Last-Minute Gifts for Business People
While you can't give the gift of career advancement, you can put a smile on a business friend's face with these helpful items:
For the traveler
When you're always on the go, it's nice to keep things clean. Get your friend a portable toothbrush sanitizer. These cool devices use UV rays to kill any lingering bacteria on the bristles of your toothbrush. They're great for frequent travelers to keep the hotel and airport germs at bay. Another thoughtful option is a toiletries bag. Grab a leather one that is big enough to hold deodorant, a toothbrush, shaving necessities and a hairbrush for a man or try a fold-out hanging one with separate compartments for makeup and more for the ladies. Technology chargers are also a good idea for frequent travelers, whether they spend time entirely in the U.S. or need a converter for overseas trips. Give them an extra-handy universal converter to connect their computer or mobile device to any display system (think HDMI, VGA and more all on one cord).
For the reader
It's important to stay on top of business trends and happenings and reading a book or magazine is a great way to do just that. Give your friend a subscription to a magazine like Bloomberg Businessweek, Fast Company or Wired. You could also check out what's on the New York Times Bestseller list under "Business Books" for titles like Tony Robbins' "Money: Master the Game" or "The Innovators" by Walter Isaacson. Not sure what they'll be into? Get them an Audible or iTunes Books gift card and let them choose their own reading materials.
For the person you don't know so well
Uncommon Goods has a hilarious paperweight that is a dial surrounded by words like "Yes", "Today," "Maybe" and "Tomorrow." It's meant to help people make decisions on when and whether or not to do something. This is great for anybody, but procrastinators and people with senses of humor will particularly appreciate it. Even though technology is taking the place of many aspects of business, everyone still needs a good solid pen. Try a space pen so they can write underwater or upside down in a pinch. Or even do some reconnaissance to see what the people you're gifting love to write with and get them a multi-pack that they can stash in their desks away from accidental pen-stealing coworkers.
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