When you’re the boss, you’ve got a lot of people to shop for. Throughout the year we get closer and closer to the work family we’ve created for ourselves, and when the holidays roll around, we want to celebrate them and thank them appropriately. No matter what holiday your people celebrate, it’s still the perfect time of year to show them you care.
For the person who’s always at their desk: Sitting at our desks all day has a lot of unwanted side effects: tech neck, blue light overexposure, finger cramps. But mostly it’s just plain uncomfortable. A memory foam seat cushion and lumbar pillow are the answer. It’s a lot easier to be productive when you’re not in pain!
For the Work Traveler: The Dell Premier Wireless ANC Headset is a must. Not only does it come in it's own case perfect for travel, it offers active noise cancellation, and a battery life of up to 15 hours. They're comfortable, easy to use, and BONUS: eWomenNetwork members are eligible for an exclusive discount on Dell products and they have a treasure trove of travel friendly tech goodies!
For the Bookworm: Books can be a dicey gift. Most people tend to give books they want the recipient to read as opposed to what the recipient wants to read. Even when you have a handle on their reading tastes, voracious readers go through books quickly, so the possibility of giving them something they already have is big. For the devoted bookworm, gift cards are the way to go. Just be sure you know how and where they like to buy their books. Some people only order from Amazon, others have a favorite local bookstore they love to browse in for hours before buying. Everyone offers gift cards nowadays, so it can be quick and convenient regardless!
For the New Parent: We live in an age where parents want to capture every moment of their little one’s childhood. But in an increasingly paperless world, many rely on the scroll of a phone. Consider gifting new parents with a top-of-the-line digital frame. Whether for home or the office, it’s the perfect way to see a beautiful carousel of memories anytime they glance at it. And if you really want to up your game, consider giving the frame with a gift card to Picture People. They can give those smart phone cameras a break and have some beautiful, professional family photography.
For the Sports Fan: This can be another difficult one. True sports fans love their merch, and it’s very easy to purchase something they already have. Or, if you’re like me and know NOTHING about sports, you will spend a lot of money on a beautiful jersey for the right team, but the wrong player and get an earful from the guy you’re dating about how you know nothing about the Yankees because your family is from New England and they must be Red Sox fans, and how dare you. (Don’t worry, I am no longer in that relationship.) The bottom line is game tickets. Even if the seats aren’t great, you can’t go wrong with game tickets. Unless they have season tickets already…actually, never mind. Maybe you should ask someone else for advice on this one…
For the Film Buff: True film buffs aren’t just casual fans, they’re cinephiles and shopping for them with the idea in mind that you’ll buy them a movie can be a bit misguided. Instead, consider buying them a Ticket Stub Diary to save all their treasured mementos from movie-going experiences. And for some added flair, include a small gift card to your favorite local movie theater
For the Wine Lover: Most wine lovers have oodles of accessories from years of gifts. Wine glass charms, stemware, and countless items that say something like “Rose all day”. But the best gift for a wine lover is wine. If you’re a vodka girl like me and stare blankly at the wine aisle in vaguely disguised terror, no need to fret, a Winc subscription is the answer. Gift subscriptions can be purchased for 1, 2, or 3 months. The recipient visits winc.com, creates a palate profile so Winc can assess their unique tastes, and a bottle of wine specially chosen to match their palate arrives at their door!
And you can never go wrong with…bonuses. Big or small, the people on your team will appreciate a cash bonus. If you’ve had a good year and are able to do so, consider it.
The most important thing to remember is: it truly is the thought that counts. No matter the price tag, the important thing is that you take the time to recognize your team in some way this holiday season. And remember, gifts are nice, but being a leader your team can look up to is priceless.