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10 Best Books to Give to Your Boss for the Holidays

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Sabrina is the editor in chief for TINYpulse news. She's dipped her toes into various works of writing — from retail copywriter to magazine editor. Her work's been featured in Forbes, Bloomberg BNA, and Tech.co.

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Optimized-iStock_000061659254_SmallGot a boss that makes you want to pull your hair out? Maybe they’re the best manager you’ve ever worked with. If you’re struggling to figure out what to get your boss for the holidays, ever consider a book?

They’re super easy, cheap, and you don’t even have to leave the house (thanks, Amazon!). Here is a list of books that are perfect for the different bosses you have in your life:

1. The incompetent boss

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The Effective Executive

Want your boss to become a more effective leader? Force them to read what management aficionado Peter Drucker has to say. At the very least, Drucker’s The Effective Executive will force your boss to rethink their approach to management.

2. The fantastic boss

51h1awuiiQL._SX329_BO1204203200_A Confederacy of Dunces

If you’ve got a boss you consider fantastic, consider yourself lucky. Bloomberg reports half of Americans leave jobs because they hate their bosses. Show your great boss how much you appreciate them by giving them a great book. John Kennedy Toole weaves quite the entertaining and humorous tale in this gem.

3. The stressed-out boss

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The Tao of Pooh

Is your boss stressed out? Expose them to Taoism. The philosophy stresses the importance of living harmoniously, which enables you to remain calm and happy in any circumstance. As the name suggests, Benjamin Hoff tells his story through a lens that focuses on Winnie the Pooh & co. — which should be cute enough to encourage your boss to devote at least a few minutes to his words.

4. The relaxed boss

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Unbroken

Could your boss use a little more energy? Maybe the story of Louis Zamperini, a delinquent-turned-Olympian-turned-WWII hero will inspire them to push themselves further.

5. The OCD boss

61DETogRIL._SX381_BO1204203200_Adult Coloring Book

Is your boss always moving from one thing to the next in perpetuity? Studies show coloring helps us regain focus. Grab this book, and problem solved.

6. The disorganized boss

51H8x07Fd7L._SX351_BO1204203200_The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

Does your boss constantly misplace things? If so, in the name of productivity, it’s time to encourage them to become more organized. This book’ll do the trick.

7. The terrible boss

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Got a boss who’s the absolute worst? To improve your situation, choose this classic. Your boss will learn that despite even the worst of circumstances, things can turn out okay. Fingers crossed their mood will improve.

8. The inappropriate boss

51BqdEfXV9L._SX382_BO1204203200_The Etiquette Book: A Complete Guide to Modern Manners

If you’ve never had an inappropriate boss, consider yourself lucky. Sometimes these folks are even likeable; it’s just that, at times, they’re too much. Curb that behavior in the New Year with this big, bad book of manners.

9. For the funny boss

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If your boss makes you laugh all the time, return the favor via the words of the great Kurt Vonnegut. Not only will he tickle your funny bone, but Vonnegut, with the help of Bokonon, will also tickle your psyche and your soul.

10. For the not-so-funny boss

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Is your boss a cheaper version of Michael Scott? Anyone who knows George Carlin knows he has a way with words that’s pretty much unmatched. Maybe your boss can learn humor from the master.

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