set is toxin-free and guarantees a 10-hour burn time with just the right amount of fragrance to fill their at-home office.
this smart device
Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen, 2021 release)
Consider this all-in-one device the perfect desk accessory. It serves as an enhanced speaker, clock, news hub, controls thousands of compatible smart devices, and even plays back Netflix and YouTube videos!
this comfy shoe
Alpargata Resident Slipper
For the ultimate cozy gift, consider this sneaker-slipper hybrid, which is designed with an OrthoLite® insole for indoor and outdoor comfort. It’s the perfect WFH shoe. As a bonus, TOMS donates 1/3 of every purchase to grassroots good, benefiting mental health, ending gun violence, and increasing equity for women, LGBTQ+ and BIPOC individuals.
this stunning necklace
If your mentor appreciates classic jewelry, this freshwater pearl pendant designed with an edgy chain is a perfect way to honor their individuality with a gift.
this mug that’s always warm
Temperature Control Smart Mug
This next-level mug is sure to please any coffee lovers. Designed for home or office, this techy cup, available in chic metallic tones, allows you to set an exact drinking temperature to keep your coffee at the perfect heat for up to 1.5 hours.
these chic weights
Adjustable Wearable Wrist & Ankle Weights, Set of 2 (1 lb Each)
Perfect for a fitness enthusiast, these minimalist wrist and ankle weights add a comfortable resistance to any workout or daily activity and come with a color-coordinated carrying case.
these stylish coasters
Jonathan Adler Versailles Coasters, Multi
For the interior design lovers, these art-deco style, porcelain coasters will bring some eye candy to their workspace.
this green trio
Succulent Assortment with Planters
If your mentor’s Zoom background is filled with greenery, chances are they’ll love this succulent assortment that arrives potted in chic planters.
this fancy hand cream
Luxurious hand cream is sure to be appreciated by any beauty buff. This thick, creamy balm will moisturize and soften their hands with a sophisticated scent that has notes of violet, gardenia, and white musk.
this pretty AirPods Pro case
Taupe Saffiano AirPods 3 Case
Upgrade your boss’s headphones with this durable and sleek leather carrier designed to fit a white AirPods Pro case inside. Plus, it can be monogrammed!
these cashmere gloves
Ultra-soft cashmere gloves are a thoughtful accessory for any commuter during wintertime.
this travel toiletry bag
Hunter Toiletry Bag
If your mentor is on the road a lot, this minimalist toiletry bag is as practical and chic as they come. It’s equipped with a handful of compartments, water-resistant neoprene material, and removable mesh bags.
this soothing neck wrap
Neck Heat Wrap
After a long day hunched over a laptop, this heated neck wrap works double duty to relieve neck pain and muscle tension after a long day. This is a great gift for a teacher or manager who spends a lot of time on Zoom.
this chai tea blend
If your mentor is a tea lover or super health-conscious, spice up their daily ritual with a pack of delicious Indian Chai tea made with fresh spices and adaptogens that promote steady, long-term energy without the crash.
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