Top Tips for Honoring Deserving Managers on National Boss’ Day 10/16! Fair, honest, understanding and approachable. These are some attributes that make a great boss. And with National Boss’ Day coming up on October 16, many employees are thinking about showing their appreciation to their managers. Gift-giving expert Hillary Mendelson has teamed up with Office Depot to provide advice on office-friendly gifts that will make an impact and help professionals get noticed. Author of The Purple Book, Mendelson can help guide listeners through the murky waters of finding the right present for the workplace. In addition to sharing her thoughts on great gift ideas, she can also address these dilemmas: * Are there “safe” gifts or “bad” gifts? * You have more than one boss; should you give gifts to all of them? * How much is the right amount to spend? * Tips for gender-appropriate gifts * Is taking your boss to dinner a good idea? * If it’s a group or department present, what are some rules to stick too and how much is too much? In this interview, Hillary also offers these tried and true rules to follow: * Show your appreciation. You do not need to spend a lot for the gesture to make an impact. Set a realistic budget of no more than $20 if you’re giving a gift on your own. For a department gift, have everyone contribute money for one present costing $75-$100. * Personalize the gift and be creative. Does your boss love old movies? Or is there a running joke in the office everyone shares that can be translated into a gift option? For example, if your boss is hard to reach, think about giving him or her a Bluetooth headset along with a funny card. * Men and women like different things. If your boss is a woman, style and color count. So, gifts like stylish pens or desk accessories are good choices. For a male boss, think technology. Both would also probably enjoy a family-oriented present like a digital photo frame. More about Hillary Mendelson: Office Depot Gift-Giving Expert, Author and Founder of thepurplebook. Office Depot Gift-Giving Expert Hillary Mendelson is a shopping expert and Founder and President of thepurplebook: The Definitive Guide to Exceptional Online Shopping, an annual resource guide for online shopping. Hillary is also a contributing editor to InStyle Magazine writing the “netshopper” / “Hot Sites” section as well as a regular contributor to Practical E-Commerce Magazine. She has received national visibility as a shopping expert in outlets ranging from Time, Real Simple, Redbook, Readers Digest, US News and World Report, and Kiplinger’s magazines, to the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Investors Business Daily, and the “Today Show”, “20/20,” MSNBC, CNN, Tech TV, and TNT’s “Makeover and a Movie.” Hillary is a graduate of UCLA with a BA in Literature. She is married to Michael Mendelson, the founder and CEO of Patriot Pictures, an entertainment financing and production company. She is mother of two children. Hillary and her family live in Los Angeles.