Five fun ways to treat your boss or desk buddy without breaking the bank.

Office birthdays can be a headache. Firstly, there’s the cake debacle (chocolate or sponge? Plain or gluten-free?), then there’s question of gifts (what do they like? And how much should I spend?). To save you the worry, we’ve rounded up five budget-friendly ways to treat your boss or desk buddy on their special day.

BREAK THEIR FAST
Get them off to a good start with a pastry and a piping-hot cup of joe from the the crew at Urban Barrel. The beans come courtesy of Campos and the sweet treats might range from paleo Bounty bars to glossy Danishes, depending on the day.Urban Barrel, level 6. 

SAY IT IN WRITING
A thoughtfully-written card will do the trick just fine. MLC Centre Newsagent on level 6 has plenty to choose from, starting at just $5.50. MLC Centre Newsagent, level 6. 

LET THEM EAT CAKE
Alexander’s Patisserie has been catering to office birthday celebrations for years. Their repertoire spans everything from tiramisu to strawberry flan, with simpler options such as the classic vanilla sponge, kicking off at a modest $18. Alexander’s Patisserie, level 6, (02)9247 6935

RAISE A GLASS
Looking to celebrate with a cocktail? Head to Ambar where fun drinks and a buzzy outdoor vibe make for good times all round.Cocktails from $13, Ambar, level 7, ambar.com.au.

SMOOTH OPERATOR
For the health-conscious colleague who says no to carbs: a lean, mean custom-blended smoothie from Thr1ve. They offer almost every type of milk almond, coconut, dairy and soy, to name a few) with a neat selection of fruits and superfoods to boot.From $7, Thr1ve, level 6, thr1ve.me